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I have my iPhone plugged into my Mac via USB. Is there anyway to check on the charge status? I know iTunes does give you a small battery indicator, but I am looking for something a bit more detailed, like % charge.

I thought it is something nice to have and I am a bit lazy to reach for my iPhone to check every time I charge my phone.

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May or may not be helpful:… – penguinrob Mar 28 '12 at 1:23
Good point. But getting MFI is a bit troublesome... – revolver Mar 28 '12 at 1:28
Yes, I'd agree it'd be a tad more work than reaching for your iPhone every so often. :-) – penguinrob Mar 28 '12 at 1:31
Exactly! I am just a lazy bum :) – revolver Mar 28 '12 at 1:45
Which can be good sometimes-- how else do you think we got labor-saving devices? :) – penguinrob Mar 28 '12 at 1:47
up vote 2 down vote accepted

You are able to see the charge status on the iPhone page on the new iTunes 11.

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Well, it's really quite janky, but one option may be to install Reflection, have the iPhone set to mirror to Reflection, and call it a day. You're going to want to use a charge cable here since this drains the battery right quick.

It doesn't currently support this use-case, but the Apple Configurator does have a monitoring section that probably will support battery-level monitoring at some point.

Really though? I'd get iStat for iPhone and set up the device on a dock. It's got a nice big battery monitor.

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Why the downvote? The answer works, I've done it before... – zwerdlds Apr 25 '12 at 15:04
Sadly, this is the best choice we have to get a percentage. It's quite inventive and would be bonus worthy if there were a way to have just the battery percentage area cropped to show the status. – bmike May 16 '12 at 19:35

It's definitely possible to get this information as you get a % charged figure for the iPhone when you plug it into a machine running Linux.

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Welcome to the site! I believe the question asked is more focused on getting examples on how this could be used on Mac rather than "Is this possible?" which your answer only partially covers without any facts to backing it up. I hope this clarifies for you. – Alex May 31 '13 at 9:24

The answer is no. See, the battery in your phone is connected to the "motherboard" of your iphone. Think of it as the battery is only working for the iphone.

When you plug your phone in via USB, you can't access the information about the battery from your computer because of this.

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This is clearly wrong, since iTunes is able to display the battery charge level. – houbysoft Mar 31 '12 at 18:02
My apologies, I thought the OP was asking about a % charged number. As far as I know, that is not available. – ironcyclone Apr 1 '12 at 14:55

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