Apple Watch: What to do if you come across the 'Green Snake of Death'?
Not as cool (or fun) as it sounds!
If you're one of those using the older versions of the Apple Watch, you've probably come across a peculiar error. Christened the 'Green Snake of Death', several users have taken to the internet to complain about facing a frustrating charging issue that often ends with them having to get the Watch replaced – or worse – discarded. And while the tech giant has no concrete solution to this baffling matter, several threads online talk about how the users have 'magically' had their watch working again.
What is Green Snake of Death in an Apple Watch?
The Greek Snake of Death occurs when an Apple Watch is stuck on its charging screen. More often than not, Apple Watches have a regular charging screen with a lightning bolt in the centre. However, this error causes your screen to show the Apple Watch's winding cord with a charge icon in the puck – much like a retro snake.
This snake lights up as green or red, depending on whether or not it is connected to the power outlet. Where most Apple Watches automatically charge up to 100% without an issue, the Green Snake of Death doesn't allow your smartwatch to charge and dies almost immediately after you disconnect it from the power outlet.<!—H2 title-->
How to fix the Green Snake of Death?
If you're facing this issue, it is crucial to know that it doesn't have a solution per se. However, before you panic and give up on your Apple Watch, a couple of solutions that have worked for several are definitely worth a shot. Odds are you've already tried turning the device off and on, so, here are some other steps you can consider.
1. Charge your Apple Watch: This may sound ironic, considering how the watch won't charge, but there's a reason why this may work for you. Your Apple Watch gives you a good 12-17 hours of run-time without showing you a low-battery indicator. However, even after your smartwatch touches zero, it still has some battery to light up your screen and show you the snake error. Drain your Apple Watch (mind you, this can take days) before putting it back on charge again. This step has helped several get rid of the charging error; however, it is essential to ensure that your Apple Watch is completely out of battery when you do so.
2. Replace your charging cable: Many times, we're dealing with an old or damaged cable that doesn't allow the Apple Watch to charge properly. If you've been dealing with the Green Snake, it is best to examine your charger and replace it if required before bidding adieu to your Apple Watch. It is also crucial to use only an original Apple Watch charger and do away with any third-party adapters or cables that you may have.
3. Switch to a different power outlet: Different gadgets react differently to voltage fluctuations. If your Apple Watch has been acting up, it is best to try switching plug points within your house to see if the problem persists.
4. Clean the back of your Apple Watch: Your Apple Watch uses a magnetic fast charger that clasps onto the back of the dial. Any dirt, dust or debris affecting the panel of your smartwatch can hamper its ability to charge. Clean your watch thoroughly using a micrfibre cloth before attempting to plug it in once again.
5. Don't let your Apple Watch die: Now, this may sound crazy, but if your Apple Watch has previously recovered from the Green Snake error, it is best not to let it get discharged completely. Ensure to charge your device once it flashes the low-battery warning to avoid any chances of it happening again. The Green Snake of Death is often an irreversible battery issue, which is why it is best to use your watch cautiously.
6. Get a replacement unit: You don't have to get disheartened if none of these steps work out for you. If your Apple Watch is brand new and under a warranty period, Apple can replace it on the grounds of faulty hardware. After all, chances are you spent a fortune bringing your dream gadget home. It is best to get it replaced in time to enjoy using it for a longer time ahead.
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