Troubleshooting Things on Apple Watch

If you have trouble with Things on your Apple Watch, here are some things you can try.

We test our apps thoroughly, but there’s always a chance that something might not work as expected. A problem may be due to a bug in Things, or it might be caused by an external factor such as device connectivity, issues with the App Store, or bugs in the Operating System. The tips below should help you identify and resolve the most common issues.

Before proceeding, make sure that your issue isn’t just a misunderstanding about how the app works.

Check your versions

Some issues may crop up if you don’t keep your software up-to-date, so the first thing you should do is check your versions. Here’s how.

  1. Make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS.
  2. Make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of Things.
  3. Make sure your Apple Watch is running the latest version of watchOS.
  4. Make sure your Apple Watch is running the latest version of Things.

If everything is up-to-date but you still have a problem, proceed with some basic troubleshooting.

Perform basic troubleshooting

These steps should help with the most common issues on your Apple Watch.

  • Power down both your iPhone and Apple Watch and then start them up again.
  • Make sure that both your iPhone and Apple Watch are connected to the same WiFi network.
  • If you can, try a different WiFi network.
  • Disconnect from WiFi and try using your mobile carrier’s network instead.
  • If you’re connecting Things on your Apple Watch to Things Cloud for the first time, make sure that both devices remain in close proximity until the process is finished.

If this basic troubleshooting doesn’t help, proceed with advanced troubleshooting.

Perform advanced troubleshooting

As a last resort, we recommend the following steps.

These are also the recommended steps if you’re trying to connect your Apple Watch to Things Cloud for the first time and it keeps getting stuck.

  1. Make sure that your to-dos are backed up:
    1. On your iPhone, open Things.
    2. Go to Settings > Things Cloud.
    3. Make sure that Things Cloud is turned on so you have an off-device backup.
  2. Reinstall Things:
    1. On your iPhone, delete Things.
    2. Power down both your iPhone, and your watch.
    3. Power both devices up again.
    4. Install Things on your Apple Watch first.
    5. On your iPhone, open Things and log back in to Things Cloud to download your to-dos.
    6. On your Apple Watch, open Things and tap Connect to bring your to-dos over.

None of these steps helped?

If you’ve run through all the troubleshooting steps above, and you’re sure that your issue isn’t just a misunderstanding about how the app works, then reach out to our support team. Be sure to fill out details about your hardware and software versions so we can help you quickly.




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