How to maximize battery life on your apple watch

Battery life management on a smartphone like the iPhone is something that almost everyone has needed to experiment with in the time they have owned the device. Certain options like power-saving mode can help to make the phone last longer between charges, which, depending on how your use your Apple Watch, could raise similar concerns.

But you might be wondering how you can even check the battery life on your watch to see if it’s low. Fortunately this is information that you can access through the watch’s Control Center. That Control Center can also be useful for providing additional information, as well as quick access to some of the more helpful elements of the watch.

How to Check Your Battery Level on the Apple Watch

This guide was written using an Apple Watch 2 running the WatchOS version 3.2.

Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to open the Control Center.

Step 2: Find your remaining Apple Watch battery life at the top-left of the screen. The watch in the picture below has 90% of its battery remaining.

You can dismiss the watch’s Control Center by swiping down from the top of the screen, or by pressing the crown button on the side of the watch.

If you find that your battery is dying too quickly and isn’t making it through a full day, then consider using the Power Reserve mode when you aren’t actively using the watch. This limits some of the watch’s functionality, but it also offers significant improvements on the amount of use that you can get from the watch between charges.

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Try these power saving tips to make your watch last longer on one charge.

Y ou can generally assume the size of your smart device’s display is directly proportional to its battery life—the bigger it is , the more often you’ll need to charge the device. But while the GPS-only variants of the Apple Watch usually only need to be charged once every couple days, cellular models need to hit the charger at least once a day.

If you’re here, there’s a good chance that you aren’t happy with your Apple Watch’s battery life, so we’ll walk you through several steps you can take to make it better. Sadly, the Apple Watch doesn’t make it easy to pinpoint which apps or services are reducing battery life the most, but there are several ways to find the culprit.

First, check your Apple Watch’s battery health

First, check your Apple Watch’s battery health

The first thing to check is if your Apple Watch’s battery health is below average. On your Apple Watch, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health and see if it’s below 80%. If it is, you should consider getting a battery service from Apple. On the same page, be sure to check if Optimized Battery Charging is enabled. It’s enabled by default, so there’s nothing to worry about here for most people. However, if it’s disabled, consider enabling it to reduce battery aging.

Another thing to check is if your watch’s battery is dipping suddenly. On the watch, go to Settings > Battery and check the graph to see if there are any sudden dips, which you can attempt to correlate with what you were using the device for at that time, so you can determine if there’s something you need to be doing differently.

The battery life on the Apple Watch will last you about a day. Here’s you can squeeze some extra juice out of it.

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The battery on the Apple Watch will last you about a day under normal circumstances. With heavy usage, however, it can take quite a hit. Sure disabling the heart-rate sensor, reducing notifications and turning off wrist detection would improve it, but let’s not forget that this is a smartwatch and we want to take advantage of all of the Apple Watch’s cool features.

I’ve come up with four tips that I found could help improve battery life without sacrificing any of the Apple Watch’s functionality. Here’s what you need to know:

Choose the right watch face

The dancing Mickey Mouse watch face may look cool, but it’s actually doing more harm than good. Animated watches faces can actually reduce battery life. You’re better off using one of the more basic ones. The Apple Watch also uses an OLED screen, meaning watch faces with more black than colors will use less energy.

To choose a new watch face, perform a hard long press (also known as a Force Touch), on the screen and select a new face. I personally prefer the modular one.

Lower the brightness

Just like on your smartphone, having the brightness all the way up on the Apple Watch will drain the battery quicker. The easiest way to change the brightness is to open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap Brightness and Text Size, and slide the brightness bar down to the halfway point or even lower. This can also be done directly on the Watch by pressing the Digital Crown, going to Settings, and selecting Brightness and Text Size.

Reduce motion and transparency

There are a variety of animations sprinkled throughout the Apple Watch’s interface. Similar to on an iPhone and iPad, the motion of these animations can be limited. This will put less of a strain on the graphics processor, which in turn could improve battery life. To do this, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, select General, followed by Accessibility. Here you will find the option to reduce the motion and while you’re at it, you should also reduce transparency.

Turn on Grayscale mode

The vibrant colors on the Apple Watch look great, but they aren’t doing anything to help the battery. It takes energy to render these bright colors, and one way to conserve battery is to enable Grayscale mode. When I am in a pinch, I prefer the longer battery to the vibrant colors. Not everyone will agree with this, but I recommend testing it out for yourself. This setting is also important for people who have trouble perceiving color differences.

To enable Grayscale mode, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap General, followed by Accessibility, and toggle the Grayscale switch from off to on.

Bonus: Power Reserve Mode

The Apple Watch includes a special Power Reserve Mode that will automatically turn on when the battery drops below 10 percent (unless you cancel it). You can also turn it on manually by pressing and holding the Apple Watch’s side power button. I rarely use this mode, though. The Power Reserve setting takes all of the smart out of the smartwatch. With this mode enabled you can no longer run apps or communicate using the watch, all you can do is see the time, which isn’t really worth it in my opinion.

