Samsung tips a solution to your Gear Sport or Gear S3 watch battery drain woes

Samsung tips a solution to your Gear Sport or Gear S3 watch battery drain woes
There's been a storm brewing over Samsung's popular Gear Sport and Gear S3 smartwatches in the last weeks, as they have been victims of battery drain that is unprecedented for their owners. At least for Gear S3 owners, this problem is like deja vu all over again, as they had battery issues back in December, too, after the Tizen 3.0 software update, but these were resolved fairly quickly with another one.

Now, however, most users are reporting the battery drain happening in one and the same way - very early in the morning, with batteries at a decent 70%-95% charge before they call it quits for the night. When they wake up refreshed about eight or so hours later, the Gear Sport and Gear S3 charges are often completely gone, and they are left with a device that has to be topped off just when they have to head out the door and start the day running.

Samsung reps have acknowledged the problem and advised that "the development team has said it will be fixed in a future update and we cannot speculate on when future updates will be released." While there have been some temporary fixes that have proven useful for some Gear Sport and Gear S3 owners, Samsung has now answered tech journalists' requests for a comment, and has actually offered a very simple solution:

There you have it, the old "did you reset the router" question from your internet provider's customer service rep can pop up in an unexpected manner. We kid, but do tell if a simple restart has actually managed to fix the battery drain issue on your Samsung Gear Sport or Gear S3 smartwatch.

source: Wearable



1. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

Really Samsung thanks for the Mr. Obvious answer. Disabled S Health and Usage reporting has only lost 2% in a few hours. Between this and what I think is a DNS issue from last security update on my Note 8 it is getting a little painful supporting you. If I want to beta test I would buy a Pixel.

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2299; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Agreed, avoid S Health. There's absolutely no reason to use it.

2. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018


3. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Another shining example of Samsung innovation. No wonder the Gear/Galaxy watches are such poor sellers. Wonder how papaj, harkun and the rest of the Samsung dick riders will spin this.

4. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

This is exactly what happened to OEMs trying hard to imitate and compete with apple diverse products, name copying and other gimmicks in the shell.

6. cheetah2k

Posts: 2299; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

what? get off the crack mate!

5. cheetah2k

Posts: 2299; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

When I had my Gear Sport it lasted 4 days easy. Glad I switched to the Galaxy Watch though, its just a boss on battery. Although I don't have Messenger or Facebook notifications enabled, I do have phone calls and SMS/MMS, and I easily get 7 days (down to 25% left). I don't know why but Samsung has struggled a lot with battery drain on the S3 and Sport series..

8. cjethro

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 26, 2018

Fix did NOT work for me. My S3 battery lasts only 8 hours, at the most. I will NOT be buying the new galaxy watch... why would I reward poor support?

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