Apple Watch Battery Issues; May Be Resolved by Restoring Devices
Several issues have been reported regarding some of Apple’s devices that involve lower battery life or the GPS app not recording locations during activities.
Users complained that “in the majority of cases, users record a workout on their watch while leaving their iPhone at home, but when they later look at the Activity app it only shows the workout’s starting point on the GPS map, and nothing else.”
Furthermore, “both the GPS and severe battery drain issues on watchOS 7 were fixed for me simply by in-pairing and re-pairing my watch. Both issues resolved themselves immediately after as noted in many of the support groups.”
The battery issues were observed on Apple Watch devices running system watchOS 7 and iPhone iOS 14.
Potential Symptoms of Device Issues
- Missing Fitness app workout route maps on iPhone for previous GPS-enabled workouts from your Apple Watch.
- Failure in launching or loading data for Activity, Heart Rate, or other health-related apps on Apple Watch.
- Failure to load or launch data for the Fitness app or Health app on iPhone.
- Inaccurate reporting of the amount of data storage from the Health app or Fitness app on iPhone.
- Inaccurate reporting of the amount of data storage for the Activity app on Apple Watch.
- Missing environmental sound levels data or headphone audio levels data from Apple Watch in the Health app on iPhone.
- Increased or excessive battery drain on iPhone or Apple Watch.
If a user is experiencing two or more of the symptoms mentioned, Apple suggests doing the following:
- Unpair the Apple Watch
- Backup both the iPhone and Apple Watch
- Wipe out all content and settings on both devices and restore from the backup
The step-by-step process can be found in Apple’s support document from their website.
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