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Nine tips to improve battery life on your smartwatch

Since the launch of smartwatches, one of the biggest complaints has been battery life. Some watches can last a day or two while others might be able to go several days on a charge. Regardless of whatever battery life you’re getting from your current watch, it could always be better.

We’ve gathered up some tips on how to extend the battery life on your watch. By using one or several of these you can increase the time your watch stays on your wrist and off of the charger.

Connectivity

Smartwatches stay connected several different ways including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular. For the most part they rely on the Bluetooth connection, as long as it is in range of your phone.

One way you can save battery life is by disabling the connections you aren’t using or don’t need. For instance, if you have a cellular enabled watch but you don’t have a data plan for it, disable the cellular connection. In my case, I always have my phone near me so I disable the Wi-Fi connection to extend battery life on my watch.

How to disable Wi-Fi

Swipe down the quick settings
Tap the settings cog

Scroll and select Connectivity

Tap on Wi-Fi

Check if it is grayed out and if not toggle it off

How to disable cellular

Swipe down the quick settings
Tap the settings cog

Scroll and select Connectivity

Tap on Cellular

Toggle Cellular off

Display

The display on your watch is one of the biggest battery hogs and you can greatly increase your battery life by adjusting the settings. Lowering the brightness is a great first step if you’re often indoors. The downside is that it will be harder to read outdoors in sunlight.

If you don’t care for the always-on display, then disabling can result in a lot of extra battery life. Finally, try using a different watch face. Some watch faces can put a lot of strain on the battery life of your watch. In my experience, watch faces from the Play Store often offer better battery life over third-party apps such as WatchMaker or Facer.

Lower brightness

Swipe down the quick settings
Tap on the brightness toggle (sun icon) and adjust from there

Disable always on display

Swipe down the quick settings
Tap the settings cog

Choose Display

Scroll down and toggle Always-on screen off

Change watch face

Long press on your current watch face

Swipe left or right and/or choose See more watch faces

Manage your apps and notifications

Excessive notifications or unnecessary apps can also be a drain on your battery life. The best way to manage these is by disabling notifications from these apps or uninstalling apps from your watch.

Disabling notifications

Open the Wear OS app on your phone
Scroll down and choose Notifications

Tap on Change watch notifications

Now toggle off any apps you don’t need notifications for on your watch

Uninstall apps

Swipe down the quick settings
Tap the settings cog

Choose Apps

Select the app you no longer want and uninstall

Last resort

Let’s say you’ve done all of the above or you’re just in a situation where you won’t be able to charge for a while. In that case, you can give these options a try. Be forewarned, doing either of these will severely limit the capabilities of your watch.

Turning on battery saver will disable or affect the following always-on display, vibration, location services, Wi-Fi and mobile data, watch SIM calls and SMS, and app updates. Turning on airplane mode will also disconnect your watch turning it into a dumb watch essentially.

Turn on battery saver

Swipe down the quick settings
Tap on the battery icon

Turn on airplane mode

Swipe down the quick settings
Tap on the airplane icon

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