Charge Apple Watch

Charge Apple Watch

Set up the charger

  1. In a well-ventilated area, place the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable (included), MagSafe Duo Charger, or Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock on a flat surface.

  2. Plug it into the power adapter (sold separately).

  3. Plug the adapter into a power outlet.

Begin charging Apple Watch

Place the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable on the back of your Apple Watch. The concave end of the charging cable magnetically snaps to the back of your Apple Watch and aligns it properly.

You hear a chime when charging begins (unless your Apple Watch is in silent mode) and see a charging symbol on the watch face. The symbol is red when Apple Watch needs power and turns green when Apple Watch is charging.

You can charge your Apple Watch in a flat position with its band open, or on its side.

  • If you’re using the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock or MagSafe Duo Charger: Lay your Apple Watch on the dock.

  • If your battery is very low: You may see an image of the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable and the low battery symbol on the screen. For more information, see the Apple Support article If your Apple Watch won’t charge or it won’t turn on.

Apple Watch Series 6

The concave end of the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable snaps to the back of Apple Watch magnetically.

Apple Watch SE

The concave end of the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable snaps to the back of Apple Watch magnetically.

Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5

The concave end of the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable snaps to the back of Apple Watch magnetically.

Apple Watch Series 3

The concave end of the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable snaps to the back of Apple Watch magnetically.

WARNING: For important safety information about the battery and charging Apple Watch, see Important safety information for Apple Watch.

Check remaining power

To see remaining power, touch and hold the bottom of the screen, then swipe up to open Control Center. To more quickly check the remaining power, add a battery complication to the watch face. See Customize the watch face.

Watch face showing the battery percentage complication in the top-right corner.

Save power when the battery is low

You can put your Apple Watch in Power Reserve mode to stretch the remaining battery power. Your Apple Watch still displays the time, but you can’t use apps.

  1. Touch and hold the bottom of the screen, then swipe up to open Control Center.

  2. Tap the battery percentage, then drag the Power Reserve slider to the right.

The Power Reserve screen showing the Done button at the top left, remaining battery percentage, and the Power Reserve slider.

Tip: If you have battery-powered devices such as AirPods connected to your Apple Watch through Bluetooth, their remaining charge appears on this screen.

When battery charge drops to 10 percent or lower, your Apple Watch alerts you and gives you the opportunity to enter Power Reserve mode.

The low power alert includes a button you can tap to enter Power Reserve mode.

When your Apple Watch is almost out of power, it enters Power Reserve mode automatically.

Tip: For tips on maximizing battery life, see Maximizing Battery Life and Lifespan at the Apple website.

Return to normal power mode

Restart your Apple Watch—press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

The battery must have at least 10 percent charge for your Apple Watch to restart.

Check time since the last charge

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.

  2. Tap Battery.

    The Battery screen shows the remaining battery percentage, a graph that details the recent history of the battery charge, and information about when the battery was last charged.

On the Battery screen you see remaining battery charge, a graph of battery usage over time, and when the battery was last charged to 60 percent.

You can also check the time since last charge on iPhone. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, then go to General > Usage.

Check battery health

You can find out the capacity of your Apple Watch battery relative to when it was new.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.

  2. Tap Battery, then tap Battery Health.

Apple Watch alerts you if battery capacity is significantly reduced, allowing you to check your service options.

Use optimized battery charging

To reduce battery aging, Apple Watch uses on-device machine learning to learn your daily charging routines so it can wait to finish charging past 80 percent until you need to use it.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.

  2. Tap Battery, then tap Battery Health.

  3. Turn on Optimized Battery Charging.

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