How to Check Your Apple Bluetooth Keyboard's Battery Life

  Matt Cone       January 7, 2021      Tutorials Mac Hardware


The Apple Bluetooth keyboard is one of those rare, indispensable devices I couldn’t live without. It’s wireless, it’s portable, and I love typing on it. There’s only one problem: When the keyboard’s batteries run out of juice, it stops working. This can be an issue when I’m working away from home or trying to meet a tight deadline.

Fortunately, there’s a quick way to check the keyboard’s remaining battery life. Here’s how to do it:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Click Keyboard. The window shown below appears.

    Apple keyboard in Mac system settings

  3. Check the Keyboard Battery Level in the lower-left corner. This is the percentage of battery life left in your Apple Bluetooth keyboard’s batteries.

You can also check the Apple keyboard battery level from the Bluetooth menu in the menu bar, as shown below.

Apple keyboard in Bluetooth menu

Those methods work well, as long as you remember to check System Preferences or the Bluetooth menu. For those of us who are more forgetful, macOS displays helpful notifications when the batteries have 10% or less battery life remaining.

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