Daylight Savings Bug Causes Reboot Loops On The Apple Watch Series 4

Doris Richards
October 10, 2018

The bug - which stems from the Infograph Activity complication, which was introduced on the Series 4 - puts the watch in an endless cycle of rebooting.

The maximum complaints are coming from Australia where people have experienced the change in daylight saving time, which may have caused the "Activity" feature not been able to draw its graph. The watch faces show 24 hours in a day, but experts say the missing hour could be creating a software spin. From Australia, there have been several reports about the Apple Watch Series 4 crashing and restarting because it is unable to handle Daylight Saving Time (DST).

The Watch falls into reboot loops, as long as the Infograph Modular face is active with the Activity issue. The device would boot, try and load the complications, fail to load them, and then reboot again hoping to start up correctly each time.

The Apple Watch Series 4 is being touted as the best smartwatch around, and the response so far has also been encouraging for the company. It is believed that a 23-hour day where the clocks roll back to save daylight have caused the Watch S4 to shutdown, continuously rebooting until it makes sense of the situation.


Some figured out a workaround that involved removing the Infograph Modular face using the Watch's companion app on iPhone, and noted that they could use it as normal on Monday.

As of now, it is not clear if the smaller activity complications are causing the issue. Apple hasn't issued a official statement on the issue, but we are expecting a fix to be issued soon.

Most of Europe changes its clocks on the last Sunday in October and the U.S. DST changeover is the 4th November, so Apple has a few days before this issue affects its biggest markets.

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