Most people know that Apple watches track your steps as well as many other metrics such as your resting heart rate. However, many people question what your Apple Watch is able to track once the battery dies.
Your Apple Watch does not track your steps even when the battery dies. Despite having a battery life that can easily last you a couple of days, there are times when you will forget to charge your Apple Watch, and it will die in the middle of the day.
If you are wondering if your Apple Watch is able to track your steps even after the battery dies, you should keep reading the section below to find the answers you are looking for.
Does Apple Watch Keep Tracking When the Battery Dies?
Let’s face it. It is pretty common to forget to charge your Apple Watch every night. Most people have to worry about charging their headphones, phones, and laptops. When you add an Apple Watch to that list, it is no wonder that people forget to charge their Apple Watch. You may be wondering what happens when the battery of your Apple Watch finally dies.
The answer is exactly what you would expect it to be. Nothing. Once the battery of your Apple Watch fully dies, it will no longer track any steps that it tracks whenever it is charged.
Something that may come as a surprise to you, however, is that the same goes for when you put your Apple Watch in Power Reserve. This usually happens when your watch is at 10% battery.
This feature helps prolong the battery of your Apple Watch so that you can continue to use it until you can charge it. However, when you turn on this feature, it turns off all of the step recording features of the Apple Watch in order to save the remaining battery.
Although your Apple Watch doesn’t track your steps after it dies, you can manually insert the number of steps you took on the Health app on your iPhone. This is certainly a lot harder to track manually, but it is an option for those of you who chose to take advantage of this feature.
What Does the Apple Watch Track When the Battery Dies?
Now that you know that your Apple Watch will not track any of your steps when the battery dies, you may still be wondering if it will collect any data at all once the battery dies.
Although it would be pretty nice, it is not possible for the Apple Watch to continue to track any date once the battery dies because the watch relies on the battery in order to power all of the sensors that track data, such as your heart rate.
This isn’t something that will likely change in the future since it would be really difficult for Apple to find a way to continue to power the sensors within the watch without a charged battery. The best thing you can do is just make sure that you charge your Apple Watch.
How to Extend Your Apple Watch Battery Life
So now that you know that your Apple Watch won’t do anything once the battery dies, you might be a little curious about what you can do to extend the battery life of your watch.
There are several things you can do to extend the battery life of your Apple Watch. For example, if you have a series 5 Apple Watch or later, you can disable the Always-on Display feature, which will help significantly extend the battery life of your watch.
There are other tips, such as reducing the number of notifications that get sent to your Apple Watch. If you are getting notifications from a lot of different apps such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc., your battery will likely die a lot sooner than someone who choses to only get text notifications sent to their watch.
Another tip is to use a watch face with a darker background. When you open the Watch app on your phone, you will be able to choose from a very wide array of options for your watch face display. You can even create your own display using pictures from your phone. Choosing a watch face with a darker background can help slightly increase the battery life of your watch.
A good tip is not to play music directly from your Apple Watch onto your headphones if you have your phone with you. This drains the battery of your watch unnecessarily since you have your phone with you anyways.
Lastly, if you are really concerned about your battery life, you can turn off the wake on wrist raise feature, which automatically turns on the display of your watch whenever you raise your wrist.
Although it would be amazing if your Apple Watch could continue to track your steps when the battery dies, it is not possible because the sensors need power from the battery in order to track your health data, including steps.
The best thing you can do is remember to keep your watch charged and maybe implement some of the tips above on how to extend your battery life.