What to do if the battery in your Garmin wearable won't charge

 

Your Garmin fitness tracker or wristwatch is not an exception to the rule when it comes to charging problems with electrical devices.

Here’s what you should do if you run into this issue.

1) Garmin advises leaving your gadget charged for at least an hour, even if the screen is blank, to get things started. Naturally, you must verify that your wearable is properly connected to the charging clip or cradle. Use rubbing alcohol, eyeglass cleaner, electronic screen wipes, or a pencil eraser, for example, to thoroughly clean the contacts on the watch and charging accessory.

It is safe to presume the battery is no longer operating as intended if there is no sign of life after around an hour.

2) Perform a soft reset with the following action: Don’t worry; nothing on your smartphone will be deleted as a result of this. The device should ideally be reset while connected to a computer. As close to a restart as you can go for gadgets without a power button is to simply put them into a USB port with a charging cord.

3) There is a remote possibility that a firmware upgrade may be helpful if a reset has failed. Verify to see whether a new version is available. It’s important to note that, depending on the firmware, the battery life calculation can occasionally change.

4) On the Garmin forums, another solution has been posted. Copper makes up the male connectors for the Garmin charger dock, but not for the watch or fitness tracker. Over time, copper tarnishes. Use a sharp knife or a metallic kitchen sponge to carefully scrape the connectors to remove the tarnish. If you’ve had your wearable for a while, it could be worthwhile to give it a try.

If you have attempted these fixes and are still experiencing issues, there may be a hardware problem. There could be a problem with the charging cord, the battery, or your watch itself. In this situation, it is best to call Garmin Customer Support.

Did your Garmin smartwatch or fitness tracker have problems charging? If so, what has been successful in reviving your device?

 

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