iOS 16 beta 5 finally adds battery percentage to the status bar

Battery percentage has finally been added to the status bar with today’s release of iOS 16 beta 5. This addresses one of the most common iOS requests since Apple removed the code with the release of the iPhone X.

iPhone battery percentage is back

In iOS 16 beta 5, you can bring back the battery percentage to the status bar. Simply go to Settings, then choose Battery, then switch to the new Battery Percentage option. It may be enabled by default, but this only seems to be the case for some users.

When your iPhone is unplugged, you will see the normal battery icon but with a percentage number inside. If your iPhone is in Low Power Mode, the battery icon turns yellow but still shows the percentage. If you are charging, you will see the percentage with a small charging icon next to it.

Battery percentage was a staple of the status bar for the iPhone models that led to the iPhone X. With the introduction of the notch and limited space for status bar data, Apple lowered the percentage. Instead, you had to scroll down to the Control Center to view the percentage.

In iOS 16 beta 5, the battery percentage option is not available on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini.

Did you notice any other changes in today’s release of iOS 16 beta 5 or iPadOS 16 beta 5? Let us know in the comments below or at Twitter @9to5Mac. Stay tuned for our full hands-on coverage with new releases here on 9to5Mac Today and throughout the rest of the week.


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