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7 Apple Watch Settings Tech Experts Say You Should Change to Dramatically Improve Battery Life

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For years technology has been a big part of Gardy's life. He's an Android guy with a secret love for Apple products. When not at work, you can usually catch him drawing with a pencil. He is a writer at Gotechtor covering streaming media, TVs, and everything smart-home related. 

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Apple Watches are amazing, but their battery life isn’t the best. Learning how to save battery can be a lifesaver, ensuring your watch lasts all day.

Even if you plan to upgrade to an Apple Watch Ultra, which has a whopping 36 hours of battery life in normal use and 60 hours in low power settings, there are still ways to maximize your Apple Watch battery life.

Here’s a quick list of steps you can take to further enhance your Apple Watch’s battery performance.

From optimizing settings to adjusting usage habits, let’s explore how you can make the most out of your Apple Watch without worrying about running out of battery.

1. Turn off the Always-on Display Mode

Except for the SE, Apple Watch Series 5 and later models feature an always-on display. This implies that you don’t need to tap the screen or flip your wrist to check the time.

This is made possible by Apple using some cunning strategies to cut battery consumption, such as reducing the display’s refresh rate.

You may reduce power consumption even more by simply turning off the always-on display and then tilting the Watch to wake it.

Here’s how to turn this feature off:

  1. First, on your iPhone, navigate to Watch and then General.
Apple Watch General

2. After that, change Display & Brightness.

3. Then tap Always On to turn it off.

2. Disable Wake on Wrist Raise

When you lift your wrist, the Apple Watch’s Pre-Series 5 models employ its gyroscope and accelerometer to turn on the display for simple viewing instantly.

Unfortunately, this implies that the display will turn on whenever you lift your wrist, stretch, or raise your hand. Each time it occurs, the battery life suffers a slight setback.

This may be stopped by:

  1. Access the Watch app, then Display & Brightness.
Apple Watch General menu
Apple Watch Display & Brightness option. Screenshot: Farhad Pashaei/Gotechtor
  1. Tap and toggle off Wake Screen on Wrist Raise.
Wake Screen on Wrist Raise
Disable Wake Screen on Wrist Raise option. Screenshot: Farhad Pashaei/Gotechtor

3. Use a Dark Watch Face and Reduce Brightness

Your Apple Watch’s display is a tiny OLED Screen that uses self-emissive technology. Each pixel on an OLED produces its own light. On an OLED, you can turn off the pixels to display black.

This implies that a watch face with a lot of black space should consume less power than one with many bright whites and solid colors.

You can change the current Watch face by tapping and holding on to it. Then, choose the one you want by simply scrolling left or right, or you can hit the plus symbol (+) to add a new one. Swipe up and pick “Remove” to remove a face you no longer want.

The Brightness of the display may significantly affect energy consumption as well.

  1. Navigate to Watch, General, and then Display & Brightness on your iPhone to change the brightness.
Changing Apple Watch Brightness level
Changing Apple Watch Brightness level. Screenshot: Farhad Pashaei/Gotechtor

4. Reduce Motion

Several smart graphical animations in watchOS are intended to make transitions as smooth as possible, but they also use a little bit more CPU power, which reduces the battery’s life.

In the Watch app’s Accessibility option, you may disable the attractive melding animation on the app’s home screen and the transparency effects appearing when you scroll down on the notification panel.

5. Reduce Notifications

Push notifications represent a significant energy drain for both the Apple Watch and iPhones. Not only will doing away with some of these save energy usage, but it may also increase productivity.

All alerts from your iPhone are automatically mirrored to your Apple Watch. We advise keeping the information you get on your wrist to a minimum. You can always check it later on your iPhone if it can wait.

  1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone, then select Notifications to limit your notifications.
Apple Watch Notification
Apple Watch Notification. Screenshot: Farhad Pashaei/Gotechtor

2.  To modify notifications, touch on each of the main Apple services at the top.

6. Do Not Use the Apple Watch to Answer Calls

The Walkie-Talkie feature on your Watch and answering calls both use more power. The occasional five-minute call won’t significantly drain the battery.

You should use your iPhone to answer the call if you expect to be on the line for a considerable amount of time.

Placing your palm over the screen while on a call can silence incoming calls and other notifications, like alarms, without requiring you to hang up.

7. Turn Off the Sensors

The Apple Watch’s two primary sensors are heart rate and blood oxygen sensors.

You can turn off the heart-rate monitor and blood oxygen sensor if you are not interested in checking your vitals every few minutes.

The heart rate monitor’s constant monitoring of your pulse improves the accuracy of calorie estimates, although it uses quite a lot of battery life.

Pulse oximetry technology is one of the biggest battery drains, but it can be disabled just like heart rate tracking.

You can disable both by going to Privacy, then Motion & Fitness in the Watch app on your iPhone.

If the Watch’s fitness features aren’t important to you, you can also turn off fitness monitoring while you’re on the same menu.

That’s it! Please let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.

Writer, Smart Home

For years technology has been a big part of Gardy's life. He's an Android guy with a secret love for Apple products. When not at work, you can usually catch him drawing with a pencil. He is a writer at Gotechtor covering streaming media, TVs, and everything smart-home related. 

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