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Follow these steps to determine if your battery needs this update. From the Apple menu, choose About this Mac. Click More Info to start the System.
According to Apple, Apple Watch battery is designed to last up to 18 hours with normal usage. Do you think that your watch battery charge is draining faster than normal? Are you experiencing significantly shorter battery life than Apple’s information. There could be a number of reasons that your Apple Watch battery is giving you trouble. It is important to note that battery life varies depending on use and other factors.
This article explains how you can address Apple Watch battery life problems. This includes tips to make your Apple Watch last longer. These tips will also help you fix battery draining problems on your watch.
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Fix Apple Watch Battery Drain Problems
1. Update evertyhing:
- First update your iPhone. You can update your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Software Update.If there is an update, tap Download and Install.
- Then update your Apple Watch. Here is how:
- On your iPhone, open the Watch app, and tap My Watch
- Tap General > Software Update and then follow the onscreen instructions.
2. Restart everything:
- Restart your watch:
- Press and hold the side button
- You will see the Power Off slider
- Slide the slider
- And then, to turn on, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.
- Restart your phone:
- Shut off your phone by either going to Settings > General> Shut Down or pressing and holding the side button.
- And turn on you phone by pressing and holding the side (or top) button until you see the Apple logo.
3.Unpair and then repair.
Do this especially if your battery problems started after an update. Here is how:
- Make sure that your iPhone and Watch are placed close to each other
- On you iPhone, launch the Apple Watch app
- Tab My Watch and the (i) icon next to the watch
- Tap Unpair Apple Watch
- Tap confirm
- And follow the onscreen instruction
- Note that unpairing will erase all content and settings on your Apple Watch, however, your iPhone will automatically create a backup.
Now you will need to repair just like how you pair them originally. Since your phone will have a backup, you will asked to use the backup to restore. You may want to do this first. If you do this, most of your data, content and settings will be restored. If your battery problem is not resolved still, then unpair again and this time, do not use the back up to restore meaning set up as a new device.
4. Third-party fitness or sleep tracking apps
It is possible that using some third party fitness or sleep tracking apps may drain your battery too fast. Because these apps may use your Watch’s battery intensive features. Close all apps on your watch to test. Here is how:
- Open the app you want to close
- Press and hold the side button until you see the power off menu
- Now press and hold the Digital Crown
Tips to extend the battery life on your Apple Watch
- Check your battery usage information. To do that, simply open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to My Watch > General > Usage. This screen will let you see the proportion of your battery used by different apps. This will help you optimize your settings to increase battery life.
- Do not turn off bluetooth on your iPhone. Turning this off will increase the battery drain on your Apple Watch.
- Lower brightness of the display:
- Settings > Brightness & Text Size, and tap the lower brightness as far as you think it is acceptable and useable.
- You may adjust Wake settings to save battery life. For example, you may want to disable Wake Screen on Wrist Raise and Crown Up in the settings.
- Turn off unneeded notifications by going to opening the Watch app on your iPhone. Then tap My Watch > Notifications.
- Turn on Power Reserve. Do this if you need more battery life in certain situations to give your watch some additional battery life. Your watch will alert you if you want to turn this on the battery drops to 10 percent. Please note that while the Power Reserve mode preserves your battery life, it disables a lot of features. To turn this on:
- Open Control Center by swiping up
- Tap the battery percentage.
- Slide the Power Reserve slider
- To exit Power Reserve, you need to restart your Apple Watch by pressing and holding the side button until you see the Apple logo.
Above tips will help you extend battery life and maximize battery performance. If nothing above helps you, contact Apple. There might be some hardware problems. You may want to reserve a Genius Bar appointment.
While there quite a few (myself included) that upgrades their iPhone on yearly basis, the same can’t be said about a MacBook. Regardless of what kind of MacBook you use, chances are it’s going to be a work horse for you for years to come. That’s why it’s extremely important to make the most out of it, including Battery Health Management.
- 2 What is the purpose of Battery Health Management?
- 3 What else can you do to improve battery life of your Mac?
- 4 Conclusion
When macOS Catalina launched last year, there were a lot of bugs and issues that have plagued users. Many of these have been fixed, allowing Apple to focus on introducing newer features to the masses. The latest of which has arrived with the release of macOS Catalina 10.5.5.
What’s new in macOS Catalina 10.5.5?
