How to check battery health on Apple Watch

Like the iPhone and Mac, the Apple Watch has a Battery Health option that lets you keep tabs on your watch’s battery life. This setting will let you know if your watch is still holding a heavy charge as originally intended (or if the battery fails with age).

If you are starting to have a power problem with your watch, this is the first setting you should check.

Apple has added the watch health setting to watchOS 7, so you need to update your watch to this version or a newer version if you haven’t already.

You can check your battery health right on your Apple Watch in its Settings app:

  1. Open the Settings app on Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll down until you see the entry for the battery.
  3. Press the Battery button and look for the option for battery health.
  4. Tap Battery health.
  5. Here you will find the maximum capacity of your battery.

Unlike many settings found on both the watch and the Watch app on iOS, this value is only included on the watch. You won’t find the battery setting in the Watch app on the iPhone.

The battery status indicates the maximum capacity of the installed battery. A battery with a maximum capacity of 100 percent is still in the category as new. As the device ages, this maximum capacity will decrease to the point where the device will no longer be able to hold a charge.

Capacity loss is expected with use, so don’t be discouraged if your battery isn’t at 100%.

If your Apple Watch battery fails, you can bring the watch to the genie bar for evaluation. While users can’t change their own battery, Apple will do so for a small fee if you’re not covered by the device’s standard warranty.