Understanding Battery Life of a GPS watch
Typically, GPS watches have a battery life of approximately 1 day. So like a mobile phone, the device requires charging every day. There are a couple of very important things to know
1, Every time the Step by Step app is opened, the app automatically searches for GPS signal, and the watch is put into ‘Active mode’, meaning it will look for GPS coordinates every 20 seconds whilst the app is open. This is an excellent feature, however, if continuously opened throughout the day, you will notice a faster decrease in battery life on the watch.
2, The pedometer, when in use, will drain the battery quickly, as the same rule applies. The watch is constantly searching for GPS coordinates. Using the pedometer is the same as leaving the ‘maps’ app open on your smartphone. You will see a fast consumption of battery.
3, When the watch is not being used, the app still requests GPS coordinates from the watch every 3 minutes, by default (this can be changed below)
How to Improve the Battery Life
1, The app has an amazing feature called ‘Places’. You’re able to set a radius and then be notified by the app, or SMS message when your child enters/exits these areas. You can set upto 5 places. We recommend setting one for ‘Home’ and one for ‘School’. – Show Me / Tutorial Video
2, We like to know where our child is at all times, but opening the app every 20 minutes or so sends the watch into ‘Active mode’. Rely on ‘Places’ and open the app less, or in emergencies (because if your child did wander out of a ‘Place’, you would want to keep the app open until you locate them)
3, The app, by default, asks the device for GPS coordinates every 3 minutes (180 seconds). We recommend that this is changed according to your daily situation. For example, if my child was a school, I would change this to update every 30 minutes , and if there were at a park, every 5/10 minutes. You will find what works best for you. This can be changed by going into the settings of the watch and changing the ‘Update Frequency’ – Show Me / Tutorial Video
4, Please make sure the battery is fully charged. It sounds obvious, but please ensure that the charging bars that you see when the device is on charge stops. This indicates that the device is fully charged.