10 Ways to Maximize Your Apple Watch Battery

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Owning an Apple Watch reduces the need to carry your iPhone around all the time. But how can you extend your Apple Watch battery life to enjoy the convenience it provides? We’ve compiled a list of tips that will help maximize your Apple Watch battery to ensure it lasts all day or longer on a single charge.

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1. Enable Low Power Mode

Turning on Low Power Mode on your Apple Watch reduces battery consumption, as it turns off the Always On Display while limiting sensors (e.g., heart sensors, accelerometer, etc.) and Wi-Fi connection.

From the Watch app, go to “Workout -> Low Power Mode” to turn it on.

Apple Watch Battery Watch App Low Power Mode

Note: the feature can also be enabled via your iPhone – but only when you’re about to start a workout with the Apple Watch.

The downsides to enabling Low Power Mode include delayed notifications and the inability to use features that require sensors to work. If you’re looking to prolong your Apple Watch battery because you don’t have access to a charger or your iPhone, turning on Low Power Mode will help extend its battery life.

2. Disable Wake Screen on Wrist Raise

Sometimes your Apple Watch’s screen will accidentally wake when moving your arm and, in the process, consume some of that precious battery life. To maximize your Apple Watch battery, it’s best to disable the “Wake Screen on Wrist Raise” feature so that your Apple Watch screen stays in sleep mode until you intentionally wake it up by tapping the screen, pressing the Digital Crown, or turning the Digital Crown.

  1. Go to “Settings” on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll down and tap “Display & Brightness.”
Apple Watch Battery Settings Display And Brightness
  1. Scroll down to the “Wake” section and tap the switch beside “Wake Screen on Wrist Raise” to disable it.
Apple Watch Battery Settings Display And Brightness Wake

You can also disable “Wake Screen on Wrist Raise” on your iPhone using the Watch app:

  1. In the Watch app, go to “Display & Brightness.”
Apple Watch Battery Display And Brightness
  1. Under the “Wake” section, tap the switch beside “Wake Screen on Wrist Raise” to disable it.
Apple Watch Battery Watch App Display And Brightness Wake

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3. Turn Off Always On

In Apple Watch Series 5 or higher (except SE), you can keep your display on to show the time and other data. Since the screen is constantly on, more battery power is consumed. This isn’t ideal if you don’t have a charging outlet nearby.

Note: if you’ve turned off “Always On and Wake Screen on Wrist Raise,” you have to tap the display, press the Digital Crown, or turn the Digital Crown to wake your screen.

  1. Go to “Settings -> Display & Brightness.” on your Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Battery Settings Display And Brightness
  1. Find and tap “Always On.”
Apple Watch Battery Settings Display And Brightness Always On Toggle
  1. Turn off “Always On” by tapping the switch beside it.
Apple Watch Battery Settings Display And Brightness Always On Toggle

You can also change it on your iPhone.

  1. Go to “Settings -> Display & Brightness” in your Watch app.
Apple Watch Battery Display And Brightness
  1. Tap “Always On.”
Apple Watch Battery Watch App Display And Brightness Always On
  1. Press the switch beside “Always On” to disable the feature.
Apple Watch Battery Watch App Display And Brightness Always On Toggle

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4. Keep Bluetooth Enabled on iPhone

Your Apple Watch uses Bluetooth LE to connect to your iPhone. Bluetooth LE consumes less power than regular Bluetooth. Aside from this connection method, your Apple Watch can also connect to your iPhone using Wi-Fi, which eats up more power. If you want to minimize Apple Watch battery consumption, keep Bluetooth enabled on your iPhone so that your watch connects to it using the more economic method.

  1. Pull up Control Center on your mobile device.
Apple Watch Battery Iphone Control Center
  1. Tap the Bluetooth icon to enable it.

Note: the icon should turn blue when it’s enabled, white when it’s disabled until the next day, and gray when it’s disabled until you turn it on manually.

5. Reduce Brightness

You can further reduce how much battery your Apple Watch consumes by reducing the brightness of the display.

  1. Go to “Settings -> Display & Brightness” on your Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Battery Settings Display And Brightness
  1. Under “Appearance,” choose the lowest brightness level by tapping on the sun icon on the left.
Apple Watch Battery Settings Display And Brightness Appearance

On your iPhone:

  1. Launch the Watch app and go to “Display & Brightness.”
Apple Watch Battery Display And Brightness
  1. Pick the lowest brightness level by tapping or dragging the white circle to the leftmost part of the “Brightness” bar.
Apple Watch Battery Watch App Display And Brightness Brightness

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6. Use Dark Watch Faces

Another strategy for conserving battery power is to opt for dark watch faces. When you use this type of watch face, fewer pixels are turned on, which means less power is consumed.

