How To: 10 Ways to Show the Battery Percentage Indicator on Your iPhone

10 Ways to Show the Battery Percentage Indicator on Your iPhone

When you look at your status bar on your iPhone, you'll almost always see the battery icon, which gives you an estimate of how much battery life you have left before you need to charge the device. What you won't always see is the exact battery percentage, but there are multiple ways to force it out of hiding.

If you have an iPhone with a Home button and Touch ID, you can visit "Battery" in the Settings app and toggle on "Battery Percentage" to make it appear next to the battery icon in the status bar. Also, every time you have Lower Power Mode active, the battery percentage will automatically appear in the status bar.

Apple omitted the Battery Percentage switch on all iPhone models with Face ID since there's limited space for status bar icons with the TrueDepth camera system's notch occupying the center. That also means that Lower Power Mode won't add the battery level to the top bar on your iPhone.

While you can't view the battery percentage from zero to 100 as you can on Touch ID models, there are still plenty of ways to unlock it, and you might be surprised just how many there are. This guide focuses on iPhone models with Face ID, but some of the options below will also work on Touch ID models.

If You Have One of These iPhone Models, Keep Reading

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

Option 1: Open Control Center

Swipe down on the screen from the top right of the display to open Control Center, and the battery percentage will appear in the status bar by the battery icon. This is the default way to view the battery percentage on iPhone models with Face ID.

Option 2: Use the Batteries Widget

Long-press on the wallpaper, app icon, folder, or widget on your Home Screen until the Home Screen editor opens, then tap the plus (+) button in the top left. Find and select the "Batteries" widget, then add any of the three sizes to your Home Screen. You can tap and hold one of the widget sizes, then drag and drop it on your Home Screen where you want. You can also tap "Add Widget" to place it on the current Home Screen page.

Note that the small two-by-two widget will only show your iPhone's battery percentage when no accessories are connected. When you connect your AirPods, Apple Watch, or another Bluetooth peripheral that the Batteries widget accepts, you'll only see a rough estimate based on the circle around the iPhone's icon. The two-by-four and four-by-four sizes will always have the level.

Option 3: Ask Siri

If you like talking or typing to Siri, you can ask it how much battery life you have left. Open Siri how you usually would, then ask it one of the below questions. There are probably more variations you could ask, so go with your gut, and you'll probably get the correct answer.

  • Battery?
  • What's my battery percentage?
  • How much battery do I have left?
  • Battery percentage?
  • Battery left?
  • Battery status?
  • Battery charged?

Option 4: Charge Your iPhone

Every time you start charging your iPhone, you should see the current battery percentage appear as soon as charging begins, but only on the Lock Screen or Notification Center. This happens whether you charge wirelessly with a MagSafe charger or third-party Qi-based charging station or use a Lightning cable with a power adapter or computer.

  • With a MagSafe charger: For a few seconds, the circular MagSafe charging animation takes over the screen with "% Charged" under it.
  • With another wireless charger: For a few seconds, you'll see the battery icon over the wallpaper with "% Charged" under it.
  • With a Lightning cable: For a few seconds, you'll see the battery icon over the wallpaper with "% Charged" under it.

Option 5: Wake When Charging

If you're in the middle of charging and wake your iPhone, the "% Charged" will take over the date on the Lock Screen for a brief moment.

Option 6: Stop Charging

When you disconnect your iPhone from a Lightning cable or take it off a wireless charger — whether it's currently in use or asleep — the "% Charged" will take over the date on the Lock Screen or Notification Center for a brief moment. If you're not on one of those screens at the time, you'll just see the charging icon in the status bar return to the standard battery icon.

Option 7: Use a Custom Shortcut

The Shortcuts app has an action called "Get Battery Level" you can use to quickly see the battery level as a number from zero to 100. Create a new shortcut, add the action, and add another action like "Quick Look" or "Show Result" that will display the number the first action receives. Then, use the shortcut's settings menu to add an icon for the shortcut on the Home Screen you can tap when you want to know.

Option 8: Assign the Shortcut to Back Tap or AssistiveTouch

If you're not on your Home Screen, you can use a different method to open your battery level shortcut. Go to Settings –> Accessibility –> Touch –> Back Tap, then assign the shortcut to your double-tap or triple-tap gesture. That way, you can tap the back of your iPhone twice or three times to see what the battery percentage is.

You can also go to AssistiveTouch in the Touch accessibility menu and assign the shortcut to a custom action or in the top-level menu, then enable AssistiveTouch and open the menu or use the custom action to start the shortcut.

Option 9: Use a Third-Party App

Third-party apps in the App Store can also read the battery percentage for your iPhone, so you could use one of those if you don't like any of the options above. Some will let you view the battery levels in the app, while others will also have a widget you can use. Below is just a small list of apps available.

From left to right: Battery Life, Charger Master, and Amperes Lite.

Option 10: View the Battery Settings

You'd think the "Battery" menu in Settings would list the precise battery life left, but it only shows what percentage your iPhone was last charged to under "Last 24 Hours" or "Last 10 Days." For example, it might say "Last Charged to 77%," but that could have been hours ago.

The Battery Level chart may give you a better idea of the current battery level, but only in the "Last 24 Hours" view. You can tap an hour in the chart to focus on it to see it better in comparison to the percentage key on the right.

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