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Apple watches are not indestructible devices. They have a life span and would eventually need to be replaced. It's interesting to note that even though some Apple Watches can develop a fault and not last long, others can see out the duration of their lifespan.

If you want to understand how your apple watches work as regards the life span, then this article is for you. Read on.

How long does the Apple Watch Last?

Naturally, this varies from user to user and from one Apple Watch version to the next. Even Apple itself won't give us a specific life expectancy for this amazing wearable device. However, the average user should get about three years of regular use out of their Apple Watch before noticing a performance drop.

This seems reasonable given that most of Apple's mobile devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc.) have an average lifespan of two to three years. However, the Apple Watch can be used potentially for up to five years, according to numerous customers. For example, there were still users of the first Apple Watch Series in 2020.

How do I know when my Apple Watch needs to be replaced?

The battery health is always displayed in the form of a percentage in the battery settings. An Apple Watch requires extra care and may need to replace its battery if it has a health rating of less than 50%. Getting a replacement within a few months is advisable when it gets less than 50%.

You can check available phone technicians if your Apple watch battery needs to be replaced. However, to be on the safer side, you can look for any authorized Apple service center.

Why does the Apple Watch Tell me to Breath?
If your Apple Watch cannot detect that you are active for a certain period, it will alert you to take a breath using the Breath reminder feature. This functionality can be toggled on or off, with the default setting being “on.”

Can I replace the battery on Apple Watch?

The battery in your Apple Watch can be replaced as a service by an authorised technician for a charge. Batteries that become worn out from routine use are not covered by the Applecare warranty. If you have AppleCare+ and your product's battery is less than 80% of its original capacity, you are eligible for battery service at no additional cost.

How long can the battery of an Apple Watch last on a full charge?

Apple doesn't place as much of an emphasis on battery life as other companies. Even with a claimed 18-hour battery life between charges for the Apple Watch Series 7, there are still certain restrictions.

Expect battery life to decrease if you use GPS or check the time more than 90 times daily. Apple says this number can be reached with "90-time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 60-minute workout with music from Apple Watch through Bluetooth."

According to Apple, the Series 7 will last 1.5 hours when making LTE calls, 11 hours when exercising, 11 hours when playing music from storage, or 6 hours when using GPS and LTE while exercising.

Notably, the less expensive, smaller Apple Watch SE also boasts a claimed 18-hour battery life, which includes "60 minutes of music playback from Apple Watch over Bluetooth, 90-time checks, 90 alerts, and 45 minutes of app use."

How to improve Apple Watch battery life

Limited animations

Try this hack if you have an older Apple Watch. Go to My Watch > General > Accessibility > toggle on Reduce Motion in the Watch app on your iPhone. This will reduce animations on your Apple watch and help sustain the battery life for longer.

Disable background apps

Most likely, you don't need all your apps running in the background. Those that you don't use can be forced to close. To browse through apps, press the Apple Watch's side button and then use the digital crown. Swipe an app from right to left to choose it, and then click the close red icon to close it.

Turn off background refresh

Your battery may also be drained by the Apple Watch's background refreshing for apps. To turn it off, open the Watch app on your iPhone and select General > Background App Refresh. The apps you don't want using this function can now be toggled off, or you can press the master switch to turn it off completely.

Reduce Screen brightness

More power is needed to make a screen brighter. Open Settings > Display & Brightness and use the buttons or digital crown to change the brightness to a lower tone to improve battery life.

Turn off the always-on display

If you don't need your screen to be on all the time, you can turn it off by going to Settings on your Apple Watch and selecting Display & Brightness > Always On. Toggle it off. This means the screen will turn on only when you raise your hands. This will reduce the drain on the battery life.

How will I get my Apple Watch to count steps?
Steps can be tracked directly on your Apple Watch using the Fitness app or on your iPhone using the iPhone Fitness app or Health app. You may add a pedometer to your Watch face if you want to see how many steps you’ve taken each day without having to open the Fitness app on your Apple Watch.

Frequently Asked Questions about the durability of Apple watches

What is the price of a brand-new Apple Watch battery?

Almost all models have battery replacement costs of $79 or less. This amount excludes any additional taxes the service provider may impose. It's interesting to note that the anticipated fee of $79 applies to practically all Apple Watch models that are capable of having their batteries changed.

Should Apple Watch be charged every night?

Apple has made no mention of how charging overnight impacts battery health. Usually, once the watch reaches 100% charge, the internal circuitry stops it from charging to prevent damage.

What is the best-running Apple Watch in terms of battery life?

The Apple Watch Ultra offers the most extended battery life for an Apple Watch, according to Apple. With up to 36 hours of typical use which can rise to 60 hours when Low Power mode is enabled.

How can I check the Apple Watch's battery life?

Swipe up on the watch face to access Control Center and view the battery level. You can add a battery gimmick to many watch faces. You may also add a battery widget to your iPhone to display any connected Apple Watches.


The Apple Watch, as stylish and luxurious as it has been built, needs utmost care to ensure it lasts longer for you. Always ensure to run regular updates on your Apple Watch. The absence of updates makes the gadget less secure, even if it continues to function. That being said, the Apple Watch is expected to last about three years in good condition.

If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments below.

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