The Apple Watch is a complicated device. To learn how to do everything from setting it up to swapping the bands, be sure to check out CNET’s complete guide to using the Apple Watch, and don’t forget to read our full review .

Check your battery at a glance from the watch face, Control Center, or Nightstand mode.

Check your battery charge

You can check your Apple Watch battery’s charge level in several places:

  • Swipe up on the watch face to open Control Center and see the battery percentage.
  • On some watch faces, you can add a battery complication.
  • On your iPhone, you can add a battery widget to show any connected Apple Watch.
  • When your Apple Watch is charging in Nightstand mode, tap the charging button to check the battery percentage.

See charging details in Settings

With watchOS 7 and later, open the Settings app, then tap Battery. You’ll see your current charge level along with a detailed charging graph.

Charge your Apple Watch

If your battery is low, you’ll see the low battery icon on the screen of your Apple Watch. To charge your Apple Watch:

  1. Handle your Apple Watch and accessories safely and always take off your watch before charging it.
  2. Plug the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, Apple Watch Magnetic Fast Charging USB-C Cable, or Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock into a USB power adapter.
  3. Plug the adapter into a power outlet. You can also plug the charging cable into a USB port.
  4. Position the back of your Apple Watch on the charger. The charger’s magnets align your Apple Watch, and you’ll see the battery charging icon on your watch face.
  5. Give your Apple Watch time to charge. While your device is charging, your Apple Watch goes into Nightstand mode.

If you have Apple Watch Series 7, you can charge your watch quickly with fast charging.

Optimized battery charging

watchOS 7 and later allow your Apple Watch to learn from your daily charging habits and improve the lifespan of your battery. Learn more about Optimized Battery Charging on your Apple Watch.

Always know how much battery your Apple Watch has left

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  • On an Apple Watch: go to the WatchOS Control Center and tap the percentage icon.
  • On an iPhone, add the Battery widget: swipe right and go to Edit >+ next to Batteries >Done >Today >Batteries section.
  • You can also check Apple Watch battery usage stats in the Watch app on an iPhone.

This article explains how to check the Apple Watch battery on your iPhone or the smartwatch with watchOS 3 or later and iOS 10 or later.

How to Check the Battery on an Apple Watch

Apple Watches boast an impressive battery life, lasting up to 18 hours on a single charge under optimal conditions. However, that figure may not hold true if you’re overly active on your watch throughout the day. Follow these steps to check your watch’s current battery life while wearing it on your wrist:

Swipe up from the bottom of the Apple Watch’s face and enter your passcode if prompted.

Go to the WatchOS Control Center and tap the percentage icon (for example, 90%).

If you have AirPods connected, you will see their current battery life displayed as well.

The percentage of remaining battery life is displayed, along with a button labeled Power Reserve. Slide this button to the right to enter Power Reserve mode, which conserves the battery by turning off all features except the current time clock.

How to Check Apple Watch Battery Life on Your iPhone

It’s also possible to check your Apple Watch’s battery from your iPhone. After pairing the Apple Watch with the iPhone, you only need to add the battery widget:

Swipe right on the iPhone home screen.

Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Edit.

Tap plus (+) next to Batteries to make it active.

If you see a minus () next to Batteries, it’s active, and you can return to the home screen.

Tap Done to save your changes.

Go to the Today view and look for the Batteries section. You’ll see the battery levels of the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other compatible Bluetooth devices you paired with your iOS device.

How to Check Your Apple Watch Battery Usage Stats

The Apple Watch’s battery usage stats provide details on how long it’s been since the watch received a full charge:

Go to the iPhone home screen and open the Watch app.

Scroll down and tap General.

Your watch’s General settings should be visible. Scroll down and tap Usage.

In the Usage interface, scroll to the bottom and locate the Usage and Standby indicators. These show the amount of time your watch has been active and how long it’s been in standby mode since you charged it last.

It may take some time for this information to sync from your Apple Watch to your iPhone.

We’ll explain how to make your Apple Watch a better running buddy.

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Whether you’re training for a marathon or a first-time jogger, the Apple Watch has lots of perks for runners. The best part is that you don’t need the latest Apple Watch Series 7 (or the rumored Apple Watch Series 8 ) to take advantage of these features. These tips work for all models, including the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 3 .

If you’re used to tracking your runs on a mobile app , the Watch will help lighten your load. Nike Plus Run Club, Runkeeper and Strava are just some of the major running apps that are also available on the Apple Watch, allowing you to leave your phone behind. But if you’re not tied to any third-party running app yet, the native Activity app on the Apple Watch has most of the features you’ll need to log those miles and keep you motivated while you run. You just need to know how to find them.

Here are a few tips to make your Apple Watch a better companion for your runs.

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Update your stats

First things first: Make sure the Apple Watch knows who you are. This means gender, weight, height, age and all the indicators its needs to accurately measure distance and calories burned.

You may have set this up in your Health app when you first set up your Apple Watch, but if you haven’t or if your weight has changed since then, make sure your profile has the updated info.

Go to the Watch app on your phone, select the My Watch tab on the bottom, then go to Health and press Edit on the top right to make the changes.

