Smartwatches with Wear OS offer a lot of useful features, but often only last a day or two before they need to be recharged. We give you seven handy tips that will make your battery last longer. Read on quickly!
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Tips to get the most out of your Wear OS battery
Do you want a watch that measures your heart rate, sends notifications and Spotify, then a Wear OS smartwatch is for you. Wear OS is Google operating system for smart watches, but you can find it on all kinds of brands like Samsung and Fossil, because it offers so many possibilities for the user. However, Wear OS also has a pain point, which is battery consumption.
We often write about Wear OS- smartwatches and they have usually a battery life of one or two days. That’s fine for a smartwatch, but it takes some getting used to if you’re used to an analog watch, because they often last for years on one battery. To get the maximum time out of your battery, Android Planet has listed seven tips for you.
Tip 1: Adjust the brightness of your screen
One One of the biggest battery drainers on your smartwatch is the screen. Many smart watches therefore adjust the brightness of the display automatically. If you are in a dark environment, the screen does not have to be at full brightness.
If your smartwatch does not (properly) change this automatically, you can also adjust the brightness of your screen yourself. To do this, go to the settings (the gear), click on ‘Display’ and select ‘Adjust brightness’. The lower the brightness, the longer your battery will last.
Tip 2: Turn off your screen completely
You can easily read the time on your smartwatch. Some watches only show the time when you look at the screen and others leave the screen on all the time. The second requires more energy from the battery and you can also switch it off. This is done as follows:
Swipe down on the display and go to the settings and click on ‘Display’. Here, tap on ‘Always active screen’ to turn the feature on or off.
Tip 3: Use a different watch face
What you see first and most often on your smartwatch, is of course the dial. You can always use this in Wear OS To adjust. For example, you can see the time in a retro, realistic or modern style.
These watch faces sometimes contain animations or interactive elements. The more such elements, the more energy they use. A quiet dial is therefore better for your battery. There are a lot of them on your smartwatch by default, but you can also dive into the Play Store for new ones watchfaces.
Do you have watch an amoled screen, then it is beneficial to take a black dial. Because of the AMOLED technology, black pixels switch off completely, so that they do not use any power. You will see that in the battery life.
Tip 4: Customize your notifications
Notifications on your watch are useful, but require an intensive connection with you smartphone
. The more notifications, the more battery it consumes. To reduce that battery consumption, you can disable specific notifications.
Go to the settings in the Wear OS app on your phone and tap ‘Notifications’. Here you select ‘Block app notifications’. To add apps that you don’t want to be notified about, click ‘Add more’.
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Tip 5: Check your battery usage
Want a detailed insight into your battery usage? Then it is useful to check your battery data. In the WearOS app you will find an overview of all your apps plus the battery consumption, your remaining battery life and the amount of time it takes to recharge your smartwatch.
To find this information, go to the settings of the Wear OS app on your phone while your smartwatch is connected. Here click on ‘Advanced settings’ and select ‘Watch battery’. This way you can quickly check which app is secretly draining your battery.
Did you find apps that use a lot of energy? Then it is smart to remove it. Open the app overview on your smartwatch, tap the Play Store icon and then swipe from top to bottom.
There you click on ‘My apps’. Here you can click on the relevant app and then scroll down. By clicking on ‘Remove’ the application will disappear from your smartwatch. You will have to miss that (handy) app, but you will be rewarded with a longer battery life.