Apple watch Sport laggy and poor battery

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by kappero, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. kappero macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2012
    Hey :)

    During a vacation in the states, I bought 2 Apple watches. One 42mm SS for myself and one 38mm sport for my girlfriend. Now about 1 month after the trip, we have some problems with the sport watch.

    - it is laggy. Loading the home screen or glances , the watch is often lagging a lot. I have not experienced this with the SS version. The sport watch has only the apps it was born with, the SS has installed many 3rd part apps.

    - Battery issues. Even with a absolute minimum of use (checking the time a couple of times, and receiving som texts, even a couple of hours without wearing the watch), the watch goes dead within 16 -18 hours. The SS version is at 62 % with the same timespan, and a lot heavier use.

    From what I've read, the watch can be laggy some time, and the 42mm have a mildly bigger battery than the 38mm. But I think it is strange that we are experiencing such big performance differences.

    Could there be a defect in the sports model I've bought, and should I try to return it for a repair, or is it completely normal?
  2. paulgandersman macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2010
    The first few days of usage on the apple watch, it does not get nearly as good battery life. This is because it is syncing things with your phone behind the scenes and it is learning your habits and health stuff. After a few days, the battery life normalizes. As for lagginess, did you definitely update her watch? The 1.0 software is much much laggier than the current version.
  3. iBlazed macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States
    Sounds like it could be defective. What country are you from? Maybe there's a way to get Apple to replace it under warranty depending on your location.
  4. usmcchet macrumors member


    Apr 25, 2015
    Well id return it
    My SGS42mm is great
  5. sean000, Aug 7, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2015

    sean000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2015
    Bellingham, WA
    Have you tried restarting the watch? Might be worth restarting the phone as well.

    My 38mm sport usually has between 15% and 40% battery after 18 hours of use. 15 or 20 % is usually on a day when I use it for at least an hour of workout monitoring. There's a thought... Could it be running the workout app, or some other app that continuously monitors, all day long?
  6. kappero thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2012
    The watch is already running version 1.01. So can't update it any further

    I have tried restarting it several times, but i will try resetting it, to see if it will be more effective.

    How do I check if the workout app (or other apps) are running in the background?

    I am from Denmark. The watch is not yet in stores here, so I would have to send it back to apple. But before I do that, I'd first check with you guys if what I am experiencing with the watch is normal.

    My SS watch is flawless and very happy with it. So it's annoying my girlfriend dont have the same feeling about the sport watch
  7. sean000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2015
    Bellingham, WA
    Now that I think about it, you would know if the workout app was constantly running. It kind of takes over as the default fact. Could a third party app be updating data though? I would check the iPhone's usage and battery logs, and perhaps remove all third party apps from the watch for a while to see if things improve. If not, then it sure sounds like a problem with the watch.
  8. kappero thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2012
    She hasn't got any third party apps on the watch. So any excessive battery use have to be from apples own apps. But I'm leaning towards a defect battery.

    I have now reset the device and have to wait and see if it helps. If not I probably have to send it back to apple :/
  9. stevenbeerbaum macrumors member

    May 30, 2015
    I can confirm that my Apple Watch Sport (42mm) is laggy as well. Mostly after waking it up, it lags for some time until the procesor is clocked higher. I also have short battery life (4-5 Hours usage, 15 Hours Standby, then 10% warning) , did full resets (iPhone AND Watch without restoring from Backup). Didn't solve the issues.

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