Power Reserve mode is a feature of watchOS that let’s you conserve what’s left of your battery when you get low on juice by limiting your Apple Watch’s functionality to nothing more than a time piece.
Starting with watchOS 3, the steps to enable it has changed, so we’ll show you how it’s done.
Enabling Apple Watch Power Reserve mode
Making room for the Emergency SOS slider, Apple made it so you’ll no longer find a Power Reserve mode slider in the slider menu. Now, you’ll need to follow these steps:
1) Swipe up from the bottom of the display to reveal Control Center.
2) Tap on the button on the left that shows your current battery percentage.
3) Once you’re in the battery view, slide the Power Reserve button to the right.
4) You will now be given a prompt message. Tap on the Proceed button to continue.
Your Apple Watch will now be placed into Power Reserve mode.
In this mode, you should see nothing more than the time in green digital format and you can’t access any software features of your Apple Watch until you reboot it by pressing and holding on the side button.
In a pinch, this feature can help you keep your Apple Watch from dying, but still allows it to keep track of time for you. If you use it wisely, you may never have to worry about losing track of time again.