Apple Watch series 5 optimal setting for battery life

randytusk

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Oct 9, 2019
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As an owner of a new 42mm series 5 watch I thought I would share this to help others..

Currently on 6.01 firmware -

Numerals Duo face & California with preferred complications

Background App refresh OFF (apart from a few select Apps as complications)
Uninstalled Noise, Breath and monthly cycle app.
Turned off reporting and diagnostics

Set the screen to minimum brightness and also turned off raise to wake.
I've left the Always On setting.

With cellular and wifi left on it averages 2-3% usage at idle per hour when in proximity to my iphone. I'll report back after I've a tried a few days without having my phone with me.

Most effective setting so far is to turn off diagnostics and reporting - it soaks up a lot of power in the background.
 
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Cruz3LT

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As an owner of a new 42mm series 5 watch I thought I would share this to help others..

Currently on 6.01 firmware -

Numerals Duo face & California with preferred complications

Background App refresh OFF (apart from a few select Apps as complications)
Uninstalled Noise, Breath and monthly cycle app.
Turned off reporting and diagnostics

Set the screen to minimum brightness and also turned off raise to wake.
I've left the Always On setting.

With cellular and wifi left on it averages 2-3% usage at idle per hour when in proximity to my iphone. I'll report back after I've a tried a few days without having my phone with me.

Most effective setting so far is to turn off diagnostics and reporting - it soaks up a lot of power in the background.
All you really need to do is just turn off raise to wake/ crown up and the Noise app. You will get 1+ days of battery life without sacrificing anything. As one other member said, no need for "potato mode".
 
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randytusk

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Oct 9, 2019
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All you really need to do is just turn off raise to wake/ crown up and the Noise app. You will get 1+ days of battery life without sacrificing anything. As one other member said, no need for "potato mode".
I thought it would be helpful - I’ll refrain from posting further on the subject
 
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cosmic68

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Dec 26, 2007
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Actually, I appreciate the effort and input, so thanks OP. My Watch which I got yesterday is dying quickly, so scouring these boards to see if anything is useful.