iOS 16: How to Show iPhone Battery Percentage in Status Bar

In iOS 16, currently still in beta, Apple introduced an option that lets you view the exact percentage of your iPhone’s remaining battery in the status bar, even if you have a model with Face ID. This article explains how it works in iOS 16 Beta 5.

Until now, the option to show the battery percentage in the status bar was only available on pre-iPhone X and iPhone SE models without a notch, where the space at the top of the screen is not limited.

If you have a newer iPhone with Face ID running iOS 15, the battery icon shows a visual of the battery level, but it doesn’t provide a specific percentage, so you need to swipe into control center or use the battery widget to show remaining battery percentage.

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Everything changed in iOS 16 and the status bar percentage indicator is now available on new iPhones with a notch, but not on all models.

In the current state of iOS 16 Beta 5, the battery level option is available on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, except iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini 5.4 inch. It’s also available on the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone 11 Pro/Max, but not the standard iPhone 11 or iPhone XR. It’s unclear why not all notched iPhones support this feature, and that may change in the future when iOS 16 releases in September, but that’s the situation for now.

If you have a Face ID-enabled iPhone running iOS 16 Beta 5 or later, here’s how to enable the percentage indicator.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Battery.
  3. Enable Battery percentage.


That’s all we can say about it. You will now see a specific battery level inside the battery icon on both the lock screen and your home screens, providing a better idea of ​​battery status at a glance of eye.

The battery icon will change color based on battery status and iPhone wallpaper color. When charging, for example, the battery icon turns green and displays a charging indicator. When the charge drops below 20%, the battery icon displays a red level.

If your iPhone doesn’t support the new option, don’t worry – you can still check the exact battery level using a handful of other methods.

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