Our Samsung Galaxy Watch Week series is coming to an end, and we saved a couple of battery life tips for last.
Samsung Galaxy Watches already have great battery life — they're superior even to Apple Watches — but your mileage with the Galaxy Watch will vary depending on which features you turn ON or OFF.
In theory, you can add weeks' worth of battery life to your Galaxy Watch if you turn off every one of its smart features. However, that's very situational. It's nice that Samsung gave users the option to limit the Galaxy Watch to such an extreme for those moments when we might be stuck in the middle of nowhere for a few days.
Otherwise, most people who buy a smartwatch don't want to use it as just a regular watch with a digital screen, even if it means gaining two weeks of battery life.
Thankfully, there are more realistic ways to improve battery life on the Galaxy Watch, and that's what we're exploring for this final entry in this week's series.
How to extend battery life on the Galaxy Watch
In theory, you can gain more battery life by disallowing health and fitness sensors from performing biometric scans continuously. But once again, if you want to gather as much health and fitness data as accurately as possible, you will want to keep these sensors enabled at all times.
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More realistically, there are two ways in which Galaxy Watch users can significantly boost battery life:
- Managing AOD (Always-On Display).
- Managing Location (GPS) better.
The AOD and Location features are some of the most power-hungry on the Galaxy Watch. And, realistically, you don't need to enable them most of the time.
The Location feature only needs to be turned on if you want to accurately track your routes in some exercise types or if you want to use Map navigation directly on the watch.
As for AOD, it's not a good idea to keep it always enabled in the first place. Even if you're an avid AOD user, you should turn the feature off from time to time just to let the display rest. Screen retention can happen a lot easier on Galaxy Watches than on Galaxy phones, so it's better not to use AOD constantly.
Besides, if the Galaxy Watch is hidden in your sleeve and you already use the lift-to-wake feature, there's little use in keeping AOD on all the time.
- You can disable or enable AOD and Location easily via the Quick Toggle area.
In conclusion, by managing Location and AOD on your Galaxy Watch, you can gain hours, half a day, a day, or more battery life on a single charge. And that's without compromising any health and fitness tracking capabilities. You will be able to keep your Galaxy Watch running for days before needing a refill.
Here's a quick recap of this week's Galaxy Watch series: