is this battery life normal?

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  1. DeNachtwacht, Dec 24, 2016
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    DeNachtwacht macrumors member

    DeNachtwacht

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    Hi, last Thursday I bought an Apple Watch Series 2 (42mm) and am a little bit dissatisfied with the battery life. I planned to charge it every night, have some sleep tracking during the night, and then one day of normal usage (+ 15 minutes of GPS tracking) but my watch does not seem to last that long; only about 18 to 20 hours. Is that normal?

    My settings:
    - haptics medium
    - brightness low
    - dock empty (no background apps)
    - he siri off
    - refresh on background (in general settings) turned off

    - a Handy watch face with 4 complications: battery, weather temperature, calendar day, and agenda (next item). Are any of them really demanding?


    So it seems to me that my settings are not very demanding, neither is my usage. I am on watchOS 3.1 and an iPhone SE with iOS 10.2. The iPhone also seems to last a little shorter.
     
  2. lclev macrumors regular

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    I downloaded and installed 3.1.1 - which has been withdrawn because it destroyed some watches. But my battery life was good before and now it is even better. After 12 hours I have 90% left.

    I am running the same exact compilations as you with the same type of activities. I do track health activities too.
     
  3. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

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    Can you explain some more about your sleep tracking and if you turn off raise to wake and maybe airplane mode? What is the battery percentage when you wake?

    I have a series 2 and from 100% when I go to bed with wrist raise off and no sleep tracker app running - though it tracks for an app on the phone. Plus silent alarm, I normally wake with 96% after 8 hours. Never did the airplane mode. Sometimes I wake with 90-86% and assume I may bump the screen several times and light the display. I cold boot the Watch whenever I wake with <90% just in case. I do have the dock full with all native apps but one. Background refresh is completely off except carrot weather.

    I finish the day with 60% without a workout and about 50% with a workout. Give or take. Light usage during the day... most days.
     
  4. SMonroe macrumors newbie

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    Bottom line, that's not normal. Are you sure you're only using about 15 min with gps?

    I work out every day (no gps), use sleep watch, pretty much same settings, and get at least 40-45 hrs. Charge every other night before bed.
     
  5. DeNachtwacht thread starter macrumors member

    DeNachtwacht

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    Thanks for the replies. After a reboot of the watch yesterday evening, and disabling incoming mail on the watch, the battery became much better. I got it off the charger at around 7pm, and right now, noon, i am at 77%. Is the mail app responsible for this huge drain or was it the reboot?
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    The mail app uses little power. Now if you spend a lot of time reading emails or answering emails.......
     
  7. Resqu2 macrumors 6502a

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    This is close to my usage and battery life. My display is set as bright as it will go though.
     
  8. DeNachtwacht thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, then it was the reboot that did it. According to the watch app, I am now 17 hours off the charger with 77% battery left, so it seems to be in line with your experiences now.
     
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    You should not have to turn anything off for your watch to more than last a full day.

    Hope your enjoy and Merry Christmas.
     
  10. DeNachtwacht thread starter macrumors member

    DeNachtwacht

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    Thanks, I'll put some settings back and see how it turns out. I am at 67% now so it still seems to do well. Greetings and merry Christmas from Holland!
     

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