WatchOS 4 battery drain

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by pulsewidth947, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816

    pulsewidth947

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    i have a series 1 watch, that I could get 2 days battery life out of, as I only use it for notifications. Since updating to watchOS 4, I’ve noticed that I barely even get a full day out of the battery.

    I’ve recently restored the watch too, as I’ve changed my phone so that might affect it.

    How can I see what is causing the battery drain?
     
  2. seadragon Contributor

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    Same here... battery life now sucks with WatchOS 4 and my original Apple Watch.
     
  3. pulsewidth947 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Just did a web chat and they suggested I first try and unpair/pair. If that doesn't work, go nuclear by completely erasing the watch and setting up as new.

    Trying unpair/pair first, then nuclear option this weekend. Will update.
     
  4. Dadams5040 macrumors newbie

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    Nuclear didnt help my Series 0 watch. I barely make it 7 hours on a charge good thing my series 3 is on the way.
     
  5. pulsewidth947 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If nuclear doesn't help my Series 1, I don't think my reaction will be to order a new one...
     
  6. Dadams5040 macrumors newbie

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    Good point there but I ordered a new watch before I updated the series 0. Updating takes forever it seems so I didn't get around to it until last week. I ordered my series 3 on Sept 15th.
     
  7. pulsewidth947 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Fair enough! Kinda makes sense I you get enough out of it. I'm not convinced I'd actually miss my watch if I didn't have it. I'll let you know tonight as I'm halfway through the day and the battery has died :)
     
  8. pulsewidth947 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok went with the nuclear option last night. Completely erased the watch, set it up from scratch as a new watch. It's now been 2 hours since I took it off charge, and it's still at 100%. Looks like the drain is fixed.
     
  9. skillwill macrumors 6502

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    Glad to see you got it fixed. I was a little disappointed to see Apple build obsolescence into the Watch the same was as they do the iPhone - a good timepiece should last you years and years. I know it might seem unrealistic for tech nowadays but I'm hoping I can get at least 5 years out of my S3.
     
  10. pulsewidth947 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I think thats reasonable, but I'd expect the battery to give in before then. That was one of the things that put me off buying an Apple watch for so long. For that price, I could get a traditional watch that would likely last me the rest of my life.
     
  11. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    I think it’s highly unlikely S3 will even be supported for 5 versions of iOS/watchOS. In additions to the battery probably lasting 3 years tops. It’s a piece of tech, not a classic Watch. They can’t be looked at the same.

    I got 2.5 years out of my S0 and I think that’s completely acceptable.
     
  12. seadragon Contributor

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    I’m still baffled as to why anyone would have bought an edition version of the Apple Watch as it’s disposable technology. :confused:
     
  13. mzanker macrumors regular

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    If we all thought like that we'd buy the cheapest aluminium one :) If you can afford it, why not? I seriously considered the Hermès but settled on the SB SS for its looks and resilience.
     
  14. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68020

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    Yep i expect to lose a bundle on my ceramic in the first year and will only get half of what i paid for it when i replace it next year but i am prepared for that
     
  15. seadragon Contributor

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    Yeah, I was thinking more of that $18,000 version which I don’t think they even sell anymore. But you’re right, if you have the cash, why not.
     

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