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Should You Turn Off Your Apple Watch at Night?

Apple Watch users can’t get enough of their devices.

Some people even wear it at night to keep track of their sleep metrics and other vitals. Others prefer to let it charge at night.

The third group of Apple Watch users are those who like to give their watch a rest during the night. They’re the ones who frequently ask: should you turn off your Apple Watch at night?

To that we say, no, you shouldn’t. Unless there’s a pressing need to power down your watch, then, you don’t need to at all.

Keep reading to find out why.

Why You Shouldn’t Turn Off Your Apple Watch at Night

You really don’t need to turn off your watch every night. Some people are probably thinking, “What if my smartwatch doesn’t need to be charged overnight? Can I turn it off then?”

Still, no. in fact, the majority of experts at Apple agree that turning off your Apple smartwatch everynight is likely to affect its battery life over time. Their advice is that you shouldn’t turn off your Apple watch at all except for two reasons.

The first is after a software upgrade. Shutting down and restarting your watch helps the device replace old, unnecessary files with new ones.

Another reason for turning off your smartwatch is if it’s crashed and needs a restart or if the watch is experiencing some sort of problem.

Read more: is it worth buying an Apple Watch without cellular?

Apple Watch Battery Features

Now know that you don’t need to turn off your smartwatch every night. That leaves you with two options. You can wear it while you’re sleeping. The second option is to put it on a charging dock and let it charge through the night.

Either way, it’s also a good idea to know how to take care of your smartwatch battery. Take a look at these smart features of your Apple Watch battery.

Read more: How often to charge Apple Watch?

No Risk of Overcharge

We know you’re probably thinking, “Won’t that overheat the battery?”

Luckily, the lithium-ion battery on your watch is designed to stop charging once it’s reached 100%. So, there’s no chance it’ll overcharge or the battery will become overheated.

Then, if the charge drops down for any reason, it’ll start to charge again.

One important thing to note is that while the watch is charging and connected to power, it can’t be turned off.

It’s also normal for the watch, charging cable, and power adapter to become warm to the touch when the device is connected to power. It won’t affect the lifespan or performance of the device, nor is it a sign that the battery is overheating.

This residual heat is just a normal part of the charging process, especially with wireless charging and fast-charging docks.

Slow Trickle Charging

Fast-charging is one of Apple Watch’s best-loved features. This is all possible thanks to the battery’s ability to quickly charge up to 80% capacity.

Then, for the final 20%, it slows down its charging rate to what’s known as ‘slow trickle charging.’

This amazing feature helps extend the lifespan of your battery. Plus, it helps you get your watch charged and ready to go in a short amount of time.

We should note that the amount of time each watch takes to reach that initial 80% depends on the device you’re charging and the type of charging dock you’re using. So, it’ll vary from one model to another. Yet, the average Apple Watch takes about an hour to an hour and a half to reach from 0% to 80%.

Long-Lasting Charge

You’re running late for work, so you grab your gear, and head out the door. On your way out, you sneak a peak at the battery level only to discover it’s 60%!

Do you rush back in and grab the charging dock? Or do you go to work and hope for the best?

According to the experts at Apple, 60% is more than enough to last you through the day, and then some. After testing out multiple Apple Watches, they concluded that a 35-minute run will consume about 7% of battery life. So, you can easily run eight times that amount and still have some juice in your watch.

As for a full 100% charge, here are some of their findings:

  • Up to 18 hours of regular use
  • Up to 1.5 hours of talk time connected to 4G LTE
  • Up to 11 hours of playback from watch storage
  • Up to 8 hours of streaming on Apple Music via  4G LTE
  • Up to 11 hours of indoor workouts while connected to iPhone via Bluetooth
  • Up to 6 hours of outdoor workout while connected to 4G LTE and GPS

Conclusion

So, should you turn off your Apple Watch at night? No, you shouldn’t for several reasons.

First off, it’s such a hassle to shut down your smart devices every night. Besides, there’s no need to do it. It’s a waste of time, and it can also be affecting your battery life in the long run.

So, either wear it to bed, let it charge, or leave it resting peacefully on your nighstand til morning.