Like its predecessor, the Apple Watch 8 is said to offer about 18 hours between charges, which means if you’re a power user, you’ll probably find an outlet before the day is up.
The newly released Apple Watch Ultra performs twice as well, with a battery life of 36 hours, according to the manufacturer. But the gadget is built for the great outdoors, so if you’ve been away from civilization for days, you might still struggle to keep your watch running for the duration of your trip.
But whatever model you have, there are several ways you can extend the time between charging your Apple Watch. Put some of these things into practice and you’ll find that your smartwatch still has juice left over when you need it most.
Low Power Mode
A new feature added with watchOS 9, Low Power Mode works in the same way as the Low Power Mode available for iPhone and iPad. It disables certain power-conserving features, such as the always-on display, heart rate notifications, background heart rate, blood oxygen measurements, and exercise reminders.
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In this mode, your Apple Watch will also turn off Wi-Fi and cellular connections when there’s no iPhone nearby, as well as block incoming calls and notifications. as a result of, Apple says Phone calls may take longer, background apps will refresh intermittently, and Multiples (The widgets on the watch face) will be updated less frequently. In addition, Siri may be slower, and you will notice that animations and scrolling may appear less smooth.
To enable Low Power Mode, touch and hold at the bottom of the Apple Watch screen to bring up Control Center, then swipe up. Tap on the battery percentage icon and turn on Low Power Mode Electrical disconnect switch. You can also enable it from Settings on the watch, by tapping battery. When you turn it on, you can also choose to turn the mode on indefinitely, or for one, two, or three days. You will see a yellow circle appear at the top of the screen when Low Power Mode is on.
Another option is to enable Low Power Mode every time you start a workout. From the Settings app on the smartwatch, scroll down to File work out option, then turn on the Low Power Mode toggle. And don’t worry: your device will still measure basic metrics like heart rate and pace.
Make manual adjustments
If Low Power Mode is too much (or not enough) for you, you can use a few manual settings tweaks on your Apple Watch, instead. For example, you can turn off the Always On Display by yourself: From the Settings app on the watch, tap Screen brightnessthen turn it off always available. From the menu, you can dim the screen via the slider, which saves more power.
Other ways to reduce the power draw on the screen are to switch to a darker watch face and limit the number of complications you use. This not only means that there will be fewer pixels fired, but also that the wearable will have less information to update in the background. Tap and hold the current watch face to change it.
Disabling the wake-up feature can help extend battery life, too. This way you’ll prevent your face from lighting up when you’re scratching your ear for example, and you’ll only do that when you really need it. This feature is the same Screen brightness The screen in the “Settings” on the watch — just turn off Wake up to raise the wrist Selection.
Preventing your Apple Watch from listening to “Hey Siri” all the time can relieve some of the strain on the battery. Head to Settings on your smartwatch, select siridisable Listen to “Hey Siri” Selection. You can also disable files lift to speak To save more battery life.
Manage your apps
How you use your Apple Watch affects battery life, too. If you really want to maximize the time between charges, keep calls from your wrist and audio streaming to the watch as minimal as possible, and don’t use the gadget for difficult tasks like step-by-step navigation. The walkie-talkie is another feature that should be avoided to save battery life, as it uses the speaker and microphone.
Reducing the number of notifications coming to your phone can also help. This reduces the number of background checks the watch has to perform and the number of times it has to beep and vibrate. From the Watch app on your iPhone, tap Notices—Start by turning off alerts for any apps you don’t have to listen to at all.
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You can also use a trick from managing battery life on smartphones, which is to enable Do Not Disturb feature on your watch for a while. This blocks all notifications, prevents your watch from running continuous checks for them, and reduces the buzzes and sounds your device has to play. Touch and hold at the bottom of the Apple Watch screen, then when Control Center appears, swipe up and tap do not disturb.
Also on the topic of apps, you can tell your Apple Watch not to update them in the background – they only update when they’re already open. From the Watch app on your iPhone, tap general: You can either turn off Background app refresh Option completely or disable it for individual applications using the switches.
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