Calibrate the Apple Watch

Another important part of the “getting to know you” stage is calibrating the watch to your individual pace and stride to get a more accurate read of distance when you leave your phone behind or GPS isn’t reliable.

If you’ve never done this before, you may just want to start off with a clean slate. Go to the My Watch tab of the Watch app on your phone and click on Privacy and select Reset Fitness Calibration Data.

To recalibrate, Apple recommends taking your watch out on a jog in a flat open area where you get good reception. Series 1 users will have to bring a phone along on this first run. Next you’ll need to start an outdoor run or walk in the Workout app on the Apple Watch and do either for at least 20 minutes. If you don’t have 20 minutes to spare, you can also do this in 5- or 10-minute intervals, just know you need to reach a total of 20 minutes to accurately calibrate.

Once you’ve logged the initial 20 minutes’ worth, you can ditch the phone and resume your usual running routes. The watch will continue to learn about your stride and calibrate over time.

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Tighten that band

Once you have stride and distance figured out, you’ll need to make sure you’re getting an accurate heart rate reading. The Apple Watch uses heart rate (along with other metrics) to calculate calories burned, and the gadget can be used to help keep you in check during training or in a race. But the heart rate sensor has to be in direct contact with your skin to get an accurate read, which means you may have to tighten up the band before you go on a jog to make sure the Apple Watch stays in place when you’re swinging your sweaty arm up and down. Just don’t overdo it and cut off circulation to your hand — and maybe loosen it up once you’re done.

It’s also designed to work best on top of your wrist, so putting the sensor on the bottom side of your wrist (where you would normally take your pulse) is actually counterproductive. If you want to get even more precise with your read, you can pair it with an external heart rate monitor .

Customize your metrics for success

On outdoor runs the Apple Watch can keep tabs of multiple metrics, ranging from average pace to elevation gain, but that doesn’t mean you have to see all of that info on the screen while you run. Figure out the numbers that get you pumped, and then customize your Workout interface from the Watch app on your phone.

In my case, for example, distance is front and center, while active calories remains hidden in my activity app.

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Scroll down to the Workout option on the My Watch tab on your iPhone, and once you’re in, click on Workout View at the top. Next, select the Outdoor (or Indoor) Run option, hit Edit on the top right and add, delete or rearrange as you see fit. You’ll be able to view only five metrics at a time.

Set custom running goals on the Apple Watch

You can also set goals before every run from the Workout app on the Apple Watch. Click on the three dots next to the type of run you’re selecting and set your goals based on distance, calories or time.

This is also where you can set pace alerts, so the Watch will buzz when you fall below or rise above your target pace. Before starting an outdoor run, tap the three dots and then set an alert.

Activate Auto Pause

This feature is essential for surviving city runs without having to adjust your Watch at every stoplight. You can activate Auto Pause from the Watch app from your phone or directly on the Apple Watch itself, so take your pick.

On the Watch, go to Settings/General/Workout, and toggle Auto Pause. If you’re on the Watch app on the iPhone, select the My Watch Tab, Workout and toggle Running Auto Pause. This works for outdoor runs and on a treadmill, so that stoplight stall or water break won’t bring down your time and pace during a run.

Maximize battery life to make the Apple Watch last longer

As you’ve probably learned the hard way, runs are not good on battery life. And if you’re a night jogger like me, you may find yourself running on empty. Or worse yet, the battery may die before you finish your run — which means the run won’t show up in your activity log!

If you’re running dangerously low on juice, try activating Power Saving Mode before you start. This is different than the Power Reserve option you get when you’re down to 10 percent, which basically turns off all features other than time. Power Saving Mode is a pre-emptive step that’ll help extend battery life while still retaining most of the basic tracking features.

Activate the Power Saving Mode from the Watch or from the phone.

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To activate Power Saving Mode from the Apple Watch, go to Settings/General/Workout and toggle the Power Saving Mode option. You can also do this from the Watch app on your iPhone and deactivate once you’ve completed your run.

You may see a slight variation in calories burned because this mode also shuts off the heart rate sensor, but it should still give you an accurate read of your run. If you need heart rate data but are running low on juice, you could also consider pairing a Bluetooth-enabled chest strap with the Watch.

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Keep your Apple Watch going all day long.
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My Apple Watch Series 5 gets seriously good battery life. I can easily get 24 hours out of it, but I don’t really stress it by doing multiple daily workouts or by streaming audio directly to Bluetooth headphones. But what if your watch has trouble lasting the whole day? Or if you’re traveling, and not able to just stop and charge the watch whenever it needs a quick boost?

Today, we’ll check three settings that can prolong your Apple Watch battery life.

Boost Apple Watch battery life

Tweaking these three settings will give your Apple Watch battery a boost. And no, you won’t have to switch off the Series 5’s always-on face. Well, not while you’re awake, anyway. Nor will we resort to Airplane Mode or Power Reserve Mode, both of which render the watch almost useless for anything other than telling the time.

In fact, using these settings, you can even wear your watch while you sleep, and still enjoy great battery life.

