How to check the battery levels of connected Bluetooth devices on Mac

If you use Bluetooth devices like a keyboard and mouse with your Macbook, keeping an eye on their battery levels is important. And for iMac users, its essential. There’s nothing worse than having a dead battery when you’re in the middle of something critical on your computer.

You might be in the midst of an online business meeting sharing a presentation, doing a job interview using an app like Skype, or trying to make a crucial deadline and have no time to spare.

So, for keeping a watch, here’s how to check your Bluetooth device battery level on Mac.

Bluetooth battery levels on Mac

Check your battery levels from the menu bar

One of the quickest and easiest ways to check battery levels for connected devices is with the Bluetooth indicator in your menu bar.

To show Bluetooth in your menu bar, follow these steps.

1) Click Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar.

2) Select Bluetooth.

3) Mark the checkbox for Show Bluetooth in menu bar.

Show Bluetooth in Menu Bar Box

Now to check those battery levels, click the Bluetooth button from the menu bar. You’ll see a list of connected devices with the battery level to the right of each one.

Bluetooth Battery Levels Pop-Up

Check your battery levels in your Control Center

With macOS Big Sur came the Control Center in your menu bar. This gives you a fast and simple way to check those battery levels without taking up more space in the menu bar.

Click the Control Center button and select Bluetooth. You’ll see the same pop-up as above using the menu bar button.

This setting remains in your Control Center by default. You can’t currently remove it like you can the menu bar button. So this makes it even more convenient.

Check your battery levels in your System Preferences

If you happen to be in your Mac settings, you can see your battery levels in the System Preferences for each device.

1) Click Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar.

2) Select Keyboard.

3) At the bottom of the window, you’ll see the Keyboard battery level.

Check Bluetooth Battery Levels Keyboard Preferences

To check your mouse, go back to the main System Preferences screen.

1) Select Mouse.

2) At the bottom of the window, you’ll see the Mouse battery level.

Check Bluetooth Battery Levels Mouse Preferences

If you use another Bluetooth device, such as a Trackpad or headset, you’ll go through the same steps to open the device in System Preferences and view the battery level there.

Check your battery levels using Terminal

If you’re up for using Terminal, then you can easily run commands to check your Bluetooth keyboard and mouse battery levels with it too.

ioreg -c AppleBluetoothHIDKeyboard |grep '"BatteryPercent" ='
ioreg -c BNBMouseDevice |grep '"BatteryPercent" ='
Check Bluetooth Battery Levels Terminal

Wrapping it up

Checking the battery levels for your connected Bluetooth devices can save you from a last-minute catastrophe when one suddenly stops working. Before you start your presentation, share your screen, join an online meeting, or begin that chat or phone call, will you check your batteries?

And if you’re experiencing Bluetooth problems or need to find out the Bluetooth version on your Mac, we’ve got you covered.