How to View Bluetooth Battery Levels on Mac

Joel Lee 31-10-2016

I’m a big fan of the Apple Magic Keyboard that came with my iMac. I know, I know, there are many reasons why Bluetooth keyboards are bad 6 Reasons Why You Should NOT Buy a Bluetooth Keyboard Before you commit to buying a Bluetooth keyboard, consider these drawbacks and issues that may cause you to change your mind. Read More , including the fact that Bluetooth is still a security risk Why Bluetooth Is a Security Risk and What You Can Do About It Bluetooth is useful, and makes connecting to PCs, cars, and other devices convenient. But are you aware of the security risks while using Bluetooth, even on the latest devices? Read More , but the ability to use it plugged or unplugged is so convenient.


My only real complaint is that there’s no warning before the battery dies, which can be quite frustrating when I’m writing an article or playing a game and suddenly need to dig around for the Lightning cable.


Fortunately, there’s an easy way to check on Bluetooth battery levels at a glance — and it works for any Bluetooth-connected device.

Here are the steps:

  1. Bring up Spotlight with Command + Space.
  2. Launch System Preferences.
  3. Click the Bluetooth section.
  4. Enable Show Bluetooth in the menu bar.



Now when you click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, you can select any of your connected Bluetooth devices to see how much battery is remaining. It’s not as useful as a low battery warning, but it’s better than nothing.

While you’re at it, why don’t you clean up your Mac menu bar Use This Trick to Clean Up Menu Bar Icons on Mac As a Mac user, you should take care of any clutter in your menu bar -- otherwise it'll turn into the kind of mess you'd find in the Windows system tray. Read More ? As they say, clutter is bad for your productivity!

What kind of Bluetooth devices do you use with your Mac? Is there a better way to view battery life? Is there a way to get a battery warning? Share your tips with us below!

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