A question from Jamie: I turned my Apple Watch off last night after it had a full charge, and now it won’t turn on. Just a black screen with the Apple logo. I tried doing a reset a few times and it’ll reset, but it still comes back with a black screen and logo. Does anyone know what might be going on with it? It’s literally been worn for one week now. No damage or anything done to it yet.
For whatever reasons your Apple Watch won’t turn on, try some of the methods shared below.
Check the Battery & Charging Cable
This is the first thing that you should do. Checking the charger will let you know whether the battery is dying or something else is not working properly. Get started by plugging your Apple Watch to a charging stand and wait for it to charge. If hours have passed by and nothing is showing up, then observe the charging cable.
If you want to charge your Apple Watch via a computer, be sure to use a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port or else it won’t work. Also, the desktop or laptop has to be on and awake while the charging is in session.
Note: Don’t connect the USB to an external computer part such as a keyboard. Some keyboards have an additional port but don’t use that. The cable has to be plugged directly into the computer.
Apple Watch will not turn on after hours of charging
Ellayna Oliver asked a question
Mine was dead for a few days, so I go to put it on the charger and it doesn’t come on and it’s super hot when put on the charger for like 10 minutes. I tried to hard reset it and it flashed the Apple Watch sign and then wouldn’t turn on. Has anyone had this issue before?
Its dead. You need to charge it before it will turn back on. Maybe something is wrong with your charger or something
I had this issue and it was my charger I had to buy a new one. My charger was brand new and it didn’t work still so I bought one off amazon and it started charging right away
If your watch was dead for a couple of days, 10 mins isn’t long enough to get any kind of reliable charge.
Is your Apple Watch on Power Reserve?
Users are often mistaken their watch for a dead device when it’s just in Power Reserve mode. That’s entirely understandable because this feature disables everything. It will even stop the connection between your Apple Watch and your iPhone.
When Power Reserve is enabled, you will see a red bolt icon with the time next to it. Power Reserve allows you to continue to tell time while saving battery. As a result, it forces all other functionality to shut down.
To disable Power Reserve mode on your Apple Watch, you have to press and hold the side button till the Apple logo display on the screen.
Apple Watch Black Screen of Death
Sometimes this happens where your Apple Watch is showing the “Black Screen of Death.” The device displays a black screen and nothing else.
Try pressing and holding both Digital Crown and side button for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo shows up. This is force restart, and it helps to fix static black screen problem on your Apple Watch.
Apple Watch died after swimming
It sounds like the water resistance failed. Water lock prevents the water ‘tapping’ the screen. If you bought the watch from new. Take it to the retailer for support or contact Apple support. If it is a second hand watch then still contact Apple and see what they recommend. This is all I can advise as the watch is an enclosed unit. I have had 3 in the past 5 years and the past 2 I have swum with, no issues what so ever.
Yes take it back! I’ve swam with mine many times without water lock on, all that does is lock the screen from going wonky in the water.
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