If you’re like me, you relentlessly charge your devices even if it may damage the battery in the long term. “It’s like that,” I said to myself, looking at the AirPods Pro charging case that I left plugged in for the past three weeks.
One of the best forms of preventative maintenance that you can easily perform for any Apple device is to periodically check its battery status. I’m not talking about the number in the upper right corner of your screen that shows you how much juice you have left as a percentage. I mean the slightly more buried setting which gives you an idea of the overall condition of your battery.
To learn more about battery life, watch the video below:
While there isn’t much you can do if your battery is awful except to buy a new one, at least you’ll get a sense that your device is approaching “old” status. or that your charging habits might prevent you from sucking as much life as possible from your device. With any luck you will notice a dead battery while your device is still under warranty, so replacing your battery will be free, instead of $$$.
Here’s how to check the battery status on all types of Apple devices:
How to check the health of your iPhone’s battery
To see how well your iPhone battery is performing, pull the Settings application and press Battery. Wait a moment and you’ll get a number of graphs that will show you your battery level (and activity) over the past 24 hours. or the last 10 days.
This is all well and good, but what you really want to do is hit Battery Health, which might give you the sad news:
Don’t panic if you get this message at the top, however. Again, these are just data points. If your iPhone still keeps you going through the day trouble-free and you don’t experience significant performance penalties following your meh battery, so don’t worry. You might want to consider upgrading to a new phone at some point (or an expensive battery replacement), but that’s not essential unless you’re really having noticeable issues while using your phone or your phone. tablet every day.
What about the iPad?
So, bad news: you’ll be able to see your charge and usage graphs on an iPad, but there’s no dedicated “battery health” section to give you an idea of your battery life. You will need to turn to a third-party app like iMazing or coconut battery to get details like that. Pity.
How to check your Mac’s battery health
If, or when, you go to macOS Big Sur, you will see that the “Energy Saver” section no longer exists in your System Preferences. In its place is a new Drums section. You can probably guess where this is going.
Click on it and you will get a setup similar to what you will find on iOS. You’ll be able to see how much you’ve used your battery over the past 24 hours and 10 days, and you’ll be able to access all previous power saving settings, including scheduled startup and shutdown of your Mac.
Unfortunately, like with the iPad, you won’t be able to see your Mac’s overall battery health. You can get an idea of the number of charge cycles your battery has by pulling up your Mac System information then clicking on Power (found under the “Equipment“section). There you will see the number of cycles, the state and the maximum capacity of your battery, and you can compare this number of cycles with Apple’s limits to get an idea of the condition of your battery.
How to check the battery status of your Apple Watch
Once you’ve upgraded to watchOS 7, you’ll be able to check your device’s battery status right from your wrist. Pull your Settings application and press Battery. You’ll be struck by a graph that shows your Apple Watch’s charge over the past day:
Scroll down a bit and tap Battery Heath, where you can see the overall battery capacity of your Apple Watch. It’s that simple. As with other types of Apple products, don’t worry if this number isn’t what you expected. As long as you can get through the day without having to charge your Apple Watch halfway through, you’re probably doing just fine.
This article was originally published on June 24, 2020 and updated on June 11, 2021 to add new photos and revised to meet current Lifehacker style guidelines.