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mjschabow

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Hello, I've skimmed through several articles claiming to have the best tips to improve battery life, but haven't really had any luck.

I currently have a Series 7 Cellular Version. I leave always on display on and have no intention of turning it off so I fully realize that's a cause of some drain.

Otherwise, I haven't changed any settings. So what I'm wondering is if about 4% per hour is pretty normal and that's as good as it's going to get or if there are some good tricks to help it run a little longer.
 

Howard2k

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Check your background refresh
Turn off haptics
Turn off Wifi
Reduce notifications
Dim the display
Turn off Wake on Raise
Reduce wake duration
Turn off Hey Siri
Turn off Raise to Speak
 

addamas

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Disable hand wash timer and detection of sport activity- if you will need recordings you will start it manually.

Sport-Detection:
  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch
  2. Tap “Workout”
  3. Scroll down to “Start Workout Reminder
 

BigBlur

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I created a couple personal automations in the Shortcuts app. One to turn the Always On display off at night, and another one to turn it back on in the morning. (Why leave the display on while I'm sleeping?) I've never done any testing to see how much battery it actually saves though. I think the Sleep app does this automatically as well.
 

axantas

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Switch if off during the night, if you do not wear or need to have a look at it.

I also had Wake on Raise off, but this is rather convenient to me, so it is back on now.
What REALLY uses battery is that noise detection thing. I switch it on, if I want to use it. Otherwise - Off.
I do like to have the notifications like Whatsapp etc. on the watch, so it is On.
I do not need alerts about new mails (they are set to manual on the iPhone anyway) so Off.

I am getting two days without any problems that way.

I tried to find some balance between "everything off" and "use, what you like". So, not to make it deliberatly inconvenient to wear the watch, because I better would not use it at all in that case.
 
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Graham Caracas

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Check your background refresh
Turn off haptics
Turn off Wifi
Reduce notifications
Dim the display
Turn off Wake on Raise
Reduce wake duration
Turn off Hey Siri
Turn off Raise to Speak
So you're saying the best way to get acceptable battery life is to turn everything off. That's a good tip.
 
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mjschabow

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4% drain per hour is better than normal. That puts you on pace for 24+ hours, well above the 18 hours Apple advertises. I’d be happy with that if it was consistent for me.
Thanks. Looks like my battery is normal then. I used to get more like 3% drain per hour in order versions that didn’t have AOD. Hopefully Apple really starts focusing on battery life moving forward.
 
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Velin

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Have you tried theater mode for a few days in a row? You should. First, the watch is silent, all haptics. I love it. Phone calls, messages, timers - you get them all stealthily, only you know, it’s great. Second, having to push a button for the time is nothing at all. You may find you prefer it to having the face always on, after you’ve tried it. Third, battery life is absolutely amazing in this mode.

Like I said, just a suggestion to try it. I’ve recommended it to people with the AW, and many keep it that way after trying it. Run silent, run deep.
 
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