watch OS 9.2: melting autonomy on Apple Watch

Installing watchOS 9.2 has resulted in battery life issues for users of all kinds of Apple Watch. With almost every update – of iPhone or watch – we have the right to complain about a plummeting autonomy, but in this case several testimonies agree on Reddit (1, 2), on Twitter (1, 2, 3) or at Apple (1, 2).

Some comments date back to the launch of 9.0, but 9.2 seems to have reached more people. So and so sees his day ending at 30/40% battery versus 55/65% before the update. Another observes a drop from 70 to less than 15% in just four hours.

One of our readers, who keeps the Series 6 on his wrist at night, went to bed with a 50% battery compared to almost 10% now. Someone else also has this problem with a battery that drains too fast to do a full night watch if we haven’t made sure to charge it much more than before.

These errors are random, some of us didn’t notice anything different. My watch – capture above – appears to be affected, but it’s an S5 with an already dead battery.

The easiest advice to try to remedy this is to start by restarting it. And if the error persists, don’t hesitate to restore it completely via the “Erase content and settings” option in the General section of the Watch app settings.

With watchOS 9.2 is

With watchOS 9.2, the Apple Watch Ultra is ready for a 17-hour triathlon

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