I have a set of Bluetooth headphones that I use with my iPhone and Macbook (OS X Yosemite).

On my iPhone, a little battery meter pops up next to the Bluetooth logo each time I'm connect the headphones. I have found no such option on my Macbook (OS X ) and am wondering if anyone else has experienced the same issue.

The only potential solution I came across was the Battery Tracker on the Mac App Store. It is not clear whether it supports all Bluetooth devices (and not just standard peripherals), and I would rather not pay the $1.99 to find out.

I know that my headphones have the A2DP Bluetooth profile, so my gut is telling me that information about my battery level has to be accessible somewhere on my computer.

Here is a screenshot of the device profile from my mac's System Information. RSSI seems like the only thing that could have been a battery meter (everything else is booleans or id's), but from what I've read it seems to be a metric for signal strength.

I'm interested in finding a solution from a practical standpoint, but am equally as interested in understanding how it would be/is achieved from a technical standpoint. Think I just need to figure out what the battery metric/param/variable is called, and where I can get it.

Please let me know if you have any thoughts/insights ! Thanks

  • 1
    I have the same problem - I see battery level of my headphones on my iPhone, but not OS X. Though I can see magic mouse battery level on OS X. For sure that's a software problem and not a hardware one.
    – tibalt
    Feb 12, 2016 at 13:21
  • Yea it stinks how do we fix it !!
    – 0xPingo
    Feb 12, 2016 at 17:07

2 Answers 2


I hate to have to answer in the negative but the answer is: you can't.

Only apple devices exchange this detail via Bluetooth today.

The only vendor I’ve seen that has third party software to expose battery level is Logitech. I can’t recommend the software though as it has more downsides for me than upsides.

I've done a lot of searching the web, testing utilities, playing with ioreg on the commandline, scrutinizing System Profile reports, and it appears to me that OS X has no way of displaying battery level of connected devices that don't automatically display battery status in their Bluetooth menu Device submenu, even if iOS devices display detailed level info for the same Bluetooth device when connected to them. OS X just appears to completely ignore this capability in all but a few default (Apple-manufactured, it appears to me) devices.

  • Is this still true in 2022?
    – jcollum
    Jan 19, 2022 at 18:57
  • 1
    Yes @jcollum . Still true on Monterey, Catalina, intel and M1
    – bmike
    Jan 19, 2022 at 21:56
  • Damn, that's lame. I really dislike Apple's preference for getting things working fine with their own devices and not caring about other devices.
    – jcollum
    Jan 20, 2022 at 17:24

The battery indicator for headsets does not appear on the Mac, regardless.

  • 1
    Welcome to Ask Different. We like answers to be more than just a single line. Ideally, you want to explain why your answer is *right." It also helps to provide links, citations, and/or screen shots. Please review our help section How to Answer on writing good answers to questions
    – Allan
    Jun 20, 2016 at 23:52

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .