How to show the battery percentage on your iPhone?

There are three different ways to see an estimate of your remaining battery life on iOS: the status bar, the control center or a widget.

With iOS 16, Apple reintroduces the remaining battery percentage display on iPhone, five years after removing it. A novelty that delights some iPhone fans, who were tired of relying on a rough estimate.

How to check remaining battery life on iPhone? In addition to this new option exclusive to iOS 16, there are other ways to do it. Numerama presents these different options to you.

Directly in the status bar

On iPhones without a notch

From the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 8, via the iPhone SE, it is possible to display a percentage corresponding to the remaining autonomy of your iPhone to the left of the small battery-shaped logo (which is at the top right). Meet in the app Settingsheading Battery and activate the option Battery percentage. The indicator will then appear at the top right of the screen and stay there permanently.

Since the iPhone 3GS, Apple offers the display of the percentage of the battery. // Source: Numerama

On iPhones with notch (iOS 16+)

Starting with the iPhone X, Apple’s smartphones have changed their design. Due to their notch, they lost the ability to display the battery percentage in their status bar. However, if you are using iOS 16 or later, it is possible to display the percentage in the battery logo. The procedure is the same, go to Settings, Battery and activate Battery percentage. In energy saving mode, the option activates itself.

iPhone X Battery Percentage
iOS 16 brings back the battery percentage. // Source: Numerama

Note that not all iPhones are eligible. The mini versions and the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, which have LCD screens, are deprived of this function.

From the control center

Since Apple removed the battery percentage from the status bar with the iPhone X, it moved it elsewhere. By making a downward gesture from the upper right corner of the screen, you can display the control center (this is where you manage the brightness, the volume and the flashlight). In this space there is the percentage of the battery, even if you have nothing activated.

Control center
The control center displays the battery percentage. // Source: Numerama

With a widget on its home screen

Finally, last option: widgets. Since iOS 14, Apple has made it possible to personalize its home screen with interactive tiles. To get there, keep your finger pressed for a few seconds on the home screen to shake the icons. Tap the + icon in the top leftfind the option Batteries and choose the one that suits you the most. Then drag it to the home screenin order to have the display of your battery in the middle of your icons.

battery widget
Apple offers several battery widgets. You can also see the status of your Apple Watch or AirPods there. // Source: Numerama

These tips are also valid on iPad, but, thanks to its larger screen, the tablet has enough room to display the full battery percentage in its status bar.

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