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

AirBuddy is able to show the battery status of iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch (see below). 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:

  • Make sure that the device you're trying to pair is unlocked and has WiFi and Bluetooth turned on
  • Launch AirBuddy settings
  • If you've previously removed the device in question from AirBuddy, be sure to go to the Advanced tab and click "Delete Previously Removed Devices" before attempting to pair
  • 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 the device you're trying to pair is an Apple Watch, connect the iPhone that the Apple Watch is paired with, and make sure the Apple Watch is on your wrist and unlocked
    • If a prompt appears on your device asking for its passcode, enter the passcode
    • If a prompt appears on your Apple Watch 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, because the ability to connect to the devices wirelessly does not sync automatically.

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 or Apple Watch at all times.

Apple Watch Limitations

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 always available or updated in real-time.

A future release of AirBuddy will include a version for iPhone and Apple Watch, which will make this process a lot easier and more reliable.

If you see someone else's iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch in AirBuddy

Whenever an iOS device is plugged into the Mac and the "trust" dialog is accepted on the device, a pairing is created that allows the Mac to find that device wirelessly from then on. This pairing is done through a physical connection, so it is not related to iCloud, therefore it can be done with any iOS device that's plugged into the Mac.

If you're seeing someone else's devices — such as devices from a partner or roommate — in AirBuddy, that's because at some point those devices were plugged into your Mac. You can remove unwanted devices by right clicking the device on the list and choosing "Remove from AirBuddy".

This action will prevent AirBuddy from connecting to the device and showing its information, but it won't actually unpair the device from your Mac.