How to Restart Garmin Forerunner 265 and 265s (Soft and Force Reboot)

The Garmin Forerunner 265 series is now officially available! The Forerunner 265 series come with a number of big upgrades including a touch-compatible AMOLED screen, onboard-music streaming, training readiness feature, multiband GPS, and more. Like other Forerunner series watches, the Forerunner 265 line runs on the GarminOS, which works fine in most situations. But, if your watch starts to lag, freeze, or get stuck somewhere, a quick reboot will fix the problem.

Today, we have a detailed guide on how to restart Garmin Forerunner 265 and 265s.

Garmin Forerunner 265 owners can perform a reboot on their smartwatch in two different ways, which include the simple turn-on and off method obviously, as well as, the method which lets you force reboot the watch. As we are rebooting the watch the data is safe, it will not wipe out with any of these methods.

There are plenty of reasons behind the watch’s laggy interface, some can be fixed easily with a simple reboot, while some require a force reboot. Today, I am going to tell you two different methods to restart your Garmin Forerunner 265 and 265s smartwatch including soft reboot and force reboot.

Why do you need to restart Garmin Forerunner 265?

There are several reasons why you may need to reboot your Garmin Forerunner 265 and 265s. One common reason is if the device is experiencing performance issues or becomes unresponsive. Rebooting the watch squashes the temporary files as well as the processes that may be causing the problem. Additionally, updating the device’s software may also require a reboot to fully install the updates and ensure that the device is running smoothly.

How to Restart Garmin Forerunner 265 [Simple Restart]

A simple reboot aka soft reboot works great in most scenarios, so, let’s take a look at how you can perform a quick reboot or simple reboot on your watch. However, this method doesn’t work when your watch is in a frozen state, in this case, you need to perform a force reboot which is explained in the next section. Now let’s take a look at how to perform a soft reboot on Forerunner 265.

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How to turn off Garmin Forerunner 265

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

How to turn on Garmin Forerunner 265

  1. Press and hold the Light button to boot up the watch.
  2. Wait a few seconds to boot up the watch.
  3. Now you can start using your watch as you do before.
  4. That’s it.

How to Restart Garmin Forerunner 265 [Force Restart]

There are some situations when apps or some particular action freezes the watch, this can happen due to a bug or memory load, whatever the case is, a force restart will help you solving such issues. Here are the steps to force restart Garmin Forerunner 265, 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 you can perform a hard reset on your Garmin Forerunner 265 or 265s. Now you are familiar with the different methods to restart the Garmin Forerunner 265, if you still have any doubts on this topic, then tell us in the comment section.

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By Haneet Singh

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