WatchOS 3.1 GREAT battery life

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by tromboneaholic, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. Tuppe macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2008
    Sadly my 3.0 and 3.1 experience with original watch is very different.

    Have unpaired, repaired, reset, restarted but still battery drops life a stone after a workout has run.
    Have removed all but the one face, background refresh off, handoff off.

    Genius Bar went through diagnostics and reported all ok.

    Have a worry that it could be my iPhone 7 causing the problem as the few days with 3.0 on old iPhone 6 I didn't notice the drain.

    Next step is to send it back to apple to have a look but would rather not although having a battery not lasting a day with even just a 30 min workout session isn't much use.

    Any other suggestions gratefully received.
  2. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    can anyone else speak to original gen with 3.1?

    that stinks but

    3.0 has been working well for me, better than 2 ever did battery and performance wise
  3. VSG macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2014
    My field test with watchOS 3.1 on my AW S2: took it off the charger Friday at 5:00 am and it lasted until Sunday 7:00 pm.

    I think I'll go for a charge every other night and see how that works.
    For once a great software update, Apple!
  4. tl01, Oct 30, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2016

    tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    No exercise today but 5 hours off the charger and it is at 94 perfect:). Love it!

    Edited to add...very light Watch usage today but 9 hours and at 87 percent!
  5. Meicyn macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2007
    On the early part of day three of no recharge, at 53%. Wonder if I can squeeze four days out of this 42 mm S2.
  6. dr34mc4st3r macrumors regular


    Aug 18, 2009
    Could you all share what watch faces are you using for the battery life? Trying to see if some Watch faces are inherently more battery savings than the others. With the workout Watch face (with seconds display) I'm about 16 hours with 54% left. Series 0 42mm.
  7. luckvslife macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2016
    I have a "series 0" and I've noticed huge improvement with 3.1 My watch is consistently barely over 50% when I take it off at night. I've been charging it every other day since 3.1
  8. bob24 macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2012
    Dublin, Ireland
    Now you're talking! This sounds like a huge improvement.

    I assume this is with fairly light usage though?
  9. nhtappleguy macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2016
    wow - I'm jealous for those who have had a battery life improvement... sadly my experience hasn't been as good... I used to be able to stay around 25% from 5:00 AM - 10:30 PM including a 30-45 min walk / run (while listening to my bluetooth headphones) but I'm lucky to make it until 9:00 PM if I exercise... hopefully it's just a bug and the next release will work for everyone...
  10. luckvslife macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2016
    Yeah. For sure. I haven't been overly concerned with what watch face I've been using. It's still a drastic improvement from not being able to make it through a full day
  11. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    Take a look at your dock - if you use it. Any apps not updated to O/S like ESPN. That's a known battery killer. Also check for what apps you have set to auto refresh - if any.
  12. roboats macrumors member


    May 22, 2015
    Long Island, New York
    I'm usually ending each day from 6:30am-10:30pm (16 hours) including a 2.5 hour swimming workout every day with 60% or more. Currently, it's 2:30pm and after 8 hours I have 88%. Great job Apple!
  13. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    Seems a few people are reporting great battery on first gen with 3.1 as well,

    can any other first gen people chime in? How much better is it than 3.0?

    Cautious with updates, but this appears to be a good one- FINALLY! jeez apple
  14. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    Trying to get my son to update his first gen. I'll let you know once he does.
  15. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    thanks! screw it, reading good things at least a handful of S0 in here,

    one thats my model specifically, S0 38mm

    i'll go for it!
  16. lcunning macrumors newbie


    Oct 31, 2016
    Since purchasing my watch approx 5 weeks ago i have not had any issue with the battery. When i first set up a watch face i made sure battery power was dispalayed as i thought i might be running to a charger all the time- how wrong was i! I put my watch on everday at 6am and then go to bed at approx 11pm- my watch power generally sits between 75-80% power- it's fantastic- i dont know where all the negative press comes from about battery life but mine is nothing short of brilliant
  17. PCtoMAC1 macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2012
    Has anyone tried leaving background refresh on AND not using the reduce motion feature? If yes, are you still seeing great battery life?
  18. LucianoAndre macrumors newbie


    Oct 31, 2016
    This new processor could be a big.LITTLE ARM implementation?
  19. BorderingOn macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2016
    BaseCamp Pro
    Yes, been wearing my series 2 12 hours and it's at 87%. The days I run a few miles without my phone still leave it at over 60% by now. Two days has been quite realistic so far.
  20. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    yay jellyfish live wallpaper has current temp too, woooo
  21. lint2015, Oct 31, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2016

    lint2015 macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2013
    I've always used the S2 Watch the way it's supposed to be used since getting it late September. That means Background Refresh on, no Reduce Motion, using it for directions, weather, workouts and whatever else whenever I need. You're just not getting what you want to get out of the watch otherwise.

    I have about 10 different watch faces set up, though the ones I alternate between most are Mickey Mouse, Activity Analog, Activity Digital and that digital one with a large area for a complication in the middle.

    I used to need to charge every morning because it'd be about 30-40% the next morning. After 3.1 it can easily handle two days. The longest I've test it was 49 hours with 18% battery left before I charged it because I wasn't sure it'd last a third day. But I think it probably could've gotten another 6 to 10 hours.

    I don't know what Apple did, but the battery improvement is real and nothing short of incredible. I just hope it stays this way with future watchOS updates.
  22. gwhizkids macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2013
    A lot better. Under OS 2, 15 typical hours of use, I'd have 20% remaining. OS 3.0: 10-15%. OS 3.1: 40+% (right now, I'm at 14 hours and 47%). Lots of notifications, map usage, etc...

    Series 0 (I.e., first gen, 42mm SS)
  23. tromboneaholic thread starter Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    Yes. I've got everything on and can wear the Watch round the clock as long as I charge it for a couple of hours.
  24. RansZ28 macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2014
    Gilbert AZ
  25. Meicyn macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2007
    Yeah, it's been light usage. Got four days of light usage.

    I'm going back to nightly recharges with my iPhone, but it's good to know how long we can push the watches now! Could easily go two days with heavier use.

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