How to Check Apple Watch Battery Levels on iPhone

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How do you check Apple Watch battery? 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 Apple Watch battery on your phone.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • See how much battery life your Apple Watch has in the most convenient place for you.
  • Check Apple Watch battery percentage on iPhone by adding the Batteries widget.

How to Check Apple Watch Battery Using Your iPhone

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 15 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

Please note that this tip only works if your iPhone is paired to the Apple Watch in question. Before you find out how to see Apple Watch battery on iPhone, you'll need to make sure you've added the Apple Watch battery widget for iPhone. For more tips on using your Apple Watch, like how to tell the difference between active and total calories, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here's how to check Apple Watch battery from the Today View on your iPhone:

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  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 Add icon.

    Tap the + icon.
  4. Scroll down until you see Batteries. Tap it.

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

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

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

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

    Tap Done.
  9. Now that you've added the Batteries widget, you will see an Apple Watch icon with a circle representing the battery life. If you chose the larger widget (as seen in the previous steps), you will also be able to see the battery percentage.

    If your Apple Watch is charging, you will see a lightning icon here.
  10. 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

Note: 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 know how to check Apple Watch battery on iPhone! You'll need to make sure your Apple Watch stays synced to your iPhone to see the battery level. You'll be able to see Apple Watch battery on iPhone 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.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.