Apple Watch Battery Draining After Update? Here How To Fix!

How To Improve Battery Life Of Apple Watch After Update

Find Out 15 Easy And Effective Tips To Fix Apple Watch Battery Draining Issue After Update And Improve Its Battery Life!

Summary: Many Apple Watch users are suffering from battery draining problem after updating it. If you have also updated your Apple Watch and your Apple Watch battery draining so fast and you want to fix it. Don’t worry! In this article you will learn some effective tips to fix Apple Watch battery draining after update.

Let us start with some real-user practical scenarios.

Practical Scenario 1: Apple Watch Battery Draining After New Update

Apple watch battery draining after update

Ever since I downloaded the new update on my Apple Watch the battery is draining fast. I took it to the Apple Store they sent it away. I got it back today and it’s still doing the same thing. I literally turned everything off, rebooted and set it up as a new watch and I still have the same problem. Does anyone else have this problem?

Source: Apple Community

Practical Scenario 2: A User Experiencing A Huge Battery Drain After WatchOS 5.2 Update

Massive battery drain after WatchOS 5.2 update

Updated my series4 to WatchOS 5.2 last night. Usually on a full charge, I’ll be left with 68% around midnight. Today I’m left with 18% around 7pm. Please fix the issue.

Source: Apple Community

Just like above two example, there are many Apple Watch users out there facing battery drain after WatchOS update.

Anyway, I am going to share different types of methods/tips/solutions that will help you to improve the battery life after update and make your Apple Watch last longer. Read and follow the methods carefully.

Below all the tips are applicable to all Apple Watch, such as Apple Watch Series 5, 4, 3, etc.

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Tip 1: Wait For Some Time After The Update

When you update your Apple Watch then some process like data migration, re-indexing, re-download, etc are processing behind the background. These things drain your Apple Watch battery very fast. So wait a day or more, then you can see the real battery life.

Tip 2: Reboot Your Apple Watch To Fix Apple Watch Battery Draining Problem

You can first reboot your phone to fix Apple Watch battery draining after update. Sometime reboot can fix many problem.

To reboot your Apple Watch follow the below steps:

Step 1: Press and hold down the Digital Crown and Side Button together.

Step 2: Hold down both the buttons till Apple logo appears.

Step 3: As Apple Logo appears, then release both the buttons.

Tip 3: Un-Pair And Re-Pair Your Apple Watch

When you update your Apple Watch then sometimes something get glitchy and you encounter with battery drain issue with iOS devices. So, whether it is glitch, corruption or bugs, un-pairing and re-pairing can fix the issue.

Below follow the steps to un-pair your Apple Watch:

Step 1: Launch Apple Watch application from Home Screen.

Step 2: Then tap on your Apple Watch located at the top of the screen.

Step 3: After that tap on “Information” button (displayed as “i” with circle around it).

Step 4: Now tap on “Unpair Apple Watch”.

Step 5: Finally tap on “Unpair (Your) Apple Watch” to confirm.

Unpair Apple Watch To Fix Battery Draing Fast After Update

Once, you un-pair your Apple Watch, wait for some time and then re-pair your Watch.

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Tip 4: Turn On Power Reserve Mode To Lessen Battery Power Consumption

This methods is a temporary method because Power Reserve Mode only keep your Apple Watch alive till it gets recharged. This mode will temporarily disable smart features of Watch to reduce battery use. To get started, make your Apple Watch to show a watch face/interface.

After that follow the below steps:

Step 1: Now swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open “Control Center”.

Step 2: On Control Center you need to tap on Battery Percentage icon/reading.

Step 3: Now on “Power Reserve” slider swipe from left to right.

Step 4: After that tap on “Proceed” on next screen.

Step 5: Then a “Power Reserve Mode” confirmation screen will appear.

Turn On Power Reserve Mode To Lessen Battery Power Consumption On Apple Watch

After enabling this Power Reserve Mode then it will stop all the notifications, functions, tracking activity only you will be able to see the time by tapping on the screen side button. If you want to disable this power reserve mode then on watch simply press & hold the side button till it get restarts.

Tip 5: Improve Apple Watch Battery Life After Update By Adjusting Screen Brightness

By managing some settings on your Apple Watch can also help you to save your Apple Watch battery consumption and increase battery life. These settings are text size, screen brightness and sound.

Follow the below steps to manage the screen brightness and text size of your Apple Watch:

Step 1: On your Apple Watch go to “Settings”.

Step 2: Then tap on “Brightness & Text Size”.

Step 3: To manage the screen brightness, tap on “Brightness controls” or you can tap the Slider and then turn the “Digital Crown”.