This latest update had a lot of focus on fixing a plethora of issues for MacBook owners. Some of these bug fixes included were:
- Fixes an issue that may prevent Reminders from sending notifications for recurring reminders
- Addresses an issue that may prevent password entry on the login screen
- Addresses an issue for Mac computers with the Apple T2 Security Chip where internal speakers may not appear as a sound output device in Sound preferences
- Resolves an issue where the built-in camera may not be detected when trying to use it after using a video conferencing app
However, Apple also took the time to introduce some new and useful features. These include a new option for Group FaceTime calls, making it possible for video tiles to not automatically resize when that person is speaking. But the biggest new feature is called Battery Health Management.
What is the purpose of Battery Health Management?
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All MacBooks, just like our iPhones and iPads, use Lithium Ion batteries. And while battery life may seem amazing when you first get your device, over the course of time, the battery degrades as it’s used. And now that we are out of the glory days of user-replaceable parts, you either have to rely on Apple to replace your battery, or get a brand new one altogether.
Since we don’t want to replace our computers on a yearly basis, it’s important for the battery to keep up for as long as possible. Battery Health Management is a step in the right direction for users who need to make sure their computers last for years to come.
How does Battery Health Management work?
Apple does a pretty spot-on job at explaining how this new feature works on macOS Catalina 10.5.5. Here’s one portion that explains what’s going on:
Based on the measurements that it collects, battery health management may reduce your battery’s maximum charge when in this mode. This happens as needed to ensure that your battery charges to a level that’s optimized for your usage—reducing wear on the battery, and slowing its chemical aging.
Essentially, macOS Catalina 10.5.5 analyzes your usage, including which apps are running, what processes are being used and more. Then, it takes that analyzed data and automatically adjusts the capacity of your battery at a system level.
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This may mean that your battery may not last as long throughout the day without being plugged into power. Apple has done this by design, as Battery Health Management is designed to improve the longevity over the years for your battery, and not just on a day-by-day basis.
How to turn off Battery Health Management
By default, Apple has turned on Battery Health Management for everyone who has updated to the latest version of Catalina. This also means that the feature will automatically be enabled if you purchase a brand new MacBook that’s already been updated by Apple.
As we mentioned above, using this feature is likely to reduce the duration of your battery life on a daily basis. Apple thought about those who either don’t care or need as much juice as possible and makes it possible to turn this feature off.
- Open the System Preferences app on your Mac.
- Click Energy Saver.
- Select Battery Health at the bottom.
- Toggle Battery health management.
- Tap OK.
Now this will be turned off, and it will not automatically turn itself back on even after a restart. In the event that you change your mind, you can follow the above steps to turn this back on.
What else can you do to improve battery life of your Mac?
We cannot stress how important it is to be able to prolong the life of your MacBook, unless you have the ability to upgrade every year. And in addition to these new features from Apple, there are a few other things you can do.
- Lower your keyboard and display brightness – Backlit keyboards are amazing and extremely useful. But the power has to come from somewhere and prolonged usage of backlit keys will drain the battery. The same can be said for using your built-in display with its brightness set to 100%. Chances are this can be lowered and your battery will thank you for it.
- Turn off features that are not being actively used – As is the case with your iPhone or iPad, if you are not actively using the likes of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi you can turn this off. There won’t be a dramatic increase in battery life, but you can squeeze a few precious minutes out if you do turn these off.
- Keep your MacBook updated to the latest software – Outside of the possible vulnerabilities, Apple releases bug fixes that aim to improve the operating system as a whole. These bug fixes can improve battery life, even if Apple’s change-log doesn’t specifically say as much. So always keep your MacBook updated to the latest version.
- Adjust your Energy Saver settings – From the Energy Saver panel in System Preferences, you can adjust an array of features. These include how long it takes for your display to turn off, putting your hard drive to sleep when possible, and enabling Power Nap.
- Toggle Automatic Graphics Switching – For some MacBook models, there is are two built-in graphics card (discrete and integrated) that helps with intensive applications. With this feature disabled, battery life may be affected as a discrete GPU will draw more power than the integrated GPU.
- If powering other devices, plug your MacBook into a Power Source – This one is pretty simple, especially if you have used a portable charger for your iPhone or iPad. If you are using your MacBook as a portable charger, the battery will drain much quicker, and you might be left without a charge at the wrong time.
Seeing Apple make these strides in an effort to improve macOS Catalina shows us a few things. First, it seems that many of the major issues that have plagued users have largely been fixed. Secondly, it’s a relief that Apple can now focus on minor, yet important, feature additions to improve the overall experience.
It will be interesting to see what’s to come for the next version of macOS, which should make an appearance during WWDC. However, I’m quietly hoping that Apple doesn’t launch a new version this year, and continues to provide incremental updates like Battery Health Management.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.