Android Wear has gradually evolved from a fairly limited platform that was fancy to talk about to something that is gradually finding more and more place in our life simply because of the features that have gradually started rolling into the watch. We are sure down the line, with the competition from the Apple Watch, more features would be added and we would definitely be liking our Android Wear watch even more in the coming months. However, one aspect of Android Wear that continues to frustrate everyone has been the sub-par battery performance of the watch and we feel that is something that needs addressing soon.
But what if you want to get the more out of your Android Wear watch today, and right away, here are the four things that you must immediately try out:
Turn off ‘Always on Display’
Make sure that you turn off Always On Display from the Settings on your Android Wear. You can always tap on for the display to come alive when you need to check the time on the watch, but having the display on, even though it is relatively minimalistic in the information it shows with Always on turned on, takes a huge chunk of the battery out depending upon the type of watch face you have used. We found that minimalistic watch faces with minimum elements always work slightly better than information heavy watch faces.
Turn off ‘Tilt To Wake’
‘Tilt To Wake’ is a feature where the watch senses the change in position of your hand and turns on the display when it feels the motion of you tilting the wrist towards yourself or raising the wrist to check the time. However, keeping it on, means the gyro and other positional sensors of your watch are always working and that is battery intensive. Not just this, the watch also is prone to accidently lighting up every time you move your wrist wasting the battery on turning the screen on.
Turn off Steps Count on Google Fit
While Google Fit is a great concept, we have experienced that it is not the most accurate step counting tool. We have used our Nike Fuel band and the LG G Watch both for marking steps and found that the watch even counts steps when we are sitting idle in a moving vehicle. Having Google Fit on, simply means more battery loss for a relatively inaccurate data set which will do no good to anyone really. Our suggestion is to turn off Google Fit and use a standalone step tracker band. To turn off Step Count, simply go to Google Fit on the watch, tap on it, swipe left and turn off Step Count.
Limit Your Notifications
The most common suggestion, but one that we never seem to take notice of is to limit the notifications that appear on our Android Wear Watch. Just checking last week, we had well over 189 apps on our smartphone with virtually all of them capable of sending a notification. With all of them on, your watch will never have a split second to rest. This is why we suggest you turn off apps which are not the most important to not send notifications to you. Even muting our unnecessary groups on Telegram and Whatsapp help a lot in ensuring a longer battery life on Android Wear.
Those were some of the suggestions that we have for you if you are looking to conserve the battery on your Android Wear watch. Is there something more you would like to suggest us? Let us know in the section below.