How to Improve watchOS 3 Battery Life on Apple Watch

If your Apple Watch running watchOS 3 is draining a lot of battery, you need to check out these handy tips and tricks to extend its battery life.

With a number of highly significant features, watchOS 3 is terrific. What has impressed me a lot about the latest watchOS is the highly user-friendly UI and seven times faster speed. Moreover, apps have finally got the much-needed boost to run smoothly on the Watch.

The only problem, if any, I faced after updating to watchOS 3 was the rapid battery drain. Fortunately, I was not alone to have encountered this fast battery consumption issue on the watch as some of my friends have run into it as well. Having faced with the same issue on previous versions of watchOS, it didn’t take much time for me to fix the battery drain issue.

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How to Improve watchOS 3 Battery Life on Apple Watch

If you are also on the same page and looking to improve the battery life on your Apple Watch, try out these handy tips. (To improve the battery life on your iPhone running iOS 10, check out this post.)

Extend watchOS 3 Battery Life on Apple Watch

Turn Off Background App Refresh

Apps continue to refresh themselves in the background to remain at the very best of their game. Because of it, they eat plenty of battery of your Apple Watch. Therefore, it’s better to turn off the Background App Refresh.

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Step #1. Launch Watch app on your iPhone → Make sure My Watch tab is selected at the bottom → Tap on General.

Tap on My Watch Then General on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Background App Refresh.

Tap on Backgroud App Refresh in Watch App on iPhone

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Step #3. Now, you need to toggle off the switch next to Background App Refresh.

Turn Off Backgroud App Refresh in Apple Watch from iPhone

You can also allow only specific apps to refresh in the background. To do so, just toggle off the switch next to the app.

Remove Apps Which You Don’t Need from the Dock

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One of the biggest features in watchOS 3 is the Dock. It does not just allow you to access some of your favorite apps quickly but also help them run a lot faster. The secret behind their seven times faster speed is that they continue to run in the background. As a result, they consume more battery. That’s why to make sure to keep only a few apps in the Dock. Luckily, it’s quite straightforward to add, remove or rearrange apps in the dock. Check out this post to add, remove or rearrange apps in the dock.

Turn Off Emergency SOS

watchOS 3 has a very helpful feature called Emergency SOS. Once enabled, it allows you to call emergency services just by pressing and holding the side button of your Apple Watch. If you are concerned about the fast consumption of the battery of your wearable device, you can turn it off. Even if it is disabled, you can press and hold the side button and then slide the Emergency SOS slider.

Turn Off Emergency SOS on Apple Watch

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Turn On Power Reserve

Enable Power Reserve to conserve the battery of your Watch and let it last long. One thing you need to know that it will disable all the features of your wearable device except current time.

Step #1. Simply swipe up the watch face.

Step #2. Tap on the battery percentage.

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Tap on Battery Percentage in Apple Watch

Step #3. Now, you need to tap on Power Reserve.

Tap on Power Reserve on Apple Watch

Step #4. Tap on Proceed.

Turn On Power Reserve on Apple Watch

To disable Power Reserve mode, you need to press and hold the side button.

Check Out Notifications

One of my best tricks to save battery on my watch is to allow only selected apps to send notifications. Therefore, let only a few apps to send you alerts. My Watch → Notifications.

Disable Automatic App Install

If you have enabled Automatic App Install on your Apple Watch, your iPhone apps that are also compatible with the Watch will be downloaded on your wearable device automatically. Turning off this feature can help your Watch Battery last long.

Step #1. Tap on My Watch on your iPhone → General.

Tap on My Watch Then General on iPhone

Step #2. Disable Automatic App Install.

Disable Automatic App Updates in Apple Watch from iPhone

Other Important Tips:

There are several important features which you should use only when you need them. Hence, make sure to turn them off when you don’t need them.

Following are some of the significant features which you need to use smartly.

My Watch → General → Nightstand Mode/Handoff.

My Watch → Sounds & Haptics → Cover to Mute/Tap to Speak Time.

My Watch → Activity → Stand Reminders.

My Watch → Privacy → Motion & Fitness → Hear Rate/Fitness Tracking.

That’s it!

Hopefully, these tips and tricks help you extend the battery life on your Apple Watch. Do you know any significant tips to improve the battery of your wearable device? We would be really glad to know them.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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