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The Most Precise Way to Monitor Bluetooth Battery on iOS

Dave LeClair 15-12-2015

I’m going to tell you a quick story, and it might just leave you feeling terrified. You’re getting ready to go out on a long run. You pair your Bluetooth headphones Buying Wireless Headphones? 6 Things You Need to Know Planning on buying wireless headphones? Here's what you need to know about price, form, technical specs, and more. Read More to your iPhone and start running Train for a Half Marathon with These Running Websites & Tools Read More . Five minutes in, your headphones die. You’re now stuck on a long run with no tunes.


This could happen because that icon at the top of the screen that shows battery percentages of connected Bluetooth devices The Differences Between Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi Direct You Need To Know If you take a peek into the future, it's hard not to envision an always-on society that features a multitude of connected devices that work in unison to make your life more convenient. Read More is so tiny that it’s nearly useless. But there’s a better way! You can actually see these battery percentages in the Notification Center instead.


Open Notification Center and make sure you’re on the Today panel. Scroll to the bottom and click Edit. Scroll to the Batteries item on the list, and then click the + button to add it to your device.

Now, anytime you go to the Notification Center, you’ll see the battery percentage of any Bluetooth devices that are connected. It’s far more precise than the tiny one on the top of the screen, and now you’ll have a far more accurate idea of how much life your devices have left before you run out of the house.

Note: The Batteries item will only appear if a Bluetooth or other wireless device is connected!


Have you ever felt the terror of your Bluetooth device dying because you didn’t know its battery percentage? Share your horror stories in the comments!

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  1. Danilo Silva
    December 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you very much for the tip. I was always wondering how to do that on my ipod.
    Is there a way to doing so on Android?