How to improve your Apple Watch battery life

Although the Apple Watch has a negative reputation for its battery life, the most recent model has a battery life of up to 18 hours, which is an increase over earlier models. However, it implies that you will have to charge your Apple Watch every day. But what if the battery in your Apple Watch isn’t even lasting a day? What then?

Here are some recommendations you can use in that scenario to extend the battery life of your Apple Watch and resolve the problems that cause the battery to discharge quickly.

1. Disable AOD (Always on display)

Always-on Display is compatible with Apple Watch Series 5 and later. It really is a terrific feature because it makes the smartwatch work like its conventional equivalent. However, the battery suffers as a result, so if you’re want to conserve battery life, disable it. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Open Settings on your Apple Watch by pressing the Digital Crown once the watch is unlocked.  
  2. Navigate and tap Settings.  
  3. Select Display and Brightness. 
  4. Navigate and select Always on.  
  5. Toggle off the feature.  

    Disable AOD (Always on display) on Apple Watch

2. Disable Raise to wake

Another feature mostly used as a substitute for AOD is Wake on Wrist Raise. However, if you want to save your battery life, disabling this feature might help. Here’s how to do it,  

  1. Open Settings on your Apple Watch by pressing the Digital Crown once the watch is unlocked.  
  2. Navigate and tap Settings.  
  3. Select Display and Brightness
  4. Navigate to the WAKE section and disable Wake on Wrist Raise.  

    Disable Raise to wake on Apple Watch

3. Use dark watch faces 

For those who don’t know, the Apple Watch has an OLED screen. The device’s battery life is extended thanks to an OLED panel that illuminates specific pixels as they are used. Use watch faces that are primarily black to help your Apple Watch’s battery last longer. By doing this, you can extend battery life and lower battery use. 

4. Disable Background Refresh

Have you ever wondered how Apple Watch apps are added automatically? The reason behind this is that anytime you download an app for your iPhone, if it has a companion app for the Apple Watch, it also downloads it by default.

Background app refresh for all of these apps will result in high battery usage, and the only fix is to turn it off. This is how you do it:

  1. Open the Watch App on your iPhone.  
  2. Tap General
  3. Select Background App Refresh
  4. On the next screen, toggle off the Background App Refresh option.  

    Disable Background Refresh on Apple Watch

5. Reduce notification permissions

Yes, you can receive notifications of your communications and respond to them right away with the Apple Watch. However, receiving notifications from every app on your iPhone might not always be required. You receive every notice on your watch since the Apple Watch copies all of your iPhone’s notifications.

It may be beneficial to disable these pointless notifications because they don’t just light up the display; they also include sound and haptic feedback. How to lower notification permissions is shown below.

  1. Open the Watch App on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Now, select the apps and services you want to receive notifications from and select Mirror My iPhone or customize the permissions.
  4. Also, scroll down to Mirror iPhone Alerts and toggle off the apps you do not want notifications from.

    Reduce notification permissionson Apple Watch

6. Disable Sound or Haptic feedback

The Apple Watch is a tool for alerting users, as I already explained. However, you can get by with haptic or auditory input, which serves as a notice signal. Here’s how to turn off the Apple Watch’s haptic or audio feedback.

  1. Open the Watch App on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Sound & Haptics.
  3. Toggle on Silent mode or Toggle off the Haptic feedback based on your preference.  

    Disable Sound or Haptic feedback on Apple Watch

7. Enable Power Reserve mode 

Enable the Power reserve mode on your Apple Watch to extend battery life. When activated, the only function of your Apple Watch is to show the time. Although the functionality won’t function, turning on Power Reserve mode is your best option if there is an emergency.

8. Update watchOS  

Your Apple Watch may have issues in the watchOS version that are causing the device’s battery to drain. Updates to the watchOS may be helpful if a software bug is causing battery depletion. Apple is known for quickly correcting bugs. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to update watchOS on your Apple Watch.

9. Miscellaneous tips 

  • Enable Workout Power saving mode: Apple Watch is an excellent fitness tracker. But if you want to save some battery, turn on Workout Power Saving mode on your Apple Watch.
  • Disable Environmental Soundtracking: When you step into a zone with loud sounds, the Apple Watch detects unsafe sound levels and notifies you about the same. However, this is one reason for battery drain, and if you want to save battery and live in a rather quiet place, here’s how to disable Environmental Soundtracking.
  • Reduce Animations: If you don’t care much about animations on your Apple Watch, turning on Reduce Motion reduces the animations. Less animation = less power consumption. Here’s how to turn on Reduce Motion on your Apple Watch.

10. Contact Apple Support 

The last resort is to get in touch with Apple if none of the aforementioned suggestions work to extend the battery life of your Apple Watch. If you have Apple Care or Apple Care+ coverage, it is an added benefit that Apple support may be able to assist with your problem. To learn how to get in touch with Apple Support, click this page.

I hope the instructions below help you improve the Apple Watch’s battery life. Leave a comment below if you have any other questions about the battery life of your Apple Watch, and I’ll do my best to respond.


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