Last updated on January 26th, 2022 at 06:07 pmPosted in Bug Fixes by Miika on November 8, 2021
Is your Apple Watch 7 not charging properly? Does it randomly stop charging and when you pick it up from the MagSafe puck, instead of having a 100% battery load, you only get a couple of ticks higher on the battery status?
Apple Watch 7 Not Charging
We’ve experienced a similar issue last year, after the release of watchOS 7 and the Series 6. Many Apple Watch models would unexpectedly stop charging. The issue was fixed with a software update!
The Apple Watch 7 comes with fast charging. This new feature might not be fine tuned enough and could be the reason of the Series 7 charging problems!
Are you also experiencing the same issue? Help us determine how common it is by sharing your feedback in the comments section. Provide as many details as possible to help us pinpoint the triggering factor.
How To Fix Apple Watch 7 Not Charging
Until a permanent fix is provided by Apple, we’ve found some temporary workarounds that help:
Update (November 18): Apple has released watchOS 8.1.1 with a fix for the Apple Watch 7 charging bug! Please update and confirm the fix in the comments section!
Update 2 (December 21): The Apple Watch stops charing issue seems to have flared up again after the watchOS 8.3 update.
Update 3 (January 26): Apple has released watchOS 8.4 with a fix for the Apple Watch charging issues! Please update and let us know if it does fix your problems!
If the newest release doesn’t help you can apply the following troubleshooting steps:
1. Reattach MagSafe Puck
First, you should try to disconnect watch from charger and snap it back a couple of seconds later. This should force the Series 7 to resume charging. Does it?
2. Restart Apple Watch
If the devices refuses to charge, your next step is to reboot it. A force restart could flush this glitch and cause the AW 7 charge again.
How to: Simultaneously press & hold the Digital Crown and the Side Button until the screen goes black. Release and be patient while the watch reboots.
Tip: Try force restarting with the MagSafe puck attached to the charger!
3. Change Charger
Important: Try to use a genuine Apple Watch charger. Avoid third-part ones and let us know if it makes a difference.
Tip: If you’re using a third-party nightstand, detach the MagSafe puck from it and try to charge without using any third-party objects that might get in the way.
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4. Turn Off Bluetooth
(Updated, December 21)
Shana reports that she managed to fix the Apple Watch not charging issue by disabling Bluetooth on the paired iPhone, before connecting the watch to the MagSafe puck.
You can try this too. Bluetooth on iPhone can be quickly turned off in Control Center. You can turn it back On after AW charging completes. Does it help? Use the comments section to report.
5. RePair Watch
If your Series 7 runs the most recent watchOS 8 version, your next option is to unpair Apple Watch. This will cause the device to reset. Finally, pair it back and restore from the most recent backup available:
- Open the Watch app on the paired iPhone and go for All Watches (top-left corner).
- Tap the ‘i’ icon next to the Apple Watch that you want to reset.
- Go for Unpair Apple Watch. A backup of your device will be automatically created on the iPhone.
- Bring your Series 7 near your iPhone to trigger the pairing process. When done, try to charge it. Does it still randomly stop?
Use Charging Reminders
While you troubleshoot Apple Watch 7 not charging make sure that the Charging Reminders are enabled. Your iPhone is able to inform your when the watch is fully charged.
Instead of babysitting your Series 7 while on the MagSafe charger, rely on this notifications. If the ‘Apple Watch is Fully Charged’ alert doesn’t get triggered it means that the problem persists.
How to: Enabled this feature in Watch (app on iPhone) -> Sleep -> Charging Reminders.
Have you managed to fix Apple Watch 7 not charging? Did any of the tips provided above help out? Do you have a better solution? Use the comments section to share your feedback.