Workout Power Saving Mode

Workouts are one of the biggest battery killers on the Apple Watch. The screen stays fully lit, and the heart-rate monitor runs constantly. But you don’t have to forego workouts to save battery life. You can use the Workout Power Saving Mode.

This mode will “Turn off the Always On display and built-in heart-rate sensor during walking and running workouts.” I first thought that this would turn off the display completely, even on the Apple Watch Series 5, but that’s not the case. (Perhaps the wording of this description hasn’t been updated for the Series 5.) What really happens is that the setting disables the full-power screen mode. Instead, you see a simplified screen, with the stopwatch only counting seconds.

To enable this mode, find the Workout section in the Watch’s Settings app, and toggle Power Saving Mode to on. This will boost your Apple Watch battery life without much of a sacrifice.

Reduce Apple Watch screen brightness

The other all-day battery saver trick is to dim the display a little. If you’ve used the Series 5, you’ll know that even in its power-sipping Always On mode, the screen is perfectly readable. It’s easy to read the time, and check complications, all without moving your wrist to wake the display fully.

So, why not dim the screen so it always looks like this? The setting doesn’t seem to dim the already-dimmed Always On mode. I have only noticed it lowering the brightness of the regular awake-mode screen.

To reduce brightness, head to the watch’s Settings app, scroll to Display & Brightness, and adjust the brightness using the slider therein.

Use Theater Mode at night

This one is a battery tip combined with a couple-counseling tip. As soon as you get into bed, switch on Theater Mode. This will turn off the Series 5 Apple Watch’s face completely. It also stops the face from lighting up even if you move. The screen stays black until you tap it.

This is the perfect nighttime mode for Apple Watch. In fact, I’d like to see it integrated with the iPhone’s own Bedtime mode, so it could turn on automatically at bedtime. There’s no need to run the watch face all night long. It’s a total waste of energy. If you wake up and want to see the time, just tap it.

Even in this mode, your sleep-tracking apps will continue to work just fine.

All-day Apple Watch battery life

I charge my Apple Watch when I shower, and in the morning, while I drink coffee and catch up on the news. Between these two quick-charge blitzes, I get through the day easily. To test the tricks I’ve written about today, I forewent the longer morning charge one day, and I still got to midnight, and then all the way to the next morning, on the shower-only charge. And I’m a fast showerer. No need to hang around in there, wasting water.

If you use the watch more heavily, especially if you’re a serial exerciser, or use a cellular model standalone, then you may need to take more extreme measures to extend your Apple Watch battery life. But for most people, these tweaks should do the trick and get you through the day.

With so many people sporting sleek Apple Watches, customized watch faces allow you to stand out.

It seems like everyone is sporting a sleek Apple Watch these days. This isn’t surprising considering how functional, fun, and stylish they are. However, with the number of different Apple Watch bands, covers, and complications, standing out is as simple as swiping over to a customized new watch face. The best Apple Watch faces are both practical and pretty. However, some cool watch faces may put a strain on your battery life.

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Understanding Apple Watch Battery Drain

A lot of factors affect the battery life of your Apple Watch. The more you use it to track workouts, send messages, and take photos, the quicker it will run out. Even your choice of Apple Watch face can impact Apple Watch battery life.

Many cool Apple Watch faces have beautiful designs but only show the time, saving your battery. Other faces have customizable widgets known as Apple Watch complications. Like regular widgets on your iPhone or iPad, these can negatively impact your Apple Watch battery. This is especially true when these widgets are always showing live updates.

It is possible to have several faces saved in My Faces in your iPhone’s Apple Watch app and switch between them by swiping. You can swipe between them directly on your watch. This way, you can use a more simple design whenever you are worried about battery life. However, having fewer faces saved can also help protect your battery. To learn more about Apple Watches, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

What Apple Watch Complications to Avoid

Apple has done a great job making sure that watchOS throttles background CPU for apps updating complications. This is done to prevent Apple Watch battery drain. However, some complications will still have a more significant impact on your battery.

For example, the Infograph Apple Watch face can cost you up to 12 percent more battery loss than Utility in just one day. This is because Infograph shows the weather, which requires the GPS to locate you and pull your weather information.

One big reason why Apple doesn’t allow third-party Apple Watch faces is to protect your watch’s battery life. More recently, several apps have found ways around Apple’s restrictios and created some pretty spectacular watch faces.

10 Best Apple Watch Faces

Watch faces, sometimes referred to as Apple Watch backgrounds or Apple Watch face wallpaper, come in so many incredible designs. To learn how to add complications to your watch face, read this.

1. Artist

As the name implies, this creative watch face puts an artsy spin on time. Apple commissioned Geoff McFetridge to create this design. The time is shown where the eyes should be, with the nose separating the hours from the minutes. Best of all, you can tap on it to change its look. The cool colors and designs may even inspire you to book an appointment with your hairdresser.

2. Unity

Unity was released in February 2021 for Black History Month. It features the Pan-American flag in a beautiful design. You can choose between a combination of shades of gray, red and green, or red, green, and yellow. You can also add the date and one complication if you want.

