watchOS 3 is officially out! What’s the first thing I noticed?
Horrible battery life.
Problems like this have been detected since the first beta version. Even after several beta releases, the firmware still doesn’t improve much (in term of longer battery usage).
What else is noticeable in watchOS 3?
The core OS has radically changed to make applications load faster and open quicker. To make that a reality, watchOS 3 is taking advantage of the functionality of background refresh.
As the apps try to update their states in the background every few seconds or minutes, it consumes an extra load of power. Battery life on the Apple watch was not that great to start off with and now with the overhead of background refresh, it makes things worst.
What are some ways to save battery on watchOS 3?
Better Dock Management
Apple recently introduces Dock, a similar-feature to the App Switcher on your iPhone and iPad. Here you can see and manage apps that are still running in the background.
One way to save battery life in watchOS 3 is only keeping the apps that you always use in the dock. By dropping 70% of the apps from the dock, it can make a huge difference in battery life.
Stop Mails Fetching
Fetching emails to the Apple Watch is also, apparently, pretty power intensive. You may want to dribble with the email notification settings as well.
This will go a long way in helping with the battery issue as we move forward especially with the new Series 2. It is clear that watchOS 3 will perform better on recent models released earlier this month.
Disable Background App Refresh in watchOS 3
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone. Go to My Watch > General > Background App Refresh
- You can either switch off all the background refresh using the on/off toggle on the top
- Or switch off the update of the selected third party apps that you think are the culprit
By selectively targeting each of the apps and disabling their background feature, you can very quickly figure out the problematic app at hand and remove it completely.
Turn on Power Reserve
Using Power Reserve can help you save a lot of battery on your watch. Keep in mind that once this feature is enabled, it will disable your device and disconnect communications with the iPhone.
- Launch Control Center by swiping up on the watch face
- Tap on the battery percentage
- Choose Power Reserve and Proceed
The only thing that is still accessible is the time. Just press the side button to bring up the current time in a 24-hour format.
Are you folks experiencing battery-related issues with the watchOS 3? What changes or tricks have you found to help you with this problem?