How to Check Apple Watch Battery Levels on iPhone

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If you're an Apple Watch user you can check your battery level right on your Watch, but did you know you can also check the battery on your Apple Watch from the iPhone it's paired to? This tip will come in especially handy during colder months when it might be easier to pull out your iPhone than to pull up the long sleeve covering your watch. If you've been wondering how to check the battery on an Apple Watch from your iPhone, read on to find out. 

Related: How to View Your Weekly Activity Summary on Apple Watch

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How to Check Battery on Apple Watch on iPhone

This tip only works if your iPhone is paired to the Apple Watch in question.

  • Swipe right on your Home or Lock screen to bring up the Today View of your notifications.
  • Scroll down the notifications until you see the heading Batteries—your Apple Watch battery life will be displayed there.

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If you can't find the Batteries notification on your Today View screen, that means you need to add the Battery widget. To do this:

  • Scroll down to the bottom of your notifications and tap Edit.
  • This will take you to Add Widgets; from there, find Batteries and tap the green plus sign to the left.

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Now you'll be able to open the Today View on your iPhone and find out the charge of your Apple Watchw any time you need to!

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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.

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