Facebook Messenger Not Working on Apple Watch Series 3? Best Tips to Fix It

I just got the series 3 Apple Watch. All of my apps work fine except Facebook messenger. It acts like it is loading and has little dots flashing in a circle. I was really looking forward to having this app because it’s one of the apps I use all day. Any help???

User who install Facebook Messenger on their Apple Watch may have great chances to find themselves involved in the problem of Facebook Messenger not working on Apple Watch Series, including messages not loading, apps crash problems. Actually, these problems are not mentioned for the first time.

Something went wrong in the Facebook Messenger app. In this tutorial, there are quick guides for you to get the Facebook Messenger working properly on Apple Watch.

1. Restart the Apple Watch

That restart device is often the first measure to take when it comes to fixing issues for our devices. You can follow the steps below to restart your Apple Watch.

Step 1. Press and hold the side button until the Power Off slider appears on the screen.

Step 2. Slide from left to right to turn it off.

Step 3. After that, press and hold the side button at the same time again to turn it on.

Note: The charger shall be taken off first if the Apple watch is being charged, or the restart process will not get started. And the force restart is necessary is the steps above don't help to restart the Apple Watch.

restart apple watch

To force restart the Apple Watch, press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown at the same time for nearly 10 minutes untilt the Apple logo appears on the screen.

2. Turn on Background App Refresh

Try to turn on Background App Refresh if the Apple Watch reboot doesn't offer a help. You can open up Settings on iPhone, then go to General > Background App Refresh to enable it and select the option of Wi-Fi & Cellular Data, it will allow apps to fresh their content when on Wi-Fi & Cellular in the background.

turn on background app refresh

3. Delect and Reinstall FB messenger App on iPhone

This way proves to be effective for some users. Keep pressing FB Messenger on the home screen until the 'X' appears. Just tap the “x.” and the app will be deleted. Then try to reinstll the app on iPhone and Apple Watch. Click on Messenger and make sure that it is toggle on on Apple Watch.

delete install fb messenger

4. Check for the Update of WatchOS and iOS

Usually, updating the iOS and WatchOS helps to fix various tough nuts. Do remember to make a full backup before updating WatchOS and iOS.

Updata WatchOS: On the iPhone that is paired with the Watch App, click on My Watch tab and go to General > Software Update to check for update of Apple Watch.

Update iOS: Go to Settings > General > Software update to check for update.

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5. Fix iOS System (No Data Loss)

What users always neglect that the issues on iPhone could also leading to the malfunction of apps on Apple Watch. Thus you are also required to fix the iOS System on iPhone. When it comes to fixing the iPhone issues, iOS System Recovery is one of the best tools that worth to try. Previously, you have to download the iOS System Recovery on the computer. Then follow the steps below to proceed.

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Step 1. Open up the main penal of this iOS System Recovery. Choose ‘iOS System Recovery’.

select ios system recovery

Step 2. Enable that your iPhone is connected with computer, the device information will be detected in detail. Download the corresponding firmware for your device.

download firmware package

Step 3. When the program has downloaded the firmware package, it will start to repair your iPhone system without affecting the data saved on your iPhone. Immediately, your iPhone will be in normal mode.

fix ios system

6. Delete Music and Add Them Back

Another simple tip which is reported to be effective is removing all songs and adding them back on iPhone. However, it is available in rare situations.

Step 1. To delete all songs, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Music > Edit > Delete All Songs.

Step 2. Now restart the iPhone and Apple Watch to check whether the FB Messenger runs smoothly.

delete all songs iphone

Notes: Don’t forget to back up the music file before deleting them. So that you can re-add these music after verifying that you have fixed the issue.


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on May 05, 2018, 15:16:43

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.