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The latest iOS 16 beta update brings back this beloved feature

Apple will restore a greatly skipped feature with the release iOS 16 in the fall – you will again be able to see your iPhone’s battery percentage in the status bar.

With the launch of the iPhone X and the introduction of a notch – a black bar at the top of the device that houses the speaker and camera – there wasn’t enough screen space to keep the battery percentage at this level, so Apple discarded the feature from iOS.

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Battery percentage in the Control Center

You can view the battery percentage in the Control Center.

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Sure, you can swipe down from the top right corner of yours iPhone to see the exact percentage in the Control Center, but it’s not the same. You cannot look at the battery percentage from any application or the home screen. And it’s almost impossible to specify the exact percentage just on the battery icon, which isn’t good if your iPhone is near death.

Fortunately, the latest developer beta (5th) and public beta (3rd) of iOS 16 re-bring the battery percentage back to the status bar, inside the existing battery icon. Here’s what you need to know about the new feature.

And if you want to get iOS 16 now, here’s how to download the third public betawhich includes the new battery percentage feature. The fifth beta developer also has this feature, but we don’t recommend downloading thisunless you are an Apple developer.

How to recover battery percentage from status bar in iOS 16?

To see the battery percentage in the status bar on iOS 16, all you need to do is have the latest iOS 16 public beta (3rd) or development (5th).

After updating, you should see a percentage on the battery icon at the top right corner of the screen – from anywhere on your iPhone. This way, you can keep a close eye on when your iPhone is charged or running low and when you should start charging it.

While the setting is on by default, you can go to Settings > Battery and turn it on Battery percentage option to make sure it works. While your device is charging, the battery icon will turn completely green showing a percentage, while in low power mode, the battery icon will turn completely yellow but again with a percentage inside.

Battery percentage feature in iOS 16

If you turn off Battery Percentage, you’ll remove the numbers from the status bar and revert to the old battery icon design.

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Unfortunately, the battery percentage option isn’t available on all iPhone models – it’s not yet available on the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, and iPhone 13 Mini.

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