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The Honest Apple Watch Series 5 Battery Life Review By The User

Apple Watch Series 5 Battery Life issue

How much battery life on Apple Watch Series 5? This question is popping up on every Apple Watch users mind as many users flooded the social media and forum with the Apple Watch Series 5 battery draining issue. Along with Apple Watch 5, the company also releases the new watchOS 6 update with dozens of new upgraded features.

Apple added some fruitful features of Apple Watch Series 5 with watchOS 6 like they provided an App Store, brand-new faces, a Calculator app, and the most highlighted feature always-on display on Apple Watch 5. The Cupertino- based company also promised that “Our goal for battery life is 18 hours after an overnight charge, factoring in things like checking the time, receiving notifications, using apps and doing a 60-minute workout. And because everyone will use Apple Watch differently, we tested several other metrics as well.”

Furthermore, they also gave detail about their testing of Apple Watch Series 5 with watchOS 6. Here’s what they said:

“All-day battery life is based on 18 hours with the following use: 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 60-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth, over the course of 18 hours. Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS) usage includes connection to the iPhone via Bluetooth during the entire 18-hour test. Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) usage includes a total of 4 hours of 4G LTE connection and 14 hours of connection to iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2019 using pre-production Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS) and Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular), each paired with an iPhone; all devices tested with pre-release software. Battery life varies by use, configuration, mobile network, signal strength, and many other factors; actual results will vary.”

First, I must tell you that I was a regular user of Apple’s previous smartwatches. But with Watch Series 5, my experience was very poor because of the battery drain on Apple Watch Series 5. First, I thought maybe I should wait for a few more days and did some battery settling things like restart, and also test the battery by taking screenshots. You can check the result below:

  • 08:50 am: 99%
  • 13:00 pm: 84%
  • 17:00 pm: 68%
  • 20:11 pm: 53%
  • 21:13 pm: 49%
  • 22:55 pm: 43%
  • 07:31 am: 26%

With the previous model, I used to charge it for 30-45 minutes each day: a bit in the morning, then later, when I took a shower, then about 15 minutes in the evening. And at the end of the day, it left with around 70-80%. It hardly ever went below 70-80%, I guess, even after using it for sleep tracking. But with Apple Watch 5, I did nothing except to check a few notifications, so there was no use watch for music, workout, or anything. All I did was check the time while it was on wi-fi the whole time. 

Honestly, I would say that even if I have used it for a workout, music, or other things, I don’t think it would probably last for 18 hours. So, if you compare the series 5 with the older models Series 4 and 3, the current version is very poor in battery life. Both previous models were great in battery life as Apple promised as I used to use the watches for workout, music, and trips.

Well, this was my complete honest review of Apple’s latest watch series 5. Many people are asking how long the battery life of series 5? How to improve Apple Watch 5 battery life? And more about the Apple Watch Series 5 battery life. So, what is your experience in Apple Watch Series 5? Is it running long or low? Do you think Apple should do something about the battery life issue on Apple Watch 5? Just comment below if you have anything to say about the Apple Watch Series 5.

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Govind

Being in love with the tech world, Govind joined the technology world in 2015 and started writing about tech stuff (mobile, PC, games, other gadgets). He loves playing games, travelling, photography and sharing the latest news & updates about every Apple products (iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.).

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