Check the Cloud Battery on your Apple devices in one place.
Those of us who are completely rooted in the Apple ecosystem have a lot of batteries to consider; you may have a MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods that can start up, all of which can take up precious portable power as long as they sit there. . You can sync all products into one widget instead of constantly jumping from one product to another to see if you need them to activate the charger.
Let me introduce you to Cloud Battery-the app is free to download, and after setting you can sync the battery power of all connected devices into an easy-to-view list. You can use it as an app, widget, menu bar utility, or Apple Watch complication.
How to use Cloud Battery
To get started, you need to download the Cloud Battery app on all supported devices. This includes iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and macOS.
Note: Although there is a downloadable watchOS app, when you download your Apple Watch to a connected iPhone, it should automatically add Cloud Battery as an app. If you don’t see it, open the Watch app on your iPhone, scroll down to Cloud Battery, and enable “Show apps on Apple Watch.”
Requirements for setting up Cloud Battery
This application has some iCloud requirements: you must enable iCloud Drive, and you must enable iCloud to get cloud batteries. When you download an application on your device, both of these iCloud standards may be met, but here is how to check:
- iOS: Open Settings > iCloud; the toggle next to iCloud Drive should be enabled. Scroll down, and make sure the toggle next to Cloud Battery is also enabled.
- macOS: Open System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud; the checkmark next to iCloud Drive should be selected. Click “Options…” and make sure the checkmark next to Cloud Battery is also selected.
The app also recommends that all devices use the same iCloud account, but this is not required. If you want battery alert notifications, this is just a requirement. You also need to make sure that background app update is enabled on all iOS and iPadOS devices; If you normally want to disable this setting, please enable it for cloud battery from “Settings”> “General”> “Background app Refresh.
How to set up Cloud Battery on your Apple devices
Let’s take a look at what it’s like to start using the app on the iPhone. On the first launch, give the app permission to use Bluetooth and notifications (if you want to receive battery alert notifications). After clicking on the introduction page, the Apple Watch I connected was already on my device, but it was the only one.
If you don’t see your watch, or if you want to add your iPhone to the list, click the (+) in the upper left corner. Here, you will see your current device and any devices that the app has received via Bluetooth, such as AirPods or Apple Pencil. Touch your device and Cloud Battery will add it to the list of all connected devices.
The instructions on macOS are roughly the same-the app is in the menu bar, and you can check your Mac’s battery percentage at any time. Just select “Add Device” to add your Mac to the list. After adding all devices to each Cloud Battery app, no matter which app you use, you will have a complete list.
Bonus features and customization
Cloud Battery has a widget for macOS and iOS; It has three sizes (small, medium and large), you can place them on the home screen and today view (iOS) and notification center (macOS) to keep the battery level label of the device. You can also change how the device list is sorted by tapping the arrow at the top of the screen (or “Sort” on macOS) and selecting an option.
On iOS, if you select one of the devices from the list, you can customize its settings. Tap the pencil icon in the upper right corner to change your name; tap the stylus next to the device type to change the device type; or use the slider at the bottom of the screen to set battery limits to activate notifications for that specific device. When your device is below this percentage, the battery slider will notify you, and when your device is above this percentage, the charge slider will notify you.
If you want access to Cloud Battery’s suite of UI customization settings and an ad-free experience, you need to pay $2.99. However, if you are just looking for a reliable way to monitor the battery level of all your devices, then the features that come with the free version are sufficient. If you encounter difficulties, the app developer’s website will provide you with a lot of detailed information.