3. Memoji

Emojis have become a way for people to communicate. Memoji takes it one step further and lets you have your favorite character on your watch. You can even set it to your own emojified face or select ALL ANIMOJI to get a different one every time you check the time. These faces are not static, so they will move around, yawn, and smile. Tap them to see them make a funny face. Be aware that doing this all day isn’t great for your battery life.

4. Photos

Sometimes a cool design isn’t personal enough. If you sync a photo album to your watch, you can turn it into a watch face. If you have multiple photos, they will cycle through to make you smile. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a photo you’ve taken. This is a great way to turn any images into free watch faces. You can take a screenshot or download any image and add it to your synced album.

5. Chronograph Pro

While this isn’t the sought-after Apple Watch Rolex face, the Chronograph Pro is great because it gives a classic watch look a modern twist. While traditionally, tachymeters are used to measure speed, you can set these dials to function as timers. You can start these by tapping on the dial and then hitting the green button. Plus, you can add several complications in the corners.

6. Pride

Are you going to a Pride event? Hoping to support the LGBTQIA community? Or do you simply love rainbows? The Pride Apple Watch face is beautiful and has three different designs. When you tap on the newest one, the rainbow lines will sway beautifully. If you have the woven nylon rainbow Apple Watch band, the lines from the watch face will line up almost perfectly!

7. Kaleidoscope

I have always found kaleidoscopes fascinating, but I don’t have a practical way to incorporate them into my daily life as an adult. Kaleidoscope Apple Watch faces bring whimsicalness into your routine. There are several designs to pick from, and your watch face will never look the same. Watch it change to relax or to get inspired.

8. Mickey Mouse

Disney Apple Watch faces are a must on your trip to Disney World. The Mickey Mouse watch face has a classic depiction of Mickey or Minnie as a watch face. Enjoy watching them literally point out the time on an analog clock face. If you’re a huge Disney fan, then check out the Toy Story watch face. It has a more modern design but brings as much joy as Mickey Mouse.

9. Gradient

Minimalism is trending, and this Gradient Watch Face is Marie Kondo approved (I think.) Use Gradient to match your outfit, or enjoy them all at once with the rainbow option! This simple analog watch face is aesthetically pleasing and roughly tracks seconds. It can be super simple, or you can add your favorite complication.

10. Activity

Last but not least, my go-to watch face has always been Activity. The design is simple, informative, and it reminds you to stay active and close all your circles. I love how it’s easy to customize and allowed me to add multiple Apple Watch complications.

There are many cool Apple Watch features. However, the personalization that is offered with custom watch faces is perhaps the best one. Choosing to trade in your favorite timepiece for a smartwatch is not an easy decision. Luckily, Apple makes it possible to customize the watch to your heart’s content!

Simple ways to use your iPhone longer

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Most iPhones need to be recharged every couple of days if not every single day. There are ways to conserve iPhone battery life and many involve turning off services and features. One way to get ahead is to display your iPhone’s battery life as a percentage so you can monitor it more easily.

The information in this article applies to iOS 13, iOS 12, and iOS 11. Any differences based on OS version are noted in the text.

Prevent Background App Refresh

There are several features that make the iPhone smarter and ready when you need it. One of these features is Background App Refresh. This feature looks at the apps you use most often and the time of day that you use them. Then it updates those apps so that the next time you open one of those apps, the latest information is waiting for you. For example, if you check social media at 7:30 a.m., iOS learns that and automatically updates social apps before that time. This useful feature drains battery.

To turn off Background App Refresh on the iPhone, open the Settings app, go to General > Background App Refresh, then choose Background App Refresh > Off. Or, toggle the option off for specific apps only.

Buy an Extended Life Battery

Another way to save iPhone battery life is to get more battery. Accessory makers such as mophie offer extended life batteries for the iPhone. If you need so much battery life that none of these tips help, an extended life battery adds more days of standby time and more hours of use.

Don’t Automatically Update Apps

On iOS 7 or newer, disable the feature that automatically updates apps as new versions are released. This is a convenience and a battery drainer. Update apps manually when the battery is fully charged, but otherwise, turn off automatic app updates.

To turn off automatic app updates, open the Settings app, tap iTunes & App Store, then turn off Updates.

Don’t Take App Suggestions

Suggested Apps, introduced in iOS 8, uses your location to figure out where you are and what you’re near. It uses this information to determine which apps you might want to use based on where you are. For example, get Walgreens alerts when you’re near one of those stores.

This feature uses extra battery life to maintain your location and communicate with the App Store.

This feature was controlled in the Settings app but moved to Notification Center in iOS 10.

To disable Suggested Apps in iOS 10:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open Notification Center.
  2. Swipe to the left to the Today view.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit.
  4. Choose the red icon next to Siri App Suggestions.
  5. Tap Remove, then tap Done.

Use Content Blockers in Safari

One of the best features introduced in iOS 9 is the ability to block advertising and tracking cookies in Safari. The technologies used by advertising networks to serve, display, and track ads uses a lot of battery life.

The amount of battery power saved by blocking ads and cookies isn’t as significant as other battery-saving tips. However, along with a small boost in battery life, the Safari browser runs faster and uses less data.

