Apple Watch Gets Hot While Charging? How to Fix the Issue

A question from Mario: My Apple Watch overheats tremendously. A couple of days ago, it overheated to the point of shutting down. I had to stick it in the fridge for a couple minutes. From a few posts I’ve read, it seems that this overheating is a known problem. Has anybody figured any solutions for it yet?

You may have noticed the Apple Watch gets hot while charging, especially if you used it a lot prior to plugging in your charger.

The Apple Watch is not a device that’s likely to overheat. This article offers some tips that should help you resolve the issue.

My Apple Watch Gets Super Hot While Charging

If your Apple Watch has been getting hot while charging, there are a few things to check.

First, ensure you’re using the original charger and USB cable.

If you use a third-party charger, it might not charge your Apple Watch properly or may even damage it.

Use the charger that came with your Apple Watch. If you don’t have one, you can use the Magnetic Fast Charger. This will ensure that your device charges in its optimum condition.

If you use a wireless charger for your Apple Watch, check that it’s plugged into an outlet with power; if it’s plugged into an extension cord or surge protector for some reason, try using a different outlet closer to where you usually charge other devices.

Charge Your Apple Watch in a Cool Environment

Make sure to charge your Apple Watch in an area with good ventilation as this makes sure that heat doesn’t build up inside the device causing damage over time.

Apple Watch is designed to work best in ambient temperatures between 32° to 95° F (0° and 35° C) and should be stored at ambient temperatures of -4° and 113° F (-20° and 45° C). As you can see, it is built with optimal operating temperatures in mind. The device is solidly built products and should last you a long time.

  • Don’t charge your Apple Watch in direct sunlight.
  • Don’t charge your Apple Watch in a hot car.
  • Don’t charge it in a hot room.

How To Stop Apple Watch From Getting Hot Easily

  1. Restart your Apple Watch by pressing on the side button until you see the Power Off slide.
  2. Unplug the Apple Watch and let it sit there for 10 – 15 minutes then turn it off.
  3. Now let your Apple Watch charge and do not use it while the device is being charged.

Please note that Apple’s instructions suggest very clearly that while charging, Apple Watch, its power adapter, and Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable should stay in a well-ventilated area.

The steps below should only be used if none of the solutions above helped you out, and your watch still gets hot quickly, even with minimal usage.

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to General > Reset > Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings.
  3. Confirm that you want to proceed and wait.

You just revert your Apple Watch to its factory settings. I’ve seen some positive outcomes from this method.


If the issue remains prominent, contact Apple for further assistant.

Apple Watch SE Overheating

Jenny Grimshaw asked a question

I have never had an Apple Watch before. I am thinking of getting the SE 40mm cellular. This might sound a strange question, but my one concern is it getting hot on my wrist. I know when an iPhone, or iPad is used a lot it can get warm. Has anyone ever felt any discomfort from an Apple Watch? Also are they comfortable in general to wear? Unfortunately there is no way for me to see one in the flesh or try one on in a shop. Thankyou for any helpful comments

I would hold off on the SE for a little bit only because there have been reports of some overheating/screens burning out. Not trying to alarm anyone, just looking out!

Ryan K. J. Jackson

There has been exactly 6 SEs overheat all in South Korea. My 5c never gets noticeably hot, your watch rarely does strenuous processes.

Dean Gregory

They are having an issue with some SE watches getting hot, so you may want to follow that news before buying. I’ve had a Series 3 for a few years now. It doesn’t get even warm to the touch (except on the charger). However, some bands can make you feel hot and sweaty. I really dislike the silicone bands for that reason. My favorite band is a narrow leather band I bought (not Apple brand) and it seems to “breathe” so even on the hottest day it’s not uncomfortable. The velcro bands (nylon sport loops) are also very comfortable on hot days.

Janice Sternfeld

Mine has never gotten warm. And try the Nike sports bands, they’ve got breathable holes to give your wrist more air

Jess Crowley

Cellular not available until Apple Watch cools down

Jeff Griffith

Was in my apartment talking for about 10-12 minutes with a buddy before it hung up and displayed this message.

Cellular will not be available until Apple Watch cools down.

It was fairly warm to the touch. Usually have 2-4 bars of signal inside. I ran it under the faucet with cold water. Was using cellular because I left my phone several miles away at a customers house on accident.

It’s a safety feature of the watch. Calling on cellular (not Bluetooth) will make the watch heat up, so to avoid overheating and damaging the watch, it turns off many resource intensive features.

Ian Harwood

The main thing no-one has mentioned is that cellular calls are not all equal. The output power required is regulated by the system. The other end will ask it to increase transmission strength if the receiver is further away. The watch might in this case have been on max output for a time. Also it’s not true being small makes it cooler. A smaller device could easily become too hot because it has less metal to absorb and then dissipate the heat from the active components to the air. It depends a lot on the workload.

Also cooling a device quickly causes the air inside to shrink, so it increases the chance of sucking water in. It may have expelled air threw the seals while it was hot. Putting it in a cool place and on a cool surface is preferable to in water. The watch is not actually water proof. Many have suffered water damage. They say it is water resistant.

Dave Covich

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  1. How do you fix Apple Watch showing black only or red lightening bolt and charger cord when side bottom pushed. It should have charged all night.

  2. Hello,
    I did every trouble shooting suggestion. NO thing worked. I have the Aluminum 38mm,3 or 4, looks like after a bit of research there is a problem with this model?
    Ike crazy,feels dangerous????
    Please advise. Is there a recall.
    Thank you for helping.
    Kym Webster

  3. I just got a Apple series 5 watch for a gift.
    The watch is great, but when I charged it for the first time, it seemed like it was getting hot while charging.
    I was told that it should not get hot. After the watch is fully charged, it should stop charging.
    I’m wondering if there is a defect in the watch because, after being on the charger all night, I would think that the watch should be fully charged with the charger now off. This is not the case.

  4. My husband had just charged his phone all night. We were out eating breakfast and his got real hot on his arm then it went dead and he’s charging it again now. What caused that and what can we do about it ??? He says it doesn’t seem to be charging now.

  5. My series 3 is stuck on black screen. When i put it to charge, it appears an overheat sign. I did not used in hot/cold environments nor in saunas/wet places. Apple service could not help me.

  6. My series 3 is stuck on black screen. When i put it to charge, it appears an overheat sign. I did not used in hot/cold environments nor in saunas/wet places. Apple service could not help me.

  7. I had my watch placed it on my wrist
    My wrist became very hot my iwatch was over heating I couldn’t turn off. I placed in the freezer. Few minutes I pulled it out had shut it self off wouldn’t turn on plus had drained it’s self of power
    Now what

  8. My Apple Watch is hot while charging and when I checked there’s no charge at all I’ve done all
    The trouble shooting but no one works


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