Experiencing severe battery drain on your Gear S3 or Gear Sport? Try this temporary fix : After the very annoying (and equally mysterious) battery drain problem returned to the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport earlier this month, we still have no official solution from Samsung. The company has acknowledged the issue and announced that a fix is coming, but also admitted it didn’t know what was causing the severe battery drain, nor when a firmware update with a fix would be released.
Affected owners of the smartwatches took to Samsung’s support forums to report the issue and many of them speculate that the culprit behind it could be a recent Samsung Health update. Though there’s no official confirmation on the matter, though it may be something worth looking into, as a significant number of affected users began noticing unusual battery drain following one of the latest updates for Samsung Health.
Another possible culprit behind the problem could be Samsung’s service for collecting usage data on the smartwatches. According to SamMobile, opting out of the feature has solved — or at least, alleviated — battery drain for some Gear S3 and Gear Sport owners. If you are experiencing this issue and want to test this temporary fix for yourself, open the Settings app, scroll down, and tap on About Gear. Then, disable the Report diagnostic and usage info option.
We have reached out to Samsung for comment on the situation and will report back if and when we receive a statement.