How to Fix Apple Watch Green Snake of Death Not Charging

If you’re reading this, chances are you have encountered the dreaded “green snake of death” on your Apple Watch. You know the feeling – you finally get your hands on your new device, you’re excited to try it out, and then you’re met with a strange green snake-like pattern on the screen.

It’s frustrating, confusing, and can make you wonder if you made a mistake purchasing an Apple Watch in the first place.

But fear not, because in this blog post, I’ll provide some solutions on how to fix the green snake of death and get your Apple Watch up and running again.

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Fix #1: Charge Your Apple Watch

When I received my current Apple Watch, I was taken aback because it didn’t turn on even though I expected it to be pre-charged and ready for use right out of the box. I initially assumed it was defective, but after leaving it on the charger for an extended period of time (about an hour in my case), it finally came to life.

Start by plugging your Apple Watch into an adapter.

If the battery is charging, you should see a green lightning bolt on the screen. If your watch is already out of battery, you may see a red lightning bolt instead.

Let your watch sit on the charger for a few hours.

Fix #2: Apple Watch Green Snake of Death Not Charging

If you’re having trouble charging your Apple Watch, there are several steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue.

First, if you’re a new owner, be sure to remove the plastic wrap from both sides of the charger. It’s also important to use only the Apple Magnetic Charging Cable and USB Power Adapter that came with your watch.

Next, check all cables and make sure they’re plugged in completely. You should also clean the back of your watch and the magnetic charger to ensure there’s no debris interfering with the connection.

If none of these steps work, try force restarting your watch by holding down the side button and Digital Crown until you see the Apple logo. If your charger or cables are broken or damaged, it’s best to purchase a new one from the Apple Store.

Sometimes it does take a while to charge. You should also ensure every component on your side is working correctly—for example, the charging cable, the outlet, etc. In most cases, the issue comes down to slow charging time rather than the watch not taking any charge.

I purchased a refurbished Apple Watch Series 4 and it came with a generic charger. However, the charger could not charge the watch for more than five minutes at a time.

So, I decided to buy an Apple-certified charger from Amazon, and it worked perfectly. This experience taught me that sometimes it’s worth investing in higher-quality products rather than opting for cheaper alternatives.

John Seagle

Fix #3: Improve Your Apple Watch Charging Time

To speed up the charging time of your Apple Watch, follow the tips below:

  1. Turn on Airplane Mode to reduce battery consumption.
  2. Charge your watch in a cool place, away from direct sunlight and heat.
  3. Enable Power Reserve mode to conserve battery life, which disables all features except the time display.
  4. Make sure to update your watchOS to the latest version, as Apple continuously improves battery optimization through software updates. Check for updates in the Settings app under General > Software Update.
  5. Don’t forget to update your iPhone to the latest firmware version, as this can also help with any software issues that might impact your Apple Watch’s battery life.

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  1. What if i have left my apple watch for about 5 days with no charge at all, then i come back and try to charge it and it doesnt charge at all, it just shows a display of the cable on the screen and nothing else…i have left it for hours on the charge and still nothing what should i do now?

  2. I have the same problem & it’s very frustrating! I recently contacted apple care since mine is still under warranty but by the time I received the return box it was working again (after being charged for almost 3days) so I decided not to return it & not hassle but now I’m back with the same problem… Sighs… I guess I’ll have to return it this time

  3. Wow the new Apple watches series 2 have really good battery life! I went to bed last night with it on my wrist and forgot to charge after a full day and woke up to it with 60% left!

  4. I put my watch on the charger last night the night clock was on. 8 hours later it was only charged to 64 percent started at 50 percent. I laid it flat so the clock was off and it went to 100 in about 30 min.

  5. I left my watch in storage (on accident ) and now when I️ place on the charger it displays the apple for about 10 seconds then a blank screen for abou 5 seconds and the Apple displays and this goes on and on and on. What do I do???

  6. My watch is totally dead. Iput it on the charger and it shows the green snake for about 5 seconds and turns off. It keeps on doing this and will not charge. I have tried to hard reset and the watch is completely dead so I can’t do anything. Anyone have this problem. Cords are all fine.


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