How to Turn On Battery Percentage in iOS 16

You can finally view your battery percentage in the battery icon on your iPhone, but only certain phones are compatible with this feature.

A few years ago, Apple made the decision to remove the ability to see the battery percentage in the battery icon on the iPhone. This decision was widely contested, and as of iOS 16, Apple has returned this extremely useful feature to iPhone users. While the battery display is not exactly the same as it used to be, it's pretty comparable and the best part is that it is so much easier to view your iPhone's percentage of battery at a quick glance.

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How to Show Battery Percentage on Battery Icon

Whether it's important to you to be able to see exactly what percentage your iPhone's battery is on at any given moment, or you're attempting to track and preserve your iPhone's battery usage, showing the battery percentage in the battery icon can be super helpful. For more tips and tricks about how to use your apple devices, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

  1. To turn on the battery percentage in the battery icon, go to Settings on your iPhone.

    To turn on the battery percentage in the battery icon, go to Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Battery.

    Tap Battery.
  3. Toggle Battery Percentage to on. It will be green when enabled.

    Toggle Battery Percentage to on. It will be green when enabled.

Which iPhones are Compatible with Battery Percentage Icon?

Unfortunately, not all iPhones are compatible with the new feature. It appears to be because these iPhones don't have the graphics display capabilities for the feature, either because they are too old or too small to live up to Apple's readability standards.

The five iPhones that are not compatible with this feature are as follows:

  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 13 mini

This means that the supported iPhones that can display the battery percentage within the battery icon on the home screen are as follows:

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone X

Now, you should be able to see the percent of your iPhone battery. As a long-time Apple user, I am extremely grateful to have this feature back, as it helps me better gauge my iPhone's battery life and quickly discern if I should take a portable charging bank with me if I'm on the go. This super quick and easy fix will hopefully make your life just a little bit easier too!

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life, a published poet, and a longtime Apple enthusiast. Before graduating in the spring of 2021 with her Master’s degree in Literature, specializing in early 20th-century American and British Modernism, she was a college writing tutor and University English professor. Her latest piece, "Temporizing: Self Portrait" can be found in the Winter '21 edition of New Note Poetry. Although an enthusiastic traveler, you can most often find Rachel curled up under a blanket with a glass of red wine, reading a book with her cat Blue in Charlotte, North Carolina.