Updates continue to improve the Apple Watch’s efficiency, helping you eke out a bit more than the suggested 18 hours of battery life, but there’s plenty of things you can do to help keep Apple’s smartwatch powered for longer. If you’re finding that your Apple Watch isn’t lasting long enough, here’s the best ways to improve battery life on the smartwatch – and we’ll even tell you how to check how much battery you have.
1. Turn down the color
There’s a reason the Apple Watch interface uses a black background: it’s more energy efficient for the device’s AMOLED display. Some of the watch faces, though, like Mickey Mouse or the Activity Face, use plenty of vibrant colors and, subsequently, more battery life.
Because watchOS lets you create a handful of customized watch faces you can easily slide between, you should set up a simple black-and-gray watch face to switch over to when you’re in a battery bind. There are a couple of minimalist faces, like Numerals and X-Large, that are perfect for this. Alternatively, if you’re really in a spot, you can turn on Grayscale mode by heading to General > Accessibility.
2. Turn off always-on display mode
This one obviously applies to Apple Watch Series 5 and the Series 6 (not the SE) or later that support the ability to keep the display alive at all times. The problem however, that keeping that display is going to have some impact on staying power.
If you don’t absolutely need or want to use that always-on mode, go into the settings on your Watch, go to Display & Brightness and tap Always On to turn the feature on or off.