Apple Watch - Battery (2024)

AppleWatchUltra2 BatteryInformation

AppleWatchUltra2 was designed for endurance athletes, outdoor adventurers, and water sports enthusiasts who need long battery life to compete and explore. So we optimized every aspect of AppleWatchUltra2 for battery life. And because everyone will use AppleWatchUltra2 differently, we tested several other metrics as well.

AppleWatchUltra2 battery life testing was conducted by Apple in August 2023 using preproduction AppleWatchUltra2 (GPS + Cellular) paired with an iPhone; all deviceswere tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use, cellular coverage,configuration, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

All-Day Battery Life

Up to 36 hours
Up to 72 hours in Low Power Mode

All-day battery life is based on the following use: 180 time checks, 180notifications, 90 minutes of app use, and a 60-minute workout with music playback from AppleWatch via Bluetooth,over the course of 36 hours; AppleWatchUltra2 (GPS + Cellular) usage includes a total of 8 hours of LTE connection and 28 hours of connection to iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 36 hours. Battery life in Low Power Mode is based on the following use: 360 time checks, 360notifications, 180 minutes of app use, and two 60-minute workouts with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth, over the course of 72 hours; AppleWatchUltra2 (GPS + Cellular) usage includes on-demand LTE connection and 60 hours of connection to iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 72 hours. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2023 using preproduction AppleWatchUltra2 (GPS+Cellular) paired with an iPhone; all devices tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use, configuration, cellular network, signal strength, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

Workout

Up to 35 hours outdoor workout with GPS and LTE in Low Power Mode with fewer GPS and heart rate readings

Up to 17 hours outdoor workout with GPS and LTE in Low Power Mode

Up to 12 hours outdoor workout with GPS

Tested with heart rate sensor on during workout sessions. Outdoor workout with GPS and LTE in Low Power Mode with fewer GPS and heart rate readings, outdoor workout with GPS and LTE in Low Power Mode, and outdoor workout with GPS tested without iPhone. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2023 using preproduction AppleWatchUltra2 (GPS+Cellular); all devices tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use,configuration, cellular network, signal strength, and many other factors; actual results willvary.

Charge

About 1 hour to 80%

About 1.5 hours to 100%

Charge times are from 0–80% and 0–100% using the included AppleWatch Magnetic FastCharging USB-C Cable. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2023 using preproduction AppleWatchUltra2 (GPS+Cellular) paired with an iPhone; all devices tested with prerelease software, AppleWatch Magnetic FastCharging USB-C Cable (Model A2515), and Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter (Model A2305). Charge time varies with region, settings, and environmental factors; actual results will vary.

Audio Playback

Up to 20 hours playback from AppleWatch storage

Tested with music playback from AppleWatch via Bluetooth. Playback from AppleWatch storage tested while connected to iPhone via Bluetooth. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2023 using preproduction AppleWatchUltra2 (GPS+Cellular); all devices tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use,configuration, cellular network, signal strength, streaming quality settings, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

AppleWatchSeries9 BatteryInformation

AppleWatch is so capable you’ll want to wear it all day long. So we made sure we gave it a battery that lasts all day, too. Our goal for battery life is 18 hours after an overnight charge, factoring in thingslike checking the time, receiving notifications, using apps, and doing a 60-minute workout. And because everyone will useAppleWatch differently, we tested several other metrics as well.

AppleWatch All-Day Battery Life testing was conducted by Apple in August 2023 using preproduction AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS) and AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS+Cellular), each paired with an iPhone; all deviceswere tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use, cellular coverage,configuration, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

All-Day Battery Life

Up to 18 hours

Up to 36 hours in LowPowerMode

All-day battery life is based on the following use: 90 time checks, 90notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 60-minute workout with music playback from AppleWatch via Bluetooth,over the course of 18 hours; AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS) usage includes connection to iPhone via Bluetooth during the entire 18-hour test; AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS+Cellular) usage includes a total of 4 hours of LTE connection and 14 hours of connection to iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours. Battery life in LowPowerMode is based on the following use: 180 time checks, 180notifications, 90 minutes of app use, and a 60-minute workout with music playback from AppleWatch via Bluetooth,over the course of 36 hours; AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS) usage includes connection to iPhone via Bluetooth during the entire 36-hour test; AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS + Cellular) usage includes on-demand LTE connection and 28 hours of connection to iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 36 hours. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2023 using preproduction AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS) and AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS+Cellular), each paired with an iPhone; all devices tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use,configuration, cellular network, signal strength, and many other factors; actual results willvary.

