How to extend Apple Watch battery life

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By Erric Buttlar

This guide will show you how to extend your Apple Watch’s battery life if you’re having trouble making it through the day.

Apple Watches run out of battery every once in a while before you reach the charger. It may have been a longer day than usual, or you may have fiddled with your Apple Watch to pass the time.

For whatever reason, if you consistently run out of battery before you head home, this indicates significant battery drain. There are a few ways to make your Apple Watch last a little longer, and AppleInsider shows you how.

Always update!

Making sure you have the most up-to-date software is one of the best ways to keep all of your technology working properly. The Apple Watch is no exception.

You can update it automatically by following these steps:

Setting up Automatic Updates

  1. Tap the Watch app on iPhone
  2. and then go to General
  3. and select Software Updates
  4. by tapping Automatic Updates
  5. Enable

When your Apple Watch is connected to your iPhone and on the charger, it installs software updates overnight.

Only use cellular connectivity when necessary

If you’re serious about extending your time between charges, bring your iPhone everywhere you go.

When not connected to an iPhone, Apple Watch cellular models drain their batteries more rapidly.

Take your iPhone with you and keep it in your back pocket, bag, or purse if you know you’ll be out for awhile.

Turn off the wrist raise feature.

The Wrist Raise feature is handy, but it isn’t perfect.

Wrist Raise drains your battery through false activations if you lift your arms frequently or talk with your hands.

Here’s how.

  1. Open your Watch app on iPhone.
  2. Then tap Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap Wake on wrist raise to turn it off.

If you disable Wrist Raise, viewing time will require you to tap or rotate the crown.

Limit notifications

Mail alerts and social media notifications can drain your watch’s battery quickly. On top of that, you probably don’t need ten separate notifications that your cousin liked your Instagram pictures.

Your Apple Watch won’t continue to check for these alerts, so it will consume less battery.

Most third-party apps mirror your iPhone’s notifications by default. Fortunately, you can turn them off.

Here’s how.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone
  2. and then tap Notifications
  3. You can disable an app under Mirror iPhone Alerts
  4. Turn it off

You may not want to miss rideshare, food delivery, or work-related alerts, so leave notifications for those apps.

Choose a watch face carefully.

The watch face can significantly drain your battery life, but most people don’t realize how much.

Don’t use watch faces with fluttering butterflies or floating jellyfish – those will drain your battery in an instant.

It can also be draining to deal with complications, especially if your heart rate and activity levels are regularly monitored.

The best watch face will have as much black on it as possible and avoid any complications. You should stick to “Simple,” “Numeral Duo,” or “X-Large.”.

Use the Apple Watch’s Power Reserve feature

Put your watch battery into Power Reserve to extend its life. Apple Watch’s Power Reserve mode turns off most features except for the time, which is visible only if you press the side button.

In some cases, it may make sense to put your Apple Watch on power-saving mode. Generally, in situations where fussing with your watch isn’t necessary, such as driving to work, meetings, or watching a movie.

Learn how to put your watch in power reserve

  • if you swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Touch the battery percentage icon
  • and slide the power icon left
  • and tap Proceed

In order to turn off Power Reserve, you must restart your Apple Watch.

You can exit Power Reserve by holding the side button until your Apple Watch restarts.


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