8% battery at 3.5 hrs usage?

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  1. Hustler macrumors 6502

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    I'm on iOS 9.1 and watch os2.0, I got this watch on Sunday, used. My battery life had not yet been over 15% when I get home after a day's work.
    My stand by is 12 hr 32 min and usage 3 hr 37 min.

    I've unpaired watch one day, cold booted another day, set up as new watch again, and turned off diagnostics as I saw recommended in another thread for battery conservation.

    Anything I missed to try to improve that or is it normal?
     
  2. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    That seems poor for the usage amount. My guess is you could get a new battery from Apple as that seems a little defective to me. Maybe you are using a 38mm? I am on 9.1 and os2 GM and my battery is really good.

    I would contact Apple.
     
  3. Hustler thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I picked up a 42mm. I'll keep that in mind, and take her in if needed.
     
  4. Enygmatic macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt it's the physical battery... you're running beta software at every level of this equation. Do a hard reset on both devices - should help.

    (In the chance that you're not a developer, be careful taking it in to Apple while it is running a dev-only OS. There have been varied reports on Apple's in-store response/degree of assistance toward people running software versions they aren't supposed to.)
     
  5. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    After reading all the online complaints about users having really bad battery problems with OS2 GM it may just be that problem and nothing else. I saw the word used and thought someone sold you a defective watch. I'm running 9.1 and GM and my battery is beyond good.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Its tough to say what the issue may be since you're running with a beta of Watch OS2, it could be that since apple did pull the upgrade from general release at the 11th hour.

    My recommendation is to downgrade and see if things return to normal.
     
  7. OBirder macrumors member

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    Over 3 hours usage in 12 hours seems high. Check which complications you are using. Remove or change complications which need updating every time you just want to know the time e.g. weather/temperature (they need updating of location and weather information).
     
  8. Hustler thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I bought this with watch os2 already installed, didn't know that the beta software for it was only meant for devs, learn something new! Ha
    I will definitely not take it to Apple if having that on there can cause lack of warranty service.

    I'll just wait it out until the actual public release for os2 comes out and re test.


    Thanks for the tips everyone.
     
  9. Armen macrumors 604

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    WatchOS 2.0 cannot be downgraded and it requires iOS 9 so he can't downgrade that either.
     
  10. Zcott macrumors 68020

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    Strange, I've had ok battery life but today it's just plummeted.
     
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  12. maflynn Moderator

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    I was under the impression that you could downgrade to Watch OS1 from the Beta? I think you need to bring the watch in to an apple store but it can be downgraded. iOS9 cannot now because its been released but back when it was a beta you could.
     
  13. Armen macrumors 604

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    The watch has to be sent to Apple. Apple charges a fee to restore to the old version. They did it for me free however.
     
  14. maflynn Moderator

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    Correct, so my original statement is true ;)
     
  15. Hustler thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have done this, with no good results.
     
  16. Hustler thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Dang, have to send a watch to Apple for a fee to downgrade os?
    I'll just stick with the quick drain battery until public is available.
     
  17. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to hear that. I had the same issue and that's what I did: unpair, hard reset on both watch and phone, repair. Now the battery lasts longer than with 1.0.1.

    Hang in there, hopefully Public OTA is coming Monday or Tuesday!
     
  18. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Sounds like fairly normal usage/battery to me, especially if you use Workout.

    Remember, Apple didn't say you should get x hours of active use. They said that battery should last all day under normal use. Normal use for the watch is lots and lots of standby time and few seconds here and there of glancing at it, a few minutes here and there using apps, and perhaps a few hours of playing music and/or running Workout. So 3-4 hours of active use, and you have 15% battery left. That sounds about right.
     
  19. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Beta software. Unless you're a developer, I don't think you should be complaining about battery life on a device (let alone running betas on both your phone and watch). And if you're a developer, you're covered under an NDA thus wouldn't/shouldn't be bitching in public.
     
  20. Hustler thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If you read my very first post in this thread, there was no complaining, just asking if this is normal/ comparable for people who have the same watch and phone set up I have. Having owned the watch for 4 days at time of creating this post, I didn't have weeks/ months of my own usage times to compare normality or not.
     
  21. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    My apologies then. Sounded like complaining but perhaps that was my own bias I had while reading it. Anyway, the best way to maximize battery life is to not run beta software unless you're willing to live with the side effects.
     
  22. DgAl520319 macrumors regular

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    This is why the Watch OS 2 release has been delayed— It eats the battery. And apparently, you can't revert back to the original OS.

    You could call Apple Support or chat with them online. But I think you may just have to wait until Apple releases the fixed version. However...I don't know if that will install properly since your watch will show it already has OS 2 installed.

    Best bet= call Apple.
     
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