A question from Mary: My Apple Watch is stuck here. It only shows a red lighting bolt with time next to it, and I can’t reset it. The watch was on the charger all night long.
When your Apple Watch is displaying a red lighting bolt
The red lightning bolt on your Apple Watch is an indication to charge the device.
There are two different reasons why your Apple Watch may be showing a red lightning bolt on screen.
- Your watch has gone into Power Reserve mode.
- Your Apple Watch has little to no battery left.
Charge your Apple Watch
If you find that your Apple Watch is only showing a lighting bolt in red with no signs of the time, you will need to charge your device.
To charge your Apple Watch, follow the steps below:
- Plug your Apple Magnetic Charging Cable, Case, or Dock into its USB power adapter.
- Plug the adapter into a power outlet, or if easier, you can use a USB port.
- Now you need to place the charger to the back of the Apple Watch. The magnets on the charger will align with the Apple Watch. A charging symbol will appear on the face of the Watch.
- Finally, your Watch will start charging.
This can take some time. Once your Apple Watch is fully charged, you should notice that the red lightning bolt is no longer there.
Disable Power Reserve Mode
Apple Watch has a feature called Power Reserve mode that allows users to tell time while disabling other features. The purpose of this is to save battery life. The downside to Power Reserve is that your Apple Watch and iPhone will not be able to communicate. As a result, it temporarily impairs all the features on your Apple Watch.
Why put your Apple Watch into Power Reserve mode?
When the watch’s battery is at 10% or less, an alert will be sent asking if you wish to use the Power Reserve mode. Once the watch gets too low, it will go into Power Reserve mode. This will trigger the red lighting bolt to appear on your Apple Watch.
How to turn off Power Reserve mode
- Press and hold the side button, if you keep holding you will see the Apple Logo.
- Wait for your Apple Watch to restart.
To sum it all up, the red lightning bolt icon on your Apple Watch isn’t a serious issue, in fact, it’s not an issue at all. You just need to charge your device or get out of Power Reserve mode.
Apple Watch showing a green lighting bolt
Amiyah Kennett asked a question
That happened to me. I purchased a new charger. Thinking it was that. Looked at my charger. It wasn’t plugged in all the way.
That means the battery too flat to do anything. Check the charger itself.. Use the original one or take that one out the case. Try rebooting by holding the crown and the dock button together. If that doesn’t work I think your battery may need replacing.
I’ve had same problem put it on charge overnight … realized I hadn’t put cable in phone correctly easily done connection temperamental