Samsung Gear S3 users complain about battery drain after Tizen 3.0 OS update

The highly-anticipated Tizen 3.0 update for Samsung Gear S3 was rolled out less than two weeks ago, but many smartwatch users are now complaining of various issues. The most important is related to the battery life of their wearable device, which apparently took a considerable hit after the update.

Unfortunately, it's hard to tell if this is indeed a widespread issue or just a small percentage of Gear S3 users experimenting the battery drainage problems. Samsung has yet to respond to these complaints, but it will take some time until we would be able to confirm that Tizen 3.0 does indeed shorten the Gear S3 battery life.

Furthermore, another bug that Gear S3 users found after updating to Tizen 3.0 is preventing them from using customized watch faces. The good news is this particular issue can be addressed by factory resetting your smartwatch.

Unfortunately, the battery life issue that affects many Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches after the update does not seem to be fixed after the factory reset. Since this issue can be simply addressed by a software update, we're waiting for Samsung acknowledge the problem and offer a fix to its customers.



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

My Tmo S3 classic hasn't gotten the update yet. I haven't had the watch long enough to know what kind of battery life is normal anyway.

2. Xavier1415

Posts: 231; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

The carrier versions didn't get the update yet. It was the non carrier one that got the update. And so far normal battery life is 2 days maybe 2.5 mine last long and I'm not going to update mine when this come out cause I love that it last so long without a charge haven't charged my watch since Friday night and I'm at 43% as type this

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I assumed as much. I'm guessing you don't use always on display. I've been charging mine every night for the past 4 days. Today I've been up almost exactly 12hrs and coincidently my watch is also at 43% but I've been using always on display. I'll use it without for a few days starting tomorrow.

5. Xavier1415

Posts: 231; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

No I don't use always on display for that reason. But yea diff try with out it big change. And I use black background for my watch face that also helps save battery aswell

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2678; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

My Gear S3 has slightly worse battery life. Not huge, maybe 5 to 10 percent extra drain per day. More irritating though is that I cannot turn off step or stair flight goals now.

6. gigicoaste

Posts: 466; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

hmm.. no issue whatsoever. A solid 2 day as before with wifi on auto, HR auto, colored watchface, notifications a bunch.. all good. Was the issue with pincode but once I set the pin and after disable the security, was gone.

7. Dcelrod

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 04, 2017

You have to go to the gear app to update the gear s3 frontier. Mine didnt update automatically. When i heard about the update i started looking to see if it could be done manually and I found it in my gear app.

9. czech24

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 04, 2017

I updated my stand alone Frontier 3 days ago. I've gone from 3 or 4 days of battery life to being most dead in a matter of 6 hours. One of the fixes on another site was to delete your Gear app then do a factory reset of the G3 Gear then reinstall the Gear app on your phone. I did that last night so we shall see what happens. But this update has definitely zapped the battery life of this watch. It's almost not even worth wearing if it's gonna just die that fast.

10. talon95

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It was always 1% per hour, so 4 days on a charge with AOD off. But I do feel like it has dropped to about 3 with the update. However I've been using different custom faces and some may be using new features of 3.0 so that might be the reason. Would like to see it go back to 4 days, or better yet 5, updates should make it last longer not shorter.

11. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

My battery life has definitely taken a hit but not too drastic. Hopefully Samsung will release a big fix update of some kind soon enough to fix this

12. slyredone

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 04, 2017

Did my update just a few days ago and now my battery life is horrible. I barely a day versus 2 to 3 days before the update. Very pissed about this.

13. Aidonno

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 04, 2017

I had some issue with the charging beside drained battery. It was fine before the update. Hope samsung will roll out the update soon.

14. MicroBuntu

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 2017

Experiencing the high battery drain as well. I've also noticed that the face wakes up randomly and seems more sensitive to the wake gesture meaning the screen turns on when not in use a lot by smaller arm movements.

15. farbodght

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

have gear s3 since it's launch. liked it though. it does the job

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