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Smile Charging!

Thanks to everyone for all the advice.

I couldn't for the life of me get the watch charging after letting it sit for days without charging. The battery was completely discharged. I tried several wall chargers, cradles, etc.

I then tried the multiple tap and holds sequences, then plugged in to laptop using an S4 cable and presto! It's showing that it's charging. I thought it was shot.

Thanks again.
Phone: Tmobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3/ Galaxy Gear

Previous Android Phones:
Tmobile Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S 3
Samsung Galaxy S2 one week before switching out to S3
HTC Sensation T-mobile
Samsung Vibrant
Motorola Defy
MyTouch Slide
MyTouch 3G
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Default Thanks everyone...

I read all posts and figured out something that worked for me in just 10 mins... as well as everyone here, the gear wouldnt charge or turn on because I left it like 2 months.
I plugged the gear through a regular micro usb cable to my laptop and still doesnīt turn on but like magic I just opened the gear case where you have to put the gear to charge and moved it a little then close it again and vuala it turned on and started charging...

If this helps I firstly connected it through an usb 3.0 and nothing happened, then tried the usb 2.0 and it worked.
(Last edited by oddbehreif; 29th August 2014 at 06:12 PM.)
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My two cents.

Charging with the wall charger didn't yield any results, even after a week of sitting and charging. Cleaned all contacts with a toothpick and did the same thing, nothing. Tried plugging into my laptop (something that worked for some posters), still nothing.

What finally did the trick was actually picking up a screwdriver and briefly disconnecting the battery from the motherboard, then putting it back together. When I plugged it in afterwards the orange clock icon appeared immediately, and my Gear begun charging. Hooray!

So, if nothing else, I confirm the battery disconnect trick - works like a charm. Don't worry about not having small TORX drivers; a 1.4mm flathead should work fine - be careful though, you may ruin the screws if you use too much force. You've been warned!

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