watchOS 9.2 Battery Drain? Apple Watch Dying Fast? (Fixed!)

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Posted in Errors and Issues by Patricia on December 16, 2022

watchOS 9.2 battery drain

Are you experiencing watchOS 9.2 battery drain issues? Apple Watch is dying faster after the latest software update? A full charge cycle depletes within 4 hours instead of one full day? You’re not alone!

watchOS 9.2 Battery Drain Issue?

This issue has been reported by Rob:

“Watch v6, is 9.2 (updated last night) and battery drained like crazy today.”

and confirmed by numerous other readers:

  • Jeff: “Battery went from 82% to 18% during 6+ hours sleep. I went from 97% at about 10 am to 40% less than 5 hours later. Battery health is 93%. Watch is series 5.”
  • Sue: “Same problem for me.”
  • Josh: “Same here on ultra. 20% in 1 hour.”

We could not replicate this issue, so far, but have found more complaints on Apple’s Discussion forums and the MacRumors forums.

Apple Watch Battery Drain Fix?

Apparently, the extreme battery drain is caused by iOS 16.2. We’ve seen a report on Reddit, complaining about this issue even with Apple Watch still on watchOS 9.1 and paired iPhone on 16.2:

Thankfully, you can troubleshoot this problem by applying the following sequence:

  • 1. Force restart iPhone: Click & release Volume Up, followed by Volume Down and press & hold the Side Button until the Apple logo is displayed on the screen.
  • 2. When the Apple logo is shown on the iPhone screen, force restart Apple Watch by simultaneously pressing and holding the Digital Crown and the Side Button until the Apple logo is shown on the screen!
  • Credits: Thanks Randy-12 for sharing this fix!

Have you managed to fix watchOS 9.2 battery draining fast? Do you have a better solution or other problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments!

Related: For more watchOS 9.2 bugs and available workarounds check our detailed review!


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