I’ve been wearing an Apple Watch for a few months now and I really love it. I wear it every day without fail because I find it incredibly useful. But there’s one really very annoying problem that frustrates me many times on many days: the digital crown frequently gets stuck.
Yep. Stuck. Let’s say I’m scrolling through a long note in Evernote or looking through the latest tweets in my feed. Yes, you can use your finger on the screen, and sometimes I do, but more often than not I reach for the digital crown in such a situation because it’s the preferred method. Jony Ive, Apple’s famous designer, said touching the screen obscures the information being presented. But it’s maddening when the digital crown gets stuck.
Not the first time, or the second. The first few times it happened I was merely worried that my expensive purchase was going to turn out to be broken or a dud. But by the 20th time and the 200th time and the 2,000th time it gets maddening.
There’s actually a pretty easy fix, luckily. So if you’re wondering how to fix the stuck digital crown on your Apple Watch, here’s what to do: just run it under some water in your sink and give it a good twist or two or three. That’s it. I’d try not to get the microphone wet if you can help it, even though it’s supposed to be able to handle a bit of water.
It’s usually just a small piece of dirt or some other type of gunk clogging things up. It’s nothing serious and nothing is actually wrong with the Watch (except perhaps the design of the digital crown — it’s apparently slightly flawed).
But the digital crown getting stuck — too often — is definitely the worst thing about actually using the Apple Watch that I’ve run into. And in a way that’s a pretty good thing. It’s not that big of a deal. I’ll cut Apple some slack since this is the first generation of a very exciting new product that I now find indispensable.
If you’re reading this and you are on the fence about getting an Apple Watch: get one. This is not that big of a deal. It doesn’t come close to making me regret my purchase. I still love my Apple Watch.