Audio Playback

Up to 11 hours playback from AppleWatch storage

Tested with music playback from AppleWatch via Bluetooth. Playback from AppleWatch storage tested while connected to iPhone via Bluetooth. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2023 using preproduction AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS) and AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS+Cellular); all devices tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use,configuration, cellular network, signal strength, streaming quality settings, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

Workout

Up to 7 hours outdoor workout with GPS

Tested with heart rate sensor on during workout sessions. Indoor workout tested while connected to iPhone via Bluetooth. Outdoor workout with GPS and outdoor workout with GPS and LTE tested without iPhone. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2023 using preproduction AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS) and AppleWatchSeries9(GPS+Cellular); all devices tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use,configuration, cellular network, signal strength, and many other factors; actual results willvary.

Charge

About 45 minutes to 80%

About 75 minutes to 100%

Charge times are from 0–80% and 0–100% using the included AppleWatch Magnetic FastCharging USB-C Cable. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2023 using preproduction AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS) and AppleWatchSeries9 (GPS + Cellular), each paired with an iPhone; all devices tested with prerelease software, AppleWatch Magnetic FastCharging USB-C Cable (Model A2515), and Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter (Model A2305). Charge time varies with region, settings, and environmental factors; actual results will vary.

AppleWatchSE BatteryInformation

AppleWatch is so capable you’ll want to wear it all day long. So we made sure we gave it a battery that lasts all day, too. Our goal for battery life is 18 hours after an overnight charge, factoring in thingslike checking the time, receiving notifications, using apps, and doing a 60-minute workout. And because everyone will useAppleWatch differently, we tested several other metrics as well.

AppleWatch All-Day Battery Life testing was conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS) and AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS + Cellular), each paired with an iPhone; all deviceswere tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use, cellular coverage, configuration, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

All-Day Battery Life

Up to 18 hours

All-day battery life is based on the following use: 90 time checks, 90notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 60-minute workout with music playback from AppleWatch via Bluetooth,over the course of 18 hours; AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS) usage includes connection to iPhone via Bluetooth during the entire 18-hour test; AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS + Cellular) usage includes a total of 4 hours of LTE connection and 14 hours of connection to iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS) and AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS + Cellular), each paired with an iPhone; all devices tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use, configuration, cellular network, signal strength, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

Family Setup Battery Life

Up to 14 hours

FamilySetup battery life is based on the following use: 70 time checks, 45notifications, 20 minutes of app use, a 5-minute phone call, and a 30-minute workout with music playback from AppleWatch via Bluetooth,over the course of 14 hours with LTE connection and FindMy location sharing enabled. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS + Cellular); all devices tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use,configuration, cellular network, signal strength, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

Audio Playback

Up to 10 hours playback from AppleWatch storage

Tested with music playback from AppleWatch via Bluetooth. Playback from AppleWatch storage tested while connected to iPhone via Bluetooth. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS) and AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS + Cellular); all devices tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use,configuration, cellular network, signal strength, streaming quality settings, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

Workout

Up to 10 hours indoor workout

Up to 6 hours outdoor workout with GPS

Up to 5 hours outdoor workout with GPS and LTE

Tested with heart rate sensor on during workout sessions. Indoor workout tested while connected to iPhone via Bluetooth. Outdoor workout with GPS and outdoor workout with GPS and LTE tested without iPhone. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS) and AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS + Cellular); all devices tested with prerelease software. Battery life varies by use,configuration, cellular network, signal strength, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

Charge

About 1.5 hours to 80%

About 2.5 hours to 100%

Charge times are from 0–80% and 0–100% using the included AppleWatch Magnetic Charging Cable. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS) and AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) (GPS + Cellular), each paired with an iPhone; all devices tested with prerelease software, AppleWatch Magnetic Charging USB-C Cable (Model A2652), and Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter (Model A2305). Charge time varies with settings and environmental factors; actual results will vary.

CPU Performance

Up to 20% faster than AppleWatchSE (1st generation)

Results based on the performance of common user tasks. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2022 using preproduction AppleWatchSE (2nd generation) and shipping AppleWatchSE (1st generation), each paired with an iPhone; all devices tested with prerelease software. Results reflect the approximate performance of AppleWatch.

Apple Watch - Battery (2024)

FAQs

How long should my Apple Watch battery last? ›

How long does the Apple Watch's battery last?
Approx. Battery Life
Apple Watch Series 8Approx. Battery Life 18 hours
Apple Watch UltraApprox. Battery Life 36 hours
Apple Watch Ultra 2Approx. Battery Life 36 hours
Apple Watch SE (2022)Approx. Battery Life 18 hours
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Why is my Apple Watch battery draining so quickly? ›

The longer the display is on, the faster the battery drains. You don't want the screen to light up every time you reach for your coffee or use your hand to adjust your eyeglasses. It's wise to turn off "Wake Screen on Wrist Raise," especially if you do a lot of computer or lifting work.

