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Question: Battery life on Apple Watch series 1 stinks now

Before upgrading to WatchOS 4.1, I used to get great battery life. At the end of the day would still have about 50% battery left. Nowadays, I might make it to the end of the day (say 7 AM until 11 PM) before the watch gets down to 10%. Is the new OS that much more inefficient? I'm not even using that new Siri watch face.

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Battery life on Apple Watch varies depending on use and other factors. Examples are detailed here:


Apple Watch - Battery - Apple


Apple's tips for maximising battery life on Apple Watch are detailed here:


Batteries - Maximizing Performance - Apple


If your Apple Watch is experiencing significantly shorter battery life than Apple's examples suggest that you should expect, then it may help to follow these steps, which have previously resolved battery life issues for other users, including after software updates when usage has not otherwise changed (check after each):


If you have not yet done so, update your iPhone and Apple Watch to the latest compatible software versions, starting with your iPhone:


Restart both your iPhone and your Apple Watch, turning both off together and then restarting your iPhone first:


If you have ever (not necessarily recently) previously used the Workout app and/or any third-party fitness or sleep tracking apps to record workouts on your watch, check on your Apple Watch to see whether there is a paused activity within any of them. If there is, end that activity from within the app on your watch (not your iPhone).

  • If in doubt, remove any such third-party apps from your Apple Watch.


Unpair and re-pair your Apple Watch:


Some users have previously experienced battery life issues in connection with using corporate profiles and/or Exchange Calendars. If you are using an Exchange Calendar, one or more of these steps may help:

  • Archive your Exchange Calendar for all items before today.
  • Remove / delete all old inbox messages relating to calendar invites (accept and decline notifications).
  • Create a rule in your Outlook Mail account that moves all future accept and decline replies, immediately upon receipt, into a separate mail folder that does not sync with your iPhone and Apple Watch.
  • Check your Exchange Calendar for errors.


Finally, it may help to:


Having tried the previous steps, if your remain concerned that battery life is shorter than it should be, then I suggest contacting Apple Support (remote diagnostics and/or mail-in service may be available, if required), making a Genius Bar reservation or visiting an Apple Authorised Service Provider for assistance:

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Nov 16, 2017 4:52 PM in response to MrBLACK1115 In response to MrBLACK1115

Hi


Battery life on Apple Watch varies depending on use and other factors. Examples are detailed here:


Apple Watch - Battery - Apple


Apple's tips for maximising battery life on Apple Watch are detailed here:


Batteries - Maximizing Performance - Apple


If your Apple Watch is experiencing significantly shorter battery life than Apple's examples suggest that you should expect, then it may help to follow these steps, which have previously resolved battery life issues for other users, including after software updates when usage has not otherwise changed (check after each):


If you have not yet done so, update your iPhone and Apple Watch to the latest compatible software versions, starting with your iPhone:


Restart both your iPhone and your Apple Watch, turning both off together and then restarting your iPhone first:


If you have ever (not necessarily recently) previously used the Workout app and/or any third-party fitness or sleep tracking apps to record workouts on your watch, check on your Apple Watch to see whether there is a paused activity within any of them. If there is, end that activity from within the app on your watch (not your iPhone).

  • If in doubt, remove any such third-party apps from your Apple Watch.


Unpair and re-pair your Apple Watch:


Some users have previously experienced battery life issues in connection with using corporate profiles and/or Exchange Calendars. If you are using an Exchange Calendar, one or more of these steps may help:

  • Archive your Exchange Calendar for all items before today.
  • Remove / delete all old inbox messages relating to calendar invites (accept and decline notifications).
  • Create a rule in your Outlook Mail account that moves all future accept and decline replies, immediately upon receipt, into a separate mail folder that does not sync with your iPhone and Apple Watch.
  • Check your Exchange Calendar for errors.


Finally, it may help to:


Having tried the previous steps, if your remain concerned that battery life is shorter than it should be, then I suggest contacting Apple Support (remote diagnostics and/or mail-in service may be available, if required), making a Genius Bar reservation or visiting an Apple Authorised Service Provider for assistance:

Nov 16, 2017 4:52 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 5:03 PM in response to Jonathan UK In response to Jonathan UK

I haven't added any other software or done any settings changes since upgrading. My usage is exactly the same and yet the battery is easily half as efficient as it used to be. Where I would have 50% at the end of the day (if not more), I am now barely making it to the end of the day.

Nov 16, 2017 5:03 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 5:11 PM in response to MrBLACK1115 In response to MrBLACK1115

I appreciate that.


However, as I explained in my previous reply:


Jonathan UK wrote:


.. it may help to follow these steps, which have previously resolved battery life issues for other users, including after software updates when usage has not otherwise changed ..


I suggest following the steps and contacting Apple if the issue persists after having tried them.

Nov 16, 2017 5:11 PM

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