Step 4: To manage text size, tap on “Text Size” and then tap the letters or you can turn the “Digital Crown”.

Step 5: If you want to bold the text, then turn it ON by tapping on “Bold Text” switch.

Save Apple Watch Battery Power After Update By Adjusting Screen Brightness

You can also adjust the display settings of your Apple Watch through your iPhone.

Below learn the steps to adjust the screen brightness and text size of your Apple Watch via iPhone:

Step 1: On your iPhone open the Watch app.

Step 2: Then tap on “My Watch”.

Step 3: Tap on “Brightness & Text Size” option.

Step 4: After that you can adjust the screen brightness and text size.

You can also manage the sound settings of your Apple Watch to save battery consumption.

Follow the below steps to adjust the sound settings on Apple Watch:

Step 1: On your Apple Watch open “Settings” app.

Step 2: After that tap on “Sound & Haptics”.

Step 3: Go to “Alert Volume” section and then tap the Volume controls to or tap the slider and then turn the “Digital Crown” to save the adjustment of the sound.

You can also adjust the Apple Watch sound settings through iPhone. Follow the below steps to do so:

Step 1: On your iPhone open the Watch app.

Step 2: After that tap on “Sound & Haptics”.

Step 3: Now drag the “Alert Volume” slider to completely mute or decrease the sound on your Apple Watch.

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Tip 6: Turn Off Those Notifications Which Are Not Needed

All the notification that comes on your Apple Watch consumes battery power. You can hide the notification which are not needed and you can turn off the notification on your both Apple Watch and on iPhone.

Follow the below steps to hide the unwanted notifications of Apple Watch:

Step 1: On your iPhone open Watch app.

Step 2: Then select “My Watch” tab.

Step 3: After that tap on “Notifications

Step 4: Then tap and turn off the Notification Indicator.

Step 5: Then tap and turn on the Notification Privacy.

If you want to save more power of your Apple Watch then turn off the notifications totally for built-in app on your Apple Watch.

Follow the below steps to turn off the notifications of your Apple Watch:

Step 1: Open Watch app on your iPhone.

Step 2: After that choose the “My Watch” tab.

Step 3: Then tap on “Notifications”.

Step 4: Now tap and choose the unwanted built-in apps notifications that you want to turn off.

Step 5: To turn off the notification tap “Notifications Off” option for each app.

If you want to turn off the notification of third-party apps of Apple Watch, then below follow the steps:

Step 1: On your iPhone open the Watch application.

Step 2: Then choose the “My Watch” tab.

Step 3: After that tap on “Notifications”.

Step 4: Now toggle the switch to off position to disable notification for particular app. Follow the same steps to turn off notification for each app.

All the third party apps notification that you have turned off is disabled on your Apple Watch and not on your iPhone.

To save the battery life of your Apple Watch, you can turn off the LTE connections when not in use.

Tip 7: Keep Your Apple Watch Screen Black

Your Apple Watch screen is OLED (Organic Light Emitting diode), so if you keep your Watch’s screen white or other color then it drain more battery power. Therefore keep your Apple watch screen black then it will consume less power and your Apple Watch battery will not drain fast.

When your Watch battery is minimum then don’t watch apps or pictures on your watch. You should check only the necessary things and then return to the Watch face.

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Tip 8: Update Your Apple WatchOS [If Any Available]

This is also one of the method to fix Apple Watch battery draining problems by updating your Apple Watch to the latest version if any available.

Note: Remember to keep your Apple Watch on charging when you start update till the update is completed.

Here follow the steps to update your Apple Watch to the latest version:

Step 1: On your iPhone open the Apple Watch application.

Step 2: After that you need to tap on “My Watch” tab.

Step 3: Then tap “General”.

Step 4:  After that choose “Software Update”.

Step 5: Look for the latest version update if it is available then download and install the update.

Step 6: If it ask to enter Apple Watch/iPhone passcode then enter it and continue.

Step 7: Here you need to wait till the update process indicator appear on your Apple Watch.

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Keep your iPhone near your Apple Watch and keep connected your iPhone to Wi-Fi network. Wait for the update to complete as it will take several minutes or an hour to complete.

Once the update completed, reboot your Apple Watch and check your Apple Watch battery is draining fast or not.

Tip 9: Turn Off Your Apple Watch Wake Screen On Wrist Raise

The Apple Watch battery draining after update can also be happen because you have turned on the Apple Watch’s feature called wake screen on wrist raise.

Here follow the below steps to turn off your Apple Watch wake screen on wrist raise:

Step 1: On your Apple Watch go to “Settings”.

