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iOS 16 has just landed for all qualified iPhone users, and if your are also an iPhone user, then we highly recommend you try out the new option to display a battery percentage icon in the status bar.

This feature was added quietly during the iOS beta, but now that anyone using an iPhone 8 or later can download the final version of the software, you too can switch on the battery percentage indicator.

If you can activate it, it’s far more accurate than the vague battery fill line icon that iOS defaults to, so switching on this option will help you find out if you need to charge up your phone now, or can wait until later to top it up.

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How to enable battery percentage indicator in iOS 16 

You can switch on the battery percentage by following these steps below:

  1. Head to the Settings app, and open it. Clivk on Battery.
  1. Toggle the battery percentage option to the “On” position to enable the new feature. You can toggle the option to the “Off” position to disable it again.n).

Here is how the traditional iOS battery indicator and the new percentage indicator look in case those screenshots are a bit too small for you,. At the bottom is how they look when low-power mode is enabled.


Your iPhone now shows you its battery status in percentage form, but the display changes slightly depending on a number of factors.

  • When the iPhone is in Low Power Mode, The battery indicator turns yellow.
  • The battery indicator turns red if your iPhone’s battery is below 20 percent and not in Low Power Mode.
  • A small charging icon show beside the battery percentage when the iPhone is charging.

The only disadvantages about this new feature is that you can’t have both the visual battery indicator and the percentage display at the same time, it’s only one or the other.

Also, some models that are otherwise fully compatible with iOS 16 aren’t able to use this feature at all, you need a model with Face ID, so the iPhone 8, iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone SE 2022 are not qualified. Also, the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini, despite having Face ID, can’t display the percentage either, so tough luck if that’s what you happen to own.

so battery percentage is only available on the following iPhones:

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

If you want to see your battery percentage on any iPhone, including the models named above, remember that you can check by opening Control Center, which you do either by swiping down from the top right corner on a Face ID iPhone or by swiping up from the bottom of the phone on a Touch ID iPhone.

Alternatively, if you’re running iOS 14 or later, you can use a battery widget on your home screen or Today View page.

There are lot of things to discover in iOS 16, such as how to customize your lock screen, how to set up My Sports in the iOS 16 News app and how to change the way iPhone notifications are displayed in iOS 16.

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