Battery Life, watchOS 2 vs 3

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by jsd79, Aug 12, 2016.

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After upgrading to watchOS 3, is your Apple Watch's battery life...

  1. better than it was on watchOS 2?

    3 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. about the same as it was on watchOS 2?

    7 vote(s)
    46.7%
  3. worse than it was on watchOS 2?

    5 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. jsd79 macrumors member

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    #1
    I'm currently running watchOS 2.2.2 on my 38mm Apple Watch Sport and the battery life is acceptable but not outstanding (in my opinion): I finish most days with about 15 hrs of time on my wrist and about 25-30% left on the battery.

    I'm considering upgrading to watchOS 3 but I've seen conflicting reports on this forum about whether the battery life improves, stays about the same, or gets worse as the watch gains new software features/design -- hence the poll. (Yes, I realize watchOS is still technically in beta.) Thoughts?
     
  2. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    #2
    Since beta 4, for sure the battery life is as good as 2.2. If you add third party apps to the dock, it might drain much worse.

    For example, which 5 Apple apps in the dock and running a sleep track at night, I wake to 92% on average. I add dark sky or carrot to the dock and I wake to 80%. Hoping that improves once OS3 comes out.
     
  3. bbeagle macrumors 68040

    bbeagle

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    Buffalo, NY
    #3
    Running WatchOS 2, I usually ended the day around 50%.

    Running WatchOS 3 Beta 5 for the past 2 days, I end the day around 20%.

    In both cases 18 hours, 1 hour workout using activity, 2 hours playing music during workout. Maybe 30 alerts. But no other apps used.

    So, the battery is worse, but still gets me through 18 hours. I expect it to improve once OS3 is ready, as they'll remove debugging logging
     
  4. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    Worse for you but better/equal to me. :) however, I didn't mention workouts. When I golfed with 2.2, I burned 20% for two hours. With the Beta 3 I tuned close to 40% and beta 4 was around 30%+. Haven't tried with beta 5 yet.

    Since I wear a watch overnight with a sleep tracker, the betas have greatly improved and even surpassed version 2.2 or equal. The dock has been the wild card.
     
  5. batristain macrumors 6502

    batristain

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    Richmond,VA
    #5
    THe few betas for WatchOS 3 were horrible for my 38 MM battery life. However now that i"m at WatchOS4 B4 and my iPhone 6+ is running Public Beta 10.4 the battery life is now back to Watch OS 2 levels.

    Cheers,
    Bobbie
     
  6. Thai macrumors 6502a

    Thai

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    #6
    Battery very good on Beta 5...same as before OS2.
     
  7. jsd79 thread starter macrumors member

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    #7
    Thanks for the replies, everyone. So far the poll results suggest the battery life on the watchOS betas (4 & 5) is the same or a bit worse than on 2.2.2.
     
  8. fabio.lordelo, Aug 14, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2016

    fabio.lordelo macrumors member

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    That's odd... I'm running beta 5 on my Apple Watch 38mm and I'm seeing 30 hours of battery life most days. But I had to unpair and repair the watch after I had terrible battery life in beta 3 and after updating to beta 5. Just restoring the watch as new fixed it. Battery has been better than on watchOS 2
     

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