The battery life on the Apple Watch is something that you may find troubling if you use the watch a lot during the course of the day. You may be able to improve the watch’s battery life slightly by reducing the brightness or limiting how long the screen stays on after you touch it, but another option that you have is to turn off the heart rate monitoring.
The heart rate monitoring on your Apple Watch is used to calculate things like the number of calories that a workout is burning, but it can use a lot of the device’s battery life in the process of performing that measurement. Our tutorial below will show you how to turn off the Apple Heart Rate monitoring so that you can determine if the additional battery life is worth the reduce functionality.
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How to Turn Off the Heart Rate Monitor on the Apple Watch
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. The watch being affected is an Apple Watch 2 using WatchOS 3.2.3. Note that disabling the Heart Rate functionality will improve your battery life, but it may also affect the accurateness of any calorie burning measurements.
Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Touch the My Watch tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Privacy option.
Step 4: Select the Motion & Fitness option at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Tap the button to the right of Heart Rate to turn it off.
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