How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer

How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer

Like its predecessor, the Apple Watch 8 reportedly offers around 18 hours between charges, which means that if you’re a power user, you might have find an outlet before the day is out.

The newly released Apple Watch Ultra does twice as good, with 36-hour battery life, according to the manufacturer. The gadget is meant for outdoor use, so even if you are away from civilization for a few days, it might be difficult to keep your watch charged for the duration of your trip.

No matter what model you have, there are many ways to extend the time between charges your Apple Watch . These are just a few of the many ways you can extend the battery life of your Apple Watch.

Low Power mode

WatchOS 9’s new low power mode is identical to the lower power mode for iPads and iPhones. To conserve energy, it disables certain features, such as the always on display, background heart rate, blood oxygen, and workout reminders.

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In this mode the Apple Watch will turn off Wi-Fi or cellular connections when there isn’t an iPhone nearby and block incoming calls. As a result, Apple says making phone calls may take longer, background apps will refresh more sporadically, and complications (the widgets on your watch face) will update less frequently. Siri may be slower and animations and scrolling may look less smooth.

To enable low power mode, touch the bottom of your Apple Watch screen to open the Control Center. Then swipe up. To turn on the Low power Mode toggle switch, tap the battery percentage icon. You can also enable it from Settings on the watch, by tapping Battery. You can choose to turn it on for indefinitely or for one, two or three days. When low power mode is turned on, a yellow circle will appear at the top.

Another option is to enable low power mode every time you start a new workout. From the Settings app on the smartwatch, scroll down to the Workout option, then turn on the Low Power Mode toggle switch. Don’t worry, your device will still track key metrics like heart rate and pace.

Making manual tweaks

If low power mode is too intense or not enough for you, you may be able to make some manual adjustments to the settings of your Apple Watch. For example, you can turn the always on display off yourself: From the Settings app on the watch, tap Display & Brightness, then turn off Always On. You can dim the screen using the slider from the menu. This will save even more power.

Other ways to reduce the power draw are to use a darker watch face or limit the number and complexity of your complications. This will not only reduce the number of pixels firing up but also means that the wearable will have less information available to update in the background. To change the watch face, tap and hold on it.

Enabling the wake-on wrist raise feature can also help to prolong battery life. This will prevent your face from glowing when you scratch your ear. It will also reduce battery life. This feature is on the same Display & Brightness screen in Settings on the watch–just turn off the Wake on Wrist Raise option.

Stopping your Apple Watch constantly listening for “hey Siri” can help reduce the pressure on your battery. Head to Settings on your smartwatch, select Siri, and disable the Listen for “Hey Siri” option. To save more battery, you can also disable Raise and Speak .

Managing your apps

The way you use your Apple Watch can also affect its battery life. To maximize the time between charges, you should keep your phone calls and audio streaming to the Apple Watch to a minimum. Also, don’t use the device for difficult tasks like turn-by-turn navigation. To save battery life, avoid the walkie-talkie function. It uses the speaker/microphone.

Reducing the number of notifications to your phone is a good idea. This will reduce the background checks that the watch must go through and the frequency it has to vibrate and beep. From the Watch app on your iPhone, tap Notifications–start by turning off alerts for any apps that you don’t absolutely have to hear from.

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Another trick to manage smartphone battery life is to turn on Do Not Disturb for a while. This will block all notifications and stop your watch running constant checks for them. It also reduces the number of buzzes and pings that your device needs to power. Touch and hold the bottom of the Apple Watch screen, then when the Control Center appears, swipe up and tap Do Not Disturb.

Also, you can tell your Apple Watch to not refresh apps in the background. This will ensure that they only update when they are actually open. From the Watch app on your iPhone, tap General: You can either turn off the Background App Refresh option completely or disable it for individual apps using the toggle switches.

David Nield

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