Watch battery Barely making it through the day

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Cjhooper, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. Cjhooper macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2015
    I am having serious battery envy. I'm reading all about these people that are getting through entire days with 40-50% left after heavy usage. I am using it moderately, nothing heavy compared to what I have read, and I get home and it's just about drained. I did an experiment last night and fully charged it before I went to bed with do not disturb on. When I woke up I checked the usage and it said that I had 1 hr 22 minutes usage and 5 hrs 36 minutes stand by. What is active and draining my battery?
  2. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Well, if you have your watch on your wrist while you are at sleep, even though it is on do not disturb mode, I think it still does check your heart rate so the sensors are still reading. Of course it does that without disturbing you.

    Myslef been really happy with battery life. 40% battery left 10pm last evening, after moderate use throught the day and 60min workout. I would check it if I was you, or even send it back to Apple.
  3. Cjhooper thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2015
    Not on my wrist. Laying on bed stand all night.
  4. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    Try disconnecting from your phone next time you sleep to see if it's the watch or phone that's draining it?
  5. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    Are you not keeping it on the charger overnight? What percentage are you starting with in the morning? How many workouts are you doing a day?
  6. Cjhooper thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2015
    Start the day 100% 7:00 am. Each day I only did one work out (outdoor walk) 20 minutes. Maybe 10 texts, 10 email notifications I do use the music remote a bit to start and stop music on my iPhone across the room. A quick phone call to show someone how it worked, A few alarms each day. I don't know maybe that is a lot but I've heard a lot more use. At six o'clock it went into reserve mode.
  7. H3rman macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2015
    Sounds like you have a rouge app killing the battery. Does WatchOS have the "battery shame" feature you get with iOS 8? Might help narrow it down.

    Try doing a hard reset as well. If that doesn't work maybe try re-pairing the watch with your phone? In 5 hours sitting doing nothing the usage time should be minimal.

    For example, in about 9 hours with my phone by my bedside it says usage time is 30 mins from doing background app checks, mail checks, etc. So your watch should be similar. Nearly 1.5 hours use in about 5.5 hours standby when its sitting doing nothing is too high.
  8. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    Yeah that way less then I have been using it. What are your stats? Go to watch app/general/ usage.

    I am at 4 hours nine minutes usage, 17 hours 57 minutes standby, 33% remaining, but I didn't workout today.
  9. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    This does seem very odd. Every morning when I take my watch off the charger its at 100% battery and there is zero time since last full charge.
    If your watch is on the charger it should just top up constantly even if something is using the battery.

    If your charging it up before bed then removing it from the charger and not using it, why not just leave it on charge all night.
  10. Cjhooper, Apr 29, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015

    Cjhooper thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2015
    I usually do keep it on the charger and yes it would say zero usage since last charge. I was testing the usage when I knew there would be no usage so I charged it before bed and let it go off the charger at night. During those tests I topped it off in the morning to make it 100% before I went on with my day.
  11. Cjhooper, Apr 29, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015

    Cjhooper thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2015
    Last night I charged the watch before bed and turned off my phone so it wasn't connected. Woke up 22 minutes usage 6 hrs of stand by 92% battery. Seems pretty normal I would guess the usage would be the watch trying to find a connection. I'm going to top it off right now and hope it's better after doing resets.
  12. gorkt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2007
    I have a 38mm, usually do one 1/2 hour workout most days, and I range from 15-25% by the end of the day. I am awake from 5am-9pm so I am getting 16 hours with some battery life to spare.
  13. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    i'm down to 84% remaining after my workout (and after charging all night)....

    we'll see if i make it through the day???? taking my charger to work with me just in case!
  14. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    Not quite what you're asking, but do you have the brightness maxed?

    I took mine down a few notches and it's still perfectly readable and my battery drains WAY slower.
  15. MVallee macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Have you tried doing a hard reset by pressing and holding both the digital crown and the side button until the Apple logo appears?

    Mine was having issues draining really fast on the first day, so fast that putting it on the charger had the battery still dropping. Doing a hard rest fixed that. It happened one other time where I took the watch off the charger at 100% and half an hour later it was 94%. Did the hard reset again and it took another hour before it even dropped to 93%. There could be some software issue or rogue app running wild in the background draining it for you. Try the hard reset and see if it improves. I usually end the day with between 40-50%.
  16. edry.hilario, Apr 29, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015

    edry.hilario macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2010
    Same as OP. I was wondering if any of you have experience lower battery life on your watch when youre listening to music or podcasts on your iphone (connected to your watch)?

    I have the 42mm SG watch and my GF has the 38mm and she gets way more battery life than i do. I ve turn down brightness to the lowest and she has it at mid level. We use the watches very similarly (only getting texts from each other) and so on. The only differences is that I've listening to podcasts on my phone which the apple watch then connects in glances. Im wondering if thats causing lower battery for me. It just very very weird since the 42 is suppose to get better battery but im getting at least 20-30% less battery performance.
  17. T-Will macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2008
    Have you tried force quitting the Apple Watch app on your iPhone? I thought I read somewhere that people were thinking that is causing extra battery drain.
  18. DJLAXL macrumors 6502a


    Jun 3, 2014
    Hmm....very heavy usage with Calendars, Messages, and Hangout notifications. Couple of phone calls here and there....and excessively watching Mickey tap his foot and showing it off. I had it on all night until 4:00AM this morning. Was at 43%. I threw it on the charger for an hour and it charged up to 93%. I'm blown away by the battery life tbh. Much, much better than expected :)

    Try the reboot trick. It did wonders after a few times. Lot of background stuff happening. My phone was dying quick too but it worked itself out. I'm on 8.4 b2 now and its great.
  19. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I try a hard reset. Also check the brightness. I leave mine right at 50%. I also limit notifications to mail and a handful of apps. Also, unless you are specifically tracking exercise, consider not using Activities as that tends to drain the battery faster. I've consistently gotten 12-15 hours use per day on half the battery.
  20. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Let your battery drain to zero and shut off then charge back up to 100. I was having terrible battery life did that yesterday today I took it off the charger at 730am now it's almost 11am and it's only at 91 percent. Much better.
  21. DavidLynch macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2015
    I put mine on at 8 this morning. It's now 11 and I'm at 98%. I have yet to drop below 60% except when I completely drained it intentionally and I've been averaging around 70% at the end of each day.
  22. mrboba1 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    If you haven't figured it out by then, you may want to turn off half of the things it does for a day and see if it improves dramatically. If it does, it is in the group you turned off, then you can whittle it down from there.

    My guess is it has to do with the iPhone Watch app, so I'd start with that first, then do what I said above.
  23. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    I think if you disconnect from the phone, it will switch to WIFI (Assuming you're in a wifi bubble) and that would use even more power.
  24. goinskiing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    Meridian, ID
    I ended yesterday with about 68%. It sounds like some 3rd party app may be constantly draining your battery. They need to add a feature in the Watch App on the iPhone that shows the usage percentage from each watch app like they do with the phone so you can see which apps are the culprit.

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