Apple has already released its updated charging cable. It's a USB-C model that not just works with the Apple Watch series 7, but also with previous Apple Watches.
The Apple Watch Magnetic Fast Charger to USB-C Cable charges up to 33 percent faster when paired with the Apple Watch series 7. This means that you can reach 80 percent charge in about 45 minutes.
To use this charger, simply hold the connector near the back of the watch. This is where the magnets are located. The magnets cause the connector to snap into place automatically. You will find that it's a completely sealed system free of exposed contacts.
According to Apple, the charger's cable itself can be used with any previous Apple Watch models. However, Apple said that the fast charging feature is only compatible with Apple Watch series 7. Other Watch models will have regular charge times.
How to Charge Your Apple Watch
You can charge your Apple Watch using a magnetic charging cable that comes with your device. However, regarding how long it takes to charge the device can vary.
With the added sleep tracking feature in the modern Apple Watches, you probably want to check if you're getting enough sleep your body needs. But the thing is, you won't be able to enjoy this benefit since you need to charge your Apple Watch at night. Especially if you were using the device the whole day.
Fortunately, there is a way for you to still use the sleep tracking feature without having your battery die after a day's use. What you need is to adopt the correct daily charging habit.
According to Apple, it will take 90 minutes to charge an Apple Watch battery from zero percent to 80 percent. Moreover, it will take around 18 hours for Apple Watch battery life with typical use. So what to do so you can still use your Apple Watch for sleep tracking?
As long as you charge your wearable for about 60 to 90 minutes every day, you will be able to keep your Apple Watch battery topped off for around-the-clock wearability. So you can use it during the day and at night you can track your sleep.
You could devote 60 to 90 minutes every evening before bed to charge your Apple Watch. Or you could charge your device for about 30 to 45 minutes in the morning, probably while getting or showering. Then, another 30 to 45 minutes in the evening before bedtime.
To charge your Apple Watch, just follow these steps:
- First, make sure that you handle your Apple Watch and accessories safely. Remember to always take off your watch before charging it.
- Next, plug the Apple Magnetic Charging Cable or Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock into a USB power adapter.
- Then, plug the adapter into a power outlet. If you want, you can also plug the charging cable into a USB port.
- Make sure that you position the back of your Apple Watch on the charger. You see, the charger's magnets align your Apple Watch. You will notice the battery charging icon on your watch face.
- You should give your Apple Watch time to charge. While your device is charging, your Apple Watch actually goes into Nightstand mode.
How to Improve Your Apple Watch's Battery Life
Every Apple Watch user wanted their device to have enough charge to last a full day with moderate to heavy use. If you are the type of person who doesn't use the smartwatch, you can get more than a day out of your device.
Here's some tips of to improve your Apple Watch's battery life:
- Disable Always-on Display. If the Apple Watch you own is the series 5 and later, you are probably familiar with its always-on display feature. This feature is handy since you don't need to flick your wrist or tap the screen just to see the time.
Apple actually lowers the display's refresh rate from 60Hz to just 1Hz to reduce power consumption. This way, the always-on feature is possible and you can still use your Apple Watch for hours.
But if you want to save even more power, you can just turn off the always-on display. If you want to wake your device, just raise it. To turn off the always-on display feature, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap General > Display & Brightness, and then uncheck "Always On."
- Use Dark Watch Face and Reduce Brightness. You will find that the display in your Apple Watch is a small OLED panel. It is characterized by its self-emissive technology. You may not know this but in an OLED, each pixel generates its own light. And to display black on an OLED, you simply switch off the pixels.
What does this mean? It means that an Apple Watch face with lots of black space should use less power. Lesser than the one with lots of bright whites and solid colors.
If you want to change the Apple Watch face, first, tap and hold the existing watch face. Then, scroll left or right to select the one you prefer. Or you can tap the plus sign to add a new one. And if you want to delete a watch face you no longer use, just swipe up and select "Remove."
Reducing the brightness of your device's display can also impact the wearable energy usage. If you want to adjust it, go to Watch > Display & Brightness on your iPhone.
- Reduce Notification Alerts. Believe it or not, push notifications are a huge battery drain on Apple Watch. By eliminating some of these, you can not just reduce energy consumption, but it also improves your productivity.
If you want to reduce your notifications, head to the Watch app on your iPhone and tap "Notifications." You can tap each of the core Apple services at the top if you want to customize the alerts.
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