Apple has revealed what we’re sacrificing with the feature.
We finally know what will exactly happen when we turn on the low power mode on the “Far Out” special event.
As leaked by MacRumors, the company has created a new page on the Apple Support website called “Use Low Power Mode on your Apple Watch(opens in new tab).” The document, which coincides with the release of watchOS 9 earlier today, talks about how to turn on the feature and what it will do for your watch.
Although the low power mode is a great function to allow you to use your Apple watch for a longer time, it does come with a price–Twelve other features will be affected when you turn on the low power mode.
Some features will be turned off by Low Power Mode.
Apple says that the following features will be turned off completely when Low Power Mode is turned on:
- Always On display
- Heart rate notifications for irregular rhythm, high heart rate, and low heart rate
- Background heart rate measurements
- Background blood oxygen measurements
- Start workout reminder
If your iPhone isn’t nearby your Apple Watch, the following features will also be turned off:
- Wi-Fi and cellular connections
- Incoming phone calls and notifications
Lower Power Mode, while not turning these things off completely, also has the following effects:
- Making a phone call can take longer
- Background app refresh happens less frequently
- Complications update less frequently
- Siri can take longer to process a request
- Some animations and scrolling might appear less smooth
As you know, this mode turns off many core functions, especially when your iPhone isn’t around, so you’re unlikely to find it useful unless you desperately need to preserve battery life. It’s still a great feature, but keep in mind that by extending battery life, you’ll be shutting down a lot.
Lower Power Mode is available as part of watchOS 9 which was released today alongside iOS 16 and tvOS 16.
New features in watchOS 9
While watchOS 9 has been in beta since June, Apple has now released the new software for everyone on September 12, 2022.
watchOS 9 is by far the most significant update to Apple Watch fitness-tracking features we’ve seen in years, finally making the Apple Watch the talk of the top fitness tracker. Plus, it should feature a new low-power mode that you can turn on to stretch the battery life of your best Apple Watch to new heights.
If you have an Apple Watch Series 4 or later, you can download and install the newest software by following the steps below!
HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL THE WATCHOS UPDATE
- Update your iPhone to iOS 15 or later.
- Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and launch the Watch app.
- Make sure your Apple Watch is charged to at least 50% and connect it to the magnetic charger.
- Tap on the My Watch tab.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on Software Update.
- Tap on Download and Install.
- Enter your iPhone Passcode when prompted.
- Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions
- Tap Proceed on your Apple Watch to begin the download.
- Enter your Passcode on your Apple Watch.
The watchOS update will download and transfer to your Apple Watch and Apple Watch will reboot to apply the update. You can follow the progress on the Apple Watch screen, and once it’s done, you’ll be all set.