Battery life on series 4

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  1. k1ckdapro macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Now that the watch is released, I was wondering how long your series 4 watches last.

    Mine (40mm alu GPS) went down from 99% (at 9:00 this morning) to 73% (at 18:00), with normal usage (playing around a bit though) and without working out.

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  2. Swisspo macrumors 6502

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    Battery life on mine was going well for the few hours I had it on. Woke up this morning to a battery defect, won’t charge at all now.
     
  3. k1ckdapro thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh, this sucks... I hope they exchange it very soon !
     
  4. Swisspo macrumors 6502

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    I’m going through the motions with them now. Closest store to me is unfortunately a couple hours away, so I am doing the mail in. Was told 7-10 days. Definitely sucks to say the least.
     
  5. k1ckdapro thread starter macrumors member

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    I see... still better than ordering new I guess :)
     
  6. Nekomichi macrumors regular

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    I set mine up from a backup, so the initial battery performance wasn't so good. Presumably it had to re-index everything and do all those housekeeping tasks you typically get after a system update. On the first evening the battery was dropping about 1% every 2 minutes while idle (no GPS use or workouts). It's slightly better today although still not quite there yet. I'd say it'll take about 2 days before we can get proper results (this estimate is based on my experience updating a Series 3 device to WatchOS 5, which suffered poor battery life for the first 2 days before recovering).

    Just putting this here in case anyone else gets a new Series 4 and notices unusually high battery drain, the first few days might be like that and isn't necessarily indicative of a hardware fault.
     
  7. misanthrophy macrumors regular

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    As long as Walkie Talkie is deleted from my Watch I have a good battery life. With WT enabled/active my battery drains to zero within a few hours, with no interactions.
     
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    4h into my day and I am at 90%. No workouts, but notifications like usual.
    So far battery life has been less than impressive. We’ll see.
     
  9. misanthrophy macrumors regular

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    From my experience with Watches, 1st Gen, 3 different Series 2, it always takes a few days until battery life stabilizes.
     
  10. Dormammu macrumors 65816

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    Any reason for thinking this? What’s going on in these first couple days?
    Battery life on my S1 was other worldly. I hope my S4 shapes up to be the same.
     
  11. misanthrophy macrumors regular

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    You play more in the first few hours/days to discover new features. Sometimes I forget to disable background app refresh.
    Changing some settings maybe.

    I have similar experiences with iPhones. When I change settings to improve battery life, I feel the change after a few dass, not directly after changing it.

    Lets see how battery life is in a week or so. I guess then I ma back to 2 days and not like right now, needed to charge it already.
     
  12. Dormammu macrumors 65816

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    I restored from iCloud backup so my settings should (and they are) be the exact same on my S4 as my S1. Maybe it’s my tinkering. Ha!
     
  13. misanthrophy macrumors regular

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    Just give it a few days when everything gets normalized, Apps are optimized for new Watches and OS. ;)
     
  14. Dormammu macrumors 65816

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    Hm, not the case for me -thanksfully!
    --- Post Merged, Sep 22, 2018 ---
    Indexing... makes sense the watch would have to do that. Like the iPhone. Will hang tight and see! :)
     
  15. Mercenary macrumors 65816

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    How do you delete walkie talkie?
     
  16. misanthrophy macrumors regular

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    Deleting FaceTime App from iPhone. Without FaceTime no Walkie Talkie! Some users also said deleting addressbook has an impact on WT availability. I had both removed from my iPhone and was curious why I do not have the app. Then I found that out.
     
  17. croco_dile macrumors regular

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    I used to be able to get 2.5 days out of S3, but had only 30% at end of day 1.

    Hopefully that’s due to setting up a brand new watch and all the background activities.
     
  18. RonFromOregon macrumors member

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    AW4 w/Cellular (not activated) - After 8 hours, I'm down to 29%. I read a few messages and glanced at it a few times, that's about all. Do the cellular models use the battery faster, even if it's not activated?
     
  19. tgwaste macrumors 6502a

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    Never complained about Battery life in a device before but S4 gets me ~24 hours less usage. Love the watch but battery is really suffering.
     
  20. bmac4, Sep 22, 2018
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    How do you delete from the watch?

    I see you answered that before, but really you have to remove the FaceTime app from the phone? Basically you won’t be able to use FaceTime anymore?
     
  21. Dormammu macrumors 65816

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    So far today

    2h 13m usage
    13h 21m standby
    65%

    OK I guess. Hope it gets better.
     
  22. bmac4 macrumors 601

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    That’s not really great. Not what watchOS 4 was bringing. I was thinking maybe watchOS 5 was built for series 4, but I guess not.
     
  23. Dormammu macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I feel the same. Same or better than what I was seeing with the S1. I mean, not terrible either though. I charge every night when I’m sleeping anyways.

    I’m hoping in the coming days that the battery life improves.

    I wonder if the infographic modular face eats significantly more juice than the standard modular face.
     
  24. k1ckdapro thread starter macrumors member

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    Usage : 3h 51m
    Standby : 21h 51m
    39 %

    It’s on the second full charge.
     
  25. joefrank64k macrumors 6502

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    My S4 + LTE has much worse battery life than my S3+LTE.

    I set it up as a new watch, so I initially forgot about BAR being on. I just went through and disabled a bunch, as well as turning off ‘availability’ for WT.

    Hopefully there’s some improvement tomorrow.
     

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