AW4 running of LTE most of the day concern

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  1. vintagekeys macrumors regular

    vintagekeys

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    Hi All,

    Can you please share your experience of running your AW4 mostly of LTE while your phone has been left at home.

    I try to understand how fast the battery drains if it runs off LTE all day long. I hear stories of 2 hours on LTE draining the battery to 50% and stories where people using it all day long on LTE only and only lose 10% battery.

    LTE is a massive battery drain in general, and i try to understand what my changes are if i carry my AW4 connected to LTE all day without a phone nearby.

    I do not take calls or excersize in consideration as i just want to be available per phone for emergencies.
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    I know the AW4 is ment to be paired with the Iphone. But i like the techy aspect off a phone on your wrist.
    If running it off LTE all day long, without the iphone nearby does not last me a full day, then it is a pass for me.

    I know its not easy or the best thing to do, i just set my mind to it.
     
  2. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    Varies per user. It’s only rated for 1 hour of talk time on LTE if that gives you an idea.
     
  3. vintagekeys thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, i know that, but i was wondering about the average standby time. Seeking some feedback from other users that run it of LTE most of the day without a iphone nearby.
     
  4. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    My Apple Watch series 3 can run with LTE only for roughly 8 hours with occasional phone call. By the end of the day, it has 25% battery left.
     
  5. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    It varies. Really depends the user how many txt messages, emails, calendar notifications, app notifications, how often you have it set to check. You can get the watch to run all day, and you can get it to drain in an hour. With modest use and solely LTE you can probably get a solid 8 to 10 hours. Turn location services off and you may squeeze a few more. Put it in power reserve mode and you can get 2 days.
     
  6. vintagekeys thread starter macrumors regular

    vintagekeys

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    Thank you! So 75% battery drain at 8 hours of standby with a few short calls. Not too bad though meaning i could get around 10 hours before the battery is empty.

    Is your AW3 a 38 or 42mm ?
     
  7. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    Yep that seems about right in solely/mostly LTE.

    My S3 was a 38mm. My S4 is a 40mm. The 42mm & 44mm average about the same with maybe 15 - 20 min longer.
     
  8. vintagekeys thread starter macrumors regular

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    Actually most of my calls (mainly wife) will go via facetime/imessage the LTE part is for people i dont know.

    I will not enable emails and social media notifications as my other goal is to cleanse myself from all these alerts and social media distractions.

    I am just worried running the watch of LTE only will just drain it even on idle as the LTE might be constantly looking for a signal, i live in Hong Kong and reception here is excellent, thus i think this place is one of few places in the world where running off a apple watch soley is workable for reception but the battery is a concern :D i will carry a portable charger and switch to WIFI at work and make my calls from my desk phone. Its just mainly for the times i am not in the office and need to travel etc.
     
  9. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    You could probably get away with it. Test it out. But from the sounds of it you’re getting normal battery drain on solely LTE without the phone. You’ll get longer with your phone nearby.
     
  10. vintagekeys thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, hopefully more people will chime in and let me know their experience with this.
    I dont want to take my phone with me, as that would the purpose that i have intended for the AW.
     

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