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.
Add and Remove Apps from the Dock
Adding and removing apps to the dock is pretty easy in the new watchOS 3. To add a new app to the dock, all you have to do is tap on an app so that it can load up on your watch. Once the app finishes loading, all you need to do is Press the side button.
Once you do that action, the watch requests if you want to keep the app in the dock by showing the message “Keep in Dock” at the bottom of the screen. Tap on it, and that’s it. The app is now added to your dock and can be easily accessed by pressing the side button on the watch.
Also, removing an existing app has also been made pretty easy. When you are in an app on the dock, all you have to do is swipe up from the bottom of the watch, and it will show you the message “Remove X.” Tap on it and the app is removed from the dock. Very similar to how you extract the apps from your iPhone.
Ultimately, the new Dock feature in watchOS is a major change in how we access our favorite apps on the Apple Watch. With the new watchOS 3 dock, Apple has indeed made it easier and faster for users to interact with the new unit.
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?