While everybody has been ogling over Apple’s smart watch, there are still some issues that need to be addressed, the most important being battery life. As reported by New York Post, “Apple watch battery can die after 3 hours!” This is not a mere speculation. CEO Tim Cook has himself confirmed that using the gadget as a phone could drain its battery in just over 3 hours. If that wasn’t a big enough problem, the Apple Watch doesn’t have a status bar where it displays the battery indicator by default. This makes it all the more difficult to keep a check on the battery usage.
Before you buy the watch, make sure you find out the actual performance and stamina of the device’s battery without being distracted by the high claims made possibly for marketing purposes. It is understandable that battery life may differ as per usage, configuration and other factors. But without knowing about the battery’s status, it would not be easy to manage the remaining battery charge.
Checking Remaining Battery Using “Battery Glance”
The Apple Smart Watch is designed to respond to gestures made by swiping the screen. Swiping across different directions beings different results. In order to access “Glances”, swipe up on the watch. In this screen, wipe from left to right or right to left to the Battery glance. This gives you a “glance” at the remaining battery charge along with an option of activating the “Power Reserve Mode”. by activating this mode, you would be able to manage whatever charge is left on the device’s battery.
Adding Battery Indicator to the Face of the Apple Watch
If you do not want to swipe the screen and access “glances” to get the battery status, you can add the battery indicator to your current watch face and get battery status instantly. This works well with any watch face that you may have applied to the watch.
Follow these steps to add battery indicator to the watch face.
- Firmly press the display on the watch face. This will bring up a “Customize” option at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap “Customize”
- Swipe to the left until you can choose individual feature locations
- Next you need to tap on the location. This indicates the position on the watch’s face where you want to display the battery indicator.
- Turn the Digital Crown to select “Battery”
- After selecting the “Battery” option, press the “Digital Crown” to exit customization options.
When you check the watch face now, the battery indicator will be there (at the location decided by you), making it easier for you to get battery status information. The Apple watch may run out of battery juice sooner than expectations, but it is a wonderful device and with a little care, it is possible to get the most out of a single full charge.
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