If you’re using an Apple Watch (or another Bluetooth connected device) with your iPhone, iOS 9 has a nice little surprise. You can now add a convenient battery stats widget to Notification Center so you can view battery life in a single swipe.
I like to use the iOS 9 battery widget because it allows me to save some space in my top status bar by turning off the battery percentage indicator. Instead, I can just swipe down when I want to see an exact percentage.
How to add the iOS 9 battery widget to Notification Center
- Launch Notification Center on your iPhone running iOS 9.
- Scroll to the bottom of the Today tab.
- Tap on Edit.
- Add the Batteries widget, position it where you’d like, and tap Done.
If you don’t see the Batteries widget as an option, remember that you have to have an Apple Watch or some other kind of Bluetooth connected accessory that runs off battery paired to your iPhone. I’d imagine if Apple released other connected accessories in the future, their battery statistics will filter into this widget as well.
Even if I didn’t have a connected accessory, I’d still prefer percentage in Notification Center just to save space in the status bar. Alas, Apple doesn’t currently give that option. Perhaps in a future update.
Bonus tip: View iPhone battery life on your Apple Watch
If you want to do the opposite and view your iPhone’s battery life right from your wrist, Thientam Bach created a great little widget that supports glances. It shows you your iPhone’s battery life right from your Apple Watch.
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More iOS 9 tips and help
If you’re interested in reading more on iOS 9 including more tips, advice on upgrading, and more, check out the following link: