Extending Runtime of the Battery

You will likely want to squeeze as much run-time as possible out of the Apple Watch battery. According to Apple, the battery is supposed to give you 18 hours of normal use. However, this time drops if you use demanding features, such as making phone calls, tracking workouts, playing back audio, etc. So, in order to be able to use your Apple Watch all day, you’ll need to try and manage your power usage. Here are some tricks to do just that:

Extending Apple Watch Run-time of the Battery

Turn Down the Screen Brightness

The higher you set the brightness on your screen, the more power it requires.

Use a Dark Watch Face

Using a watch face that is predominantly dark will reduce power usage. Indeed, the type of screen Apple Watch uses an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) for its screen which displays black pixels more efficiently than lightedpixels. As a result, the darker the watch face you select for your Apple Watch, the more power-efficient it is. Yes, it will be a rather modest improvement, but a dark watch face will give you some extra run-time.

Power-Hungry Activities

Try to avoid using your Apple Watch for activities which make it consume more energy, when power is running low. That means try not to make phone calls, listen to the music, talk to your friends, and so on. If you need to know something, just check your notifications. You can always deal with any urgent matters that come up, of course, but just refrain from browsing all the messages and responding to them quickly,  and try not to email people unless the matter is pressing, so you’re not using unnecessary apps.

Turn Off Activate on Wrist Raise

This feature is very useful as it is a neat way to display the watch face or the last app you have been viewing. However, you can really save power by turning it off. In this case Apple Watch will not monitor your wrist movements as closely.

To turn off Activate on Wrist Raise, click the Digital Crown. When the Home screen displays tap Settings. Next, tap General. Tap Activate on Wrist Raise and then set Wrist Raise switch to Off.

Now, to turn the screen on, you’ll need to tap  the watch face or click the Digital Crown. Not the best way to see your notifications, but it saves your battery if it is running low.

Avoid Draining of Battery Power

Apple Watch sometimes drains the battery on your paired iPhone, by communicating excessively with it. In this case, reset the Apple Watch. To do this: Press and hold the side button until the Power screen appears. Swipe the Power Off button to the right to turn off Apple Watch. Press and hold the Digital Crown, along with the side button at the same time until the Apple logo appears.

Turn Off Notifications

You can also turn off notifications for all the non-vital apps. Of course, getting notifications is very useful feature which helps you stay up to date, but you should prune the list of apps on your Apple Watch to a sensible minimum. Apple Watch will not retrieve useless notifications, vibrate using battery and show them if have them turned off. You won’t not be distracted, and power consumption will be cut down too!

Turn On Power Reserve Mode

Turning on the Power Reserve Mode will limit your Apple Watch to only one function: telling time. But, it is a very useful feature if your watch is running low on battery power. Your watch will not be able to play bedtime music for you, nor it will wake you up in the morning, but you will certainly reduce the usage to a strict minimum. Your watch will be able to survive until you can charge it again.

To turn on Power Reserve Mode on, press and hold the side button until the power screen appears. Now swipe the Power Reserve button to the right. For further details, see our text: Apple Watch Battery and Power Reserve Mode.


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