How to charge the Microsoft Band 2

Inside the box, the Microsoft Band 2 comes with a USB charging cable. To charge the Microsoft Band 2, plug the USB end of the cable into a powered USB port (USB 2.0 or greater) and connect the magnetic charging connector on the USB charging cable to the charging port on the clasp of your Band. The battery on the Microsoft Band 2 can reach 80 percent after charging for just 20 minutes.

Finding powered USB ports isn't hard. You can connect the USB end of the charging cable to a USB port on your laptop or your phone's AC adapter. If I need to charge at the office, I connect my Microsoft Band 2's charging cable to the Anker PowerPort 6 USB Charging Hub (opens in new tab).

How to check the Microsoft Band 2 battery status

There are several ways to check the battery status on your Microsoft Band 2. From your band, swipe right from the Me tile. You'll see the battery indicator on the lower left corner.

You can also see it on your phone from the Microsoft Health app. From the hamburger menu on the top left corner, select My Microsoft Band. The battery indicator is shown on top of the page.

If you want to see the battery percentage on the Microsoft Band 2, connect it to the charger and press the power button. You'll see the percentage of remaining battery power along with the time and date against a dark background.


Charging the Microsoft Band 2 is pretty straightforward, however, here are some helpful notes:

  • Even though the battery may reach 80 percent after charging for 20 minutes, it can take two or more hours to charge it to 100 percent. This is normal for lithium-polymer batteries.
  • Make sure the charging port on your Band and the magnetic charging connector on the USB charging cable are clean and dry.
  • If you're having problems charging your Microsoft Band 2, try restarting it. Press and hold the power button and the action button on your Band at the same time until the screen flashes red and then your Band turns off. Press the power button again to restart

Also, make sure to read our Microsoft Band 2 battery tips to get more juice out of it. Did you get the Microsoft Band 2 yet? Are you still on the fence? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Mark Guim

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  • Anyone else experiencing their band not charging to 80% in 20 minutes? Neither mine nor my wifes is even close to 40% after 20 minutes. Am I alone in this?
  • No, you are not alone in this. Your wife also. ;)
  • Hahaha! Go one Chet.
  • What are you plugging it into?
  • Our phones ac adapters
  • what is the output of your phone's ac adapter though? just 1A ? to get it charged this fast you should plug it into 2.1A charger
  • Its our old nokia 810 would I tell?
  • Check on actual adapter/plug, it should there, 1A or 2.1A.
  • Also, for those not familar with metric, 1000 mA = 1 A; likewise 500 mA = 0.5 A and 750 mA = 0.75 A (a lot of older phones came with 500 and 750 chargers). Some newer chargers can push 2.4 A or even up to 3 A (often referred to as Quick Charge... this is what the Lumia 950 and 950 XL will use). Edit: One other thing, you're looking specifically for what it says next to "Output" on the adapter. You'll find that "Input" may be higher than the "Output", but it's the Output of the adapter that's important.
  • Hi Jason, I am experimenting the same problem. It seems charging up to 80% in 1 hour an a half and stop charging. The battery indicator is fixed on something appearing close to 80%, but it does not raise neither repluging or restarting the band.
  • Slow news day or what?
  • You know, we make jokes like this: How to push the power button..." And here we are..SMMFH
  • Did we just get a tutorial on how to stick two magnetic things together, or did I miss something...
  • yep you read it right. Apparently some people need an article on how to charge it. Next thing we know, an article on How to Turn  On Your Computer
  • Seriously. Next up, "How to put your pants on." :P
  • First, "How to put your underwear on"
  • There have been a lot of these, lately. Is it that obvious that no one is making Windows Phones, any more.
  • They can't tire of typing "Band 2". I heard the original Band has magnetic, USB cords, too. Posted from this here device.
  • Yeah, i was wondering wtf when i saw the title. literally only came here to say wtf. 
  • As it's not available in Germany and I don't want to pay the UK price (290€) - it might take a while until I might even consider to get one!
  • Eagerly waiting for 10586
  • How to charge your Surface. Need!
  • Next article on a slow day that we now know how to charge it, How to secure M Band 2 on your wrist.
  • But wait, how do I plug my charger to the wall? /s
  • Patience. There's a three-part series coming up on that topic.
  • wow
  • It's ordered...have to wait until November 20th before it even ships. Glad i ordered over the weekend because now the ship date for new pre-orders is December 4th.  Can't wait for it to arrive.
  • Have mine for circa two weeks now... It works great! Thx for the tips.
  • When the world will see standard ac adapter!I know NEVER!    
  • - Dumbing things down for the hard-of-thinking. Seriously? How to charge a band? Do you think that your readers are stupid?
  • Since we are going down the tutorial route, which I like BTW.... How does the Band2 compare when working with W10 phones vs W8.x phones? I have not upgrade to the 10 Preview, but I wonder what functionality might be there to see if I want a Band2 now or wait till the phone comes out....which at this point...seems like forever.
  • I was talking with someone on the WP team, and he was telling me that the 950 enables low power connectivity with Band 2, dramatically reducing the power consumption when using Band. My phone's (830) battery life dropps when using Band 1|2, so this will be welcome.
  • Is this article a deliberate attempt to insult the intelligence of your readership?
  • Intelligence is just about the only thing that can Not be insulted my friend. Not that I did not blink seeing the title and having prior knowledge of white board magnets ;-), yet there cannot be enough education about battery issues in this world, for which this article proved to have a point.
  • Some people are throwing bad comments on this article but they don't know that you can benefit/learn something from anything if you are willing to.
  • I tend to look at the minor tutorial articles like this with the same attitude.. "hey, lets see if there is something to learn from this!"
    And, a few times I have learned something. I actually tend to agree, however, that this article is a bit too basic. Come on.. the subject is how to CHARGE the device?!?!
    Maybe if the title were "Charging Stats and Tips for Band 2" it would have been better received.
  • Exactly, titling is an Art, and highly under valued at that
  • I am just going to take a stab at the title for the next Band 2 article:  How to Put the Microsoft Band 2 On Your Wrist
  • After a moments reflection, I realized that people do wear it "incorrectly" as a watch, so maybe this does warrant a more in depth look.
  • Are you insulting my wearing style now :-)
  • I agree wearing the screen facing up makes it awkward to use, but Microsoft market it to be worn both ways so I guess there isn't one specific way....maybe an article on the two ways to wear it is more likely
  • Loved the article! Had to borrow a friend's laptop since mine died.. could someone please post how to charge the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4? ..i was only able to find tutorials for older models.
  • i am about to go to a toilet.any good tutorials? link please.
  • Yeah, this is pretty ridiculous.
  • Maybe Micrsoft should design their hardware so that it doesn't require an article to know how to charge it! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Honestly this was an informative piece. I thought this Band 2 was all hype, from the time I unboxed to about 5 hours ago it wasn't doing much of anything outside of looking pretty on my wrist. It turns out that once charged this thing really shines. If no one has tried this out yet I highly recommend doing so.
  • Fascinating!