Does this kill your battery life?

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  1. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

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    Does moving around more kill your battery quicker?

    I started my day around 7 am today, worked out twice and my watch was completely dead around 6pm.

    When I worked out I didn’t use the workouts on the watch nor did I stream music from my watch.

    The days I don’t workout I find that the battery lasts longer.

    Is it just me or is this a known issue?

    Series 0 watch.
     
  2. mrklaw macrumors 68020

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    What kind of working out?

    I usually do a brisk walk (enough to trigger move and exercise tracking) 2-3 times a day for around 80 minutes total and I usually get to the end of the day with decent battery left (Series 0)

    Only if I use the actual workout app - that does kill my battery. Not sure why though, the GPS is on the phone. Maybe if I turned off heart monitoring it’d save battery?
     
  3. bradbomb macrumors 6502

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    Maybe its just a battery cycle thing. The Series 0 watch is now 2.5 years old (first started shipping end of April 2015).
     
  4. throAU macrumors 603

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    I do believe it probably will.

    If you’re doing an actual workout i believe the watch monitors your heart rate more frequently amongst other things.
     
  5. eyeseeyou thread starter macrumors 68030

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    About 10-15 minutes on the treadmill and 20-30 minutes weight / body weight .
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    This makes sense. Worked out twice and watch died a lot quicker.

    That’s too bad. The heart rate sensor is a main function of the health part of the watch.

    I’ve never seen anyone else report this issue.

    This might be an issue to revert back to a traditional watch and just get a Fitbit.
     
  6. bradbomb macrumors 6502

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    The heart rate sensor only runs more if you start a workout on a fitness app that supports it. You said in your first post that you did not run a workout, correct? Which means this wasn't a factor since the watch would only be polling your heart rate every 10 minutes. You can check in the Apple Health app under Show All Date for heart rate, each of those readings and their times
     
  7. mrklaw macrumors 68020

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    according to the Apple support pages, doing a workout but not using the workout app, actually measures your heart rate *less*. It should check every 10 minutes when you're sitting/still, and 'periodically' when moving. Seems they made that change a while back, possibly to avoid bad readings when your arm is moving. Seems a little odd considering when you are active you'll want to get more measurement.

    If you want continuous monitoring then you need to kick off a workout in the app - might be interesting to see what that does to your battery life
     
  8. eyeseeyou thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I’ve tried the workouts with the watch apps and noticed a reduced battery life for sure.
     
  9. eyeseeyou thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ok did a fresh install of watch os 4. Only installed specific apps instead of auto install all. Picked specific notifications.

    Battery back to lasting a day now and snappier.

    Enjoying watch os 4 a lot more
     

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