How to Change Wrist Orientation on Apple Watch

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Wish to change the wrist orientation of your Apple Watch, but don’t want to go through the setup process? Follow these simple steps to change it on the fly.

Apple Watch is a wrist-neutral device, which means according to your preference you can change the wrist. However, not many of us know that you can change the wrist orientation of your watch and even the Crown position, right on the fly without having to go through the setup progress again.

Moreover, the process is simple, easy, and straightforward, and does not demand any extra effort from your side.

Change Wrist and Crown Orientation

You can change the wrist and crown orientation of your Apple Watch either from the Apple Watch or from the iPhone, depending on your preference and comfort. Let’s first start with changing it from Apple Watch and then move to iPhone.

From your Apple Watch

You can change the orientation of your Apple Watch easily from the Settings app. No cumbersome menu hopping; it is as plain sailing as it gets.

To do so, first, press the Crown/Home Button on your Apple Watch to head to the home screen.

After that, from the home screen, tap on the ‘Settings’ tile from the app grid or the app list.

Then, on the Settings screen, scroll down and tap on the ‘General’ tile to proceed.

On the next screen, scroll down and tap the ‘Orientation’ option to continue.

After that, locate the ‘Wrist’ section on the page and tap the ‘Left’ or ‘Right’ tile, depending on which wrist you wish to wear your watch.

Next, in case you also wish to change the position of the crown of your Apple Watch, scroll down and locate the ‘Digital Crown’ section. Then, tap on the ‘Left’ or ‘Right’ option as per your preference.

And that’s it, you have successfully changed the wrist and/or crown orientation of your Apple Watch, right on the fly.

From your iPhone

Changing the orientation of the wrist and crown from the iPhone is as simple and straightforward as it is from the Apple Watch, if not more so. Contrarily, some users might also find changing the orientation of the watch from the iPhone much more convenient.

To do so, first, head to the Watch app, either from the home screen or the App Library of your device.

Next, on the Watch app screen, scroll down to locate and tap on the ‘General’ tile to proceed.

After that, on the ‘General’ settings screen, scroll down to locate and tap on the ‘Watch Orientation’ tile to proceed.

On the next screen, locate the ‘Wear Apple Watch On’ section and tap on either the ‘Left Wrist’ option or the ‘Right Wrist’ option, depending on your preference for wearing the watch.

After that, if you wish to flip the screen/ change Crown orientation, tap the ‘Digital Crown on Left Side’ tile to flip the screen of your Apple Watch. To bring it back to normal, tap the ‘Digital Crown on Right Side’ option.


There you go! Now, you can change the wrist orientation and even the digital crown from either of your device in a jiffy.