The komoot app should be able to navigate you with GPS and turn-by-turn instructions for about 5-6 hours on a Samsung watch. This is a limitation of the device itself as the GPS location consumes a lot of power. If the watch is turned off during a recording or the battery runs out, your recording will not be lost. The next time you start the komoot app on your watch, you will be given the option to continue with the navigation if you want.
If you would like to use your watch for long Tours, you can do the following to conserve some battery power during your Tour:
- If you aren’t using the Samsung Health app to track your activities, you can disable all toggles under Samsung Health > Settings > Workout detection.
- Disable the “always on” display option under Settings > Display.
- Disable the auto-wake gesture. This will mean you can only wake the watch up by tapping the screen.
- If you aren’t reliant on your watch showing notifications, disable notifications from your phone. You can disable them in the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.
- Turn off WiFi and LTE on the watch and use only the Bluetooth connection. The Bluetooth connection is a little less intensive on the battery life.
Battery saving mode
Some watches will have a battery saving mode. You can use it but we recommend testing how it affects the komoot app before taking your watch on a long Tour. Depending on the device (for example, on the Samsung Gear S3), the battery saving mode can turn off the komoot app when it isn’t running in the foreground.
If you have flight mode enabled and the watch is disconnected from your phone, the komoot app will use the internal GPS chip in the watch during a recording. If the watch is connected to your phone via Bluetooth while you navigate, we will use the GPS chip from your phone. Using the GPS chip on the watch (when it’s disconnected) might consume more battery than when it is connected to a phone.
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