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Why Is My Apple Watch Not Charging (5 Causes with Fixes!)

Apple Watch not Charging can be so frustrating. There are several reasons why your Apple Watch is not charging.

Fortunately, most of the causes can be fixed. Here are some of the common reasons why your Apple Watch isn’t charging.

5 Reasons Why Apple Watch Won’t Charge

1. Charging Cable Could be the Issues

The most possible reason why your Apple Watch isn’t charging is that the charging cable is bad or ill-fitting. Check the Apple Watch Charger to ensure it is properly plugged into the Apple Watch.

Check the charging and ensure they are not cut or burned out. In case the Apple Watch Charging cable is not fitting properly or the contacts are burned out consider replacing it with a genuine or original Apple Watch charger.

In addition, you may want to check the contacts on your Apple Charge to make sure they are not blocked by dirt such as lint which accumulates over time.

Use a soft-bristled brush or earbud and clean out the dirt also, remember to clean the charging contacts on your Apple Watch.

Once everything is done plug the charger into power and attach the charging end to the Apple Watch to see if it’s charging.

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2. WatchOS could be Obsolete

The other reason why your Apple Watch has stopped charging is that it is you have not updated its operating system.

Try to resolve the issue by updating your Apple Watch to the latest version of WatchOS (WatchOS 8.3 at the time of writing).

A Redditor comments and says the WatchOS 8.3 kills third-party chargers and that is why your Apple Watch won’t charge.

3. You are not Using the Original Apple Watch Charger

Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, Series 6, SE, and Series 7 only charge properly when a genuine Apple Watch charger is used.

You will need to buy an original Apple Watch to be able to charge your Apple Watch without any trouble and that is because the Apple Watch killed third-party charger supports for their watches. A third-party charger will show its charging and then stop.

In case the third-party charger works, (rarely does) a drop in charging speed is seen and the battery life reduces to worst because most of these chargers alter with battery life – avoid all this by choosing an Apple Watch charger you know is genuine.

4. Apple Watch Case could be Preventing the Watch from Charging

For your Apple Watch to charge there shouldn’t be any obstruction between the charging connector and the back of the watch.

Ensure the plastic cover on both sides of the magnetic Apple charger is peeled off when charging the Apple Watch.

5. Your Apple Watch is Jammed

Another reason why your Apple Watch is not charging is that it is jammed. The best thing to do when your Apple Watch is jammed is to force restart it.

A hard reset will give your watch’s WatchOS a fresh push. This will also clear the errors that might have cropped in during use.

Resetting an Apple Watch is so simple. Press and hold the side button and the Digital Crown altogether. Release the buttons once the Apple logo appears on the display.

That’s it! You have just successfully hard reset your Apple Watch. Now try charging with the Apple Watch propriety charger.

How to Charge Apple Watch

Put the Apple Watch magnetic charger to USB type C on the back of the Apple Watch. The end of the charging cable will hold on to the Apple Watch magnetically hence aligning the charger properly.

Unless the Apple Watch is set to silent a chime sound will play to signify that the Watch has just begun charging. A green bolt will also show on the Apple Watch screen to show the watch is charging.

On the other hand, when the bolt symbol goes read it means the Apple Watch needs to charge. When the bolt symbol goes yellow it means the Apple Watch is in low-power mode.

How to Check Apple Watch Remaining Charge

You can see how much charge is remaining on an Apple Watch by touching and holding the bottom of the screen and then swiping up to launch the Control Center. Alternatively, add a battery compilation to the clock face for a quicker check.

How to Save Power on Apple Watch

Apple Watch includes a mode that allows you to save charge after hours of charging. The mode responsible for saving power on Apple Watch is the Low Power Mode represented by the yellow bolt sign.

When you activate the Low Power Mode the Always-on display, heart rate monitor, heart rate notifications, and oxygen measurements automatically turn off. Other notifications may be active but will delay delivery.

The cellular operation gets partially disabled. It only activates when you need it for example when you want to want to send messages, make calls, or stream music. To turn on the Low Power Mode on Apple Watch do the following:

  • Touch and hold the bottom of the screen and then swipe up to launch the Control Center.
  • Tap on the battery percentage.
  • Turn the Low Power Mode ON.

How to Turn Off the Low Power Mode

Follow these steps to turn the Low Power Mode off:

  • Touch and hold the bottom of the screen and then swipe up to launch the Control Center.
  • Tap on the battery percentage.
  • Turn the Low Power Mode OFF.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long to Charge Apple Watch

Apple says that it has given the Apple Watch a battery that lasts the entire day. Their current goal for the Apple Watch battery life is 18 hours after an overnight charge.

Why is My Apple Watch Losing Battery so Fast?

There are many reasons why the battery in your Apple Watch is losing charge very fast. The most common reasons include atmospheric conditions, the Apple Watch has reached its lifespan – it is aged, software (WatchOS) issues, pairing issues, etc.

Can I Replace My Apple Watch Battery?

Fortunately, Apple offers to replace your Apple Watch battery for free provided you have the AppleCare+ and the Apple Watch is able to hold less than 80% of the original capacity.

Can you Charge an Apple Watch with a Regular Charger?

No, you cannot charge the Apple Watch with a regular charger or any charger. You can only charge the watch with an Apple Watch proprietary charge – the original Apple Watch charger or a genuine Apple Watch charger.

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