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10 Tricks to Save Battery on Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is one of the most advanced Wear OS smartwatches. You can do many things like downloading third-party apps, calling through the watch, replying to messages, tracking health data, using social media apps, and other customizations. But using all these features reduces the battery life, bringing it down to less than a day at times. In this article, let’s look at some tips and tricks to save battery life and get maximum endurance from the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.

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How to Save Battery on Galaxy Watch 4

The Galaxy Watch 4 packs tons of features that you can disable to reduce battery drain. Samsung has also bundled a few dedicated battery-saving options for the rescue. Read on to know more about battery-saving options on the smartwatch.

1. Turn off Connectivity Features

The first thing you can do is turn off unwanted connectivity features on your watch. This includes WiFi, Bluetooth, and Cellular Data (on the LTE variant). Turning them off will reduce battery consumption to a huge extent.

Step 1: Swipe down on the home screen of the watch.

Step 2: Click on the Settings icon and select Connections.

Step 3: You can turn off the Bluetooth, WiFi, and Cellular Data (in the LTE variant).

When you turn off WiFi/ LTE, you will not be able to use the internet on the watch. Similarly, turning off Bluetooth will disconnect it from the phone, cutting off notifications. Although, if WiFi is enabled and the phone and watch are connected to the same WiFi, it’ll stay remotely connected even though Bluetooth is turned off.

2. Turn Off Always-on Display

The always-on display keeps the display turned on all the time, consuming a lot of battery. Given that display eats the maximum battery on the Galaxy Watch 4, you can consider disabling AOD, as shown below:

Step 1: Swipe down on the watch home screen.

Step 2: Click on the Settings icon and go to the Display section.

Step 3: Scroll down and disable the Always-on Display option.

3. Use Watch Only Mode

The Galaxy Watch 4 comes with a “Watch only” mode that can give you several weeks of backup. This mode disables everything on the watch and shows only the time, like a regular digital watch. You can use it to extend the battery life in extreme situations.

Step 1: Swipe down on the watch home screen.

Step 2: Click on the Settings icon and go to the Battery section.

Step 3: Scroll down and select the Watch-only option. Click the Turn on button.

Now, you will see only the time on your watch. You can turn off the Watch only mode by holding the watch’s side button for a few seconds.

4. Use Static Watch Faces

The Galaxy Watch 4 supports dynamic, animated watch faces. However, these watch faces consume a lot of battery. If you’re not fond of customization, consider using a static watch face with black elements, reducing CPU usage and cutting down the battery used by AMOLED onboard.

If the watch face has more black elements, it will give a higher battery backup by turning off the unused pixels that consume battery. You can change watch faces as mentioned below:

Step 1: Tap and hold the home screen of the watch.

Step 2: Swipe left to check the pre-loaded watch faces on the watch.

Step 3: Select any watch face you want to apply to the watch. You can also customize the watch’s face colors and elements.

Here’s more on customizing watch faces on your Galaxy Watch 4. Below are preloaded static watch faces with black elements that you can use on your watch:

5. Turn off the Raise to Wake Feature

Raise to wake is a gesture feature that lights up the watch screen when the wrist is turned or moved. This consumes more battery life, and many times, it accidentally records the gesture even when you didn’t want it to. You can turn it off and use buttons to light up the screen when needed, as shown below:

Step 1: Swipe down on the watch home screen.

Step 2: Click on the Settings icon and select the Display settings.

Step 3: Scroll down and disable the Raise wrist to wake option.

6. Remove Recent Apps

Just like smartphones, the Galaxy Watch 4 has a recent apps list. When you use any app, it gets added in the background and doesn’t get closed until you remove it, or WearOS feels the need of killing it to free memory.

If an app is constantly running in the background, it will impact battery life. You can remove it from the recent apps list as mentioned below:

Step 1: Swipe up on the watch home screen.

Step 2: Click on the Recent apps icon at the top of the apps list.

Step 3: Swipe up the apps to close and remove them from recent apps or select the Close all option to remove all the apps at once.

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7. Enable Galaxy Watch 4’s Power Saving Mode

The Galaxy Watch 4 comes with a built-in Power Saving mode. When enabled, it disables non-essential features like an always-on display, WiFi, and wakeup gestures and limits CPU power and other resources.

Follow the steps mentioned below to enable power-saving mode:

Step 1: Swipe down on the watch home screen.

Step 2: Select the Settings icon and go to Battery settings.

Step 3: Enable the Power saving option.

8. Reduce Screen Timeout

The watch’s screen turns off automatically after a few seconds of inactivity. You can keep the screen timeout to the lowest possible to ensure the display doesn’t consume battery life when not in use.

Step 1: Swipe down on the watch home screen.

Step 2: Click on the Settings icon and select Display settings.

Step 3: Scroll down and click on the Screen timeout option.

Step 4: Select 15 seconds.

That’s it. The screen will now turn off within 15 seconds of inactivity.

9. Turn off Automatic Health Tracking

The Galaxy Watch 4 has auto-health tracking features, including automatic heart rate monitoring, stress monitoring, and workout auto-detection. These features use the sensors embedded in the watch to record these data, which consumes more battery life.

You can disable the automatic tracking and use the health-tracking features manually when you want. Here are the steps to disable it:

Step 1: Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone and select Watch settings.

Step 2: Click on Samsung Health and click on Heart rate.

Step 3: Select the Manual-only option.

Step 4: Go back and click on Stress.

Step 5: Select the Manual-only option for this as well.

Step 6: Go back and disable the Activities to detect option.

The watch will stop tracking your health data and activities automatically and consume less battery. However, keep them turned on if you want the watch to gauge your health and activity accurately.

10. Disable GPS

The onboard GPS helps in location tracking, navigation, and accurate results for distance-based activities. However, it also consumes the battery when not in use. You can turn it on or off manually in settings using the steps below.

Step 1: Swipe down on the watch home screen and tap the Settings icon.

Step 2: Scroll down and click on Location.

Step 3: Turn the toggle off.

Bonus: Check Apps Consuming More Battery

Has the battery life reduced significantly after installing a particular app on Galaxy Watch 4? Here’s how you can check which apps are consuming more battery on your Galaxy watch:

Step 1: Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.

Step 2: Click on Watch settings.

Step 2: Select Battery. Here, you’ll see the app names and their battery usage percentage.

If you find any app that you are not using and is still consuming the battery on your watch, you can uninstall it from your watch. Besides, you can also gauge the battery usage by the display, WiFi, and other onboard features.

Save Battery Life on Your Galaxy Watch 4

These were the top tips and tricks to save battery life on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. I hope the above guide helps you make the watch last as long as possible and yield a high screen on time. Let us know your experience after using these tips on your watch in the comments below. Stay tuned with WearablesToUse for more helpful articles!


Himanshu Kansal

Himanshu roams around the Internet to find the latest happenings in Tech Industry to stay updated about everything Tech. Apart from being a Tech Writer, he also makes content on YouTube and is passionate about Smartphones and Gadgets.