Turn on Auto-Brightness

The iPhone has an ambient light sensor that adjusts the brightness of the screen based on the light around it. This sensor turns the screen darker in dark places and brighter when there’s more ambient light. This saves battery and makes the phone easier to use.

Turn Auto-Brightness on to save energy because your screen will need to use less power in dark places.

To turn on Auto-Brightness in iOS 13 and later, open the Settings app, go to Accessibility > Display & Text Size, then scroll down and tap Auto-Brightness.

In iOS 12 and iOS 11, open the Settings app, go to General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations, then tap Auto-Brightness.

For iOS 10 and older devices, open the Settings app, tap Display & Brightness (or Brightness & Wallpaper in iOS 7), then turn on Auto-Brightness.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch packs a slew of features under its sleeves. Its trove of sensors makes sure that your sleep and fitness data are properly recorded and stored. But all these neat features come at a price — battery life.

Though Samsung promises a battery life of four days (46mm non-LTE version) of the Galaxy Watch, it’s a tad difficult to achieve. That is especially true when all the features and sensors are switched on. After all, they would need to draw power from somewhere.

And the proprietary charger makes sure that you can’t charge this high-end watch when you’re not at home/office.

Thankfully, with some tweaking, you can get the Galaxy Watch’s battery to stay a little bit longer on a single charge.

In this post today, we will discuss some nifty ways to save battery life on the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

1. Disable Always On Display

The Always On Display (AOD) feature is one of the most helpful and smart features on Samsung phones (with AMOLED displays) and smartwatches. With it, you can check the time, battery and notifications without lifting your watch/phone. As you guessed right, keeping it running requires more power than usual.

So, if you have been struggling with terrible battery life or do not use this feature at all, you may turn it off from the settings.

To do so, navigate your way to Settings on your watch, and tap on Display > Watch always on, and toggle the switch off.

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2. Use Black Watch Faces

By now, you must already be familiar with the workings of AMOLED displays and how it works to save battery juice. For those unaware, here’s a quick drill down.

Unlike LCD screens, an AMOLED screen doesn’t have a backlight. Rather all individual pixels light up when in use. When not in use, they stay black. It also works the other way. When the display is black, the pixels stay off thus conserving precious juice.

Hence a watch face set in darker shades will not only make it run for a bit longer and gives the watch a classy look.

Thankfully, there are plenty of black watch faces in the store. Open the Galaxy Wearable app, head over to the Watch Faces section and search for AMOLED watch faces.

Once you’ve spotted the watch face you like, apply it and tap on Save. While some of the watch faces are free, most of them are paid. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a bomb to get them onboard.

3. Disable Wake-Up Gesture

Sure, it looks super cool when the screen lights up with all its might every time you raise your hand.

But such a convenient feature is bound to have a serious impact. That is especially true if you are an active person and move your hands quite a lot.

To turn this feature off, go to Settings > Advanced and toggle the switch for Wake-up gestures. Simple.

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4. Enable Good Night Mode

If you prefer not to disable the Wake-up gestures altogether, the next option is to enable the Good Night mode. This one disables the wake gestures, suppresses notifications & sounds and even deactivates the Always On Display feature when you are sleeping.

The good thing about this mode is that Sleep tracking will continue to work as expected. In short, it will work in silence.

It too can be found under the Advanced settings.

5. Are All Notifications Important?

Are all the notifications important? Does the watch need to vibrate at every notification you receive?

The key to good battery life is to limit notifications to a few priority apps like your mail app and messaging app. To make the changes, navigate to the Notification settings and tap on Manage notifications.

Now, deselect the apps that you don’t want. While you are at it, you can also disable notifications of unimportant apps on your phone through Settings > Notifications. Trust me, your watch and the phone will thank you.

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One More Thing

Sadly, long battery life on the Galaxy watch means that you have to make a few trade-offs. I get it — with a powerful watch like this, it would be a shame to switch off all the features. You wouldn’t want to use your smartwatch like an analog one.

I recommend you to test a few things mentioned above and pick the ones that work the best for you without making significant compromises.

In my case, enabling all the major features gave me a battery life of three days on a full charge. And for the poor planner in me, who often forgets to charge her watch, the built-in Battery Saver mode has saved me on most days.

This mode squeezes in a few extra hours by turning the screen grey and shutting down most sensors except the basic ones. You can find this mode via Settings > Battery > Power saving.

At the same time, turning off the watch’s connections such as Bluetooth won’t get you much. Also, the Galaxy Watch’s GPS goes on standby mode when it is paired to your phone. So unless you are out running or walking most of the day without pairing the phone, keeping it on should work just fine.

Next up: Looking to manage your Android’s battery better? Check out the following post on how you can prolong your phone battery’s life.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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Welcome to the second installment of our Top 10 countdown of the Most Wanted Gifts and Gadgets for Black Friday 2011! In our previous post, we revealed the first 5 ideal gift items to purchase for your loved ones. As promised, we will unravel today the remaining Top 5 gadgets that shook and stirred the marvelous digital world. Lets start counting from 5 as we get closer to the gadget that grabbed the number 1 spot.

