Apple Watch Not Charging? Here are 4 Solutions to Fix It

You love wearing your Apple Watch as it’s a brilliant piece of tech with cool features. However, if it does not charge, you’re left with an expensive showpiece with no use. Now, before you panic wondering ‘why isn’t the Apple Watch charging,’ follow this guide, and see how to fix this issue successfully.

  1. Hard Reset Your Apple Watch
  2. Remove Apple Watch Protective Case
  3. Try A Different Apple Watch Charger
  4. Erase Your Apple Watch and Set up Again

Before We Begin:

Let us first ensure that your Apple Watch is charging or not. To check this, please place the watch on the charger. Do you see a lightning bolt icon? It is okay if it disappears.

Now, open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Next, tap on the battery percentage.

If you find that it is charging, you are good to go. If it isn’t, please continue reading below. Let us fix this problem!

1. Hard Reset Your Apple Watch

A force restart will give a fresh push to the watchOS. This will also take care of software level errors that may have cropped in during regular use.

To hard reset your Apple Watch, press the Side button and the Digital Crown together. Leave the buttons when you see the Apple logo on the screen.

hard reset apple watch

2. Remove Apple Watch Protective Case

Do you use a protective case that covers the entire back of your Apple Watch? If yes, please remove it. There should be no obstruction between the rear of the watch and the charging connector.

If you have not peeled off the plastic wrap from both sides of the magnetic Apple Watch charger, please do it.

Additionally, ensure that dirt isn’t causing interference. To clean the rear portion of the watch and the charger, use a soft dry cloth and slowly wipe the surfaces.

3. Try A Different Apple Watch Charger

Before we go for a full erase, it is logical to check a few basics.

    • Make sure to use the original charger and connector that comes in the box with the Apple Watch.
    • Inspect the cable for physical damage.
    • The problem might be with the charger. Consider using a second charger to further ensure.
    • Make sure the USB is appropriately plugged in the power adapter or computer.

4. Erase Your Apple Watch and Set Up Again

Your Apple Watch won’t charge despite following the above solutions and recommendations?

In such a case, let’s fully erase the Apple Watch and set it up again. This will remove everything that is currently on your watch, including any custom settings.

To erase the Apple Watch, press the Digital crown to see all the apps. From here, tap on the Settings app icon. Tap on GeneralReset.

open settings tap on general then tap on reset on apple watch

Now, tap on Erase All Content and Settings → Erase All. Type the watch passcode and confirm.

erase all content and settings on apple watch

Once the full reset completes, you will have to pair (set-up) your Apple Watch again.

Signing Off

These are some of the ways to get you Apple Watch charging again successfully. In case this article did not work positively for you, contact Apple Support, and learn about your repair options.

Next, if everything is alright with your watch, look at some more interesting articles like how to use auto workout detection and how to share Watch Faces.

Finally, you should also check our excellent guide on customizing the Apple Watch face and having it according to your preference.

The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.