If your Apple Watch needs to be charged too often, or it is using more battery life than you think it should, there are a number of things that you can do to improve your Apple Watch battery life.
The Apple Watch comes with a wide variety of settings, and adjusting some of these may help improve the battery life on your device. Things like apps running in the background, notifications, how often your device wakes up, and more can all impact the battery life. Hopefully, some of the tips in this guide will help you get a longer-lasting battery on your Apple Watch.
Have fewer notifications on your Apple Watch
Every time a notification is sent to your Apple Watch, this will use some of the device’s battery. If you turn off some of these and only keep the important notification on your device, then this could help you improve the battery life.
You can select which notifications you want to have on your device from the Watch App on your iPhone. This can be done by opening the Watch App and then going to Notifications. For each of the Apps on your Apple Watch there are two options, you either choose Mirror My iPhone or Custom Notifications.
If you choose Mirror my iPhone, the notifications will be exactly like you have set up on your iPhone, if you choose Custom, you can then choose to either Allow Notifications or Apple Watch battery l for that specific app. Personally, I turn most of these off and only keep notifications on for things that I find important, like phone calls messages, and others. Reducing many of these notifications may help you improve the battery life on your Apple Watch.
Reduce the Wake Screen time to improve Apple Watch battery Life.
Another way to improve the battery life on your Apple Watch is to reduce the Wake Screen time on your device, this can be done from within the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. To change these settings go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and then select Display & Brightness, you can then choose things like Wake on Wrist Raise, which will wake the display when you raise your wrist. You can also choose the duration of the wake time, either 15 seconds or 70 seconds when you tap it. Choosing the 15 seconds option should help you increase the battery life on your Apple Watch.
Turn off the Background App refresh on your Apple Watch
Another way that you may be able to increase the battery life on your Apple Watch is by turning off the background App refresh on the Watch. To do this open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and then go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh, you can then turn off the various apps that you do not need to have refreshing in the background.
If you have a lot of apps refreshing in the background, then turning most of these off and only allowing the important ones to refresh could give your battery life a boost.
Shut down apps running in the background
You may have some apps running in the background on your Apple Watch, shutting these down could help improve the battery life. This can be done easily by pressing the Side Button on your device, you will then see the various apps that are open. To close the apps, swipe right to left until the Red X appears, press this, and the app will be closed.
How long your battery will last on the Apple Watch will depend on which model you have, the latest model is the Apple Watch Series 7, according to Apple, this should give you up to 18 hours of usage on a single charge. You can find out more details about the Apple Watch and how to get the best out of the battery over at Apple’s website. This guide was written using the Apple Watch Series 7 and watchOS 8.7, which is the latest version of watchOS at the moment.
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