How to Make Your Apple Watch Last for Days on a Single Charge
When it comes to the Apple Watch, “all-day battery life” is Apple’s party line–but what that really means is an 18-hour battery cycle. You should limit your use to light activities and not wear it to bed if you want it to last more than a day. But now, with watchOS 9, Apple is introducing a new “Low Power Mode” to the watch for the first time. This feature will be available to all Apple Watch models from Series 4 and above. Apple says in this mode, you can expect 36 hours of battery life, essentially doubling the typical Apple Watch usage time. If you have an Apple Watch Ultra, that number jumps to 60 hours. Practically speaking, the Apple Watch’s battery life can be extended by not being worn at night.
Low power mode turns off battery-draining functions like the Always On display, background heart rate monitoring, background oxygen level monitoring, background heart-rate notifications, and start-workout reminds. If your iPhone is not nearby, it will turn off wifi and cell connections. You can also accept iPhone calls via your Apple Watch. Calls and notifications may take longer to arrive.
If you think these are worthy sacrifices to make for extended battery life, you can enable it by swiping up on the watch face to access Control Center. Click on the Battery icon and then tap the toggle next the “Low power mode” option.
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You’ll see a new screen that will explain all the things thae watch will turn off, as well as two options: Simply tap the “Turn On” button to enable Low Power Mode, or you can use the “Turn On For” option to enable it for one, two, or three days. After it’s enabled, a yellow circle will appear in the top status bar.
If you feel that it’s the workouts draining your Apple Watch battery, you can turn on Low Power Mode automatically when you start a new workout. Go to Settings> Workout> Low Power Mode to enable that feature.
If you don’t enable Low Power Mode and your watch’s battery drops to 10%, you’ll get a popup asking if you’d like to enable it; once it’s charged up to 80%, Low Power Mode will be automatically disabled.
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