Faulty Apple Watch Series 2 battery? Apple will fix it for free

Apple will repair some Apple Watch 2 models that have swollen batteries or won't power on for free

The company will now fix swollen batteries for free. The repairs must be scheduled through the Genius Bar and it is recommended that customers ensure that it will be a free fix prior to agreeing to service.

Apple will fix some Apple Watch Series 2 devices if they have a swollen battery or don't turn on, according to a new service policy seen by MacRumors.

Owners of affected eligible devices can gain access to free servicing by visiting the Contact Apple Support page and clicking through the options for "Apple Watch" "Battery, Power, and Charging" "Bring in for Repair" in order to book an appointment for an assessment.

These issues first came to light with the first-generation Watch in 2015, though there have been instances reported in recent months.

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Has your Apple Watch Series 2 suffered from an expanded battery?

Customers have three years from the original date of purchase to take advantage of the free fix, after which they'll have to pay for the service (£82.44 in the UK). Only 42mm-sized Apple Watch Series 2 models are eligible for free repairs which include the Sport, Edition, Hermes, and Nike+ variants.

This is a bit different than the temporarily discounted battery replacement program that Apple put into effect for some of its iPhone devices.

"A swollen battery can prevent an Apple Watch from switching on or cause the screen to separate from the unit's frame", notes digital outlet MacRumors. Not included in the program, however, are any 38mm models, or Series 1 and Series 3 Watches. If you own one and think the battery is defective, head over to Apple's Support page to schedule a fix.

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