How to Avoid or Fix Issues Charging the Moto 360

9/08/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


I got my Moto 360 today, and while I'm nowhere close to writing any sort of a review (initial first impressions are good), there's a significant first use tip that I'd like to note for other users in the first batch of devices that will be delivered this week.

I initially thought I had a defective unit.  Fortunately that was not the case, but it took some troubleshooting (and Googling) before I was able to get up in running.

Motorola has shipped all the devices with hardly any charge, and they 360 is immediately waiting an update upon first start.  The problem is, the Qi wireless charging dock (which is otherwise awesome), cannot charge the device faster than the battery drain from all the first use processes.

Fortunately, I was able to find a post on r/moto360 that addressed my very issue.  You can browse the post for the many suggestions, but at the end of the day, I found one very simple fix that allowed me to charge.

First of all, if you haven't turned your Moto 360 on yet, place it on the charger for about an hour.  If it automatically powers on, the very first thing you should do is turn off the "always on" screen.  This turns the screen off during charging and allows the device to actually gain a charge instead of repeatedly dying and rebooting.

You can also make sure you turn the watch off every time it powers on, which might result in slightly faster charging, but this is the most straightforward way.

Don't get frustrated, once this simple hurdle us cleared, you'll be off to the races with what is--so far--a very enjoyable gadget.

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