15 Apple Watch Battery Saving Tips That Actually Work

Frustrated with the Apple watch battery drain?

It’s not just you many user have the same problem after WatchOS 10.4 update, watching their battery dive faster than a submarine. It’s enough to make you miss the good old days of winding watches.

Personally I also encounter it and I know Apple will fix it in the next update but here are some of the tips and tricks I have found to lessen the battery drainage on Apple watch so you can get the most out of it.

Understanding Apple Watch Battery Drain

Before going to the solution it’s important to understand the common causes of battery drain and how to maintain battery health.

Common Causes of Battery Drain

There are several reasons why your Apple Watch battery may be draining quickly. Here are some common causes:

  • Using Third Party Software Using Using Third Party Software on your iPhone and Apple Watch can cause the battery drain issue as mostly they are not updated with latest version of IOS and WatchOS
  • Background App Refresh: Some apps refresh in the background, which can drain your battery. You can turn off this feature for specific apps in the Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Bluetooth: If your iPhone and Apple Watch are not in close proximity, your watch will use more battery to maintain a Bluetooth connection.
  • Notifications: Receiving frequent notifications on your watch can also drain the battery. Consider turning off notifications for apps that are not essential.

Battery Health and Lifespan

The battery in your Apple Watch has a limited lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. However, there are steps you can take to maintain battery health and prolong its lifespan:

  • Software Updates: Keeping your watch up to date with the latest software updates can improve battery performance.
  • Reduce Usage: Limit your usage of battery-intensive features, such as location services and workouts, to conserve battery life.
  • Power Reserve Mode: If your battery is critically low, you can enable Power Reserve mode to extend the battery life for a few hours.
  • Charge Regularly: Charge your watch regularly to maintain battery health. Apple recommends charging your watch every night.

By understanding the common causes of battery drain and taking steps to maintain battery health, you can extend the lifespan of your Apple Watch battery and avoid frustrating battery drain issues.

Initial Troubleshooting Steps to Apple Watch Battery Drain Issue

Some of the initial troubleshooting steps you can take before changing other settings on Apple watch.

Check for Software Updates

The watch battery issues are usually because of the update so you might be running and old WatchOS Before doing anything else, make sure that your Apple Watch is running the latest version of watchOS.

To check for updates, follow these steps also you can follow the the same steps on Watch as the interface is same.

Apple Watch software Update Settings
  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on the “My Watch” tab.
  3. Tap on “General”.
  4. Tap on “Software Update”.
  5. If an update is available, tap on “Download and Install”.

Keep your Apple Watch near your iPhone during the update process and make sure that both devices are connected to Wi-Fi and have enough battery life.

Unpair and Pair it Again

The Unpairing and Pairing apple watch is the most effective troubleshooting step and will solve any software glitch so follow the steps below:

Unpair your Apple Watch:

apple watch unpairing
Apple Watch Battery option
  • Open the Watch App on your iPhone and go to the My Watch tab.
  • Select All Watches at the top.
  • Choose your Watch from the list and tap on (i).
  • Tap on ‘Unpair Apple Watch’ and then tap again to confirm.

Once done wait for it might take a few second to unpair and then follow the steps below.

Pair Your Apple Watch Again:

pair apple watch with iphone
  • Before pairing, make sure Bluetooth is on and your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi. Also, turn off your Watch after unpairing.
  • Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch to turn it on.
  • Bring it close to your iPhone. you will see a message on your iPhone, tap on ‘Continue’.
  • Tap on ‘Set Up for Myself’.
  • Use your iPhone’s camera to scan the apple watch screen.
scan apple watch screen

Your Apple Watch is now paired. Just follow the on-screen instructions to finish setting it up.

Restart Your Apple Watch

Restarting your Apple Watch can help fix minor software issues that may be causing battery drain. To restart your Apple Watch, follow these steps:

Restart Apple Watch to fix battery drain issue
  1. Press and hold the side button until the Power Off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to the right to turn off your Apple Watch.
  3. Press and hold the side button again until the Apple logo appears.

Inspect Battery Usage

If your Apple Watch battery is draining quickly, it’s important to identify which apps or features are using the most battery. To inspect battery usage, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the “My Watch” tab.
  3. Tap on “Battery”.
  4. Check the “Last 24 Hours” and “Last 7 Days” sections to see which apps or features are using the most battery.

If you notice that a particular app or feature is using a lot of battery, try using it less frequently or uninstalling it altogether.

1) Use Simple Watch Face Complication

A complex Apple Watch Face Complication will use more battery then a simple one so if you are using a complex watch complication switch to simple one and it will save you so much battery

Use Simple Watch Face Complication

Here how to to do it:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Browse through the available watch faces.
  3. Choose a watch face with fewer complications to save battery life.
  4. If you prefer a face with complications, consider removing some by tapping ‘Edit’ on the watch face.

2) Keep the Display and Brightness at Midway Point

Keeping the brightness at midway point will help you in battery conversation and will give you a balance visibility.

