Apple’s latest software update, iOS 16, came with a fantastic set of features, including the return of the battery life icon to the status bar.
Almost all the iPhones, including the new iPhone 14, sport the default feature, as do all iPads once you download the latest iOS16 update. However, not all iPhones support the new battery icon feature, even if your phone is compatible with the software update.
According to an Apple support page published Monday, the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 Mini models don’t display the battery icon in the status bar. Instead, owners of these devices will have to continue checking battery status as they always have: swiping down to the Control Center.
No word as to why those specific iPhones were left out, and Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the battery icon will be available on the devices in the future.
Five years ago, Apple removed the battery meter option, which made it easy to see your exact battery percentage. After a five-year break, you can now see your iPhone’s battery percentage in the status bar — from anywhere on your device.
Why The Battery Status Meter on the iPhone Is a Big Deal
Before that feature was removed, iPhones showed the exact percentage of your battery on the status bar. Things changed after the iPhone X was launched.
Because Apple added the notch (that black bar at the top of your iPhone), there wasn’t enough screen space to keep the battery percentage in the status bar. So, Apple removed the feature.
You can still swipe down from the top right of your iPhone to view the exact percentage in the Control Center. But the problem is you can’t glance at the battery percentage from within any app or the home screen.
And it’s about impossible to know the exact percentage left from just the battery icon, which is not good if your iPhone is almost dying.
Thankfully, iOS 16 has brought the battery percentage back in the status bar inside the current battery sign. Here’s what you need to know about this feature.
How to Get Your iPhone Battery Percentage in your status bar on iOS 16
To see the battery percentage of your iPhone, you will need to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 16. You can either wait for your iPhone to alert you with a pop-up notification or force an update by yourself by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
Immediately after you update your iPhone, you will see the percentage in the battery icon in the top-right corner of your screen from anywhere on your iPhone.
This way, you can monitor when your iPhone is full or close to running out of battery and when you should start charging your iPhone.
Although this setting is turned on by default, you can go to Settings > Battery and toggle on the Battery Percentage option to ensure it works. The battery icon will turn green when your iPhone charges and show you the percentage. But when your phone is in Low Power Mode, the battery icon will become yellow, but with the percentage.
The Sad Part and Good part of ios 16
Unfortunately, this battery percentage feature brought back is unavailable on all iPhone models.
It’s not on the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, and iPhone 13 Mini.
Other sweet iOS 16 features, like editing and revoking messages, customizable lock screens, and verification that your AirPods are indeed AirPods, are available on the iPhones that do not have the battery icon update.