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Gear S3 update brings battery life improvement

Samsung has recently updated its smartwatches and fitness trackers with new features and interface tweaks to improve the experience these devices offer. A few months ago, a similar update was released for the Gear S3, and it was a substantial one compared to what the Gear S2 or the Gear Fit2 have received. Unfortunately, that update also hit the Gear S3’s battery life. Many users complained of seeing as low as one-third of the battery life their Gear S3 offered earlier, and Samsung halted the original update, released a revised version, and also followed up with a separate update with battery life improvements later on. Today, yet another update targeting battery life is making its way to the Gear S3.

New Gear S3 update rolling out

The update also improves Bluetooth connection stability, so you should technically see fewer instances of the connection between your watch and your phone acting up. Of course, it remains to be seen what kind of effect the update will have on battery life; if you’re facing problematic battery life on your Gear S3, you will need to wait for the update and see how things are for a few days after you’ve installed it. We are told the update is currently rolling out in the US, Canada, and South Korea, with firmware version R760XXU2CRC3. Other markets should be getting it soon, and if you own a Gear S3, you can see if the update is available for you from the About Gear » Update Gear software section in the Settings tab of the Samsung Gear app on your phone.

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Biransahin
Biransahin

Guys, I’ve been having great battery life from my Gear S3 Frontier after the update mentioned here but you seem to have missed a smaller 18mb update that appeared about a week ago, see Samsung Central for details. Anyway my battery life seems to have taken a gigantic hit since this new update and I’m wondering if anyone else is suffering..

Blood Wolfe
Blood Wolfe

I’m seeing more battery drain in a 24 hour period after this so-called “battery life improvement” update than before this update. I even did a reset of my watch, put all settings back to where they were (didn’t do a restore did it all fresh but with same watch face and settings) and still getting terrible battery life since this update. I would drain 16-20% in a 24 hour period depending on the usage that day but now it’s roughly 25-27% in the same time frame and same usage. What a joke!

warlockba
warlockba

I manage roughly 8 hours on a full charge – from 3 days before the update. So GG Samsung. Oh well, here goes finally my last Samsung product down the drain, like all their predecessors and siblings. Good hardware spoiled by bad software … however I finally learned my lesson with Samsung …

dorofcpr
dorofcpr

This battery update is worse.

gevaux
gevaux

My Gear S3 Frontier has terrible battery with the latest update on, barely 20hrs now, it used to be 2-3 days…

logan@poole.net.nz

I’m getting 4 days battery..
Took off the charge this morning, all day (up to now) it has used 4% battery..
So I’m hoping for more..

Biransahin
Biransahin

Update. Since the update I charged to 100%, used the same Watchmaker watchface and settings. Been getting 2 days 8 hours normally, Now I’m on 2 days 5 hours and I still have 11 hours 38 minutes battery remaining. That is an increase of 8 hours battery time at 2 days 16 hours. I am absolutely delighted. My friend in the UK is also getting this result. Well done!!! I think with a more battery friendly face I could probably hit close to 3 days.

thomas419924
thomas419924

Dropped really quick doesn’t look any better than the last update .

westfind
westfind

Mine…. drop from 100% to 85% in just 30 minute.

arrykam
arrykam

i got it yesterday night in uae,everything is fine.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Ok, got my update this morning. I’ve set up a watchface that I know gives me 2 days 8 hours on my settings, so testing it now. So far it looks like I might get an extra hour or two but will know better in a couple of days.

pokemonslovakia
pokemonslovakia

I have problem with weather since this update. App is working fine ,but fatchfaces with weather show: NO WEATHER DATA.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I got it this morning too, but my weather data is ok on my watch faces. Did you restart the watch after the update. It might fix it. If it doesn’t try uninstalling the watchfaces and reinstall. If you’re using Watchmaker faces check that the settings are still ok.

mabmed
mabmed

Just received the update in Morocco 🇲🇦. 👍

westfind
westfind

Another joke from Samsung, update my Frontier when it was 100% charged in the docking.
After update completed, the battery life dropped to 83%. 30 minutes into charging, it only goes up 1%.
Malaysia version.

westfind
westfind

Correction: after reset the watch, even worse. 1 hour into charging from 84 to 87% and it overheated.
WTF Samsung ?!?!

Biransahin
Biransahin

Mine is going great! Battery life at least as good and possibly better. Charging feels a bit faster too. Will have a better idea in a couple of days on battery life. As it’s almost 3 days before the update, if it stays the same or improves a bit I’ll be happy enough. Try restarting your watch. You should do that after an update anyway, and check it hasn’t reinstalled any apps you got rid of.

westfind
westfind

I reset my watch twice, tweaked all the setting. The battery life only getting worse.

warlockba
warlockba

Well enjoy the last update, before it gets dumped by “the next big thing” update. I still enjoy my Gear S3 but most likely it will be force-retired by its final update when the Gear S4 lands this year (as it happened with every Samsung product I owned). Or maybe Gear S4 is just arround the corner, and this is the slow-down update … who knows … And for all the Tizen defenders out there – yes, if you are used with Android, then Tizen is more snappy and fluent without Apps installed, but compared to a fluent experience –… Read more »

Geezay
Geezay

Not necessarily true. The Gear S2 is still getting support and updates from Samsung, including the last update to bring it to Tizen 3.

stevent64
stevent64

i do not wear my watch to bed so it is usually only one during the day (12-18 hour days) and with the settings i had turned on before Tizen i would get 5.5 – 6.5 days use after the first Tizen update i was barely getting 3 full days all settings being the same using 3-6% an hour, after last update in December it improved slightly going for 3 – 4 days use. just downloaded this update and after 2 hours battery is at the same place it was after the update finished i can already see a big… Read more »

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

Great

Biransahin
Biransahin

Nice! I haven’t had the update to my Frontier yet. When the new Tizen was introduced battery life decreased by about half a day to two days based on my settings. The last update brought it back up to two and half days which is what I always got. If this increases it more, why not?!!! I have to say though (and I know you can’t take calls on it) my wife’s new Gear Sport is a champion, she’s getting 4 days! It’s incredibly good. She has everything on except AOD and WiFi, (as it’s always near her S9 plus… Read more »