Keep Display Brightness at Midway
  1. In the Watch app, scroll to ‘Display and Brightness.’
  2. Locate the brightness slider at the top of the screen.
  3. Adjust the slider to the midpoint for optimal balance between visibility and battery life.
  4. Trust the auto-brightness feature to adjust the screen brightness based on ambient lighting conditions.

3) Adjust Always ON Display Setting

Always On Display is only going to apply to the Apple Watch series 9,8,7,6,5 also if you have Apple Watch SE this part won’t apply to you.

So Let see how you can adjust Always ON display setting to save battery

Always on display option
  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and select ‘Display & Brightness.’
  3. Find the ‘Always On’ option.
  4. Toggle ‘Always On’ off to save a significant amount of battery life.

Remember, these settings are about personal preference. If you value the Always On Display, you might choose to keep it on despite the battery usage. It’s all about finding the right balance for your needs.

4) Wake On Wrist Raise

Wake on Wrist Raise What this means is, if you turn your wrist, will your screen automatically wake up—yes or no? Or will it require you to tap the display or press the side button?

From a convenience perspective, having this feature ON is nice, especially if you have the ‘Always On Display’ turned off.

However, if you have the ‘Always On Display’ on, you don’t really need ‘Wake on Wrist Raise’ as the screen will be visible to you. So, this is a good opportunity to save some battery life.

Wake On Wrist Raise

So to turn off wake on wrist you have to to go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Turn Off Wake On Wrist Raise

5) Set Wake Duration to 15 Second

Below wake on Wrist option you will see The Wake Duration setting it controls how long your Apple Watch screen stays on before it automatically turns off.

While some may need 70 seconds, I find that excessive for just checking the time. Therefore, I will adjust this setting down to 5 seconds.

6) Disable “Hey Siri” Option

Disable Hey Siri Option

Siri on the Apple Watch is one of my favorite features but the way you use Siri can significantly affect your battery life.

On the main page of the Watch app, scroll down to find Siri. By default, the ‘Listen for’ setting will be on so you should turn this off.

Keeping this feature on means your watch is constantly listening for these activation phrases through the microphones, which significantly drains the battery.

Instead, turn it off and use the Digital Crown to activate Siri. Simply press and hold the apple watch button (Digital Crown), Siri will be activated.

So, all you need to do is press and hold the Digital Crown. It’s not much extra effort, but trust me, it saves a lot of battery life without impacting Siri’s functionality.

7) Turn Off Background App Refresh

Controlling Background App Refresh can help save your Apple Watch battery. It’s like on your iPhone, where apps look for new stuff even when you’re not using them. But this searching uses up battery.

Turn Off Background App Refresh

To control it, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh on your Apple Watch. There you can turn it off completely or for certain apps.

8) Adjust the Haptic Vibrations

Adjust the Haptic Vibrations

Sound and haptics are key areas where you can optimize your Apple Watch. So first go to your Apple watch settings scroll down click on “Sound and Haptic

Starting with notification volume as the watch is always on your wrist, a loud setting isn’t necessary.

I recommend turning the volume down, or even muting it completely, as I often do. A lower volume means the speaker activates less frequently and at a lower intensity, conserving battery life over time, especially with numerous daily notifications.

For notifications, I prefer to feel them through the haptic feedback on my wrist, a feature where the Apple Watch excels over other smartwatches.

There are two haptic options: the default and Prominent. Prominent haptics are more intense, noticeable even under layers of clothing or during a workout but will consume more power so I will prefer the default one.

Also if you scroll down further you will see a crown Haptic and system haptic which I like but if you want to disable it you can do that to save more battery life.

crown Haptic and system haptic

9) Reduce Notifications

Adjusting your notification settings is not only beneficial for conserving battery life but also for reducing distractions and enhancing mental well-being.

It’s essential to limit the number of notifications you receive on your watch throughout the day.

Reduce Notifications

To optimize this, navigate to the notification settings on the homepage of the Watch app. you will notice two sections: one for Apple apps installed on the watch and another for apps mirrored from your iPhone.

By default, all notifications are enabled. My advice is to deactivate most of them particularly for streaming, gaming, and shopping apps, which aren’t critical.

However, keep notifications active for essential apps like messages, banking, or maps. This way, when your watch alerts you, it’s for something significant.

Reducing the frequency of alerts means less activation of the speaker and haptic motor, which, over time, leads to considerable battery savings.

So, this approach is not just good for your battery life but also for your overall well-being

10) Make Use of Do Not Disturb

An excellent, yet often overlooked feature of the Apple Watch, is the Do Not Disturb mode. Once activated, it allows the watch to silently receive notifications, without alerting the user until they choose to disable the feature.

This proves especially beneficial when one needs to focus on a task without interruptions, and it also aids in conserving battery life.

Make Use of Do Not Disturb

To enable Do Not Disturb, simply access the Control Center on your Apple Watch. Look for the icon represented by a crescent moon, which is the Do Not Disturb symbol.

Beyond merely turning on the feature, you have the choice to set it for an hour or keep it on until the following morning, or even use a location-based option that automatically activates Do Not Disturb when you leave your current location.

11) Turn Off Activity Reminders

I believe the Apple Watch is excellent for keeping you active by tracking your activities, steps, workouts, etc. However, by default, you receive numerous notifications, particularly from the activity app.

These include daily coaching, goal completions, and special challenges. While some may find this helpful, I prefer to monitor the Rings.

Turn Off Activity Reminders

To switch them off, open the Apple Watch app. Then go to the “My Watch” tab and choose “Notifications,” followed by “Activity.” From there, you can pick which notifications you want to turn off.

I do appreciate the stand reminders, especially since I spend many hours sitting at my computer working and writing these helpful guides for you guys.

The stand reminder is beneficial, but I turn off all other notifications. I recommend you do the same; it will not only save battery life but also reduce interruptions.

12) Turn Off Heart Rate Monitor

One of the Apple Watch standout features is its continuous heart rate monitoring, day and night.

Turn Off Heart Rate Monitor

However, the setup significantly affects battery life. so on watch app main page, scroll to the ‘Heart’ section, and there you will find options to toggle specific notifications.

You have alerts for general cardio fitness and heart health, including irregular rhythm notifications.

You can set thresholds so that if your heart rate exceeds or falls below a certain level, you will be notified.

For those with heart conditions, it’s advisable to keep all these features active. They provide valuable data that you can share with your doctor or monitor on your phone.

But if you are free from heart concerns, consider disabling most of these alerts. This won’t stop your Apple Watch from tracking your heart rate; it will continue to do so, but less frequently and typically every 10 to 15 minutes while wearing it.

In the Health app on your iPhone or directly on your watch, you can still view the graphs showing your heart rate variations throughout the day or during workouts, which I find quite insightful.

By adjusting these settings, you won’t be bombarded with notifications all day, and the watch will check your heart rate less often, conserving battery life while still providing you with essential data. In my view, this strikes the perfect balance.

13) Disable Walkie Talkie

The Walkie-Talkie function allows for quick communication with other Apple Watch users, which can be handy if you have several family members who also use an Apple Watch and prefer not to call or text them.

Disable Walkie Talkie

To disable Walkie-Talkie, scroll down in the Apple Watch settings until you find ‘Walkie-Talkie’ and disable it

Personally, I have never used it. It’s enabled by default, also turning off notifications will also deactivate the feature.

This prevents your Apple Watch from searching for other watches in the vicinity or on your network with this feature turned on. In my experience, disabling it saves battery life without sacrificing a significant feature.

14) Activate Low Power Mode

Activate Low Power Mode

The next setting we have is to activate Low Power Mode. If you are unfamiliar with this process, simply press the side button on your apple watch, tap on the battery percentage, and then select ‘Activate Low Power Mode’.

This feature is one I recommend using only if necessary.

According to Apple, activating it can double your battery life from an estimated 18 hours to 36 hours.

However, it significantly reduces the functionality of your watch by disabling many of its smart features.

As you scroll through the options, you will notice it turns off numerous capabilities that contribute to the Apple Watch’s appeal.

Therefore, unless you are in a situation where you need to conserve power yet still wish to check the time, consider using this mode only temporarily.

My advice is to tailor these settings to optimize the features we have discussed. Depending on your configuration, this can already help save a substantial amount of battery life potentially doubling it or more.

It’s all about enabling the features you use and disabling those you don’t need.

15) Turn ON Optimized Charging

I highly recommend enabling Optimized Charging on your Apple Watch.

Turn On Optimize Charging

To do this, open the Settings app on your watch, scroll down to the ‘Battery’ section, and then proceed a bit further to ‘Battery Health’.

Here, you will find the ‘Optimized Battery Charging’ option. Turning this on is beneficial not only for your Apple Watch but also for your iPhone.

This feature learns your charging patterns for example, if you typically charge your watch overnight. It will charge the battery to 80% and then pause, completing the remaining 20% closer to the time you usually disconnect your watch in the morning.

This intelligent charging method extends your battery’s lifespan, ensuring it lasts longer and maintains a higher capacity, which translates to more available battery life over time.


In conclusion, the key to extending your Apple Watch’s battery life lies in understanding the factors that contribute to power consumption and taking control of your device’s settings. By fine-tuning features, optimizing how you use your watch, and ensuring the battery is maintained properly, you can significantly enhance its performance and longevity.

This guide has covered the most effective settings and adjustments you can make to not only improve battery life but potentially double it.

Remember, the goal is to find a balance that works for you by keeping the features that enhance your experience and disabling those that don’t.

With these 15 battery-saving tips, you can make smart choices that will allow you to enjoy a longer lasting battery and a more seamless experience with your Apple Watch, ensuring that your investment continues to serve you well without compromising on functionality.