Your portable devices live and die by the strength of their batteries. If you’ve ever dropped a call because of an exhausted iPhone battery or had a movie die out midstream on your iPad because of a dead battery, you know exactly what I mean.
iOS 9, Apple’s latest mobile operating system, came with quite a few handy features, including the ability to keep tabs on the battery life of your iPhone and Apple Watch, plus any connected Bluetooth gadgets. Here’s how to set it up so you never run out of juice again.
Adding the battery widget to iOS 9
The battery widget in iOS 9 actually comes pre-installed, but you’ll need to enable it to be able to view the information in your Notification Center.
Step one: Pull down the Notification Center
The Notification Center is viewable from both the lock screen and your regular homescreen on your iPhone. To access it, swipe downward from the very top of your screen. Doing so will bring up a screen similar to that above, which displays the current date, maybe the weather, and whatever other widgets you already have enabled.
Step two: Tap the Edit bar
You’ll need have to edit one setting here. To do this, tap the Edit bar at the bottom-center of the screen.
Step three: Add Batteries
The list of notifications you have enabled already will be at the top of your screen. The second list—the one with the green plus signs next to application names—will be alphabetical. Scroll down and tap the Add Batteries option.
And that’s it. Once you’ve set this up, the battery life of your iPhone, Apple Watch and any connected Bluetooth devices will now be displayed in your Notification Center.
To check on your battery life from here on out, all you need do is access the Notification Center by swiping down from the top of your iPhone’s screen.