Microsoft Band: extending battery life tips for your fitness tracker

Microsoft Band battery saving while running

According to Microsoft on a full charge of around 90 minutes your Band can last up to 48 hours, but the lasting of the battery will dramatically change on how you use it, the settings configured, and many other variables. In cases such as having too many notifications pushed in or having GPS turned on all the time will drain the battery a lot quicker, making you having to charge the wristband more often.

However the Microsoft Band features a mechanism to warn you if the battery charge isn’t enough to complete an activity. When you press the action button, the band will calculate the power required to complete the activity, and if it will require more battery of what is already left, you’ll get notify.

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Also Microsoft recommends to adjust some power-saving settings that can help to optimize the battery life to avoid having to charge the band less often.

Power-saving tips on the band

All the following tips require to change settings from the Me Tile:

Turn off the GPS when going for a run: tap on Run, then Run with GPS and turn off the sensor. Remember that GPS is only enabled when you’re running. Then is just simply off all the time. If the GPS is off, the Microsoft Health app won’t be able to track you on a map.

The GPS drain a lot of battery on your Microsoft Band, so it’s a good idea to charge the band before going for a run.

Turn off Daily Heart Rate: tap Settings, Tools, Daily Heart Rate, turn off the feature. This will stop continual heart rate monitor, which helps to calculate calories burned during the day. Though, the band will continue to monitor your heart rate during workouts and sleep.

Turn on Airplane Mode: tap Settings, Airplane Mode, then turn the feature off. This will turn off Bluetooth, which will help to reduce battery consumption.

Turn on Do Not Disturb: tap Settings, Do Not Disturb, and turn it off. This will stop vibration alerts, but messages, calls, and other information will continue to get to the band. Also remember that you need to turn off the feature to start getting notifications back.

Lower the screen brightness: tap Settings, brightness icon, then lower the brightness setting.

Lower haptic level: tap Settings, Tools, Haptic Alert Levels, and choose a lower level or turn it off. Also you should consider reducing the number of notifications pushed to your band.

Turn off Watch Mode: tap Settings, Watch Mode, and turn it off. This will stop display the time on the band continuously. Though, you can still press the power button to display the time.

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Power-saving tips from the Microsoft Health app

All the following tips require to change settings on the Microsoft Health app:

Although the majority of settings you save power on your Microsoft Band has to be done in the device itself. There are a few things you can manage from the Microsoft Health app. For example, the Calls and Messaging Tiles, can be configured to send haptic notifications. To save battery life, you can turn off a few or all notifications, or you can also prevent data from being downloaded to the band. Follow these Microsoft steps to manage tiles and notifications.  

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