How to Show Battery Percentage on iPhone [iOS 16]

iOS 16 brings battery percentage to the status bar of the iPhone, here's how to turn it on.

Apple is continuously working on improving the user experience on the iPhone. With iOS 14, Apple brought the home screen widgets; notifications summary and focus mode released with iOS 15. And now with the iOS 16, Apple brings a major overhaul to the iPhone’s lock screen, as it is still under development, Apple introduced the long-requested iPhone battery percentage feature.

iPhone battery percentage is not a new feature, the feature has been available on iPhone SE and earlier models for a long time. But in 2017, Apple released the iPhone X with a significant design change, and introduced the infamous notch (equipped with Face ID), with the sides of the notch used to display cellular signal strength, battery, etc. The design change eliminated a few features including the battery percentage feature.

Apple is all set to bring back the battery percentage to the iPhone with iOS 16, which is expected to release to the public next month. The fifth developer beta (third public beta) of iOS 16 is giving a chance to modern iPhone users to turn on the new battery percentage. In this guide, I have covered everything on how to enable battery percentage on any iPhone.

Let’s dive right into the details.

Up until now, the only way to check the exact battery percentage on iPhone is by swiping down the control center or by adding a battery widget to the home screen. With the introduction of a new feature, you can check your iPhone’s battery level directly from the status bar.

If you want to enable battery percentage on your iPhone, make sure your iPhone runs on iOS 16, you can join the public beta or developer beta program or wait for the next month’s public release.

How to turn on Battery Percentage on iPhone [iOS 16]

Currently, the new functionality is limited to the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and the Pro variants, while iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini are two exceptions in the lineup. The feature is also unavailable on the vanilla iPhone 11 and the iPhone XR.

So, if you own an eligible iPhone, you can follow these steps to turn on the battery percentage feature on your iPhone.

How to Show Battery Percentage on ios 16
  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone running on iOS 16 (public beta 3 or newer).
  2. Swipe down, then select Battery.
  3. Under Battery Settings, there’s a new Battery Percentage option with an option to turn it on.
  4. Turn the toggle on.
  5. That’s it.

Although, for some users, the option is enabled by default after upgrading to the public beta 3, while some say it is off by default. The feature is not enabled by default for me on iPhone 12, I need to turn it on manually.

When you enable the battery percentage on your iPhone, you’ll see the percentage showing inside the battery. The battery icon will change its color depending on the battery levels, the color will turn red when the charge drops below 20%, or green while charging. In low power mode, the icon will turn yellow.

iOS 16 battery percentage

iOS 16 Battery Percentage Compatible iPhones

If you want to know the complete list of iPhones that support the new battery percentage feature, then here you go.

  • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone X

Yes, no mini sports the new feature on iOS 16.

Now if you own the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, or iPhone 13 Mini, then what is the easiest way to check the battery percentage on your iPhone?

How to check battery percentage on iPhone (iPhone XR, 11, and Mini’s)

There are two easy ways by which you can check the battery levels of your iPhone. Let’s check.

  1. Unlock your iPhone by showing the Face ID or by entering the passcode.
  2. Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to open the control center, here you’ll see the battery percentage.
How to Show Battery Percentage on iPhone older

Talking about the second way, then you can add a battery widget on your iPhone’s home screen, here’s how you can add it.

How to Show Battery Percentage on iPhone older
  1. Unlock your iPhone and go to the home screen.
  2. Tap and hold on an empty area, till icons start jiggling, now tap on the plus icon at the top left corner.
  3. Now swipe down to find the Batteries widget or simply search Batteries, then tap on it.
  4. The Battery widget is available in three different sizes, the smallest will show the battery percentage of your iPhone, the medium size widget will show battery levels of up to four devices including your iPhone, and the big widget with device information will show up to six devices.
  5. Choose the widget which you want to add, then tap on Add widget option.
  6. That’s it.

Note: If you don’t like the default widgets come preloaded on iOS, then you can try the third-party widget apps such as the Widgy app.

You can also ask Siri for the battery percentage. If you own the iPhone SE or older model, then you can easily turn on the battery levels inside the Settings on your iPhone.

So, these are the easiest ways to enable battery percentage on iPhone, if you still have any queries, then drop a comment in the comment box. Also, share this article with your friends.

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By Haneet Singh

Haneet is a passionate tech writer and a consumer. He loves tinkering with the newest tech - smartphones, wearables, laptops, smart TVs, and other smart home devices. For tips, you can connect Haneet at [email protected]

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