Apple Watch Ultra 2 Screen Flickering? Here’s The Fix!

Apple Watch Ultra 2 users have been complaining about a screen flickering issue on their watches when accessing certain features. 

If you’re suffering from the same problem, we’ve got you covered. 

In this guide, you’ll know everything about the issue and how to avoid it from happening. 

TL;DR Version

You can follow these steps if you encounter flickering issues on your Apple Watch Ultra 2.

  1. Force Restart Your Watch Ultra
  2. Avoid Using Timer
  3. Don’t Use Modular Watch Face
  4. Disable Wake on Wrist Raise
  5. Update Your Watch
  6. Use Power Reserve
  7. Contact Apple

1. Force Restart Apple Watch Ultra

If your screen is already flickering, force restarting it should stop the problem. This should cut off the power from the battery, resetting your watch on a hardware level. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Hold the Side button and Digital Crown
  2. Continue holding for 10 seconds. 
  3. Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears. 
Apple Watch Ultra Buttons


2. Avoid Using Timer

Many users confirmed that using the timer on their Watch Ultra triggers the screen flickering issue. 

Apple Watch Ultra Timer

I recommend avoiding the timer feature in the meantime until Apple releases an official patch for the problem. 

Related: How to Fix Apple Watch Screen Not Responding


3. Don’t Use Modular Ultra Face


The modular ultra watch face is exclusive to Ultra models. It’s packed with information and complications that you can customize to fit your needs. 

However, users also suggest that the screen flickering issue happens more often when they are using the modular watch face. 

Related: How to Fix Face Keeps Changing on Apple Watch


4. Disable ‘Wake on Wrist Raise’

The “Wake on Wrist Raise” feature also triggers pink hues and screen flickering on the Watch Ultra 2. 

I recommend disabling the feature until a proper software update is released by Apple. 

Here’s how you can disable wake on wrist raise: 

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch. 
  2. Go to Display & Brightness
  3. Look for Wake on Wrist Raise and disable it. 
Wake on Wrist Raise Disable

Note

You can also disable ‘Wake On Crown Rotation’ if you don’t use the feature. 


5. Update Your Watch

Since the problem is with watchOS 10, the best solution for the screen flickering is a software update. 

Try to check if there are new versions of watchOS available for your device, which may contain fixes for the screen flickering issue. 

Here’s how you can check for updates: 

  1. Make sure your Apple Watch Ultra is connected to Wi-Fi. 
  2. Open the Settings app
  3. Go to General > Software Update
  4. If a new software is available, tap Install and follow the prompts. 
apple watch ultra 2 screen flickering

Related: How to Fix Apple Watch “Unable to Check for Update” Error


6. Use Power Reserve 

If you don’t need health tracking, you can just use your Apple Watch as a regular watch. 

Enabling Power Reserve turns off all smart features on your watch, which reduces the complications on your screen. 

This should limit the occurrence of the screen flicker issue. 

  1. On your watch, swipe up to open the Control Center
  2. Now, tap on the Battery Percentage
  3. Look for Power Reserve and drag the slider to the right. 
apple watch ultra 2 screen flickering
  1. Tap Proceed to confirm your action. 

Note

Hold down the Side button until the Apple logo appears to disable Power Reserve. Wait for your Apple Watch to restart. 


7. Contact Apple

If none of the solutions above worked, I recommend contacting Apple for further assistance. 

apple watch ultra 2 screen flickering

This way, a professional can assess the problem and recommend further actions, like having your Apple Watch checked for hardware issues. 

You can also ask for a replacement unit if you have had your Apple Watch for less than 14 days. 

Related: How to Contact Apple Online Live Chat Support Team: 5 Ways

FAQs

Why is my Apple Watch screen flickering and glitching?

If your Apple Watch is running watchOS 10, then it’s likely a software bug that Apple has yet to address. Avoid the features mentioned above and update your watch as soon as a new version is released. 

Can Apple fix the flickering watch screen?

Yes. If you were running watchOS 10 when you experienced the problem, then Apple is currently (at the time of this writing) working on an update to fix the flickering issue. 

Does Apple Watch Ultra have a heart rate monitor?

Yes. By default, the Apple Watch Ultra monitors your heart rate for the Heart Rate app, workouts, and Breathe and Reflect sessions. 

Can you wear an Apple Watch Ultra in the sauna?

Although most Apple Watch models are not suited for saunas, the Watch Ultra series is designed to be more durable. The Apple Watch Ultra can withstand temperatures around 130F or 55C, so it should be safe to wear it inside saunas. 

If this guide helped you, please share it. 

Author

  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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