Switch between the watch faces you’ve added to your Watch via the app’s “My Faces” function.

  1. Press the Digital Crown or put your palm on your Apple Watch’s screen to go to the current watch face.
  2. Press and hold your watch face, then swipe left or right in “My Faces” to opt for a dark watch face.
Apple Watch Battery Watch Faces

On your iPhone:

  1. In the Watch app, tap on the watch face you want to use under “My Faces.”
Apple Watch Battery Watch App My Faces
  1. Scroll down and tap “Set as Current Watch Face.”
Apple Watch Battery Watch App My Faces Set

7. Avoid Constant Media Playback

While it’s convenient to listen to music on your Apple Watch with a compatible Bluetooth device, your Apple Watch battery life will take a toll. The consumption is even bigger if you have a cellular Apple Watch, as you can stream music that’s not downloaded to your Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Battery Music

If you’ll be listening to music for hours, we highly recommend bringing your iPhone and playing music from there. This is vital in conserving battery power if you won’t be able to charge your Apple Watch when its battery gets low.

8. Disable Background App Refresh

The Background App Refresh feature on your Apple Watch checks for updates and new content for your apps even when they’re not in use. This consumes battery power, as your apps constantly refresh to get new content in the background. To maximize your Apple Watch battery, we recommend disabling this feature on the wearable as well as iPhone.

  1. Go to “Settings -> General” on your Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Battery Settings General
  1. Scroll down and look for “Background App Refresh.” Tap on it.
Apple Watch Battery Settings General Background App Refresh
  1. In the “Background App Refresh” screen, tap the switch to turn it off.
Apple Watch Battery Settings General Background App Refresh Toggle

On your iPhone:

  1. Launch the Watch app and go to “General.”
Apple Watch Battery Watch App General
  1. Scroll down and tap “Background App Refresh.”
Apple Watch Battery Watch App General Background App Refresh
  1. Tap the switch beside “Background App Refresh” to disable it for all apps. You can also disable it for some apps and keep it enabled for others.
Apple Watch Battery Watch App General Background App Refresh Toggle

9. Change iPhone Mirroring Settings in Apps

iPhone Mirroring lets your Apple Watch sync content for apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages, etc. With this feature, these apps, which are also installed on your Apple Watch, will get the same notifications and content.

If you always have your iPhone in hand while wearing your Apple Watch, this feature is rather redundant and needlessly consumes battery power. You can only disable and enable iPhone mirroring in the Watch app.

  1. Launch the Watch app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the app in which you wish to change the iPhone mirroring settings.
Apple Watch Battery Watch App App Name
  1. Under “Notifications,” tap “Custom” and configure your notifications and content mirroring settings. The process is the same for all other apps.
Apple Watch Battery Watch App Mirroring Notifications
  1. Move on to the next “Mirror my iPhone” button below the app name and tap “Custom.” Change the settings according to your needs.
Apple Watch Battery Watch App Mirroring App

10. Use Theater Mode

Theater Mode is best enabled when you find yourself in a dark environment or in a setting where disturbance is frowned upon, like in meetings or theaters. It also saves battery power, as you won’t get any notifications, and the screen will remain turned off. You can turn Theater Mode on from your Apple Watch but not your iPhone.

  1. Pull up Control Center.
  2. Tap the theater icon to enable Theater Mode. Tap the same icon to disable it.
Apple Watch Battery Control Center

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long should my Apple Watch battery last?

Without Low Power Mode enabled, the latest Apple Watch Ultra should last you up to 36 hours according to Apple. If you’re using an older model like the Series 7, you should get up to 18 hours of battery life. These figures will vary based on individual usage patterns.

Can I charge my Apple Watch using a power bank or laptop?

If there’s no available wall socket near you, charge your Apple Watch using a power bank or laptop with a USB Type-C port.

Can I have my Apple Watch battery replaced?

Apple offers Apple Watch battery replacement services and other repairs. You can also get a battery replacement service from a third-party repair provider you trust.

Image credit: fancycrave1 via Pixabay. All screenshots by Natalie dela Vega

Natalie dela Vega
Natalie dela Vega

Natalie is a writer specializing in tech how-tos and gaming. When she's not writing, she plays PC games and travels. Here at MakeTechEasier, you will see her write about guides, tips, and solutions for Windows and iOS.

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