Battery life on OS 5

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  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816

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    Anyone noticed a decreased battery performance with Watch OS 5?
     
  2. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

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  3. PeteS1963 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I’ve noticed a decreased battery life on my Series 3. By hard to be sure until I give it more time.

    What’s it got to do with Walkie Talkie? I haven’t used it yet.
     
  4. Deguello macrumors 6502a

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    It may be OS 5 or it may be the tendency of people to mess more with a device for a while after upgrading.

    Hopefully it's not the OS.
     
  5. Julien macrumors G4

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    I think it is the WiFi scanning that was added and the reason the WiFi switch was added.
     
  6. TylerDurden130 macrumors regular

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    Yep definitely a big dip, but hopefully resolved itself quickly. I thought it was just me since I had to unpair and repair the watch yesterday to get iOS 5 to work.
     
  7. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Do not use that feature.
     
  8. Jason Hensley macrumors 6502a

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    For me it's Podcasts. It DRAINS my battery in just an hour or so.
     
  9. mollyc macrumors 68000

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    Hmmm. I updated yesterday and today have horrible battery life! I normally get through most days between 50-73%, depending on which face I use. For most of the day I used one of the new breathe faces but I often use the flower one, so I would think the battery use would be similar.

    Right now I am at 17%!!! It can’t just be from the watch face. I will restart it tonight before charging but I can’t think of anything else that would cause this.

    I am not using the walkie talkie thing, although it is installed. The only thing that polls constantly is the stock weather app.
     
  10. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    First day yes. After that it’s normal. Just like new versions of iOS.
     
  11. Dormammu macrumors 65816

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    Nope, battery life is great for me on my S1.

    Usage: 1h 43m
    Standby: 10h
    Battery: 84%
     
  12. mollyc macrumors 68000

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    So after a restart mine should be closer to normal tomorrow?
     
  13. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    Yep first day after install my battery almost depleted. Everyday after that I’ve been finishing at my normal with 73% left on my S3 watch.
     
  14. mollyc macrumors 68000

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    Thank you. My watch completely depleted yesterday. A restart really didn’t do anything, but I read on another thread to do a hard restart and that seems to have made things considerably better.
     
  15. Akrapovic macrumors 6502

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    Day 1 was terrible. Overcast was always trying to sync everything over. Once I asked Overcast to stop it went back to normal. I could get 2 full days out of it, which includes two morning runs. As it stands I'm 24 hours (and 1 run in), and it's at 66%, so I could almost get 3 days. If anything, it's gotten a tiny bit better after initial issues.
     
  16. Julien macrumors G4

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    Anecdotal and subjective but I cut off WiFi (scanning) this morning and mine seems to be MUCH improved.
     
  17. mollyc macrumors 68000

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    I wondered about that.
     
  18. Jason Hensley macrumors 6502a

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    A restart seems to have fixed things for me a bit as well. Podcasts is still using a fair amount of battery, but it lasts much longer than my 1.5 hours I was seeing the first two days.
     
  19. ayasinsk macrumors regular

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    It’s been noticeably worse for my s2. I usually end the day with about 75%, today I ended with 59%. I have tried restarting multiple times and even unpaired/paird. Third day and battery is bad. I think in part it has to do with WiFi being on all the time. Before os5 if you comeback into range of your watch WiFi turns off, now it’s on all the time. Through out the day I turn off WiFi maybe 15 times.
     
  20. recoil80 macrumors 68020

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    Battery life is really bad on my series 1.
    The Watch didn't make it to the evening yesterday, it run out of power just before leaving work. Today is no better, I'm below 50% and is not even lunch time. Of course I tried to restart the Watch, even this morning, but it doesn't change anything.
    I was really tempted by series 4 when it was announced on stage, then I thought I could keep my series 1 for another year but I really think I'll make the switch. Not only battery is bad, the Watch feels slower than before. It wasn't that fast already, but know I can frequently experience stuttering animations and switching between faces is really slow (wasn't fast in watchOS 4 either)
     
  21. Nozuka macrumors 68020

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    My battery life is the same. (S3)

    But i don't have the podcast app installed.

    (Since i didn't have it on my iPhone when i upgraded, the Podcast app was also not on my Watch. Even after adding it to the iPhone it is not getting installed.. not going to restore, because i'm waiting for my S4 ;) )
     
  22. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    Well, Podcast eats battery like cereal. It’s like 20% on my S3 LTE with one Connect episode (no iPhone). :eek:
     
  23. mollyc macrumors 68000

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    Does just having the podcast app installed on the watch make a difference? I would think it would have to be open to drain the battery. But I’ll delete it if it would make a difference. I don’t listen to podcasts.
     
  24. TDHawks macrumors newbie

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    Mine has been draining faster. It also seems to be charging slower as well, maybe that’s just in my head. One other thing I noticed is my exercise ring closes extremely fast on its own as a post to me selecting a workout. I work in a gym and I’m on my feet all day, but after an hour it’s 80% closed without selecting a workout. It wasn’t like this before the update.
     
  25. HengenJL macrumors 6502a

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    Series 2 Nike doesn't really seem to be affected on WatchOS 5 for general notifications. However I am noticing that Workouts are draining the battery faster. Pretty certain its due to the updates to the heart rate sensors.
     

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