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[Update: Gear Sport as well] Gear S3 battery drain issue returns to plague owners

Update: Even Gear Sport owners are seeing similarly high battery drain on their watches in the last few days (hat tip to Carl Donaldson). It’s another hint that the problem may be an update, although no solutions have been offered by Samsung yet.

Original story follows

Samsung may finally have given us a flagship phone that can last all day long on a single charge, but it looks like owners of the company’s smartwatches aren’t having the same experience. The Gear S3, in particular, has had battery drain issues for quite some time. Samsung seemed to have fixed the battery drain with the last Gear S3 update, but it seems the problem has returned for no rhyme and reason.

Gear S3 battery drain makes a comeback

Many Gear S3 owners have taken to Samsung’s community forums to complain about the battery drain. It looks like it started a week or two ago for most users, so it’s possible an app update may have caused it. One of Samsung’s moderators has revealed that the company is working on a fix but has no idea what is causing the Gear S3 to eat through battery charge so rapidly. If it is an app – perhaps Samsung Health, as suggested by one of our readers – that is causing issues, a solution may arrive sooner rather than later, although nothing can be said for certain at this point.

Have you been facing heavy battery drain on your Gear S3? Do let us know in the comments.

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Biransahin
Biransahin

The problem was actually an incompatible plug in. I found it last night. Uninstalling and reinstalling will probably fix it by updating the plug in, but if anyone still has the problem, the correct plug in is available to side load at the apk mirror dot com site. Just download this plug in, and make sure it’s not another version. Gear S Plugin 2.2.03.18101561. If you do this you won’t have the hassle of uninstalling and reinstalling everything. You will have to update S Health, weather, calendar afterwards. Back up everything first. You will have the bonus of a new… Read more »

AODfan
AODfan

Thanks for the tip. I just picked up a used S3 Frontier to move away from my Fit2 and noticed a massive battery drain, saw that it was happening everywhere since the last Tizen update and saw your post. Looked and saw it was on an older plug-in. Downloaded and installed the apk from Sammobile here and it is much better. Still Samsung needs to makes S-Health and weather more efficient as I see they use too much battery.

Biransahin
Biransahin

You’re very welcome. And I agree. Samsung Health definitely needs some optimization. I haven’t noticed any huge drain from the weather app but it’s certainly enough to need some improvement.

dsmoura
dsmoura

Found solution!
Removed Galaxy Wearable from android (with all 3 services) and installed again, problem solved! (in the process you will have to reset your smartwatch also)

BBennett40
BBennett40

I did exactly this yesterday. All seems to be well for me as well.

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

Verizon Note8 and WiFi only Gear S3 frontier.

I do not have the drain issue. Battery life has never been great but it’s because I use constant monitoring. By the end of the day it is usually around 30-40% which is fine for me.

It charges normally.

gungoah
gungoah

Yes I do have the exact same problem with my Gear 3 Frontier watch. It started almoat two weeks ago as indicated. I hope Samsung acts fast and solve this issue quickly.

westfind
westfind

My S3 frontier battery die after 13 months of use. Cost me USD 40.00 to replace it.
The service center advice me after a full charge, turn it off and don’t leave the watch in the charging cradle.

Biransahin
Biransahin

That has nothing got to do with this issue.

nesham
nesham

I got battery drain after last galaxy wearable app update 4 days ago. Before that all was good. Wait for fix.

Biransahin
Biransahin

See my instructions above my friend. It will fix it. I fixed both my wife’s Gear Sport and my S3 Frontier. It’s all about an incompatible plugin. For some reason Samsung updated the wearables app, but many did not get the plug in update. That’s what caused the problem…

nesham
nesham

Fixed last night and now works like a charm. Thanks for help.

klyster
klyster

Bad drainage on my S3 Frontier.

zengshengliu
zengshengliu

Mine started a few days ago (sunday night I believe). With a fully charged S3, I put it on right before going to sleep, and when I wake up 6 hours later, its dead. After fail Samsung support, I found a post online saying disabling “Report diagnostic and usage info” (in Settings -> About Gear) might help, and it did for my case. I am returning to 2 days per charge.

