Make iPhone warn you when it reaches a defined battery charge level

If you’re like me and you want to keep your iPhone battery life top notch through its entire life, best practice to achieve this is to only charge it to around 80% and never discharge the phone till it dies because of that. In doing so, I’ve had my iPhone XR for 4 years now and battery health is excellent. It has only degraded to 94% in this time and I get through every day with that charge easily.

Recently I’ve discovered it’s possible to make a “tool” to handle that easily without using 3rd party apps. It was possible before, but it was wonky and Shortcuts kept asking you if you want to run the automation which entirely defeated the point of automations, but that has been resolved since iOS 15 and it’s still great with iOS 16.

Simply go to Shortcuts app and select Automations tab below. Then just create the following rule…


Set the battery charge level to a desired percentage (80 or 85% is recommended, but you can use whatever you want), enter a desired message of choice for the notification so you’ll know what it’s notifying you about and save it.

When battery will reach the level of charge you’ve  set in the Automation rule, you’ll get a notification on the phone. On top of that, if you happen to also use Apple Watch, you’ll also get notification about it on your Apple Watch, which is cool as you don’t have to be right next to the phone to be notified about it. It’s just a bit of a shame that same can’t be done in reverse when charging Apple Watch, so it would notify you about the charge level on the iPhone when Apple Watch is charged to desired level. You’ll have to use 3rd party apps like Juice Watch for that which have some other issues. But hey, better this than nothing.

Hope it’ll be useful 🙂

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