Best daily deals

Links on Android Authority may earn us a commission. Learn more.

How long does the Apple Watch take to charge?

Crunched for time? Here's how much time your Apple Watch model needs to top up its battery.
By
October 17, 2022
An image of the Apple Watch Series 7 on a table plugged in and charging
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

The Apple Watch is undoubtedly one of the best smartwatches out there. It’s jam-packed with health-tracking technology, smart integration with iOS, and aesthetically pleasing and durable. However, one mark laid against the wearable is its battery life.

As the Apple Watch packs endurance of around 18 hours, you’ll spend plenty of time charging your Apple Watch. But how long does the Apple Watch take to charge? We break down the factors below.

QUICK ANSWER

The Apple Watch Ultra needs an hour to charge from 0-80%, the Series 8 requires 45 minutes, while the Apple Watch SE (2022) and older Apple Watch models require more time.


How long does the Apple Watch take to charge?

Apple Watch Series 6 charging on a wooden table
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

Here’s how long each Apple Watch model should take to charge according to Apple:

Charging time 0% to 80%Charging time 0% to 100%
Apple Watch Ultra
Charging time 0% to 80%
60 minutes
Charging time 0% to 100%
90 minutes
Apple Watch Series 8
Charging time 0% to 80%
45 minutes
Charging time 0% to 100%
75 minutes
Apple Watch SE (2022)
Charging time 0% to 80%
90 minutes
Charging time 0% to 100%
150 minutes
Apple Watch Series 7
Charging time 0% to 80%
45 minutes
Charging time 0% to 100%
75 minutes
Apple Watch Series 6
Charging time 0% to 80%
60 minutes
Charging time 0% to 100%
90 minutes
Apple Watch SE
Charging time 0% to 80%
90 minutes
Charging time 0% to 100%
150 minutes
Apple Watch Series 3
Charging time 0% to 80%
90 minutes
Charging time 0% to 100%
120 minutes

Despite its much larger battery size, the Apple Watch Ultra only needs 15 additional minutes to charge from 0 to 80% than the Series 8 and Series 7. The latter two models require 45 minutes on their respective charging stands to reach this figure, and an additional 30 minutes to reach 100%.

Apple Watch charging speed saw a big bump from the Series 6 onwards. The primary reason for this improvement stems from the newly included magnetic fast-charging USB-C cable allowing wattages of up to 20W through Apple’s 20W USB-C charger. This was a decidedly large bump over the standard 5W supported by older Apple Watches. According to Apple, you will need to plug this charger and cable into an 18W, 20W, 29W, 30W, 61W, 87W, or 96W USB-C power adaptor to achieve 20W charging speeds.

If you own the Apple Watch SE, you’ll need to budget 90 minutes for a 0-80% charge and a further 60 minutes to reach 100%. It’s worth mentioning that we found the Apple Watch SE (2022) to charge much faster than its predecessor despite Apple’s claiming otherwise.

So, how do the Apple Watch line’s charging times compare to its competition? The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro takes 90 minutes to charge from 0 to 100%, while the Fitbit Sense 2 takes about 80 minutes to bridge that same divide.

See also: The best Apple Watch chargers | The best Apple Watch accessories


FAQs

If you have an Apple Watch older than the Series 7, you won’t be able to use a faster-charging brick to bump up charging speeds. These Apple Watches top out at 5W.

Unless you own an Apple Watch Series 7, the cable you use shouldn’t markedly affect charging speeds.

Older Apple Watches charge at 5W, the Series 7 tops out at 20W.

You may want to check if your cable is still in good condition. If it’s old and fraying, you should shop for a new cable. The same can be said for your charging brick. If these two factors don’t remedy your watch’s slow charging, consider contacting Apple directly as it could be a battery issue.

There are plenty of Apple Watch chargers available on the likes of Amazon.


Do you have an issue with your Apple Watch that you just can’t seem to solve? Be sure to visit our extensive Apple Watch problems and solutions hub.