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How to decrease Galaxy Watch 4 battery usage

decrease Galaxy Watch 4 battery usage

When it comes to the best Android smartwatches, Wear OS devices have minimal options. Just like the smartphone market, Samsung has its place in the market. The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic continue this trend.

However, while Samsung hasn’t changed the design of its latest smartwatches, the company has switched to Google’s Wear OS instead of sticking with TizenOS. Unfortunately, the change has had some battery issues, with users complaining that the Galaxy Watch 4’s battery ran out quickly. Today, we’re going to explore some of the different ways to try to solve these problems.

Galaxy Watch 4 discharges too fast? First steps

The first and most obvious step you will take is to make sure your Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is running the latest software version available. Today, Samsung makes it even easier. These software updates don’t take long unless critical new features are added.

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.
  2. Click on the Settings tab.
  3. Select About Clock.
  4. Tap Update Watch Software.
  5. If an update is available, click the Update Now button.

Another reason the Galaxy Watch 4 is draining its battery quickly is when you have apps that need updating. Sometimes these apps are updated when you update your watch software, but you may also need to check for the update of these apps manually.

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  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.
  2. Click on the Settings tab.
  3. Select Galaxy Store.
  4. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  5. Tap my page.
  6. Wait for the list to be updated.
  7. Click the Update All button at the top of the screen.

Note: You can also tap the update icon next to each app individually.

Disabling apps running in the background

Disabling apps running in the background

Like your phone, malicious apps running in the background can wreak havoc on your battery life. Samsung can also get rid of these background apps while closing all necessary processes. Here’s what you can do to close background apps on Galaxy Watch 4:

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.
  2. Click the Settings tab at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select About Clock.
  4. Tap Save.
  5. Click on the Clear Now button.
  6. Return to the previous screen.
  7. Tap Memory.
  8. Click on the Clear Now button.

Turning off Galaxy Watch 4 network connections

Another reason why your Galaxy Watch 4 Classic’s battery is quickly draining could be your internet connection. Galaxy Watch 4 Classic comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and some models have an LTE modem. Trying to look for a connection doesn’t improve battery life much, especially if the connection is unstable. So in this case you need to close those connections.

  1. On your watch, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Connect.
  3. Click the button next to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  4. If you have an LTE-enabled Galaxy Watch, tap the toggle next to Cellular.

Note: If you turn off Bluetooth, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will disconnect from your phone. So, to re-establish that connection, you need to turn Bluetooth on again.

Disabling Galaxy Watch 4 Features

Disabling Galaxy Watch 4 Features

Galaxy Watch 4 includes a range of health and fitness tracking features. This goes far beyond being able to track your steps. Various sensors are used to provide measurements such as heart rate and blood pressure. Unfortunately, enabling all these features on your watch can lead to unnecessary or unexpected battery drain. Here’s how to disable these health features on the Galaxy Watch 4.

  1. Open the app page on Galaxy Watch 4.
  2. Select Samsung Health from the list of apps.
  3. Click the Health menu to disable this feature.
  4. Open the Samsung app, scroll down and tap Settings.
  5. Click the toggle button to disable the feature.
  6. Tap OK to confirm.

Disabling the always-on screen feature

When it comes to smartwatches, the main reason to wear them all the time is to tell the time. To help save battery life, some watch faces feature always-on displays. This allows you to quickly see the time without actually opening the watch face. But this can still cause unnecessary battery drain, especially if you are already low on power. See how to disable the always-on display.

  1. Open the Settings app on your watch.
  2. Tap Show.
  3. Select the watch face.
  4. Tap to always watch online.
  5. Click the toggle button to disable the feature.

Disabling the Galaxy Watch 4’s Bixby Wake Feature

The company has its voice assistant for Samsung phones, similar to Siri or Google Assistant. Unfortunately, Bixby is much less useful and tends to be activated accidentally. Settings built into the watch allow for automatic speech recognition, so Bixby can be prompted with just one sentence. If you want to disable Bixby Wake, follow these steps:

  1. On your watch, open the Bixby app.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots on the right side of the screen.
  3. Voice wakes up.
  4. Tap the switch to turn off Bixby or S Voice activation.

Customizing your notifications

In addition to checking the time, owning a smartwatch like the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic makes it easy to check incoming notifications. However, if you get hundreds of notifications a day, it can drain your battery very quickly. See how you can reduce the number of notifications that appear throughout the day.

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your Android phone.
  2. Click the Settings tab at the bottom of the page.
  3. Choose Notifications.
  4. Click the toggle button next to the following options:
    1. Car Show Details – When off, new notification details will not be displayed automatically.
    2. Rotate on-screen – When turned off, the clock screen does not turn on when a notification is received.

Note: You can also manually disable notifications for different apps that can wreak havoc on your battery life. For example, you can disable Google app notifications as it tends to send random notifications throughout the day.

Activating Galaxy Watch 4 power-saving mode

One of the most convenient features of our smartphones and smartwatches is the built-in power-saving mode. In most cases, this feature is automatically activated when the watch is less than 20% charged. However, you can manually enable it to help save battery power at some point.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Galaxy Watch.
  2. Tap the battery.
  3. Select Battery Saver.
  4. Click on the checkmark to enable energy-saving mode.

Note: You can also enable a battery saver by swiping down from the home screen. Then tap on the battery icon in the quick settings drop-down menu. Share your thoughts in the comments below.