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(Photo : Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images for Apple) Apple Watch charger troubleshooting

Apple Watch is a smartwatch that does not plug directly into its charger. Because of this, there are charging problems that arises and it can be difficult to troubleshoot. Here's what you can do if your Apple Watch won't charge properly.

Restart your Apple Watch

Turning something on and off to refresh it usually does the trick, and you can try that on your Apple Watch too. If it is not charging properly but you still have enough battery life, then you can restart it.

In order to do so, you need to press and hold the button on the side until you see the "Power" menu. Then swipe the "Power Off" slider to the right and leave it to power down for a few minutes. Then turn it back on by holding the side button down.

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Check the connection

The Apple Watch does not have a solid, physical charging port, so it is difficult to tell when the watch is correctly connected to its charger, according to Buy Back Boss.

In order to make sure that it is, you need to clean both the charger and the back of the watch, wipe away any dust, grime or sweat. Do this regularly to prevent any gunk build-up.

Put your watch on the charger on a solid and steady surface with the cable at 90º to the band. The magnets should align everything automatically, but this puts your watch in the best angle to charge.

The green charging lighting bolt should show up but if it does not, you can wiggle the charger gently to make sure that it is magnetically locked in place.

Double check the charging block and the cable

The charging block is the easiest part that you can troubleshoot. If you have not done it yet, make sure that it is properly plugged into a power socket and that the charging cable is plugged into its USB-port properly.
If it is all properly plugged in, try the block in a different wall socket and try a different USB cable so you can confirm that the block is working.

If the block seems to work fine, you can try plugging the charging cable into the USB port on your computer or another charger. If you can borrow another Apple Watch, you can also check and see if the watch charges with your charger.

Try your watch with another charger

Since the Apple Watch has its own proprietary charging cable, trying a different charger is not always possible. If you use a third-party charger, you can check your Apple Watch with the charger that it came with.

If you can borrow a charger, you can try it with that. If you go with the process of elimination, you will notice that the problem is with the charging cable, the charging block or the watch itself.

The charging block is the simplest thing that you can replace, you may already have a spare. If it is the cable, you can get the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable.

If nothing works, then it is time to contact Apple Support. You can also use AppleCare+ as the watch should be under your support plan if you've purchase it recently.

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