How to Know If Your Apple Watch Is Charging

Quickly check if your watch is charging by looking at your Apple Watch or an app on your iPhone if you are away from your watch!

The Apple Watch is a great virtual assistant that many of us would be lost without. It doesn’t take long to charge it, but we don’t want to waste time wondering if it’s actually getting charged. I will teach you how to be confident that it is charging and how to check Apple Watch battery life using a widget in your iPhone's Today View.

Related: 12 Ways to Save Apple Watch Battery Life

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How to Know if Your Apple Watch Is Charging at a Glance

Look at your Apple Watch display. If there is a lightning symbol, that means that your watch is charging. If you start charging your watch when the battery is completely depleted, it might take a while for it to turn on and display the charging symbol.

Charging Apple Watch, lightning battery icon

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How to Check Battery on Apple Watch from Your iPhone

  1. Open Today View on your iPhone. You can do this by swiping right from your Home Screen.

    Swipe left to see Today View on your iPhone.
  2. You may need to scroll down until you see the Batteries widget. If it isn't there, you can add it. Learn how to add the Batteries widget in a few easy steps.

    You may need to scroll down until you see the Batteries widget.
  3. If your Apple Watch is charging, you will see a lightning icon. 

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

Pro Tip: You can download BatteryPhone app (free) to get warnings when your Apple Watch or iPhone needs to be charged or are fully charged. You can even add it to your Apple Watch face as a complication and change the look of the battery icon.

Now you know how to check the battery on your Apple Watch from your iPhone to see if it is charging. You also know how to see if it is charging from the watch display. Did you know that if you have the Apple Watch 7, you can fast charge it
? Next, learn how to save battery life on your Apple Watch while tracking your sleep!
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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.