7 Easy Steps to Improve Your Apple Watch Battery




Planning on picking up an Apple Watch? Here's how to get the most from your shiny new wearable

No matter how cool the Apple Watch is, it's only as useful as long as its battery lasts. After all, if it doesn't power on it's as useful to you as any other bracelet on your wrist. Until the launch of the Apple Watch on Friday, Apple was pretty mum about the stats of the battery. Apple has said the Apple Watch features "all day" battery life, which means all waking day, not 24 hours. As usual, within hours of the Apple Watch being available, iFixit did a teardown of the device and found out a little more about the battery. Inside the 38mm Apple Watch they found a 3.8V 205 mAh battery. Apple says the larger 42mm Apple Watch has slightly longer battery life, so it's likely that that model has a slightly bigger battery. Either way, all models of the Apple Watch are likely to last about 18 hours based on mixed usage. That's not bad, but if you wantto extend your Apple Watch battery life even longer, be sure to follow these tips.

Also Read: Tips to Improve Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Battery Life

1. Always upgrade to the latest Apple Watch software.
This is imperative and something many users fail to do. Increased battery life often comes about from tweaking software algorithms. Apple frequently adjusts these algorithms in software updates. If you want to have a longer Apple Watch battery life besure to update the software on the device as soon as Apple releases it. To update the Apple Watch software open the Apple Watch companion app on your iPhone and go to My Watch>General>Software Update.

2. Keep your iPhone software up to date too.
This is completely antithetical advice to many people. How can updating your iPhone's software help the Apple Watch battery life? It's because the Apple Watch isa companion accessory to the iPhone and it requires the iPhone to act as a hub to function. The Apple Watch talks to the iPhone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Most iOS software updates for the iPhone offer tweaks to these connectivity technologies, which makes them more power efficient. By making sure your iPhone's software is up todate you can ensure your Apple Watch and iPhone will communicate using the lowest battery drain possible. To keep your iPhone software up to date open the Settings app and go to General>Software Update.

3. Turn on Power Saving Mode to disable the heart rate sensor
The heart rate sensor is a great feature of the Apple Watch–one of the few sensors the Apple watch offers that an iPhone does not. But man, it's a battery hog. If you either don't care about using the heart rate function ever or just want to shut it off to save desperately needed battery life for the afternoon you can disable the heart rate sensors by enabling Power Saving Mode. To do so open the Apple Watch companion app on your iPhone and go to My Watch>Workout and turn on Power Saving Mode.

4. Keep Bluetooth turned on on your iPhone
If you disable Bluetooth on your iPhone, theonly way your Apple Watch and iPhone can communicate is via Wi-Fi. And Wi-Fi is so much more power hungry than Bluetooth. That's why it’s always important to make sure Bluetooth on your iPhone is turned on.

5. Disable the Activate on Wrist Raise feature
The Apple Watch has an awesome feature that automatically wakes it and turns on thescreen when you raise your wrist to look at the watch. It does this using the accelerometer as a prompt. But while this is handy and saves usage time, it can be a battery drain for those that are very active with their hands. For example, if you "talk with your hands", gesturing wildly, your Apple Watch will activate a lot because it thinks you want to look at it. To disable the Activate on Wrist Raise feature on the Apple Watch choose Settings>General and turn Activate on Wrist Raise off.

6. If you're a workout buff, consider getting a Bluetooth heart rate chest strap
As mentioned above, the Apple Watch has a heart rate sensor, which is awesome, but that sensor also is a huge battery drain, which is not awesome. If you're a big fitness buff and use the Apple Watch in your workouts a lot, you might want to consider springing for a dedicated Bluetooth heart rate chest strap. The Bluetooth strap will use less battery sending your heart rate info to the Apple Watch than the built-in Apple Watch Heart rate sensor will use on its own.

7. Keep notifications to a minimum
The Apple Watch is great because you can simply glance at your wrist to check out your latest notifications. But remember: every notification you receive is a drain on your battery. With that in mind, disable notifications for any apps that aren't critical. Do you really need to see a notification every time someone likes the cat video you posted on Facebook? We didn't think off

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