How to Check Apple Watch Battery Life

Use the Control Center or add a complication to your watch face to check Apple Watch battery levels.

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How do you check Apple Watch battery levels? There are a couple of easy methods to find out how much battery life your Apple Watch has left, so you'll know if your Apple Watch needs a charge before your workout or bedtime. We'll go over both of these methods below.

Related: The Best Ways to Save Apple Watch Battery Life

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How to Check Battery on Apple Watch with the Control Center

  1. Swipe up on your Apple Watch face.

    Swipe up
  2. This will open the Apple Watch Control Center.
  3. Your battery charge level will appear as a percentage inside a gray icon.

    Control center battery

This simple but effective Apple Watch battery trick will tell you if you have enough to go for a hike or run without worrying about your watch dying.

Add a Battery Complication to Apple Watch Face

This method only works for Apple Watch faces that are customizable. We've gone over how to find a customizable watch face, if you need a refresher. To learn more ways to customize your Apple Watch, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

Here's how to add an Apple Watch battery complication to your watch face:

  1. Press the Digital Crown to return to your Apple Watch face.

    Watch Face
  2. Long press the display.
  3. An option to edit the watch face will pop up.
  4. Tap Edit.

    Tap edit
  5. Tap the complication node you would like to edit.

    Tap complication
  6. Turn the Digital Crown to scroll through the available complication options. When you see Battery, tap it.

    Select Battery
  7. You should now see your Apple Watch battery level displayed in that complication node.

    Battery charge level on Watch face

Whether you choose to add a new Apple Watch battery life complication or simply look in the Control Center, you'll never have to wonder about you're watch's battery percentage again! Next, learn how to fast charge your Apple Watch 7.

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.