Apple Watch Time Not Updating In Always On Mode (watchOS 8)

Apple Watch time not updating in watchOS 8

Apple Watch time not updating in watchOS 8

Is the Apple Watch time not updating when the Always On feature is enabled? Does the watch face show a wrong time, when your wrist is down for a longer time? This looks like a widespread watchOS 8 bug that occurs only with some watch faces, including California and Utility!

watchOS 8 Time Not Updating Bug

This issue has been reported to us by several readers including:
Bob K.:

“After updating to watchOS 8, the time on the Always On display is not updating until I raise my hand. I am using the California face.”

Randy B.:

“Watch face isn’t updating time until wrist is raised… I have gotten the time wrong for meetings etc on several occasions since the update a could of days ago. This not acceptable.”

How To Fix Apple Watch Time Not Updating Issue

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there is no permanent fix, for preventing watchOS 8 from displaying the wrong time when Always On is enabled!

Below you can find a few suggestions, to make sure that you avoid this bug until an official fix is released by Apple in a subsequent software update:

1. Change Watch Face

how to change California watch face
As mentioned above, not all watch faces are affected by this Always On wrong time issue! In fact we can currently confirm it for the California, Utility, Infograph Modular and Activity Analog Watch Faces!

A good workaround requires you to change your watch face. I recommend you to try a new watchOS 8 theme like World Time or Portraits.

How to: Long-press on the current watch face to enter the Watch Face edit mode. Swipe-left or right to choose a configured theme, or add a new Watch Face!

2. Force Restart Apple Watch

A reader confirmed that he managed to fix the AW time not updating bug in watchOS 8 by rebooting the wrist-worn gadget. Apparently, a fresh start will clear this glitch. We’re not sure if this is permanent or just temporary. Can you confirm?

How to: Turn Off Apple Watch and power it back On a few seconds later.

Or, apply the force restart trick to do it all in one move: Simultaneously press & hold the Digital Crown + Side Button until the screen turns black and the Apple logo is displayed!

3. Disable Always On

If you like the California watch face too much and you simply want to stick with it, but in the same time don’t want to face the apple watch time not updating problem, you should turn off Always On!
how to turn off always on display

    How to:

  • Tap the Digital Crown to enter the app scrubber.
  • Turn the crown until you reach Settings.
  • Go for Display & Brightness.
  • Disable Always On.

Are you also experiencing the watchOS 8 time not updating in Always On issue? Which watch face are you using? What about Apple Watch model? Did you find a better workaround? Use the comments section to share your feedback!

Related: Are you experiencing any other bugs that you’re looking a fix for. Check our watchOS 8 bug report thread and share your findings!