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iOS 10 promises to extend your iPhone’s battery life even further with features like Low Power Mode, which reduces or disables non-essential features when the battery falls below twenty percent to help your iPhone’s battery charge last longer. But wouldn’t it be great if you could monitor battery status of other devices connected to your iPhone, like your Apple Watch and Bluetooth accessories?

Now you can, thanks to Apple’s new Notification Center widget. Here’s how to turn it on and enjoy battery readouts of your Apple Watch and wireless accessories such as Bluetooth headsets right from the Lock screen.

How to show battery status of connected devices on your iPhone

Step 1: Pull down from the top of your iPhone’s screen to bring up the Notification Center.

Step 2: Swipe to the right on the Notification Center overlay to switch to Today view.

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom and tap the Edit button.

Step 4: You’ll be taken to the next screen to choose which widgets appear in the Notification Center’s Today view. Simply tap the green plus sign next to the Batteries widget in the More Widgets section to include it in your Today view.

The widget should be now listed at the top, along with other Today widgets.

Step 5: Tap Done in the top right corner to apply the changes and continue.

And that’s it—you can now access handy readouts of your connected devices’ batteries right within the Notification Center of your iPhone.

And as your gadgets connect wirelessly to your iPhone, their battery charge will become readily available in the Notification Center with no additional work on your part.

In fact, devices’ battery statuses dynamically appear in the Notification Center as they connect to your iPhone. I tested this by removing my Apple Watch before bringing up the Notification Center on my iPhone.

Sure enough, as soon as I put my watch back on and unlocked it, the battery icon showed up in the Notification Center on my iPhone. Pretty cool, no?

Before you jump straight for comments, let me point out that the Battery widget is unavailable on iPads. And it won’t read your iPad’s battery status either so there’s that.

How iOS saves your battery

As we previously explained, iOS employs several energy-saving techniques to extend your run time by up to an hour. In addition to core OS optimizations designed to trim battery use whenever possible, iOS 10 cuts the display power and mutes Lock screen notification alerts when your device is facedown on the table.

Other power-saving tactics include a new Low Power Mode which gives you up to three hours of additional run time and more granular battery-related options in the Settings app.

See also: How to save your iPhone battery even further with Low Power mode on iOS

Do you plan on using Apple’s new Battery widget in iOS?

Oh, and feel free to submit your tutorial ideas to [email protected].

  • Victor J. Lockwood

    Working late I see!

  • TJ

    I don’t have the Batteries widget, do you have to have something connected for it to show in the list? I’ll have to try it later when I connect my Apple Watch, see if it appears.

    • Brandon

      the answer is yes.

    • ClaudieX X

      There are battery apps that do the same (make an icon to use like a widget) without something connected to your phone…

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Someone should write an article about how ad blocking apps are raging right now and ask us for feedback on it so i can say “fack ads. Ad block for life!”

    • That_Fruitarian

      Lol… I don’t see iDB covering this topic. I’m using Crystal and Blockr and they rule!!!

      • Picapollo

        Of course they make money of ads I’m using crystal and I’m loving it! iOS 9❤️

      • InfinitePlusOne

        I tried 1Blocker but Facebook doesn’t work, I guess some other pages won’t work too. So I bought crystal. Using both

      • Dustin

        I have the exact same issue. I just use “Adblock” and it makes Facebook glitch out really bad. But everything else works perfectly fine.

      • 5723alex .

        I am using Crystal (got it for free). It is great.

      • hockeyhouse

        How did you get it free?

    • 5723alex .

      AdBlock has a BROWSER for iOS with build-in ad-blocking.

  • 5723alex .

    Running iOS 9.1 beta on iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 1, I don’t have batteries widget.

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      same, even i don’t have it on iOS 9

      • Martynet

        you have to have a bluetooth device connected…like apple watch or headphones for example.

      • hockeyhouse

        Any Bluetooth device? I’m using a Pebble watch and I can’t get it to show up.

  • techfreak23

    It’s nice to have, but they really should have added that to the battery glance on the Watch. I already have the battery complication on the watch face that I use. Easier for me to just lift may wrist than look at my phone. Really disappointed they didn’t add that with watchOS 2

    • That_Fruitarian

      Have you downloaded Power for your watch? I use it to monitor iPhone battery life. Just add it to glances.

      • techfreak23

        I have, but I shouldn’t have to pay for an app that does something so simple that Apple should have included.

      • That_Fruitarian

        You don’t have to pay. Several are free!!

      • techfreak23

        What are some of the other ones and do they work as well? I haven’t heard of any of the other ones…

        My point still stands though. It would not be hard for Apple to add that same info that’s already in the Today widget to the battery glance on the watch.

      • That_Fruitarian

        Try remote battery and battery monitor. I’m sure there are others I haven’t seen yet.

  • Nicola

    You mixed up the numbers, Christian. iOS 9 should typically give you about 1 more hour of usage in comparison to iOS 8 and the Low Power Mode can further increase the battery life by up to 3 hours, not the other way around.

    “Up to one hour of additional time before you need to charge your battery.
    Low power mode optimizes device performance to extend battery by up to an additional three hours.”

  • Jimm Freedman

    Find my iPhone does this as well for every device you see on it.

  • hockeyhouse

    I would use it if it was there.

  • maxweaver

    I’ve added the battery widget and clicked done….but it doesn’t display, Any ideas why not? This widget would be extremely useful to me if it worked as I use an Apple BT keyboard all day every day with my iPad and never know when the batteries are flat.

  • Harry Fonseca

    I connected my Bluetooth headphones but the battery percentage stays at 100% and doesn’t change