Apple Watch Low Power Mode
Apple Watch Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode on an Apple Watch is a helpful feature for saving battery when it’s running low. It turns off some features to save energy, but there may be times when you want to use all the watch’s functions. Knowing how to turn off Low Power Mode is important if you rely on your Apple Watch for important notifications, messages, or health and fitness tracking. Low Power Mode is a useful feature that can extend your battery life when you need it most. You can easily turn it on or off, and you can even set it to turn on automatically.

Just remember that some features are limited while in Low Power Mode. Turning off Low Power Mode is simple and can be done quickly through the watch’s Control Center or Settings. When the battery is charged beyond 80%, the watch may even turn off Low Power Mode automatically, restoring all features immediately. The process to turn it off when needed is straightforward and ensures the watch provides its complete range of features when you need them most.

Using Low Power Mode on Your Apple Watch

Turning On Low Power Mode

There are two ways to activate Low Power Mode on your Apple Watch:

  1. Control Center:
    • Swipe up from the bottom of your watch face to access Control Center.
    • Tap the battery percentage icon.
    • Toggle the “Low Power Mode” switch to the on position (green).
  2. Settings App:
    • Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
    • Scroll down and tap on “Battery.”
    • Toggle the “Low Power Mode” switch to the on position (green).

What Happens in Low Power Mode?

When Low Power Mode is enabled:

  • Reduced Functionality: Certain features like the always-on display, background heart rate measurements, and some notifications might be disabled or limited.
  • Extended Battery Life: Your Apple Watch’s battery will last longer, potentially up to 36 hours on a single charge.

Turning Off Low Power Mode

To turn off Low Power Mode:

  1. Control Center:
    • Swipe up from the bottom of your watch face.
    • Tap the battery percentage icon.
    • Toggle the “Low Power Mode” switch to the off position (gray).
  2. Settings App:
    • Open the Settings app.
    • Tap on “Battery.”
    • Toggle the “Low Power Mode” switch to the off position (gray).

Automatic Low Power Mode

You can set your Apple Watch to automatically enter Low Power Mode when the battery level reaches a certain percentage:

  1. Settings App:
    • Open the Settings app.
    • Tap on “Battery.”
    • Tap on “Low Power Mode.”
    • Choose when you want Low Power Mode to activate automatically (e.g., at 10% battery).

Understanding Low Power Mode on Apple Watch

Features Disabled in Low Power Mode:

  • Always On display
  • Double tap gesture
  • Time in Daylight tracking
  • Heart rate notifications for irregular, high, and low heart rates
  • Background measurements for heart rate and blood oxygen levels
  • Start workout reminder

Features Disabled Without Nearby iPhone:

  • Wi-Fi and cellular connections
  • Incoming phone calls and notifications

When your iPhone isn’t close, Low Power Mode disables Wi-Fi and cellular connections. If you open an app requiring data, Wi-Fi or cellular will turn on, leading to increased battery usage. Missed calls and notifications are retrieved hourly in Low Power Mode.

Impacts on Performance:

  • Making phone calls might take longer
  • Background app refresh happens less frequently
  • Complications update less frequently
  • Siri may respond slower
  • Animations and scrolling might appear less smooth

Workouts in Low Power Mode

In the Workout app, Low Power Mode helps extend battery life while still tracking metrics like heart rate and pace. This mode helps manage battery life by reducing the power consumption of certain features and functions.

Key Takeaways

  • Low Power Mode saves battery but limits features on the Apple Watch.
  • Users can turn off Low Power Mode via Control Center or Settings.
  • The mode turns off automatically when the Apple Watch is charged to 80%.

Disabling Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode on the Apple Watch helps preserve battery life but sometimes you need all features fully operational. To disable it, Apple offers two simple methods.

Using the Settings App

To turn off Low Power Mode using the Settings app, start by pressing the Digital Crown to find your apps. Tap the Settings gear icon, then scroll down and select ‘Battery’. Here you’ll see the Low Power Mode toggle. Switch it off to regain full functionality of your Apple Watch.

Via the Control Center

Alternatively, you can disable Low Power Mode directly from the Control Center. Swipe up on the watch face to open the Control Center. Look for the battery percentage button and tap it. You’ll then see the option to turn off Low Power Mode. Tap to disable it and your watch will exit Low Power Mode.

Understanding the Effects and Limitations

Turning off Low Power Mode on an Apple Watch restores full functionality but knowing when to activate and deactivate it is key. This section breaks down the impact on features and the right times to use Low Power Mode.

Impact on Apple Watch Features

Low Power Mode reduces battery usage by disabling certain features. For example, the always-on display turns off, and background heart rate and blood oxygen measurements stop. Users won’t see live updates for metrics like heart rate during workouts or get notifications for irregular rhythms, low or high heart rate, and blood oxygen levels. Low Power Mode also limits animations and automatic scrolling to save power. However, essentials like incoming phone calls and notifications remain active to keep users connected.

When to Use Low Power Mode

Users should activate Low Power Mode in situations where extending battery life is essential and they can do without real-time health metrics. For long days away from a charger or when preserving battery on an older watch like the Series 8 is important, Low Power Mode is useful. The Apple Watch Ultra, with its larger battery, can benefit during extended activities by maintaining essential features without the extra drain from fitness tracking. Users of watchOS 9 or later can easily toggle this mode as needed.

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