How to Enable the “Reduce Motion” Option on an Apple Watch

The battery life on the Apple Watch is quite good, in comparison to your iPhone or iPad, but it will still only last a couple of days between charges. The exact length of time that the Apple Watch battery lasts will vary based on usage but, if you use your watch a lot, then you might be looking for settings you can change which will extend the battery life.

One option is to use a feature called “Reduce Motion.” If you have previously looked for ways to extend iPhone battery life, then you are probably aware that it is one of the most commonly cited settings to adjust.

Our guide below will show you where to find and enable Reduce Motion on your Apple watch, which will stop a lot of the animations and automatic app-resizing that occurs when you launch and exit apps.

 

How to Save Apple Watch Battery Life By Turning on the “Reduce Motion” Setting

The steps below were performed through the Watch app on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.1. The watch being modified is an Apple watch 2, using the Watch OS 3.1 operating system.

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

open the watch app on the iphone

 

 

Step 2: Select the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen.

open the my watch tab

Step 3: Scroll down and select the General option.

open the watch general menu

 

 

Step 4: Select the Accessibility option.

open the watch accessibility menu

 

 

Step 5: Tap the Reduce Motion option.

how to turn on reduce motion on an apple watch

 

 

Step 6: Touch the button to the right of Reduce Motion to turn it on.

enable reduce motion on the apple watch to improve battery life

 

 

Is the battery icon on your iPhone 7 yellow? This happens when a setting called “Low Power Mode” becomes enabled. This can happen in a couple of different ways, but is a good option for extending your battery life, as it will automatically change or disable certain functions and features on your iPhone that may needlessly be draining your battery.

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