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Battery stuck at 100

Wentzelg

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Just curious if anyone else has seen a watch (series 2 latest update) that constantly shows 100 percent charge? I've been stuck at home recovering from surgery so my watches have been setting on a charger for about a month. I have two and both are paired to my iPhone 7 plus. It started yesterday when I used my ss. After 15 minutes of use fresh off the charger it showed the charger icon and acted like it was dead. I charged it for maybe 10 minutes and it showed full. I put it back on and in about 2 hours showed the charger icon and acted like a low charge. At this point I reset it and restored it. It did it again 2 hours or so later. Next up I called apple since it is under warranty and they ran the battery diagnostics and all appeared good. They want me to send it in. Since they are sending a box I had a day or two to play with it. I reset it as a new watch and it has worked since then. The only problem is it never shows anything but 100 percent charge. I slept with it all night and in the morning it was still 100 percent. At this point it gave up, decided to wait on the box and a return. Update: the watch went from 100% to charger icon about 2 hours into the day. Definitely something not right.

Here where it gets odd, I switched to my series 2 sport and it is stuck at 100 also. I've not used it since 8/1 and have not installed anything. It was working perfectly when I put it on the charger. I got to thinking it might be the phone and so I reset my network settings ( probably a placebo) and still nothing. I've got two glitched watches. Any thoughts or ideas?
 
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Relentless Power

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Just curious if anyone else has seen a watch (series 2 latest update) that constantly shows 100 percent charge? I've been stuck at home recovering from surgery so my watches have been setting on a charger for about a month. I have two and both are paired to my iPhone 7 plus. It started yesterday when I used my ss. After 15 minutes of use fresh off the charger it showed the charger icon and acted like it was dead. I charged it for maybe 10 minutes and it showed full. I put it back on and in about 2 hours showed the charger icon and acted like a low charge. At this point I reset it and restored it. It did it again 2 hours or so later. Next up I called apple since it is under warranty and they ran the battery diagnostics and all appeared good. They want me to send it in. Since they are sending a box I had a day or two to play with it. I reset it as a new watch and it has worked since then. The only problem is it never shows anything but 100 percent charge. I slept with it all night and in the morning it was still 100 percent. At this point it gave up, decided to wait on the box and a return.

Here where it gets odd, I switched to my series 2 sport and it is stuck at 100 also. I've not used it since 8/1 and have not installed anything. It was working perfectly when I put it on the charger. I got to thinking it might be the phone and so I reset my network settings ( probably a placebo) and still nothing. I've got two glitched watches. Any thoughts or ideas?


Try a hard reset by holding down the power button and Digital Crown. This happened to another member and it rectified the issue.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/battery-stuck-at-100.2060204/
 
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Wentzelg

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What happens when you run it dead/flat?
I'm about to find out. I'm going to wear it till it dies and try charging then to see if that helps.
[doublepost=1502908843][/doublepost]The other thing that strikes me as odd, is that it is two watches doing the same thing? Makes me think somehow the phone is a part of this. I really don't want to reset my phone if I don't need to.
 
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Wentzelg

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I have been playing a little bit more. The sport model I put in power save mode and then rebooted and it has started to discharge. I am going to say it is good for now. The ss one is still weird. I tried the power saving mode trick with it and it showed the charge icon again and then promptly rebooted and showed a full charge once I put it on the charger. I am starting to think it may be a hardware issue. I don't ever see the charge icon on the sport. With all the new updates they do discharge much less than before. I may have miss diagnosed the second unit as a result of the issues with the ss one. I will watch it a bit and see what happens. The ss is going back to apple for sure when the box comes.
 
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Targets R Us

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I am having the same problem. Seems to have started sometime shortly(?) after the update to 3.2.3, so far nothing has worked to clear it. Yesterday I contacted Apple support. After the usual questions and running the remote analytics tool on the watch, the help desk agent believes it is a software problem. I now have a genius bar trip scheduled for Sunday. It'll probably be to just hand them the watch to then send it out to the repair depot.

I'll report back with an update when I have more to share.

-Jeff
 
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Wentzelg

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Are you showing only the 100 percent charge? Mine also would turn off and show the charger icon. I sent it off to be replaced. My other one started showing a correct discharge after a hard reset and switching to power save then back to non power save. It however did not show the charger icon. I think it is possible that one of mine may have been hardware and the other software.
 
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Targets R Us

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Mine only shows a charge level of 100%. I *think* I am getting inconsistent full charges as well. Starting with a fully 'dead' battery, I get a 100% charge indication after only a minute on the charger.

After leaving the watch on the charge for several hours, the watch will last anywhere between 30 minutes and all day+ before the battery runs out.

-Jeff
 
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Relentless Power

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Mine only shows a charge level of 100%. I *think* I am getting inconsistent full charges as well. Starting with a fully 'dead' battery, I get a 100% charge indication after only a minute on the charger.

After leaving the watch on the charge for several hours, the watch will last anywhere between 30 minutes and all day+ before the battery runs out.

-Jeff

Strange. Several others have reported this "100%" battery glitch and a hard reset has rectified the issue. It must be different or inconsistent for everyone's Watch.
 
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Wentzelg

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So I got an email today stating that they could not replicate the issue on the SS one that shows the charger icon, and were sending my watch back. I contacted Apple Care again and spoke with another Technician who basically wanted me to wait till I get the watch and start down the path again. She said that I would need to reset the watch and setup as new (already done with first tech) and then they could run the diagnostics from my phone (also already done). Very frustrating. I tried to be very polite and persistent but I could tell I was frustrating her. She did eventually transfer me to a senior tech who agreed to flag my second return for replacement.

