Microsoft Band uses two lithium-ion batteries designed to go everywhere you go. Learn about Microsoft Band’s power states, and how to charge it and check its battery level.
Microsoft Band power states
Here’s what you need to know about Microsoft Band power states––how to turn your Band on and off, and how to turn off the display to preserve power.
Turn your Microsoft Band on and off
- Press and hold the power button until you feel a slight vibration and the Me Tile appears.
Power off (two ways)
- Press and hold the power button until Turn Power Off? appears, then swipe left and tap Yes.
- From the Me Tile, swipe left and tap Settings > Power >Turn Power Off > Yes.
Your Band won’t turn off while it’s charging. Remove it from the charger first and then turn it off.
Turn the display on and off
To save battery power, your Band display turns off automatically when you aren’t working with the tiles. It goes dark or switches to Watch Mode, depending on your settings. For more info, see Watch Mode.
Turning Watch Mode off helps preserve battery power. For more info, see Tips for longer battery life.
Turn off the display manually
- Press the power button.
Turn on the display (two ways)
- Press the power button.
- Connect the USB charging cable and charge your Band.
When you turn the display on, the Me Tile appears unless the display was off for just a few seconds. In that case, you’ll see the last tile you had open.
Charge your Microsoft Band
To charge your Band:
- Connect the magnetic charging connector on the USB charging cable to the charging port on your Band (either direction works), and plug the USB end of the cable into a powered USB port (USB 2.0 or greater).
- The first time you use your Band, you’ll need to give the batteries a full charge. This takes about two hours.
- Powered USB ports include those on your computer and those on USB hubs or adapters connected to a power source. Most USB hubs don’t supply power and won’t charge your Band.
- Make sure the charging port on your Band and the magnetic charging connector on the USB charging cable are clean and dry. You can wipe off sweat, dust, or grime with a clean, dry, lint-free cloth or a cotton swab moistened with isopropyl alcohol. For more info, see Clean and care for your Microsoft Band.
A full charge can last up to 48 hours but can vary significantly depending on your settings, usage, and other factors. For tips on making the batteries last longer, see Tips for longer battery life.
Check the battery status
Here’s how to see how much battery power remains on your Band.
While your Band isn’t charging
When your Band isn’t charging, you can check the battery status in the status bar.
- On the Me Tile, drag right to see the battery status.
While your Band is charging
While your Band is charging, you can see the battery status and amount of remaining battery power if Watch Mode is turned on. To turn Watch Mode on:
- On the Me Tile, swipe left and tap Settings > Watch > Watch Mode > On.
Need a spare USB charging cable?
Need a spare Microsoft Band USB charging cable to use while you’re at work or in the car? Buy online one in the Microsoft Store