If your Apple Watch isn’t taking any charge, don’t try to throw it away, blame on other people, or assume that the battery is broken.
The causes and solutions are right around the corner.
In this post, I’ll tell you why not even 1% of the battery was injected into the device and how to resolve that issue.
How to Know if your Apple Watch is charging?
Some people are too quick to assume that they’re doing everything correctly. Before accusing any surrounding elements, let’s see if the watch is even charging.
Start off by plugging the device into an adapter. If the battery is going through you should see a green lighting bolt appears on the screen. If the watch is running out of battery, you should see a red lighting bold instead.
As long as you see either icon is on the display, everything is working fine. Just wait a few hours.
If you don’t see a green or red lighting bolt, something is not running properly.
When your Apple Watch won’t charge
Here are some of the things you may want to double-check before continuing.
- For new owners, be sure to remove plastic wrap from either side of the charger
- Use only the Apple Magnetic Charging Cable and the USB Power Adapter that came with your Apple Watch.
- Check every single cable and make sure they’re plugged in completely
- Clean out the back of your Apple Watch and the magnetic charger
If your Apple Watch refuse to charge, try these.
- Force restart the device by pressing and holding the side button and Digital Crown until you see the Apple logo
- Inspect your charger and cables, if they’re broken or damaged, go to the Apple Store and buy another charger. Avoid buying low-quality ones online.
If attempting to solve this issue after or while your Apple Watch is dead – be patient because it might be out battery completely. This will take around 2-3 hours to turn back on.
In case your watch battery takes way longer to charge up, it may be a hardware related issue. The good news is that it is easy to replace the battery of the unit. You can also probably pick up a decent battery replacement for less than $30 at Amazon.
Tips for Faster Charging
According to the official document from Apple, it can take up to 2.5 hours to fully charge an Apple Watch. The study also mentioned that charging time around 1.5 hours can get your watch up to 80%.
Testing conducted by Apple in March 2015 using preproduction Apple Watch and software paired with an iPhone using preproduction software. Charge times are from 0% to 80% and from 0% to 100% using the included MagSafe inductive charger. Charge time varies with environmental factors; actual results will vary.
To speed up the charging time of your Apple Watch, follow the tips below:
- Turn on AirPlane Mode, this method is similar to the iPhone isn’t it?
- Find a cool place to charge. By this I mean don’t get your watch expose to the sun or hot area
- Entering Power Reserve: this mode allows you to see the time while shutting off other features
Keep your Apple Watch updated
Apple is aware of the battery problems on their Apple Watch and is always trying to optimize its usage via software updates.
So if you have not updated your watch to the latest watchOS version, now might be the right time to do so and check if it improves your battery usage. You can find the latest watchOS update via the Settings app.
Check the iOS version on your iPhone
We have extensively seen this based on emails from our readers that when the iOS is out of sync with the watchOS, multiple problems show up including battery life issues.
If your iPhone is running an older iOS, please take a moment to update the firmware as well. We suggest that you update the iOS first before updating the watchOS to the latest version.
Turn on power Saving Mode
Heart rate sensor is one of those features that suck a lot of battery juice out of your watch. If you do not use the monitor extensively, you can turn it off by switching to Power Saver Mode.
Go to your Apple Watch app on your iPhone > My Watch > Workout and turn on Power Saving Mode.
Turn Off “Activate on Wrist Raise” feature
This is a nice feature to show off to your friends who do not have an Apple Watch. But if you are having battery related issues, this can help out.
Every time you use your hands to do the talking, your watch unit gets activated and munches up on some of the precious battery juice. To disable the Activate on Wrist Raise feature on the Apple Watch choose Settings > General and toggle Activate on Wrist Raise off.
Smarter Notifications System
Start with your Facebook notifications and other social media apps.
By default, your Apple Watch notifications are set up to mirror your iPhone settings. For example, If you set your iPhone Mail app to notify you only of VIP emails, and your watch notifications mirror your iPhone, you’ll see only VIP email notifications on your Apple Watch.
For built-in apps, you can customize the notifications on your Apple Watch:
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone, go to My Watch > Notifications.
- Tap on an app.
- If you want the app’s notification settings to mirror settings on your iPhone, tap Mirror my iPhone. If you want to use different notification settings just for your Apple Watch, tap Custom.
For third-party apps, you can turn off notifications. We recommend that if you are having battery issues, you may want to explore the issue of third party apps. A runaway app can create massive juice drainage.
Last but not least, a secret port that not every Apple Watch owners know about. A third-party service has discovered that the Apple Watch charges faster through a built-in hidden port.
How to See Battery Percentage on Apple Watch
By default, the Apple Watch doesn’t show the current battery life. Just like on your iPhone and iPad, there will be an option to turn it on.
Having the battery life in percentage display on your watch will allows you to know when to charge the device and how far you can go without having to worry about running out of battery.
Here, we will show you how to add battery percentage to your existence watch face.
Start off by turning on your watch, firmly press on the display until you see Customize option.
- Swipe left until you can select a feature
- Then use the Digital Crown to change it
- Hit the Digital Crown again after you have selected the Battery and its location
Since watchOS 3, Apple has made a lot of improvements to their Watch Faces as well. Some of these changes can be seen from their press room.
Once enabled, the battery percentage of your Apple Watch will be shown in the corner of the screen.
But this time, you get more space for creativity and accessibility. Unlike the status bar on the iPhone, with the amount of room left, you can add more information such as daily activity or other details from different apps.