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Five tips for increasing your smartwatch's battery life

If you have a smartwatch running Android Wear, you probably already know that the battery life of these wearable devices is short-lived. This is even worse for the so-called heavy users. Thinking of you, I decided to gather here five tips that made my smartwatch battery last longer.

1. Block or manage notifications

Notifications run out of smartwatch battery. While some are essential to getting the full experience of a smart watch, some applications can overwhelm you with notifications, and end up being pretty naughty.

Fortunately, Android Wear offers a simple solution that will help you manage these notifications. From the settings, go to "Block app notifications" and select the ones you no longer want to receive notifications.

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Block notifications helps keep your device longer / AndroidPIT

How to manage app notifications simply:

  • Open the Android Wear app on your smartphone;
  • Click Settings (at the top right);
  • Click on the "Block app notifications" option.

2. Turn off auto brightness from settings

As with all other mobile operating systems, you have the option to automatically manage screen brightness according to your environment. In addition to this feature will not be particularly useful for everyone, it is a great energy consumer, as they are constantly checking the environment to adjust the screen brightness accordingly.

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Disable auto brightness in Android Wear settings / AndroidPIT

To disable screen brightness, follow the steps below:

  • Access the clock settings menu;
  • Click on "Screen";
  • Then "Adjust brightness" and choose from options 1 to 5;

By disabling auto brightness, you can also control the intensity of the display brightness from the smartwatch status bar. Also, I suggest downloading the Wear Mini Launcher app that does a great job in this area and is available for free on Google Play.

Wear Mini Launcher
Install on Google Play

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Manage screen brightness intensity from Android Wear status bar / AndroidPIT

3. Enable cinema mode

As the name suggests, cinema mode prevents the clock from disturbing you. The smartwatch enters a semi-hibernate mode that turns off the display and can only be turned back on using the device's physical button. Once the screen activates, however, the theater mode is automatically canceled.

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Activate cinema mode to save your smartwatch battery / AndroidPIT

How to do the process:

  • Access the clock status bar by swiping your finger from top to bottom;
  • Click on the clock icon.

Since the watch stays off during this hibernation period, the battery life of your watch will last longer. This is useful for meetings or gatherings in which you do not wish to be disturbed.

4. Limit connectivity

Limiting Wi-Fi, NFC, or location services also saves battery power. This will allow you to moderate the search for networks each time a connection is needed.

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Turning off location can help you save battery power on Android Wear / AndroidPIT

How to enable and disable this option:

  • Access the settings menu on the watch;
  • Click on "Connectivity".

5. Disable pulse gestures

Disabling wrist gestures can also help extend smartwatch battery life. Wrist gestures let you scroll through Google Now cards by moving your wrist from right to left, for example. To do this, we used the motion sensor (as expected) which requires power and therefore battery.

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Do you already use the "Wrist Gestures" function? Otherwise, turn it off / AndroidPIT

To disable this option, you can follow the following path:

  • Access the clock status bar by swiping your finger from top to bottom;
  • Open the "Settings";
  • Then go to "Gestures"> Pulse gestures "to turn it off.

Check the effects

For those who really want to compare battery performance before and after putting these tips into practice, I advise you to manage power consumption using the Android Wear app installed on your smartphone.

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The Android Wear app full of good ideas / AndroidPIT

To do so, follow these steps:

  • Open the Android Wear app on your smartphone;
  • Click on the settings in the upper right corner;
  • Open the menu with the clock name;
  • Navigate to the "Clock Battery" option.

Once all the information has loaded, you will have a detailed view of your watch's power consumption. Here, you can also see the remaining storage space on the watch. This is quite useful, especially if you like to store music or any compatible content on your smartwatch.

Do you have any other battery saving tips on smartwatches?

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