Ghost Touch Issue Haunts Apple Watch Displays But There's An Easy DIY Fix

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Just when Apple figured its latest firmware update solved the ongoing ghost touch issue for Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 owners, the problem has not only persisted, but has apparently spread to older watches as well, like the three-year old Series 7. While the hope is that Apple will quickly drop another update to fix this, others have offered up a temporary solution.

For months now, a growing number of users of Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 have complained about false (or ghost) touches on their watches, where their screens behave like they're being tapped on their own. Some have been so severe that the watches are rendered unusable.

Apple finally acknowledged the problem in February, informing its Authorized Service Providers not to replace affected units and instead advise customers to wait for the next software fix. When Apple released the March watchOS 10.4 update—which specifically mentioned a fix for the phantom touch—users quickly found out that the bug persisted.
This week, another memo (shared by Stella Fudge on X) was sent to Authorized Service Providers informing them that the issue has spread to Apple Watch Series 7, Series 8, and the OG Apple Watch Ultra. Once again, the providers are told not replace the affected units. Instead, the guidance is for users to stay up-to-date with watchOS updates and reboot any affected devices by holding the side button and crown for 10 seconds. So that's alternate speak for Cupertino is still investigating the issue.

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Ghost touches have reportedly happened while in the water, too.

In the meantime, complaints are growing. Some users practically had their watches call emergency services or ghost tapped their lock screens causing them to be locked out of their watches. The only solution for some has been to either lock their screen for touches or stop using their watches altogether.