How to Check Apple Watch Battery Levels on iPhone (iOS 15 Update)

Have you ever wondered, "Can I check my Apple Watch battery on my iPhone?" The answer is yes; you can do this using the battery widget!

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Apple Watch users can check their battery level right on their watch. But did you know you can also check the battery on your Apple Watch from the iPhone it's paired to? This is great for cold weather months when your watch is buried under layers or for when it's charging in another room and you don't feel like getting up. I'll explain how to check the battery on an Apple Watch from your iPhone!

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How to Check Battery on Apple Watch Using Your iPhone

Please note that this tip only works if your iPhone is paired to the Apple Watch in question:

  1. Swipe right on your Home or Lock screen to bring up Today View.

    Swipe right on your Home or Lock screen to bring up Today View.
     
  2. Scroll down until you see the Batteries widget.

    Scroll down until you see the Batteries widget.
     
  3. You will see an Apple Watch icon with a circle that represents the battery life. You can also edit the widget to see a percentage.

    If your Apple Watch is charging, you will see a lightning icon here.
     
  4. If your Apple Watch is charging, you will see a lightning icon here.

    You will see an Apple Watch icon with a circle that represents the battery life - how to check battery life on apple watch

How to Add the Battery Widget

If you can't find it on your Today View screen, that means you need to add the Battery widget. It is possible that you may have deleted it by accident. To add it to the Today View follow the steps below. You can also add the Battery widget to the Home screen instead.

  1. Swipe right on your Home or Lock screen to bring up Today View.

    Swipe right on your Home or Lock screen to bring up Today View.
     
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and tap Edit.

    Scroll down to the bottom and tap Edit.
     
  3. Tap the + icon.

    Tap the + icon.
     
  4. Search Batteries in the Search Widgets bar.

    Search Batteries in the Search Widgets bar.
     
  5. Or, you can scroll down until you see Batteries. Tap it.

    Or, you can scroll down until you see Batteries and tap it.
     
  6. Swipe horizontally to see the different options.

    Swipe horizontally to see the different options.
     
  7. Once you see the size you want, tap Add Widget.

    Once you see the size you want, tap Add Widget.
     
  8. You can drag it to reposition it based on your preference.

    You can drag it to reposition it based on your preference.
     
  9. Tap Done.

    Tap Done.

Please note that it is possible that your Today View widgets may change order based on your use. Some users have experienced this and have wondered why their Batteries widget has moved. If you don't see it where you moved it, try scrolling down to see if it's still there before re-adding it.

Now you'll be able to open the Today View on your iPhone and find out the charge of your Apple Watch anytime you need to! It is also a great way to see if your Apple Watch is charging. Next, find out how to check your iPhone battery life from your Apple Watch. For more tips on using your Apple Watch, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.