So you are facing problems with battery life on your Apple Watch? Is your Apple Watch battery drain overnight too high and are you not able to get through a day of use with a single charge? Those are all pretty major issues to have with the Apple Watch. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to fix the problem. So, in this article, we will discuss all the ways you can fix poor battery life on Apple Watch.
Why Does My Apple Watch Have Poor Battery Life
First up, let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons that affect the battery life on your Apple Watch. Then we will discuss how to solve these issues one by one.
- Software Issues
- Apps Draining Battery
- Too Many Network Switches
- Always on Display
- Other Undiagnosed Issues
- Problems with the Battery Itself (most serious)
Fix Apple Watch Poor Battery Life: Software Issues
Most of the time, battery life issues crop up because of software issues. Fortunately, these are usually easy enough to fix. Here’s what you should do, in order, until the problem goes away.
1. Check for Software Updates
Make sure your watch is updated to the latest version of watchOS. You can do this by heading over to Settings -> General -> Software Update on your Apple Watch.
2. Restart Your Watch
If your watch is updated to the latest version of watchOS, the next thing to try is a simple restart. Most of the time, a restart fixes quite a lot of issues with devices and the Apple Watch is no different.
To restart your watch, press and hold the side button and the Digital Crown simultaneously until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
3. Uninstall Apps
watchOS apps are usually really good at power management, but every now and then they can misbehave. If your Apple Watch is getting poor battery life, you should take a look at the apps you have installed on it. If you notice any apps that you don’t use, or that you think can be removed from the watch, delete them. It should help with the battery life.
Alternatively, you can also try Force Quitting apps that are using too much battery.
4. Disable LTE/ WiFi
If you’re using an Apple Watch LTE variant, the watch automatically switches between cellular networks and WiFi based on a bunch of parameters like signal strength, speed, and more. However, these switches use up a lot of power and can adversely affect the battery life of your Apple Watch.
If your Apple Watch is having battery performance issues, try disabling LTE or WiFi and see if that helps in improving the battery life.
5. Turn off Always on Display
The Apple Watch Series 5 brought along the much anticipated Always on Display to the Apple Watch. This is a great feature, but it does use a little bit more battery since the watch face is always on. The AOD doesn’t make a big impact on the battery life, but it might be significant to you if your watch is giving poor battery performance.
Head over to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Always On and turn off the toggle.
Pro-tip: You can rotate the Digital Crown to slightly wake up your screen to see the time when you need even if AOD is turned off. This works on all series of Apple Watches, by the way.
If none of the steps above fixed your problem, the last thing you can do is to unpair your Apple Watch completely and then pair set it up anew. This can fix a lot of issues as well, so it’s worth a try.
- To unpair your Apple Watch, launch the Watch app on your iPhone. Tap on your Watch’s name, then tap on the ⓘ button.
- Here, tap on ‘Unpair’ and confirm.
7. Take it to Apple
If nothing seems to be working, the problem could be a component defect in the battery itself. In this case, it’s best to take the watch in for a repair at your nearest Apple Store or certified Apple service partner.
8. Try Power Reserve Mode
If you have scheduled an appointment at your local Apple Store, or if your watch is out of its warranty and you don’t want to pay a lot of money, you can try using the Power Reserve Mode to get more hours out of your watch’s battery. This way you can use your watch until your appointment date at the Apple Store, or until you are ready to buy a new Apple Watch.
How to Fix watchOS and Apple Watch Battery Life Problems Easily
Hopefully one of the things mentioned above was able to fix the Apple Watch battery drain issue you have been having. I have included the steps in the order that I personally think you should attempt them, but feel free to just unpair your watch right out of the gate if you want. If these tips aren’t enough, you can also try to disable the wake watch on wrist raise feature to save some more juice.
Meanwhile, if you have some tips that you think should be included in this article, let me know in the comments and I will add them to the list.