1. Sony BRAVIA HD TV – HX925 Series

This is the ideal gift for movie fanatics and internet savvies alike. With its integrated Wi-Fi connection, you can log in to Facebook, Twitter, talk on Skype, and watch videos on YouTube. It features the X-Reality PRO that offers extreme pixel clarity and the Intelligent Peak LED that lets you view the deepest blacks and brightest whites possible in an image. This amazing 3D Internet TV has an impressive monolithic design that is bound to put guests visiting your home at awe. If you are feeling generous this Black Friday 2011 or you simply want to spoil yourself, you can purchase the Sony BRAVIA HD TV – HX925 Series 55 inches for $3637 online or cheaper in other websites.

2. Samsung Series 9 Notebook

Young professionals and college students will adore you if you purchase them this considered rival of Apple’s MacBook Air. Made from Duralumin that is twice the strength of aluminum, this netbook is both durable and elegant with its minimalist look. It boots with Windows 7 64-bit OS and runs on an Intel Core i5 Processor and 128 GB Solid State Drive or SSD. Users who can afford a bit of luxury can get the Samsung Series 9 Notebook for $1,649.99.

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The perfect gift for anyone who appreciates connectivity and mobility. This 10-inch tablet is thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor. It operates with an incredible battery life of 10 hours with over 140,000 available apps and advanced iCloud capability. It now runs on IOS 5 which is considered as the worlds most advanced mobile operating system. The iPad2 price starts at $499 at the Apple Store.

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Apple Watch battery offers a decent battery backup, with normal usage. However, the battery keeps draining consistently, but slowly even if you use or not. As a solution to this, Apple provides Apple Watch Power Reserve Mode, which in essence a simple power saver mode.

Many questions have been raised regarding the Apple Watch Power Reserve mode, including how to enable power reserve? how to disable? and more. We have all the answers for them.

What is Power Reserve Mode?

Apple Watch Power Reserve mode helps you preserve battery charge for a long time, without turning off the device. When you are in an airplane or going for sleep, there may not be a need for connectivity and other features enabled.

Even if you don’t use them, the battery juice will be emptied, even with the screen turned off. Also, it will wake up more often, which could cause more drain. You can avoid such situations by enabling the power reserve mode on Apple Watch. When enabled, it will only show the clock on the screen, and all other activities will be disabled.

Basic functionalities like wrist detection, fall detection, motion sensing, etc. do not work in this ultra power-saving mode. So, when you want to see the time, you need to press the side power button. This will not only spare you little more time in keeping the juice up but also provides the battery a better lifespan. Apple offers approximately 1000 full charge for one Apple Watch, which in effect could last for 2-3 years usage on a daily basis.

Does Apple Watch Count Step in Power Reserve?

Since almost every sensor is being deactivated during power reserve, your Apple Watch will not continue to track your steps or other activities. So, temporarily all your activity recording will be disabled by Apple Watch. Still, your iPhone can track your steps.

Do not confuse the Airplane mode with the Power Reserve Mode. The Airplane mode only disables the network connectivity, while the activity tracking continues. Your Apple Watch can count steps while in AirPlane mode, but not in Power Reserve mode.

How Long Does Apple Watch Last on Power Reserve?

Well, Apple offers 18 hours of battery backup with normal usage. However, how long does Apple Watch last on power reserve? When it comes to the power reserve mode, Apple Watch can surprisingly withstand for nearly 30-days in a row, starting from 100% charge. So, there is an assurance from Apple about the battery backup, if you alternatively use both normal as well as the Power Saving mode.

How to Turn on Apple Watch Power Reserve?

Apple Watch can enter into the power reserve mode in two ways—automatically when the battery level is too low, and manually. When the battery level is under 10%, your Apple Watch will ask you to enter the Power Save mode automatically. You can either plug in the device to stay in the normal mode or enter the power reserve for better longevity.

When you enable the power saving mode on Apple Watch manually, there are certain ways you could do it. Even though all fall into the battery settings on your Apple Watch, you can get there using different methods. In case you want to get to the power reserve mode from home screen itself, follow the steps to do it using battery complication.

First of all, you need to add the battery complication to the Watch face. If you already have it, skip this part. Read how to add battery complication to the Watch Face.

  1. Connect your Apple Watch and iPhone.
  2. Open Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Go to the My Watch tab.
  4. Tap Complications.
  5. Choose a position and add the Battery complication from the list.
  6. Tap “Set as current Watch Face.”

Now, you can check the Apple Watch Face for the Battery complication icon, and enter the Power Reserve.

  1. Tap the Battery complication from the Watch Face.
  2. Slide the power reserve button towards right.
  3. Tap Proceed to Power Reserve Mode.

Another method is to get into the power reserve mode from Control Center. In this method, you do not need to have the battery complication added to the home screen.

  1. Swipe up from any window to enter the Apple Watch Control Center.
  2. Tap the Battery icon.
  3. Slide to enable Power Reserve.

