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iOS 16: How to Display Battery Percentage on Your iPhone

Your iPhone shows the current status of your battery in the upper-right corner of the screen, featuring an indicator that is white when the battery is draining and green when the battery is charging. But what if you want to see your iPhone's battery percentage and know exactly how much battery is remaining? It’s easier than you might think to view the precise battery percentage on your iPhone. And here, we're going to show you how to do it.




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What You Need

  • iPhone 8 or newer

  • iOS 16

There are a few different ways to show your iPhone's battery percentage. From finding it in your iPhone's Control Center to permanently displaying it on your status bar, here's everything you need to know about showing the battery percentage on your iPhone.

Battery percentage on an iPhone with iOS 16.
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How to show battery percentage on iPhones with iOS 16

If you have an iPhone 8 or newer running iOS 16, Apple makes it incredibly easy to display the battery percentage in your status bar, allowing you to constantly see the battery percentage no matter what you're doing. Here's how it works.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Scroll down the page and tap Battery.

Step 3: Tap the toggle next to Battery Percentage.

With this enabled, you'll now see your iPhone's battery percentage at the top right of your screen. When you have under 20% battery remaining, the icon turns red. When your iPhone is charging, the battery icon turns green.

Furthermore, this setting works on iPhones with and without the Home button. So long as you're running iOS 16 or a later version, showing your battery percentage is a piece of cake.

IPhone X Battery Percentage.
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How to show battery percentage on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, and iPhone 13 Mini

Unfortunately, the above steps don't work for every iPhone — even if you have iOS 16. More specifically, if you have the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, or iPhone 13 Mini, the above steps will not work. Instead, you'll have to do the following to show the battery percentage on your iPhone.

Step 1: Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen.

Step 2: Look at the top-right corner to find your iPhone's current battery percentage.

Even with iOS 16, there's no way to permanently see the battery percentage on these specific iPhone models. It's possible Apple may change this in future software updates, but at the time of publication, you need to open the Control Center to see your battery.

And that's all there is to it! Your iPhone's battery percentage is a critical piece of information to know, and these steps will ensure you have the easiest access to it.

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