I realize that any rant I have is totally a first world problem and going on and on about how Apple is failing pointless. Sucks to be me and I will have to wait for another box and the defective one to be returned. It's my fault for not living close to an Apple store. There some politeness, a little social engineering and likely being able to show them the problem and I would probably of had a new watch? In the past I have taken the time to do a 2 hour drive and have been completely satisfied. This time not so much.

I do have to say this is not what I expected from Apple. They typically have been totally cool about doing an advanced replacement apple care or not. I asked several times about that and initially they told me yes they could but eventually came back and said no. Oh well I will certainly give them a fair but frank evaluation when I get the call survey.
 
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Targets R Us

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Here's an update on my 'stuck at 100%' problem.

Between the time I spoke with support and was scheduled to visit the Apple Store, I put the watch through several full charge to full discharge cycles. Literally a half an hour before .I was scheduled to leave for my appointment, the watch started to show a charge level less than 100%.

I had support postpone my visit and put my case with on hold.

The watch has been working fine since then.

Pure speculation leads me to think that the watch lost track of battery use and size. Runnng it through those extreme cycles re-taught it.

--Jeff
 
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DanielDanis

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Here's an update on my 'stuck at 100%' problem.

Between the time I spoke with support and was scheduled to visit the Apple Store, I put the watch through several full charge to full discharge cycles. Literally a half an hour before .I was scheduled to leave for my appointment, the watch started to show a charge level less than 100%.

I had support postpone my visit and put my case with on hold.

The watch has been working fine since then.

Pure speculation leads me to think that the watch lost track of battery use and size. Runnng it through those extreme cycles re-taught it.

--Jeff


Hi Jeff,

I know it’s been a while but I have the same issue that started about 4-5 days ago. Tried everything from restarting to unpairing to factory reset.

My question is: how did you get the watch to completely discharge if it shuts off randomly after a couple hours (it obviously still has battery but won't turn on until put on charger for a couple minutes, which then shows 100% again).
 
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Jaymd1970

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Sep 20, 2012
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I have had a similar problem on m6 wife’s AW where it would should 100% but then just shut down and restart always showing 100%.
Have talked to Apple the solution came after I unpaired it from my wife’s phone and set up as new. I had to then leave i5 on charge and the next day the percentage starting going down from 100%.
After this I restored the old back-up and all was good.
 
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Targets R Us

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Hi Jeff,

I know it’s been a while but I have the same issue that started about 4-5 days ago. Tried everything from restarting to unpairing to factory reset.

My question is: how did you get the watch to completely discharge if it shuts off randomly after a couple hours (it obviously still has battery but won't turn on until put on charger for a couple minutes, which then shows 100% again).
I didn't do anything real fancy...just left it off the charger for two days, then charged for a couple of hours, then repeated cycle two more times.

The watch doesn't really 'turn off'....if I understand you correctly....unless you actually power it off. Just the display is turning off, yes?

-Jeff
 
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otozuz

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An Apple Watch with infinite battery life? Why are you whining about it??? ;):p
 
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Kymber

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I have been having the same problem. Nike watch series 2. Started two days ago. Will follow all this. Grr... Was just about to buy the series 4, but with this kind of support I might not.
 
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Jaymd1970

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Sep 20, 2012
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My wife’s had a problem where it showed 100% battery then would just shut down after a few hours.
The solution was to unpair the watch reset it then pair as a new device not from backup. We then ran it for a few hours but it back on charge. It didn’t seem to solve it at first, but it then started showing less than 100%.
Used it for a day,then charged it and everything was working.
Unpaired it again and set up from backup and all has been fine.
Apple were very helpful.
This was a series 2.
 
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dwood3

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Jun 25, 2011
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Not sure if anyone is still following this thread, but I have a Series 5, GPS only, no LTE, silver Apple Watch, and I’ve been experiencing this issue for a while now. Contacted Apple Support many times, was able to “fix” it a couple of times, only for my watch to relapse and have the same issues again. Finally was able to get them to replace it after much haggling. I’ve had the replacement for about a month now and guess what... same problem. Now, either I’m extremely unlucky, or this is a software issue that is somehow related to only a small number of people, as my wife’s series 5 Apple Watch has no such issues. Apple, HELP?!?!?!
 
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Duncan68

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I’ve had this happen a couple of times, but in the end it always fixed itself.
 
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richard371

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I had the same issue with my 5. Sometimes it would stay at 100% for 5-6 hours then drain like normal then shut off at anywhere between 15-25% the longer it stayed at 100 the higher number it shut down. I sent it off to Apple and they got it and sent it back saying they could not duplicate the issue. Fortunately the watch was lost and Apple gave me a new one. It seems fine for now but something tells me this may happen again.
 
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captkspratt

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Dec 27, 2019
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Mine is doing the same thing. It started doing this as soon as I installed the most recent update. Seeing that this is happening even with replacements, I’m hesitant to send mine in. Hopefully they come up with a solution soon.
 
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captkspratt

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Friends I think I found a fix - it may only be temporary but it’s worked now for three days without fail.

1. Let battery die, get death snake.
2. Put on charger to get just enough juice to do a hard reset. Must get Apple logo.
3. Leave on charger until fully charged, don’t touch. I left mine overnight.

Mine has worked normally after doing this process. I hope it helps and works for yours too.
 
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