How to Restart Garmin Forerunner 255 (Soft and Force Reboot)

Garmin Forerunner 255 or 255s got frozen or stuck? Here's how you can restart your Garmin Forerunner 255.

Garmin Forerunner 255 and 255s are the company’s latest multisport mid-tier smartwatches and boast a stack of health and other features. Like other Forerunner series watches, the Forerunner 255 line runs on the GarminOS, which works fine in most situations. But, just in case, your watch got stuck, froze, or lagged / hang somewhere while using and you want to reboot it up, then read along to know how to restart Garmin Forerunner 255 and 255s.

There are two different and easy ways through which you can restart your smartwatch to fix up the frozen screen issue. Obviously, all your data will be saved as you just reboot your watch. There are plenty of reasons behind the laggy behavior or frozen issue on a smartwatch and there’s a simple reboot troubleshoot you can perform to not lose the important health data.

Today, I am going to tell you two different methods to restart your Garmin Forerunner 255 and 255s smartwatch including soft reboot and force reboot.

Why do you need to restart Garmin Forerunner 255?

Restart or Reboot is a simple process of switching the watch on and off. There can be different reasons why you need to restart the watch. If your watch is behaving weirdly or consuming more battery, then you perform a simple reboot troubleshoot to fix up this issue. And obviously, if for some reason your watch got frozen and the buttons are not working, you can not apply any fixes from the software side. Then also, a restart will help you in fixing this.

How to Restart Garmin Forerunner 255 (Simple Restart)

If your watch is weirdly behaving or showing inaccurate records or simply consuming more battery than usual, then performing a soft reboot will help you a lot. With a soft reboot, you can simply switch the watch on or off, first, let’s take a look at how you can turn off the Garmin Forerunner 255 and 255s.

Note: This method will not work if your watch is frozen. Follow the Force restart method instead.

How to Turn Off Garmin Forerunner 255

  1. Press the Light button to bring up the Settings menu.
  2. Now use the Up and Down button to Power Off the watch.
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  3. Once you see the Power Off option, press the Start Stop button.
  4. That’s it.

How to Turn On Garmin Forerunner 255

  1. Press and hold the Light button to boot the watch up.
  2. Now you’ll see the welcome screen or Garmin logo, wait for a few seconds to complete the boot process.
  3. That’s it.

How to Restart Garmin Forerunner 255 (Force Restart)

There are some situations when apps are not properly behaving and we got stuck somewhere not able to go back or simply stuck with a frozen screen. If this is the case, then a force restart aka soft reset will fix this kind of issue on your Garmin Forerunner series multisport watch. Here are the steps to force restart Garmin Forerunner 255, it will clear the background data and cache for opened apps.

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  1. Press and hold the Light button till the watch turns off, it will take 15 seconds.
  2. Now you need to turn on the watch.
  3. Press the Light button on your watch for a couple of seconds, it will start working again.
  4. That’s it.

If the above-listed methods are not working for you, then you can check out this guide on how to reset Garmin Forerunner 255 and 255s. Now you’re familiar of how to restart Garmin Forerunner 255, if you still have any doubt tell us in the comment box.

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By Haneet Singh

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