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How can I see the battery status of my iPhone, iPad or iPod in AirBuddy?

AirBuddy is able to show the battery status of iPhones, iPads and iPods. In most cases, you won't need to pair the devices manually, just plugging them into your Mac with a lightning cable once, with the device unlocked, will allow AirBuddy to see them from then on.

If your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch is still not showing up in AirBuddy, you can try pairing them from within the app's settings.

Pairing manually from AirBuddy's settings

Follow the steps below, which you'll only have to do once and only if your devices are not already showing up in AirBuddy:

  • Make sure that the device you're trying to pair is unlocked
  • Launch AirBuddy
  • In the settings window, go to “Devices” then click the “+” button (if a menu appears, click “Add New Device”)
  • Select “iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch”
  • Connect the device to your Mac with a Lightning to USB-A or USB-C cable
  • If a prompt appears on your device asking for its passcode, enter the passcode
  • Look at your Apple Watch, if a prompt appears asking for its passcode, enter the passcode

After following these steps, your device will be paired to your Mac, and AirBuddy will be able to show its battery status. This process must be repeated on every Mac where you wish to see the status for the devices.

Read me: limitations

AirBuddy relies on built-in functionality from iOS devices, which give out their battery information through a mechanism called "lockdown". This system has been made by Apple and is designed to preserve user privacy and battery life, so it's not necessarily real-time and AirBuddy might not be able to show your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Apple Watch at all times.

What about the Apple Watch?

AirBuddy is able to show the battery information for an Apple Watch if it's paired to an iPhone and the paired iPhone is paired to the Mac. Unfortunately, this system is very limited so Apple Watch battery information might not be available.

Stay tuned for a future update which will use a different mechanism for both iOS devices and Apple Watch, which will make it so their battery information is more readily available from your Mac.