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I wish to see my Airpod's battery health when I have it connected to my Kubuntu 20.04, but can't find a command line tool or gui to do so.

I found really old threads about this, nothing very recent. Does anyone know of any tools or ways to do this? I'm using KDE.

My system is:

$ uname -a
Linux saif-kubuntu 5.4.0-48-generic #52-Ubuntu SMP Thu Sep 10 10:58:49 UTC 2020 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Other details:

  • Operating System: Kubuntu 20.04
  • KDE Plasma Version: 5.18.5
  • KDE Frameworks Version: 5.68.0
  • Qt Version: 5.12.8
  • Kernel Version: 5.4.0-48-generic
  • OS Type: 64-bit

Suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • Can you do an ls to the following directory: /sys/class/power_supply/? If so I can show you how to see batt percentage. Oct 6, 2020 at 19:11
  • Sure, @SimpliFixed, I see two folders inside the location you gave me, AC, and BATO. Oct 6, 2020 at 19:59

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Thanks for confirming the directory, first try this with the pods connected via BT, if they are not connected then they will definitely not show up for either of the below:

In newer Ubuntu OS's you can check under All Settings -> Power and see if the pods show up like the keyboard in the screenshot and then set the 2nd option as shown so you can see it in your taskbar, this may or may not work:

All Settings>Power

If you do not see the pods listed then you can try this using the directory you checked:

You can find useful information under /sys/class/power_supply/. For example the Apple Wireless Keyboard is under /sys/class/power_supply/hid-MAC_HERE-battery/. In the device directory there is a file named capacity, this is the battery in percents.

So for example reading the Apple Wireless Keyboard battery capacity you would:

cat /sys/class/power_supply/hid-MAC_HERE-battery/capacity

HID being the default for keyboards and mice so you will want to see how your pods show up in the system while connected to BT.

Note that the device type(hid) will change along with the make, while the -batter/capacity should be the same, you will just need to try each one and see which matches your pods with the pods connected via BT to your Ubuntu machine.

Hope the above works for you.

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  • Sure! Let me try this out and mark this answer if this works for me. Oct 7, 2020 at 4:10
  • It will depend if the pods talk to the computer correctly, apple to apple is a bit different compared to apple to linux Oct 7, 2020 at 15:21
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    Airpods don't show on this directory. Used this script to check battery status github.com/delphiki/AirStatus
    – morhook
    Aug 27, 2021 at 16:16
  • it's not working when I am using ubuntu 20.04
    – huykon225
    Nov 3, 2021 at 7:48

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