Seeing the battery percentage in the status bar was a great feature of iOS, but Apple eliminated it when they released the iPhone X a few years back. The Control Panel had to be opened in order to view the battery life indicator. However, the much-requested toggle was reinstated in iOS 16 beta 5 last month.
Some users have been asking how to enable the function since it was introduced in the beta version of iOS 16, while others have been wondering why their device lacks such an option altogether.
In this article, we’ll look at how to activate the function and which devices support displaying the battery % in the status bar.
IOS 16: How To Show Battery Percentage
The battery % indication in the status bar can be enabled in a cinch. To access the ‘Battery percentage toggle,’ simply launch the ‘Settings’ app, navigate to the ‘Battery’ section, and tap the appropriate option. Simply powering it on will reveal the remaining battery life in the status bar.
Battery % is always viewable on the iPhone 8, iPhone SE 2nd gen, iPhone SE 3rd gen, and iPad. The iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, and iPhone 13 Mini do not support the feature at this time. However, iOS 16.1 may add the battery % toggle for these unsupported devices, as suggested by a recent article by MacRumors.
Until then, you can check the battery life of your device by accessing the Control Center or by installing the Battery widget on your home screen or today’s view.
Add a Batteries Widget to Your Home Screen
- Touch and hold the Home Screen background until the apps begin to jiggle.
- Tap at the top of the screen, then scroll down and tap Batteries.
- Swipe left and right through the widgets to view the size options. The different sizes show different information.
- When you see the size you want, tap Add Widget, then tap Done.