Samsung launched the Gear S3 smartwatches last year, and it is the company’s newest offering in their smartwatch line. The Gear S3 smartwatches come in 2 variants, one is the classic variant, and the other one is the frontier which is more like a rugged version of the classic. Also, the Frontier variant is the one with LTE connectivity, however, in India, we don’t have the LTE variant. Just like last year, the Gear S3 smartwatches brings a lot of new features to the table, and the company has promised better battery life as well in comparison to last year.
The Gear S3 smartwatches come with a 380 mAh battery which is supposed to last upto three days on a single charge. While the company is claiming the battery life of upto three days, it completely depends on the user. If you are willing to make the most out of your Gear S3 smartwatch, then we have given some tips which you can try out to extend the battery life of your Gear S3 smartwatch.
Adjusting the Brightness
The screen brightness of the Gear S3 has to be manually adjusted from the settings according to your surroundings. There are two ways to do it, one is either by going to the settings or adjusting it directly by tapping on brightness option in the drop down menu on the watch face. Playing around with the brightness of the watch will definitely allow you to get the most out of your battery when you need.
Disable Wake-up Gesture
The Gear S3 smartwatch has a raise to wake up the screen feature, which is found in pretty much every other smartwatch. This feature comes in handy when you have turned off the always on option. However, do make a note that disabling the raise to wake feature will require you to tap the button on the side every time to check the time and notifications. Having said that, disabling it may help you get more out of the battery since the display is turned on many times even when you don’t need it like while sleeping for instance. You can find this option inside the Device settings, and you ca turn this off if you want to get more out of your battery when you need it.
Disable Alway-On Screen
As mentioned earlier, the Gear S3 smartwatch also comes with an always on screen which will keep the display on all the time as the name suggests. If you disable this option, then your display turn off after a set amount of time and then you either have to tap the button or use raise to wake up feature to check the time and notifications. Disabling this option will surely get some extra time with the battery, and hence this is recommended.
Turn off Auto HR
This is another feature which can be disabled in your watch, however, turning this off will not allow you to take full advantage of the features that are available on your watch. Hence if you are a fitness enthusiast and would like to have a track of your activity data always there for you, then we suggest you leave this on. Do make a note that this will only disable the auto detect feature and if you want manually track a workout then that feature will still work out of the box. To turn this options off, go to S health and look for settings. Under settings, you will find this option from where you can turn it on or off according to your requirement.
Sounds and Vibrations
The Vibration of the watch may take up a lot of battery and for most people, it may not be an essential feature to have. You can turn this off by going to the sounds and vibration menu in the settings. Alternatively, instead of turning it off completely, you can also lower down the intensity of the vibration to keep it nice and subtle at the same save some battery as well. To do this, you can go to sounds and vibration and turn down the intensity from there.
The Gear S3 watches have built-in GPS, and hence they support all location services. However, if you wish to save some battery, then you can turn the location services completely off. This might not affect the battery life much, however, if you are planning to make your battery last longer and then even small things like this will matter on a longer run. When you turn the location services off, then it will not detect your activities properly like running, etc, and even relevant apps won’t be able to work to their fullest potential, hence do bare that in mind before making a change. There are a couple of options to choose from in the GPS settings which you can find connections within the settings app.
The gear S3 smartwatches do come with S Voice feature and we all know how that works out. So if you are one of the rare few people who uses S Voice, then leave it on, however, if don’t use the S Voice feature then be sure to turn that off as well. In order to turn off the S Voice feature, all you have to do is go to S Voice and tap on the three dots which you can find on the right-hand side. There will be an option to turn off the S Voice auto-wake up. This will prevent the S Voice to be triggered automatically and it will cut down on the CPU usage as well.
Notification on Phone
This is another thing which you can do to save some battery on your Gear S3 smartwatches, i.e. disable the notifications from certain apps. This will allow you to disable notifications from certain apps which keep popping up automatically quite frequently and turn your display on. If you are a person who gets a lot of notifications on social media which might not be important every time, then this is something that you can do in order to keep your watch display from turning on automatically upon unwanted notification. You can do this going to the Gear App on your phone and then by going to notification options.
Power saving mode
Turning the power saver feature on will turn your display into a grey scale display. It will also turn off all the functions except calls/ messages notifications. The overall watch CPU performance will also be changed and it will be lowered down to give you maximum efficiency. To turn this on, you can simply go into the settings options and look for the Power saving option there. This feature is guaranteed to extend your battery life significantly and if in case you are running low on battery, simply turn this on and make your watch last a couple of more hours. Do make a note that once your battery level is low, the watch will automatically prompt you to turn this on to save some battery.
These are some of the tips which we were able to curate to extend the battery life of the Gear S3 smartwatch. If you have the watch with you then be sure to try these out and let us know the difference you have seen with the battery life by adopting these changes. Also, if we missed out to list some of your favorite tips to extend the battery life t,hen be sure to let us know about them in the comment section below and we will add them to the list. With that said, be sure to stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such tips and tricks to get the most out of your device.