How to temporarily disconnect watch from phone and turn off Bluetooth.

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Helljumper, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. Helljumper macrumors member

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    I'm going on a camping trip this weekend and would like to use my Apple Watch Sport as long as possible. I'll have my phone off to conserve battery for emergency situations, and I don't care about receiving any phone notifications on my watch. I only want to use my watch to tell time and to use for the exercising features since I'll be hiking. With that in mind, how can I configure my devices to maximize battery life?

    I know I can disconnect my phone from the watch by simply turning it off, moving it out of range, or turning off the Bluetooth on my phone. However, I fear that the watch will still be expending valuable battery life as it uses its own Bluetooth to seek out a connection with a phone. Is there a way to switch off the Bluetooth on my watch? Any other suggestions to maximize battery life on my watch while still having all the activity/exercise apps continue monitoring?
     
  2. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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  3. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    You watch will quite looking for a BT connection after a time but even without your watch will eat through its power over a weekend. No way for it to track all the exercise and other things unless it is up and running.

    Airplane mode shut the entire watch down and all it functions except for the time.
     
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    No, it doesn't. You are confusing it with Power Save mode.
     
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    Ah, darn it! You are right .

    I have never used either but have heard people here freak out when their watch had to reboot!

    Thanks and have a great weekend!
     
  6. firewood macrumors 604

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    Another solution might be to get yourself a lightweight USB battery pack, take along your magnetic charging cable, and recharge your Watch (and/or your iPhone as well) as needed.

    Last camping trip, I took along a small USB battery pack so that I could use astronomy apps all night without worrying about conserving the battery for emergencies or the trip home.
     

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