BBennett40
BBennett40

Just started 4 days ago for me as well. Did a factory reset thinking it was something glitched in the watch. No go.

elvisflees
elvisflees

Mine started 4 days ago just after the October update on my Galaxy s8. What Im noticing is the battery drain is connected to Samsung accessories service, which is also showing up on my phone battery usage. So this issue is draining my gear Sports and my phone. Hard reset results in the watch working fine for half a day then the drain comes back.

dsmoura
dsmoura

Same problem here. I think that the problem may be linked to the update received a couple of days in my phone (GS8+)

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

No problems with battery at all here…

dvass42
dvass42

The drain is just getting worse and worse… This was not happening just right after the firmware update earlier this summer, but nowadays. I also checked my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 mobile phone and see that has the same drainning issue (all of a sudden!) I definetily believe that this is a global issue (I’m from Greece) and as fas as I see in forums (Samsung and non Samsung) all the customers have the same issue… After a full charge the wearable, when it is up to 70%, seems to be OK, but then start draining very fast (especially when… Read more »

Biransahin
Biransahin

You’re right. A friend in the UK has it. We’re in Turkey and both my wife’s Gear Sport and my S3 Frontier started to drain on the same day. Despite resets including a hard reset it is still happening.

alexctaro
alexctaro

The issue appeared after updating to October firmware. I am using S8+ and Gear Sport. Factory resetting doesn’t help, but there is an easy solution. I find it unacceptable for Samsung that this happened!
Simply sideload the latest apk of Gear S Plugin (2.2.03.18101561), which is unfortunately not available on sammobile
This new update also brings a really nice feature: “silence the phone notifications while wearing the watch”.

dsmoura
dsmoura

Just installed the latest apk hoping to solve the problem. Thanks

Aweso
Aweso

Just did this last night and left the watch charging overnight. So far battery consumption is back to normal levels. 👍

daveyboy99
daveyboy99

Fixed the problem by turning Bluetooth off, count to 5 and on again on my S3 Classic.
Don’t know if it will help, but mine has been on all day and still shows 80% so far.

daveyboy99
daveyboy99

Update: BT off – 5 secs – on —- then immediately restart your S3. Forgot the restart this morning and had 12% by lunch. Still have 12% 4 hours later.

tommywe
tommywe

I also have heavy battery drain problems on my Gear S3 Classic in the last 2 weeks. I suspect the s health application: I cannot set it as before. Samsung disappoints me again with it’s stupid smartwatch.

edwardob
edwardob

did hard reset…. didnt update any apps… or install anything except my normal watch face… charge holding steady now…. so maybe one of Samsung apps is problem…. weather was updated recently? reminder also…. so something gone rogue..
i might install /update one at a time to see which one it is…

Wouter15
Wouter15

I’m having performance problems for my gear s3 since last week, sometimes it just starts hanging a lot even with all apps closed. Battery is 2 days, with aod off.

GS7edge
GS7edge

2 years ago my gear s3 battery can last up to 3 days (AOD on) but after tizen 3 update battery only lasts a day. The recent update only fix the overheating charging issue but not battery drain.

lapje
lapje

I get 3 days steady for months already. Everything enabled. Only thing is the heartbeat sensor is measuring every 10 minutes in stead of continuously. Gears S3 Classic.

stoneyni
stoneyni

Has anyone updated to the latest Facer app?

Biransahin
Biransahin

I wish that had been the problem. Facer is a terrible battery drainer, so I haven’t used it since I tried it two years ago. Unfortunately I can’t blame Facer.

mateusz1807
mateusz1807

I also have this problem, the battery runs out in a few hours. Currently, after charging the battery status does not change, all the time shows the same

Biransahin
Biransahin

Thanks for highlighting this so quickly. I did comment on it this morning. It only started 2 days ago for us, and we were very surprised as both my S3 Frontier and my wife’s Gear Sport (which has normally a 4 day battery life) died overnight after just 16 hours. I have her watch now and it seems normal but she’s not wearing it and it’s not connected to Bluetooth. My Frontier is looking like it will go for almost 2 days (it’s normally nearly 3 on my settings) but it may completely drain overnight as happened last night. There’s… Read more »

spatariu
spatariu

I reset the watch to factory defaults yesterday, and everything is okay now. I was unable to identify the app that drains the power.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Not for me. Did a total hard reset and overnight the battery just drained completely..

paicher
paicher

hello, it happened to me this week, to remove it from the full load did not last me more than 12 hours. I started it again thinking that something was hanging, but when I loaded it again, it consumed everything again in less than 12 hours. there if I reset it to factory values, and I improve but not how it worked before it lasted at least 3 days.

gevaux
gevaux

Mine was amazing until this week, also draining my S9+ seems to be the ‘Samsung accessory service’ app using 20% of the battery!