If you own an Apple Watch, then you might have noticed that it doesn’t charge as fast as it could. The issue has been present since the launch of the device and it never seems to go away either. It is a common complaint, especially among those who rely on their Apple Watches quite heavily throughout the day.
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Thanks to some recent fixes from Apple, we are seeing some improvements in how much time it takes for a watch to charge again. However, there are still some cases where the Apple Watch does not charge at all, even after several charges. So what can you do if your Watch isn’t charging well? Let us take a look at possible solutions to help improve charging speeds once again.
Check if the Apple Watch Is Charging
If you are still facing issues with your Apple Watch not charging, you should make sure that the device is actually connected to a power source. You might notice that the light on the charger is on, but the Watch does not get charged. So make sure that you haven’t unplugged the cable. Now, if the Apple Watch is actually charging, then you need to determine the issue that is causing the issue. So what can you do to check if your Apple Watch is charging? Well, there are several methods you can use.
- You can try to wake up your Watch. Most people usually charge a Watch while they are asleep. To be sure, wake up your Watch and see if it is charging.
- Turn off and then on your iPhone again. This might clean up the Watch’s charging port, so that you are receiving less power.
- If you have downloaded an app that is consuming a lot of power, then you might want to remove it. Apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are usually the ones that are to blame for low battery life.
Reseat the Lightning Cable
One of the best ways to make sure that your Watch gets charged properly is to try reseating the Lightning cable connected to the device. This is often a common error that people make, especially when they are prone to pulling the cable out too fast. So if you have tried all of the above, and you have failed to resolve the issue, then you should try reseating the cable. To do so, gently pull the cable out of the port on the back of the Apple Watch until it clicks. Then push the cable back in until it clicks again. This is important, as you don’t want to force the cable into the port. If the Watch isn’t charging again, try reseating the cable. If the Watch is still not charging, try pushing the cable further in until it clicks. Make sure that you don’t force it in.
Another method that you can try to solve an uncharging issue is to restart the Watch. This is a simple solution that requires almost no effort on your part. All you need to do is press the Watch’s button, until you see an animation of the Watch logo. Now after restarting, you need to let the Watch charge for a few minutes. Again, if the Watch isn’t charging, try restarting it. If it still isn’t charging, you can try pushing the cable further in as per the above steps.
Reset Watch to Factory Defaults
If you have tried the methods above, but your Apple Watch is still not charging, then you might want to try resetting the Watch to factory defaults. This is a simple, safe and quick solution that might be able to charge your device properly again.
- To do so, press and hold the Digital Crown and the Side button at the same time until you see the Apple logo.
- Then let go of the button while keeping the Crown pressed. This will take you to the Watch’s setup screen again.
- Now you need to scroll down to “Reset Watch to Factory Defaults”. Once you press the button, your Watch will reset and you need to let it charge for a few minutes.
If the Watch isn’t charging, try restarting it again. If the Watch is still not charging, try pushing the cable in further as per the above steps.
Replace the Watch Battery
There is also a chance that your Apple Watch battery might be failing. Now, a battery can die over time, and it is possible that you might be experiencing that. But if you are getting the issue where your Watch isn’t charging, then you might want to consider replacing the battery in your Watch.
Now, this is not a very common issue as people think that it is difficult to replace the Watch battery. However, if you are willing to do a bit of preparation, then it isn’t that hard at all. The first thing that you need to do is charge your Watch. Once you have charged the Watch, you need to remove the magnetic charger from the Watch. Now you can remove the Watch battery from the Watch. You need to keep the battery safe, as you might need to use it again in the future.
Now, you need to charge your iPhone and an Apple Watch companion device simultaneously, like a MacBook. Once the devices are charged, you can connect them to a USB port on your Mac. Then you need to connect the Watch battery to the Watch, by pushing it through the port on the back.
Check for Water Damage or Stuck-Open Cases
One of the best ways to make sure that your Watch gets charged again is to check for water damage or stuck-open cases. These issues occur when the Watch is exposed to water. They will damage the charging port on the Watch, so that it doesn’t charge properly. So if none of the above methods are working, you might want to consider taking off the Watch band, and opening it up. It is important to do this, as you might notice some debris, dust or water inside the ports. If you find any of this, then you need to clean it off and let the Watch charge again.
There are many ways to ensure that your Apple Watch is getting charged properly, but the above solutions are some of the most common ones. If you have tried all of the above methods and your Watch is still charging slowly, then you might want to consider replacing the Watch battery. If you have tried all of the above, but your Watch is still not charging, then you might want to consider contacting Apple support. They might be able to provide you with a solution to your issue, or point you in the right direction.