7 Solutions to Fix Camera Remote Not Working on Apple Watch

If you're experiencing issues with the Camera Remote app on your Apple Watch, you're not alone. This helpful tool allows you to take photos and videos remotely on your iPhone, but sometimes it may stop responding. In this article, we'll guide you through troubleshooting steps to get the Camera Remote app up and running again on your Apple Watch.

1. Check Connection Between Apple Watch and iPhone

The Camera Remote app only functions when your watch is connected to your iPhone. To verify this, press the side button on your watch and check if a red crossed iPhone icon appears at the top of the control center. If it does, it means your watch is disconnected. You can find several fixes to troubleshoot and resolve Watch and iPhone connection issues here. Once your watch is connected to your iPhone, try using the Camera Remote app again.

Apple Watch disconnected icon

2. Restart Apple Watch and iPhone

Restarting your iPhone and Apple Watch can often resolve minor software glitches or issues that may cause the Watch to disconnect from your iPhone. To restart your Apple Watch, simply hold the side button and crown until the screen goes black. After a few seconds, your Watch will restart. Now try using the Camera Remote app to see if it's working.

3. Update Apple Watch and iPhone

Ensure that your watch and iPhone are running the latest software versions. Updating to the latest versions can fix any software glitches that may be causing connection issues. To update your Watch and iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software update on both devices.

Software Update on Apple Watch

4. Close Camera Remote App From Recent Tabs on Watch

Closing the Camera Remote app and reopening it can resolve any unresponsive behavior or glitches. To close the app on your Apple Watch, double-press the crown to open the recent apps, swipe left on the Camera Remote app, and tap the cross icon to close it. Then open the Camera Remote app again to check if it's working.

Remove Camera Remote app on Apple Watch

5. Reinstall Camera Remote App on Apple Watch

Uninstalling and reinstalling the Camera Remote app can help resolve issues by resetting configurations and clearing accumulated data. To uninstall the app, press the crown button on your Apple Watch, find the Camera Remote app, tap and hold it, then tap the cross icon and confirm deletion. To install the app again, open the App Store on your watch, tap the search icon, type ‘camera remote,' and hit Search. Select the Camera Remote app and tap the download icon.

Delete Camera Remote app on Apple Watch
Search for Camera Remote app on App store
Download Camera Remote app on Apple Watch

6. Unpair and Pair Apple Watch

Unpairing and pairing your Apple Watch again with your iPhone can help establish a correct connection between the Camera Remote app and your iPhone. To unpair your Watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap “All Watches” on the top left, tap the info icon, select “Unpair Apple Watch,” and confirm the unpairing process. Then pair your watch to your iPhone again and try using the Camera Remote app.

7. Close Camera App on iPhone

Some users have found that closing the Camera app on their iPhones before opening the Camera Remote app on the Watch resolves the issue. Make sure the Camera app is not running in the background while attempting to use the Camera Remote feature on your Apple Watch.

With these fixes, you should be able to resolve any issues with the Camera Remote app on your Apple Watch. Enjoy controlling your iPhone's camera from your wrist, capturing photos, starting/stopping video recordings, setting timers, and switching camera modes with ease.