Step 2: Then tap “General”.

Step 3: After that tap on “Wake Screen”.

Step 4: Now turn off the “Wake Screen on Wrist Raise” feature.

Turn Off Your Apple Watch Wake Screen On Wrist Raise To Improve Battery Life

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Tip 10: Fix Battery Draining Problem On Apple Watch By Turning ON The Power Saving Mode

While exercising if you wear your Apple Watch then you can turn on power saving mode as it will save on battery life.

Follow the below steps to turn on the power saving mode on your Apple Watch:

Step 1: On your Apple Watch, open “Settings” application.

Step 2: Then tap on “General”.

Step 3: Then tap on “Workout”.

Step 4: After that turn on the “Power Saving Mode”.

Fix Battery Draining Problem On Apple Watch By Turning ON The Power Saving Mode

Tip 11: Disable The Background Apps Refresh For Your Apple Watch

When the Background App Refresh is enabled for an app, then that app can download new contents and media using your Wi-Fi or cellular data (if your Apple Watch support cellular). Those small downloads will start to drain your Apple Watch battery and reduce battery life over a time.

To turn off the Background App Refresh for Apple Watch, follow the below mentioned steps:

Step 1: On your iPhone go to your Watch application.

Step 2: Tap “General” and then “Background App Refresh”.

Step 3: Now all the installed application of your Apple Watch will show on the iPhone’s screen.

Step 4: Now you can toggle the switch to OFF position to turn Background App Refresh off for a particular app. It will stop the app from downloading the new content and media at the time when you are not using that app.

Disable The Background Apps Refresh For Your Apple Watch To Improve Battery Life

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Tip 12: Save Apple Watch Battery By Turning On Reduce Motion

You can also fix battery draining very fast on Apple Watch by turning on the Reduce Motion. As it will turn off some of the onscreen animation on your Apple Watch display.

Below follow the steps to turn on Reduce Motion on your Apple Watch to save battery power:

Step 1: On your Apple Watch go to “Settings” application.

Step 2: After that tap on “General”.

Step 3: Then tap “Accessibility”.

Step 4: Then tap on “Reduce Motion” and toggle the switch to ON position.

Save Apple Watch Battery By Turning On Reduce Motion

Tip 13: Set The Time Limit Of Your Apple Watch Display Wake Time

If you set your Apple Watch display for 15 second instead of 70 second then it will help to save your battery consumption.

Follow the steps to limit the Apple Watch display wake time:

Step 1: On your Apple Watch Open “Settings” app.

Step 2: Then tap “General”.

Step 3: After that tap on “Wake Screen”.

Step 4: Scroll down and then go to “On Tap” submenu.

Step 5: Now tick mark on “Wake for 15 second”.

Set The Time Limit Of Your Apple Watch Display Wake Time To Extend Battery Life

Tip 14: Close Unnecessary Apps That You Aren’t Using

If you close those apps which you are not using can actually save some of your battery power of your Apple Watch.

Follow the below steps to close the unnecessary applications on your Apple Watch:

Step 1: Press side button once on your Apple Watch to see the all running apps.

Step 2: To close the app, swipe right to left on the app.

Step 3: After that tap on “Remove” when it appear on the screen of your Watch.

Close Unnecessary Apps On Apple Watch That You Are Not Using To Save Battery Power

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Tip 15: Factory Reset Your Apple Watch And Set-It Up As A New

When all the above methods do not solve the Apple Watch battery draining after update then last tips left with you is to factory reset your Apple Watch because if there will be any error/problems/glitch in software and due to this your battery drain rapidly then factory reset can fix it.

Follow the below steps to factory reset your Apple Watch to fix the Apple Watch battery draining after update:

Step 1: Go to “Settings” on your Apple Watch.

Step 2: Then choose “General”.

Step 3: After that tap “Reset”.

Step 4: Now tap “Erase All Contents and Settings” option.

Step 5: If asked, enter the passcode.

Step 6: After that tap on “Erase All”.

Step 7: Then the reset process will begin.

Factory Reset Your Apple Watch To Fix Battery Draining Issue After WatchOS Update

You need to wait until the process get completed. Once the reset process gets completed, you should set up your Apple Watch as a new Watch and don’t restore the data from any backup.

Conclusion

I hope the above 15 Tips help you to solve the Apple Watch battery draining after update. Follow the tips one by one and see if your Apple Watch battery life improves or not.

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Max Field

Max Field is a founder of ios-datarecovery.com. He is an iOS lover and loves to write tips, tricks, fixes for errors, data recovery solutions and more related to iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes and iCloud.

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