A runners guide for Apple Watch: 7 tips to extend battery life, improve tracking, and more

“Whether you’re a seasoned runner training for your race, or just getting started on your jogging journey, the Apple Watch can help get you there,” Vanessa Hand Orellana writes for CNET. “Though not a designated running watch, the Apple Watch is packed with features to help you log miles and keep you motivated while you run.”

“First things first: Make sure the Apple Watch knows who you are. This means gender, weight, height, age — basically, all the indicators that the watch needs to accurately measure distance and calories burned,” Orellana writes. “Another important part of the ‘getting to know you’ stage is calibrating the watch to your individual pace and stride to get a more accurate read of distance when you leave your phone behind or GPS isn’t reliable.”

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)

“If you’re running dangerously low on juice, try activating Power Saving Mode before you start,” Orellana writes. “This is different than the Power Reserve option you get when you’re down to 10 percent, which basically turns off all features other than time. Power Saving Mode is a pre-emptive step that’ll help extend battery life while still retaining most of the basic tracking features.”

Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: Good tips and, if your calibration is off and especially if you find yourself running on a treadmill even sporadically, a properly-calibrated Apple Watch is certainly a must for runners!


  1. The watch is a great asset when running. I use the Nike Run app and have both the phone and watch (non-LTE) with me.
    Biggest issues are:
    The watch sometimes loses connectivity and doesn’t connect to the phone app. In worse cases I have to uninstall and reinstall the app which is a pain because that process can take unto 10 mins.
    Also never got the watch to play songs with the Nike app on the watch. Not sure what I am doing wrong there.

  2. I use my Apple watch while walking my dog, playing pickle ball and bicycling. It lets me know how hard I’m working and how far i’ve gone. Love it.

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