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How to check your Apple Watch battery health and percentage

Unfortunately, batteries aren't built to last forever.

Published onDecember 22, 2022

Between tracking steps and monitoring sleep, a reliable battery is key to getting the most out of your smartwatch. Apple’s wearables don’t offer the best battery life stats, and an older battery will likely drain even faster so it’s important to keep an eye on your battery performance. Find out how to check the health of your Apple Watch battery.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Apple Watches


To check the health of your Apple Watch battery open Settings > Battery > Battery Health. Here you will find the current Maximum Capacity of your battery.


How to check your Apple Watch battery life

Apple Watches are somewhat notorious for disappointing battery life. On average, they will last users about a day with regular use. Luckily, checking your Apple Watch battery life is as easy as a single swipe, so you can easily determine when it’s time to charge up.

  • From your watch face, swipe up to access the device’s quick panel. Your current battery percentage will be displayed in this menu.
  • If you would like to put your device in Low Power Mode, you can do so from here as well by tapping your battery percentage, then tapping the Low Power Mode toggle.

How to add a battery percentage to your watch face

If you would like your battery stats even more accessible, you can add battery percentage to your watch face as a complication.

  • Press and hold your watch face until the face gallery appears, then tap Edit.
  • Swipe to the screen titled Complications, then tap the complication you wish to change.
  • Using your Digital Crown, scroll down to Controls and tap Battery.
  • Press the Digital Crown to save your changes, exit edit mode, and return to your watch face.

How to check your battery health

You may notice your Apple Watch battery drains even faster than the company claims. This could be for a number of reasons, but one possibility is that your battery is aging. Check on the health of your Apple Watch battery to see if it’s time to consider replacing it.

  • Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch, then scroll down to and tap Battery.
  • Scroll down to and tap Battery Health.
  • You can assess your battery health in terms of maximum capacity compared to that of a brand new battery. If your battery has a maximum capacity of less than 80%, it may be time to replace it.

Read more: Common Apple Watch problems and solutions


Absolutely. Find service pricing and more details from Apple here.

When enabled, Optimized Battery Charging allows the Apple Watch to learn from your charging routine to reduce battery aging effects.

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