How To Use Apple Watch Power Saving Mode

The Apple Watches are undoubtedly among the best smartwatches in circulation, not only for technical characteristics and integration with the Apple ecosystem but also for its vast and high-quality range of applications.

But there is a problem that, generation after generation, the owners of apple watches have to face daily: autonomy. Fortunately, with watchOS 9 Apple has introduced a feature that allows us to get out of the way in those situations where we have little remaining charge, allowing us to arrive in the evening without losing the smart features of the watch altogether. So let’s find out how Apple Watch’s Energy Saver mode works in 2022, what it is, and how to remove it.


  • What is Apple Watch Power Saver Mode
  • How to enable Apple Watch Power Saving Mode
  • How to enable Apple Watch Power Saving Mode while exercising
  • How to take out Apple Watch power saving mode

What is Apple Watch Power Saver Mode

During the Far Out event on September 7, Apple announced its latest hardware and software innovations, such as the iPhone 14, iOS 16, AirPods Pro 2, and Apple Watch along with the new watchOS 9.

The latter represented a significant step as regards the Cupertino house’s ambitions to improve its “Achilles heel”. If the autonomy of the Apple Watch always remains mediocre with its 18 hours (let’s leave aside the very expensive Apple Watch Ultra, with its 36 hours that will reach 60 with a future update), thanks to the new Energy Saving mode you can recover those few hours it takes to get to a power outlet. Apple declares that under optimal conditions it will be possible to reach 36 hours per full charge. 

Apple watch battery life
Apple Watch battery life

Obviously everything will depend on your use and how much the battery of your Apple Watch has deteriorated, because the new low-power mode is not a prerogative of the new Apple Watch 2022, but of all Apple Watch upgradeable to watchOS 9, therefore from Apple Watch Series 4 onwards. 

But how does the power-saving mode work? Just like the iPhone, the mode reduces consumption and will result in the deactivation of a series of functions in the background that are not essential for the operation of the watch.

These are the functions disabled by enabling the Apple Watch low-power mode :

  • Always on screen
  • Heart rate notifications for irregular rhythm, high heart rate, and low heart rate
  • Heart rate measurements in the background
  • Measurements of blood oxygen levels in the background
  • Workout reminder

In general, the function also delays notifications and limits connections, as well as slowing down the power of the processor, therefore

  • Making a call can take longer
  • Background apps refresh occurs less frequently
  • Complications update less frequently
  • Siri may take longer to process a request
  • Some animations and scrolling may appear less smooth

Finally, if your iPhone is not nearby, the following functions will also be disabled

  • Wi-Fi and cellular connection
  • Incoming calls and notifications

As you can see, the new power saving function heavily affects your Apple Watch while allowing its functionality, unlike the previous Low Power mode of watchOS 8 and earlier which instead only allowed you to see the time and blocked any connection with the iPhone. associated.

How to enable Apple Watch Power Saving Mode

Activating Energy Saver mode is very simple, and you have several alternatives available. First of all, the Power Saving mode will be offered to you by your Apple Watch via notification when the battery capacity drops to 10% and will automatically deactivate when the battery is 80% charged unless you have chosen to activate it for a certain period. several days.

Otherwise, you can activate Energy Saver mode manually. The most immediate is through the percentage of charge remaining in the Control Center:

  1. Swipe from bottom to top on your Apple Watch screen to access Control Center
  2. Touch the battery percentage
Apple watch battery health
Apple Watch battery health
  1. Tap the switch to activate the power-saving mode
  2. A message will appear stating which features will be temporarily disabled to get a longer battery. Scroll down and tap Activate.
  3. Among the options available there is also the possibility to select how long you want to activate the Energy Saving mode. You can select 1 day, 2 days, or 3 days.

But this is not the only way.

In case your watch face has a complication that shows the battery percentage, you can click on it directly to access the same screen. Or you can go through Settings.

  1. Press the Apple Watch bezel
  2. Scroll to find Settings
  3. Scroll down, then tap Battery.
  4. Activate Energy Saver.
How to enable Apple Watch Power Saving Mode
How to enable Apple Watch Power Saving Mode

Yellow is the color of the Energy Saver mode. When in this mode, the Apple Watch will show a yellow circle at the top of the screen, and yellow will also be the battery percentage button in the Control Center, the charging animation, and the time in Night mode.

Workout low power mode on
Workout low power mode on

How to enable Apple Watch Power Saving Mode while exercising

For workouts, Energy Saver mode does not affect the ability to measure metrics such as heart rate and pace. On the contrary, you can make Energy Saver mode activate automatically when a workout begins in this way:

  1. Open the Settings app on the Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll down, then tap Workout.
  3. Activate Energy Saver.

How to take out Apple Watch power saving mode

However, sometimes you may want to turn off Energy Saver mode, for example, if you have turned it on for a certain number of days or during workouts. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Swipe from the bottom up to show the Control Center
  2. Touch the battery percentage, which will be in yellow
  3. Tap the switch next to Power saving mode

Done, now the battery icon will return to green (or red, in case you have low power left), and all functions of your Apple Watch will be restored.

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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.

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