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Battery saving tips

heyyitssusan

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I just got my watch yesterday and charged it this morning before I left for work. I'm home now and am at 44%. Is that normal? Some say it lasts them a day and a half but something tells me mine might not. What's the best way to preserve battery life on the watch? Is there a way to force close each app that's running in the background like on iPhone?!
 

Glene

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Why bother? I get up at six in the morning at my watch goes on and when I go to bed at 11 o'clock or midnight I still have 35% left… A non issue for me
 
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LS3 POWER

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As long as it gets to the end of the day, why worry? Everyone's results vary on usage. I put mine on at 7am and put on the charger around 11pm and usually have 60% but I don't mess with it all day, I just use it as I get texts, emails, etc
 
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coldsweat

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Any advice would be gratefully received - I put my watch on at 6am & I'm down to 2-3% by 9.30pm, I see that others still have 30%+ at the end of the day - what am I missing???

This is my second watch (had a 38mm - replaced it with a 42mm) the previous battery life was just as bad, so I doubt it's faulty.
I check the time only 3-4 times per hour.
Rarely do I use it for calls, workouts etc. - it probably receives 10 notifications a day.
I don't sit there & play with it!
I am often a few rooms away from the phone - that's the only thing I can think of - could the distance between the watch & phone have a huge effect on battery life?

Any help is appreciated!
 
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Newtons Apple

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I just got my watch yesterday and charged it this morning before I left for work. I'm home now and am at 44%. Is that normal? Some say it lasts them a day and a half but something tells me mine might not. What's the best way to preserve battery life on the watch? Is there a way to force close each app that's running in the background like on iPhone?!

Some in these forums will exaggerate so you kinda need to toss out the highest and the lowest and the truth is somewhere in between!

Give you watch a few days but seeing it was your first day and you got 44% left over, that is in line with what Apple claims for the average user at the end of the day. Depending on my day my AW goes on the charger before I go to bed with around 40% remaining. Saw 31% once but have also seen 54%.

Just plug it in before you go to bed and do not worry about it. What good is a day and a half anyway.
 
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heyyitssusan

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Some in these forums will exaggerate so you kinda need to toss out the highest and the lowest and the truth is somewhere in between!

Give you watch a few days but seeing it was your first day and you got 44% left over, that is in line with what Apple claims for the average user at the end of the day. Depending on my day my AW goes on the charger before I go to bed with around 40% remaining. Saw 31% once but have also seen 54%.

Just plug it in before you go to bed and do not worry about it. What good is a day and a half anyway.

Thanks for the tip! I'm going to start charging it at night and it'll probably be more effective.
 
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Newtons Apple

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Thanks for the tip! I'm going to start charging it at night and it'll probably be more effective.

If you can live without the watch showing the time every time you raise your wrist, you could save a good bit of power. Mine comes on all the time while driving and other arm movements. I thought this was a waste but as I have plenty of power at the end of the day, I left it on anyway.

Enjoy your new watch!
 
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susan12369

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as many of us have commented on here, battery life in the first day or two was not that great, but we saw normal/expected battery life thereafter. Hopefully that will be the case for you too!
 
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nalk7

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Reduce transparency is also a great way to save power. Under normal work conditions my watch easily lasts a day with all the bells and whistles. however when I go on a hiking trip I turn of "hey Siri" and reduce transparency to save energy, that way the watch lasts at least a day and a half before being prompted for low energy mode. I use the 38mm which has a smaller battery if that's any reference.
 
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heyyitssusan

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Thanks guys!! This is similar to what drains battery on the iPhone then. I just had to get used to it.
 
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jkun

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Any advice would be gratefully received - I put my watch on at 6am & I'm down to 2-3% by 9.30pm, I see that others still have 30%+ at the end of the day - what am I missing???

This is my second watch (had a 38mm - replaced it with a 42mm) the previous battery life was just as bad, so I doubt it's faulty.
I check the time only 3-4 times per hour.
Rarely do I use it for calls, workouts etc. - it probably receives 10 notifications a day.
I don't sit there & play with it!
I am often a few rooms away from the phone - that's the only thing I can think of - could the distance between the watch & phone have a huge effect on battery life?

Any help is appreciated!

Have you tried restarting it? I have a 38mm and my battery has only been in dangerous zones twice. 1 time, I got the 10% remaining alert on a day of normal use, without a workout. I thought it was weird since, without a workout, I am usually left with around ~50% battery by the time I get home. The next day, it turned off on me while working out (effectively restarting). When I charged it the next day, my battery was back to normal. I'm guessing something was hogging the battery before the restart.
 
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papbot

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Depending on my day my AW goes on the charger before I go to bed with around 40% remaining. Saw 31% once but have also seen 54%.
I would think that's the most common experience for most of us. That's about exactly what I see. I think the original poster's level is certainly appropriate, especially for a new user who's probably still doing a lot of tinkering. Just launching the Watch app on your phone will up the battery usage of the watch. And I know I did a lot of that when I first got mine getting the settings how I wanted them.
 
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Armen

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I just got my watch yesterday and charged it this morning before I left for work. I'm home now and am at 44%. Is that normal? Some say it lasts them a day and a half but something tells me mine might not. What's the best way to preserve battery life on the watch? Is there a way to force close each app that's running in the background like on iPhone?!

Don't mess with it. Give it a few days.
 
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