What happened to the battery widget on iPhone?

Answered by Jason Smith

The battery widget on the iPhone has undergone some changes in recent updates. In earlier versions of iOS, the battery widget used to be a default option in the Today view, which could be accessed by swiping right on the Home screen or Lock screen. However, with the introduction of iOS 14, Apple made some changes to the widget system.

In iOS 14, the battery widget is not automatically added to the Today view. Instead, you have to manually add it if you want to see it there. To add the battery widget, follow these steps:

1. Swipe right on the Home screen or Lock screen to access the Today view.
2. If the battery widget is already present, you can skip to the next step. Otherwise, scroll to the bottom of the Today view.
3. Tap on the “Edit” button. This will allow you to customize the widgets.
4. In the widget customization screen, you will see a list of available widgets. Look for the “Batteries” widget.
5. Tap the green “+” button to the left of “Batteries” to add it to the Today view.
6. You can rearrange the widgets by tapping and holding the three horizontal lines icon next to each widget and dragging it to the desired position.
7. Once you’re done, tap “Done” at the top-right corner of the screen to save your changes.

Now, the battery widget should be visible in the Today view along with other widgets. You can see the battery status of your iPhone as well as any connected Bluetooth devices that have battery indicators.

It’s worth noting that iOS 14 also introduced a new feature called the App Library, which organizes your apps automatically. The battery widget might also be available in the App Library, depending on your app arrangement.

In my personal experience, I found the addition of the battery widget to be quite useful. It allows me to quickly check the battery levels of my iPhone and other connected devices without having to go into the settings or control center. It’s especially handy when I need to keep an eye on my device’s battery throughout the day.

To summarize, the battery widget on the iPhone is no longer a default option in the Today view starting from iOS 14. However, you can easily add it by accessing the widget customization screen and adding the “Batteries” widget. This change gives users more control over which widgets they want to see in the Today view.