To view a checking account balance, go online using a computer, mobile phone or tablet, and log in to an existing bank account, explains About.com. A checking account balance can also be determined by using a debit or ATM card at an ATM machine.
A checking account balance is available for viewing online at any time. Go to a bank's website, locate the login option, and input the necessary information to access the bank account. If you are a new user, it is usually necessary to register before gaining account access to the account. Having login access also allows you to pay bills online and make money transfers, states About.com. Some banks allow mobile phone and tablet users to deposit checks in addition to viewing the checking account balance.
Having an alert sent to an email address or to a mobile phone via text messaging also allows you to view your checking account balance. These alerts are sent when your account funds reach a low limit or if a large sum of money has been taken from the account, reports About.com.
After inserting a debit or ATM card into an ATM machine, complete the login instructions at an ATM to view a checking account balance. Any banking machine can be used to check an account balance. However, fees often apply when using a banking machine from a financial institution other than your own, according to About.com.