For such a minor featurethe battery percentage indicator in iOS 16 for iPhone has caused quite a stir. While the feature was greeted with celebration, the UI design was not.
If you haven’t kept up with the drama, the problem had to do with how the battery icon looked before iOS 16.1. Long story short: the battery gauge looked full, with a low-contrast number representing battery percentage, even when an iPhone wasn’t at 100 percent.
With the Monday release of iOS 16.1 (along with iPad OS 16.1 Y macOS Ventura), Apple fixed the UI glitch so that the battery icon runs out along with the numerical percentage. This is why feedback during beta periods is so important: Apple doesn’t always get it right and they can fix errors
It all started with the notch
The introduction of the iPhone X was the big motivator for changing the way Apple displays battery life. Whereas before you could toggle the battery percentage feature in the Settings app, notched iPhone models of the iPhone X (and later) had to make do with displaying battery life in Control Center.
All that changed in iOS 16that together with a customizable lock screen, also brought back the battery percentage indicator in the status bar. The confusion, of course, was purely visual. If your iPhone is at 20 percent, why is the battery icon full?
Fortunately, everything is fixed in iOS 16.1 and the battery graph now visually matches the battery percentage, like it used to.
More compatible iPhones
In iOS 16, the battery percentage indicator was only available for select iPhones. iOS 16.1 adds the setting to iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini.
Here is the full list of iPhones that can display the battery percentage indicator:
- iphone 14, iPhone 14 plusiPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max
- iPhone 13, iPhone 13mini, iPhone 13 ProiPhone 13 ProMax
- iPhone 12iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
How to show the battery percentage of your iPhone
Enabling battery percentage is super simple:
- Open the Settings app, then go to Battery
- Switch Battery Percentage to ON
From there, the battery percentage should be displayed everywhere, including in Control Center.
How to add a battery widget to your lock screen
In addition, you can also display your iPhone battery life on a lock screen widget. iOS 16 battery lock screen widget It shows the battery life of connected devices by default (AirPods, Apple Watch, etc.), but with a few tweaks, it can also show your iPhone’s battery.
Here’s how to set it up:
- Long press on the lock screen
- Tap the “Customize” button below the lock screen you want to add the widget to, then select your lock screen when prompted
- Touch the box below the current time to open the widget menu
- Drag the battery widget into the box (it has a little green battery icon next to it)
- Double-tap the widget, switch “Auto” to OFF, and make sure your phone is selected under Devices.
You should now have a dedicated lock screen widget that shows your iPhone battery at a glance. It’s perfect if you have a iPhone 14 Pro with an always-on screen or prefer a widget larger than the little battery percentage icon in the corner.