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How to check battery life on an Apple Watch

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Making sure your Apple Watch always has enough battery life is pretty essential. After all, nobody wants their device to go down in the middle of the day. That’s why we're diving into the various ways to check your Apple Watch's battery life, share tips to extend it, and troubleshoot common battery issues. Ready? Let's get started!

Checking battery life directly on an Apple Watch

First things first, let's see how you can check the battery life directly on your Apple Watch. It’s quick and easy if you use the WatchOS Control Centre:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your watch face to open the Control Centre.

  2. Look for the battery percentage icon. It's a small icon that shows the current battery percentage right there at the top.

There you go. You've just checked your battery life. But there’s a lot more to learn on the subject…

Adding a battery complication to your Apple Watch face

‘Complications’ is another word for the nifty Apple Watch widgets and apps you can use. And if you want even quicker access to your battery features, you can add a battery complication to your watch face. Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the watch face until you enter the customisation mode.

  2. Tap "Edit" and swipe to the Complications screen.

  3. Select a spot on your watch face where you want the battery complication.

  4. Scroll through the options and select the battery complication.

Now, you'll have your battery percentage visible at a glance.

Checking battery life on an iPhone

Sometimes it's more convenient to check your Apple Watch battery life on your iPhone. Here's how you can do that:

  1. Firstly, add the batter widget to your iPhone.

  2. Unlock your iPhone and go to the home screen.

  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap "Edit."

  4. Tap the "+" icon in the top left corner to add a new widget.

  5. Search for the "Batteries" widget and tap on it.

  6. Choose your preferred widget size (small, medium, or large) and tap "Add Widget."

Now, you'll see the battery percentage of your iPhone and connected devices, including your Apple Watch, right from your home screen or Today View.

Checking battery usage stats

For those who like to dig a little deeper, you can find detailed battery usage statistics in the Watch app on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap on "My Watch" at the bottom.

  3. Scroll down and tap "Battery."

Here, you'll find detailed information about your Apple Watch's battery usage, including usage patterns, last charge level, and more. This can be helpful to understand your battery consumption and identify any unusual drainage.

Tips to conserve battery life

Want to make that battery last longer? Here are some practical tips to help you get the most out of your Apple Watch's battery:

Enable low power mode

When you're running low and need to squeeze out some extra juice, Low Power Mode can be a lifesaver. Here's how to enable it:

1. Open the Control Centre by swiping up on your watch face.

2. Tap the battery percentage icon.

3. Slide the Power Reserve slider to enable Low Power Mode.

This mode limits some features, but it's great for extending battery life when you really need it.

Adjust wake Time Settings

Reducing the time your watch screen stays on can also save battery. Here’s how to adjust wake time settings:

1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.

2. Tap "Display & Brightness."

3. Scroll down to "Wake Duration" and choose a shorter duration, like 15 seconds.

Turn off the Always On Display

If you have an Apple Watch Series 5 or later, the Always On Display can drain your battery.Turning it off can help conserve energy:

1. Go to the Settings app on your Apple Watch.

2. Tap "Display & Brightness."

3. Toggle off "Always On."

Limit notifications

Too many notifications can also eat up your battery life. Customize which notifications you receive:

1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Tap "Notifications."

3. Select which apps can send notifications and turn off those you don't need.

Troubleshooting battery issues

Despite all these tips, sometimes you might still face battery issues. Here are some common problems and solutions.

Apple Watch battery draining too fast

If you notice your battery draining unusually fast, it could be due to several reasons.

  • Too many apps running in the background: Close unused apps to save battery.

  • Old software version: Make sure your Apple Watch and iPhone are running the latest software.

  • Unnecessary notifications: Limit the number of notifications you receive.

Apple Watch not charging properly

If your Apple Watch isn't charging properly, try these steps:

1. Check the charger and cable: Make sure everything’s plugged in correctly and free from debris.

2. Restart your Apple Watch: Sometimes a simple restart can fix charging issues.

3. Try a different outlet or charger: The issue might be with the power source or charger itself.

Battery life seems inconsistent

If your Apple Watch's battery life is a bit temperamental, calibrating it can sometime help:

1. Let your Apple Watch drain completely until it turns off.

2. Charge it uninterrupted to 100%.

3. Use it normally until it dies again, and then recharge it fully.

This process can help reset the battery sensors and provide more accurate readings.

Remove unused apps

Apps that you rarely use can still drain your battery. So let’s get rid:

1. Press and hold the app icon on your Apple Watch.

2. Tap the "X" button to delete the app.

Any more questions?

If you want to learn about more the features on your Apple Watch, check out our Apple Watch: everything you need to know article. Or read our pieces on getting the best Apple Watch faces and how to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone.

If you’re looking for a new smartwatch, here’s why Apple Watch is such a good choice. And remember, if you’ve got any questions our expert in-store colleagues are always happy to chat about tech.

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