Will my old Samsung Galaxy Watch or Watch Active 2 charger work with the Galaxy Watch 3?

Samsung Galaxy Watch charging
Samsung Galaxy Watch charging (Image credit: Android Central)

Best answer: Yes, Samsung is using the same setup that's been implemented on the previous Galaxy Watch as well as the Watch Active 2.

Can you use your old Galaxy Watch or Active 2 charger for your new Galaxy Watch 3?

Wireless charging is a great feature to have in your gadgets. The simplicity of being able just to set down your Android phone or smartwatch to charge it without futzing with wires is so nice. Thankfully, Samsung has been including wireless charging in both for years.

The newest smartwatch from Samsung, Galaxy Watch 3, will be using the same wireless charging as the previous generation, including the Watch Active 2. While yes, the Galaxy Watches have been using the convenient charging feature for some time, the power-up option doesn't work on just any wireless charger. Samsung Galaxy Watches do need a specific type of wireless charger for it to actually charge. Your options are either using the PowerShare reverse wireless charging option from one of Samsung's phones or with the one that comes in the box with your watch to power your smartwatch.

Galaxy Watch 3 41mm Silver

Source: Android Central (Image credit: Source: Android Central)

This means that if you still have the charger from your prior Galaxy Watch, you'll be able to keep using it and have two. With so many features packed into these little wrist computers, the battery can get used up pretty quickly. Yes, the Galaxy Watches have traditionally had a pretty solid battery life, but it never hurts to have an extra lying around. The fact that Samsung's earlier watches and its newest use the same wireless charger means that purchasing a second is easier if you don't already have one and would like to have a back-up.

Regardless of how you plan to spread around your charging options, knowing that you have options is helpful to ensure your Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 can be topped up when you need it.

Chris Wedel
Smart Home Writer
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.