How to Enable and Use Low Power Mode on Apple Watch in watchOS 9

If you have been an iOS user, chances are you may already be a fan of the “Low Power Mode”. What makes it so handy is the ability to instantly disable all the power-hungry features like location services, auto-downloads, and background app refresh to extend the battery life. That’s the reason why Apple has launched this super useful power-saving mode on iPads and MacBooks as well. Guess what, this huge power booster has graced the Apple Watch as well thanks to the arrival of watchOS 9. That said, let me show you how to enable and use Low Power Mode on Apple Watch in watchOS 9.

Enable and Use Low Power Mode on Apple Watch in watchOS 9

It’s worth pointing out that watchOS already features a battery life booster called Power Reserve Mode which is different from the Low Power Mode. Have a look at the difference between the two:

Power Reserve ModeLow Power Mode
When enabled, Power Reserve Mode shows only time on Apple WatchAllows access to all the features on Apple Watch
Does not allow access to any features on Apple WatchTurns off or limits the use of several power-sucking features including heart health notifications, cellular connectivity, workout autostart, always-on display, and more.
Prevents Apple Watch from communicating with iPhoneHence, you can enable this feature to save the battery life on Apple Watch while still having access to your smartwatch
Due mainly to the entire focus on extending battery life, it’s more suitable for emergenciesThe ability to allow full access to the Apple Watch while still boosting the battery life makes Low Power Mode a worthy addition.

Which Apple Watch Models Will Support Low Power Mode?

Many of you would be pleased to know that the Low Power Mode not only supports the latest Apple Watch models but also the older ones. Take a look at all the compatible Apple Watch models:

  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch SE 1st generation 
  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 8
  • Apple Watch SE 2nd generation 
  • Apple Watch Ultra 

How Much Battery Life Does Apple Watch Deliver With the Low Power Mode Enabled?

With the Low Power Mode enabled, Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE can deliver up to 36 hours of battery life, which is exactly double (18 hours) of the normal battery life.

What’s more, the Apple Watch Ultra can provide up to huge 60 hours of battery life with the power-saving mode turned on.

Can Older Apple Watch Models Also Deliver Up to 36 Hours of Battery Life?

Though only real-life testing can provide the right answer, it’s fair to say that the older Apple Watch models like Apple Watch 7 or 6 may not be able to offer the same amount of battery life.

How to Activate Low Power Mode on Apple Watch

Just swipe down from the top of the screen to access the Control Center and then tap on the toggle next to the Low Power Mode icon to turn it on. Later, if you wish to turn it off, bring up the Control Center again and then hit the toggle/icon.

How to Enable and Use Low Power Mode on Apple Watch in watchOS 9

Get the Most Out of Low Power Mode to Improve the Battery Life of Your Apple Watch

There you go! So, that’s how you can use the Low Power Mode to extend the battery life on your Apple Watch. Did you find this guide helpful? Make sure to share your invaluable feedback in the comments section below.

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