We’re all familiar with the odd pieces of technology that Apple makes for consumers. One of the coolest gadgets in the Apple inventory is the Apple Watch.

A watch that comes equipped with hardware and features that no other brand has brought in a single frame that is powered by Apple’s in-house operating system.

watchOS saw an incremental improvement with the new watchOS 7, which at the same time brings more capabilities to the watch by enhancing the overall user experience. The Apple Watch was performing well until the watchOS 7.4.1 update aired. The battery has reportedly taken a big hit after this update.

Many Apple Watch owners updated to the latest watchOS version 7.4.1 are now experiencing excessive battery drainage.

I updated my series six Apple Watch on Monday as soon as watchOS 7.4 was released. Since then I have experienced excessive battery drain and random restarts throughout the day. I normally have around 30% to 40% of battery remaining in the evening but now I have around 10%.

After updating my Apple Watch 5 to watchOS 7.4.1 the battery goes flat very quickly, the indicator seems like to showing correct percentage charge. Upsetting while in the middle of a workout suddenly the watch dies.

Apple WatchOS 7.4.1 Draining Excessive Battery
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The battery, which used to last more than 24 hours on the earlier builds, hardly lasts 12-14 hours. Electricity consumption has increased, which could be the root cause of drainage.

While there is a significant portion that only began to experience sporadic battery drainage after watchOS 7.4.1, some claim (1, 2) that it was present with watchOS 7.4 as well. From Apple Watch Series 3 to Series 6, every generation of Apple Watch that’s on the latest version of watchOS has been affected.

Since the company or its representatives have said no word, users are left with no other option but to try the hit and test method. One affected user came up with something that solved the battery draining problem for him to some extent. It does not require much time or effort so that it can be tried.

First I unpaired watch, then repaired it. I left it on charger to keep 100%. Then I shut down watch plus phone. Then I restarted watch and phone at as close to same time as possible. When I went to bed at 11pm last night it was 100%. This morning at 9:30 it was 82%. (Source)

Here’s the official way to erase Apple Watch and pair it back with iPhone. There’s one more way that may work for some folks.

First try force restarting your iPhone by whatever method your version calls for. As soon as you see the Apple logo force restart your watch by holding in the crown and side button for 10 seconds till you see the Apple logo then release. Log into your iPhone and wait for your watch to boot, then log into it. (Source)

These are the only things that can help get close to the battery backup that Apple Watch users used. We hope Apple takes note of this and fixes things before it affects more people. If we find any other solution, we will keep you posted here and report.


Update 1 (June 29)

IST 07:25 pm: A recent thread on Apple Community indicates that Apple Watch users are still facing battery drain issues, while an official response on the matter is still awaited.


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