Is it bad to charge an Apple Watch to 100%? ›

Optimized Charge Limit changes dynamically depending on how you use your Apple Watch. Based on your usage patterns, your watch might charge to 100% on some days, and less on others. Turning off Optimized Charge Limit can increase wear on your battery and reduce its lifespan.

Why is the Apple Watch battery life so short? ›

If your battery is running out faster than it should, it's possible that there's something wrong with how your watch and phone are paired. You can resolve a lot of issues by un-pairing your watch and then re-pairing it as a new watch, which should wipe out any of the corruption that caused the battery glitch.

How do I know if my Apple Watch battery is bad? ›

Go back to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. Notice there you get a MAXIMUM CAPACITY measurement. If that is over 80 percent, you should be good. Below that, then your battery is getting suspect and you're probably noticing that your Apple Watch no longer holds its charge like it once did.

What is the average lifespan of an Apple Watch? ›

So how long does an Apple Watch last and are Apple Watches worth buying? There will always be exceptions, but on balance, based on the experience of our own reviewers and the comments we've seen from users online, I would say that an Apple Watch provide five to six years of good performance.

Is it bad to charge your Apple Watch all night? ›

Can you charge the Apple Watch overnight? The short answer is yes. Apple itself acknowledges that you can charge the Apple Watch overnight. The device fast charges from 0-80%, but trickle charges between 80-100%.

Can you replace an Apple Watch battery? ›

Battery service

We can service the battery in your Apple Watch for a fee. Our warranty doesn't cover batteries that wear down from normal use. Your product is eligible for battery service at no additional cost if you have AppleCare+ and your product's battery holds less than 80% of its original capacity.

How often should I charge my Apple Watch? ›

So we made sure we gave it a battery that lasts all day, too. 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.

Is it OK to charge Apple Watch at 30%? ›

You can charge Apple Watch whenever you like - it will not harm your battery, regardless of the remaining charge level.

What is the best percentage to charge an Apple Watch? ›

To reduce battery aging, Apple Watch uses on-device machine learning to learn your daily charging routines so it can wait to finish charging past 80 percent until you need to use it.

Why does Apple Watch only charge 80%? ›

Optimised Battery Charging is turned on by default when you set up your Apple Watch or after updating to watchOS 7 or later. When the feature is turned on, your watch delays charging past 80% in certain situations. In these situations, the watch's battery level remains between 75% and 80%.

Why is my Apple Watch suddenly dying so fast? ›

Things You Should Know. Disable features like "Always On", "Hey Siri", "Wake on Wrist Raise," and other features to save battery life. If your Apple Watch is an older model, the battery may have deteriorated due to age. Low battery life could also be due to software update issues or pairing problems.

How much is a new Apple Watch battery? ›

Apple has increased the price of most Apple Watch battery replacements, as reported by 9to5Mac. The swaps used to cost $79, but now, for Apple Watch Series 4 devices and newer, you'll have to cough up $99.

Which Apple Watch has the best battery? ›

If battery life is your highest priority, getting either Ultra is the best choice. In testing, we got up to 60 hours without Low Power Mode enabled. However, if you use about one hour of GPS tracking a day or take calls, you're more likely to get around two days.

Why is my Apple Watch not holding a charge? ›

Check the charging cable for damage. for 5-10 seconds. If the device powers on, but doesn't hold a charge, power cycle the device then charge fully and re-test. Ensure a manufacturer-approved charging cable is used to avoid extended charging times or other charging issues.

How much does it cost to replace an Apple Watch battery? ›

Apple has increased the price of most Apple Watch battery replacements, as reported by 9to5Mac. The swaps used to cost $79, but now, for Apple Watch Series 4 devices and newer, you'll have to cough up $99.

At what percentage should I replace the battery in my Apple Watch? ›

Your country or region offers AppleCare+ for this product. All AppleCare+ plans include battery service coverage, which means your battery can be replaced at no charge if we test your product and its battery retains less than 80% of its original capacity.

How long should a watch battery last? ›

Generally the lifetime of a watch battery is between two and five years. Its longevity depends on the type of watch, its dimensions and the amount of energy required by the different functions. For example, a chronograph will have a higher energy consumption than a watch that only indicates hours, minutes and seconds.

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