You will know you are in the power reserve mode when the watch starts to show only a lightning symbol and the time on the screen. Gestures or touch will not work, and you cannot navigate to any other pages or apps.

How Do I Get the Apple Watch Out of Power Reserve Mode?

When the Apple Watch enters the power reserve mode, there will not be an option shown on the screen to get out of it. If you are trying to exit power reserve, there is no way you could do that right on the screen.

  1. Charge your Apple Watch if the battery was low before you start using it. In order to get the Apple Watch out of power reserve mode;
  1. Press and hold the side button until you see an Apple logo.
  2. This will restart Apple Watch.
  3. Wait for Apple Logo on screen.
  4. Apple Watch will load the normal Watch Face.

Enabling the power reserve mode on Apple Watch is the best way to preserve the battery charge for your Apple Watch. While on the normal usage mode, you can also control the background app refresh rate to save battery even better.

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Battery life is the amount of time your Fitbit device runs after it’s charged to 100%. To maximize battery life, turn off or reduce your use of certain features.

We’re aware of a battery drain issue affecting some Charge 5 devices in which the built-in GPS chip may remain active after ending a GPS-enabled exercise. We’re working on an update to fix the issue.

If you experience shorter than expected battery life, restart your device by connecting it to the charging cable. For instructions, see How do I restart my Fitbit device? Note the following:

  • If you use GPS to track your exercise, use the Phone GPS setting on your tracker to preserve battery life. For more information, see How do I use GPS on my Fitbit device?
  • We’ll work to resolve it and hope to have a fix soon. Be sure to keep your Fitbit device and app up-to-date to ensure you receive the quickest resolution.

Because battery life is affected by use and other settings, actual results may vary.

Fitbit Versa
Fitbit Versa Lite Edition

Fitbit Ace and Fitbit Ace 2
Fitbit Alta
Fitbit Blaze
Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit Flex 2
Fitbit Ionic*
Fitbit Inspire series

Fitbit Alta HR
Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit Charge 4*

Fitbit Charge 5*

We recommend that you use the charging cable that came with your device. Note that after several hundred charge cycles, your device may need to be charged more often.

*Using features such as always-on display and GPS require more frequent charging.

  • If you turn on always-on display:
    • Charge 5 and Versa 2 have a battery life of up to 3 days.
    • Luxe, Sense, and Versa 3 have a battery life of up to 2 days.
  • If you use built-in GPS regularly:
    • Charge 4 and Charge 5 have a battery life of up to 4 days. If you use built-in GPS continuously, Charge 4 and Charge 5 have a battery life of up to 5 hours,
    • Ionic has a battery life of up to 10 hours.
    • Sense and Versa 3 have a battery life of up to 12 hours.
  • Keep in mind that it can take up to 2 hours to charge your device to 100%. Avoid charging your device in extreme cold or heat—below 32В°F and above 113В° F (below 0В° C and above 45В° C). For more information, see How do I charge my Fitbit device?
  • Prevent the screen from turning on each time you turn your wrist. If you move your hands a lot, your device’s screen may turn on more often than you realize. For more information, see How do I see the time on my Fitbit device?
  • Dim the screen or turn on auto brightness on Charge 3, Charge 4, Charge 5, Ionic, Luxe, Sense, or Versa series. In the Settings app on your device, find the brightness setting, and tap to change it.
  • Turn off the always-on display setting on Charge 5, Luxe, Sense, Versa 2, and Versa 3. For more information, see How do I see the time on my Fitbit device?
  • On certain Fitbit devices, if you adjust the amount of time your screen stays on, change your Screen Timeout setting. For more information, see How do I navigate my Fitbit device?
  • Use phone GPS on Charge 4 and Charge 5 to allow the tracker to connect to your nearby phone’s GPS sensors to preserve battery life. For more information, see How do I use GPS on my Fitbit device?
  • Turn off the Button Lock setting on Inspire 2. For more information, see How do I navigate my Fitbit device?
  • Turn off notifications you don’t need, including alerts from apps on your phone, alarms, and reminders to move. For more information, see How do I get notifications from my phone on my Fitbit device?How do I manage alarms on my Fitbit device? and What are the reminders I see on my Fitbit device?
  • Reduce your use of music control, music apps, on-wrist calls, Fitbit Pay, and connected or built-in GPS.
  • Consider changing your clock face, as animated clock faces may require more frequent charging. For more information, see How do I change the clock face on my Fitbit device?
  • Tracking SpO2 data may require more frequent charging. Remove SpO2 tracking from your Fitbit device to extend your battery life. For more information, see How do I track blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) with my Fitbit device?
  • Turn off certain Fitbit devices when you’re not using them. For more information, see How do I turn off my Fitbit device?

If you want to store your device for several weeks or months, charge it to 100%, then turn off the device to avoid additional battery use. Note that you can only turn off certain Fitbit devices. Don’t leave your device plugged in on the charging cable during storage. For more information, see How do I turn off my Fitbit device?

For trackers, charge the device to 100% at least once every 6 months; for watches, charge the device to 100% at least once per year.

Store your device in a cool, moisture-free place.