Is your brand new Apple Watch Series 6 not charging properly? Does it stop charging after a few minutes or is it charging very slowly? This isn’t normal, but you’re not the only one affected. We’re experiencing this problem on our own devices running watchOS 7.1 and have been also mailed by a series of readers complaining about the not charging bug occurring on new and old models like the Apple Watch Series 5, 4 and even 3.
Apple Watch Stops Charging Pattern
The AW charging problem occurs close after you connect your device to the MagSafe puck. The smartwatch unexpectedly stops charging. You’ll only notice it when you get back a while later to pick it up from the charger only to notice that the remaining battery percentage grew by only a small amount. You might think that the Apple Watch is charging slowly, when in fact it’s charging for just a few minutes before it stops and doesn’t charge at all anymore.
Is Optimized Battery Charging To Blame?
Some might think that the Apple Watch stops charging because the Optimized Charging feature kicks-in, which by the way is a new addition in watchOS 7. However, this can only be the case if the Watch stops at charging when the 80% battery charge is reached.
Tip: To filter out this feature that aims to prevent battery ageing, you can manually disable it from your wrist. Click the Digital Crown and browse for Settings -> General -> Battery -> Battery Health -> Optimized Battery Charging (Turn Off). More details are available here.
How To Fix Apple Watch Not Charging
At the time of writing we couldn’t fully fix this problem, but here are a few troubleshooting tips that will have you to temporarily solve it:
1. Disconnect and Reconnect Charger
A quick fix for this issue is to disconnect your Apple Watch from the MagSafe puck, wait a couple of seconds and reconnect it. This usually, resumes the charging and the process should continue successfully until the battery is fully charged.
However, in some cases they Watch might stop charging again. You’ll have to babysit it and proceed to the next step when finished.
2. Force Restart Apple Watch
The second option is to reboot the wrist-worn device and check if the slow charging issues reoccur during the next charging cycle. The easiest way to do it is by simultaneously pressing and holding the Digital Crown and the Side Button until the Apple Logo is displayed on the screen. The Watch will restart and hopefully charging will occur without any other problems.
3. Try A Different Charger
Another good tip is to try to charge your Apple Watch with a different MagSafe puck and notice if stops again. If it does, the problem is clearly watchOS 7 related.
4. Install Software Update
At the time of writing, the most recent software version is watchOS 7.1. Apple should fix the not charging bug in an upcoming release. We will update this article as soon as a new version is available. You can check it yourself from your wrist by browsing for Settings -> General -> Software Update.
5. Restore Apple Watch
- Grab the companion iPhone and open the Watch app.
- In the My Watch tab, tap on All Watches.
- Tap the orange ‘i’ icon next to your watch’s name.
- Use the Unpair Apple Watch option to erase your watch.
Fact: A full copy of the data on your device will be saved on your iPhone.
- Next up, use the Watch app to re-pair your Watch to your iPhone.
- Select the Restore from Backup option and select the most recent backup available. Be patient until the process is completed and configure your watch when ready.
Are you also experiencing the Apple Watch not charging, slow charging, stops charging or however you might want to call it issue? Did any of the tips provided above help out? Do you know a better fix? Don’t hesitate to share your feedback in the comments section available below.
Related: The Watch isn’t the only Apple device having problems with MagSafe. The new iPhone 12 lineup is also experiencing shortcomings with inductive charging. iPhone 12 models are either not charging at all or are stuck on the MagSafe charging animation.