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Apple’s latest mobile software — iOS 16 — returns the battery percentage iPhone status bar. Apple removed this feature with its release iPhone X In 2017, due to space requirements for various sensors like camera and microphone.

Now it’s back. However, many iPhone users are not very happy with it. First, some iPhones didn’t get the new battery percentage gauge. Second, some users don’t like its redesign.

Read more: iOS 16 will not work on every iPhone. Will this work for you?

Fortunately for both groups, it turns out Apple is listening. Apple released two iOS 16.1 developer betas Since the release of iOS 16 and both updates address major complaints about the new battery icon support and design.

Here’s what you need to know.


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What’s up with the iPhone battery gauge?

Previously, iPhones included the exact battery percentage in the status bar. But after the release of the presented iPhone X notch — the black bar at the top of your device with the speaker and camera — didn’t have enough screen real estate to store the battery percentage in the status bar, so Apple did away with the feature.

Of course you can swipe down from the top right iPhone To view the exact percentage in Control Center, but that means you won’t be able to view the battery percentage from within in any from the app or home screen. It’s almost impossible to gauge the exact percentage just from the battery icon, which is not good if the iPhone is about to die.

iOS 16 reintroduces the battery percentage count in the status bar, inside the existing battery icon.

Which iPhone models won’t get the battery percentage feature back?

Not all iPhone users running iOS 16 will see the new battery percentage feature in the status bar, which is frustrating for some. While there is no official statement as to why certain models have been removed from the feature, it seems to be due to lower pixel density for some devices and lack of space for others.

According to this Apple support pageThe following models do not support the function:

On iPhones that don’t support the new feature, the only way to view your battery percentage is to add a battery widget to your lock screen/home screen or swipe down from the top right of your iPhone to view the battery percentage. battery symbol (instead of inside).

However, the new battery percentage feature is coming to the iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and iPhone Minis with iOS 16.1, which was released to developers last week. You can check how to download it herebut should be made available to the general public as soon as possible.

Even some people who own this feature are disappointed by its design

Not everyone is happy with the new battery percentage icon design. While the battery percentage is always displayed in the status bar on supported devices, the battery icon itself is always displayed as full, regardless of whether the phone is empty, charging or in low power mode — only the color changes. So if you look at it, it can be a little confusing.

The only time the design really changes is when the battery reaches 20% or less — then the battery icon looks like it’s low or about one-fifth full and turns red.

on Twitter, Mikael Johansson created a mockup showing the change of the battery symbol along with the percentage. Thousands of people liked the tweet and many agreed that it was an improvement over the current design.

Apple listened and is redesigning the battery percentage icon with iOS 16.1

Apparently, Apple heard the criticism from iPhone users and redesigned the battery percentage icon with iOS 16.1, which is currently in its second developer beta. As you can see from the mockups posted by Mikael Johansson on the web, many people preferred the empty battery icon with the percentage.

As you can see in the tweet below, Apple is changing the battery icon to just that Federico Viticci. Instead of just a percentage drop, the battery icon design also runs out, making it easy to see how full (or empty) your battery is.

However, iOS 16.1 is still far from being released to the general public. If you really want it, now here’s how to download the developer beta.

How to return battery percentage to status bar in iOS 16

Regardless of your thoughts on the design, you should at least give the battery percentage feature a shot if your iPhone supports it.

All you need to do is upgrade to iOS 16 to see your battery percentage in your iPhone’s status bar. You can wait for your iPhone to alert you with a pop-up notification or manually force the update by switching. Parameters > General > Software update.

After updating, you should see the percentage on the battery icon in the upper right corner of your screen from anywhere on your iPhone. That way, you can keep a close eye on when your iPhone is running out of battery or close to dying and when you should start charging it.

Although the setting is enabled by default, you can go Parameters > Battery and change to Battery percentage option to make sure it works. When your device is charging the battery icon will turn completely green showing you the percentage, while in Low Power Mode the battery icon will turn completely yellow but again with the percentage inside.

Battery percentage feature in iOS 16

If you turn off the battery percentage feature, you will remove the numbers from the status bar and return to the old battery icon design.

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