How To Get Watch Out Of Power Reserve Mode

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Have you ever noticed the small red lightning icon next to the time on your Apple Watch? This means that your watch doesn’t have enough battery remaining to leave Power Reserve mode. Don’t worry, this is a common issue that can easily be resolved!

Power Reserve mode is a feature of your Apple Watch that allows you to continue to see the time for up to 72 hours. When your watch runs out of battery, it automatically switches into this mode. To get your watch out of Power Reserve mode, all you need to do is charge it.

The best way to charge your watch is by using the charger that came with it. Simply connect the charger to your watch and plug it into a power source. It only takes about two or three hours for your watch to fully charge, so you won’t have to wait long!

You can also extend the life of your battery by taking advantage of various power-saving features on your Apple Watch. For example, you can turn off the background app refresh and lower the brightness of the display in Settings > Device Maintenance > Battery > Power Saving Mode. According to extensive battery testing done by Apple, this extended battery life can result in up to 18 hours of all-day usage or 6.5 hours of audio playback time.

So if you ever find yourself in Power Reserve mode again, don’t despair! With just a few steps, you’ll be able to get back up and running with your Apple Watch in no time!

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Troubleshooting an Apple Watch Stuck in Power Reserve Mode

Your Apple Watch is stuck on Power Reserve mode because it doesn’t have enough battery remaining to leave that mode. When your watch reaches a critically low battery level, it will enter Power Reserve mode to conserve power and prolong its battery life. To get your Apple Watch out of Power Reserve mode, you need to charge your watch until the small red lightning icon next to the time disappears. Put your watch on its charger and wait about two to three hours for it to fully charge.

Time Required for Apple Watch to Exit Power Reserve Mode

It takes approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes for an Apple Watch to get out of Power Reserve mode. This is based on Apple’s extensive battery testing, which showed that the Apple Watch has an all-day battery life of up to 18 hours and can last up to 6.5 hours in Audio Playback mode.

Troubleshooting Apple Watch Power Reserve Issues

If your Apple Watch won’t turn on after being in Power Reserve, it may be due to a lack of battery power. To turn your device back on, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo and wait for your Apple Watch to restart. You should also ensure that your Apple Watch is charged before attempting to power it on. If the issue persists after charging, it could be an issue with the device’s internal hardware or software, and you may need to contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Troubleshooting an Unresponsive Apple Watch Power Off Feature

There could be a few reasons why your Apple Watch isn’t letting you power off. It’s possible that the watch is stuck in low-power mode, so it’s not receiving enough power to turn off. Another possibility is that an app or feature on the watch is preventing it from turning off. If neither of those is the case, then the issue may be with the software on your Apple Watch. Try restarting your watch by holding down the side button and Digital Crown at the same time for at least ten seconds until you see the Apple logo. If this doesn’t work, try resetting your watch by going to Settings > General > Reset and then select Erase All Content and Settings.

Time Required for a Dead Apple Watch to Turn On

A dead Apple Watch typically takes between 2-3 hours to turn on, depending on the battery level. To ensure that your Apple Watch is fully charged and ready to use, it’s best to leave it on the charger for at least 2 hours before attempting to use it. Once the battery is sufficiently charged, your Apple Watch should start automatically.


In conclusion, the Apple Watch offers a great battery life and is capable of lasting up to 18 hours of usage, depending on how it is used. When in Power Reserve mode, it can last up to 72 hours with minimal usage. With audio playback, it can last up to 6.5 hours. To maximize battery performance, make sure your settings are set to power saving mode off and charge your watch when you see the small red lightning icon next to the time.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.