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How to show the battery percentage on your iPhone

From adding a widget to making the most of your status bar, here's how to show the battery percentage on your iPhone so you never run out of juice

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Wanting to figure out how to show the battery percentage on your iPhone? We're not surprised - after all, while the battery icon at the top of your phone's display can give you an estimate of its remaining power levels, sometimes it's nice to know exactly how much juice your phone has left.

If you've got an older iPhone, the battery percentage can actually be displayed by default, but with newer models, there simply isn't enough room in the status bar. Thankfully, no matter whether your iPhone is years old or you just purchased it yesterday, we have all the tips and tricks you need to make displaying that percentage permanently a piece of cake. 

One of our favorite iOS 14 tips and tricks is to add a battery widget to your homescreen as this will really enhance your day to day experience and make keeping an eye on your battery levels that much easier. Of course, if you're at home and you have one of the best iPhone chargers nearby, then battery life isn't so much of an issue, but if you're out and about all day, being able to track your battery life is essential to ensure you don't get caught in a jam.

Figuring out how to show the battery percentage on your iPhone is going to be most helpful if you're someone who uses your phone fairly frequently from the time you get up to the time you go to bed. It's also really worthwhile if you have an older model because the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max have incredibly good battery life, so running out of juice may not be such a problem if you have one of these little beauties. 

We're expecting improvements in battery life when the new iPhone 14 drops in September too, so if you're a heavy user, you may find it's well worth upgrading. You can also check out our guide on how to save battery life on your iPhone for some tips and tricks to tide you over while you decide whether or not to splash out on the latest model. For now though, let's talk you through how to show the battery percentage on your iPhone with widget and status bar options.

How to show the battery percentage on your iPhone by adding a widget

If you want to show the battery percentage on your iPhone by default on your main home screen on newer iPhones, you'll need to make room for one of the new iPhone widgets.

Tap and hold an empty portion of the Home screen, then tap the + icon in the top-left. Scroll down until you find 'Batteries' and choose that option. 

You can choose between three different battery widgets. All three show the percentage, but the larger widgets will also show the exact percentage of synced devices' batteries, such as your Apple Watch 6 or Apple AirPods.

If you think a larger option is taking up too much space on the homescreen, you can always put it to the left on the 'Today' panel that's pervasive on all iPhones - but give it a go on the home screen and we bet you get some use out of it if you regularly connect anything to your iPhone - it'll work with some third-party Bluetooth headphones too.

Choose your favorite, hit 'Add Widget', rearrange the apps on your Home screen as you see fit, and you'll have a constant battery percentage summary without having to swipe or scroll.

How to show the iPhone battery percentage in the status bar

When it comes to being able to show the battery percentage on your iPhone, you're in luck if you have the iPhone SE 2020, or the iPhone 8 or earlier, as you can have the battery percentage displayed permanently - score! 

Open the Settings app and the Battery menu. You'll see an option for Battery Percentage. Toggle it, and you'll see the percentage in the top-right of the Home screen at all times.

The battery percentage also appears by default when Low Power mode is activated to stop you from accidentally ignoring the pictorial version of the battery meter.

How to find the battery percentage on newer iPhones

On the iPhone X, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and their various sibling phones, you can find the battery percentage in the Command Center. Simply swipe downwards from the top-right of the screen to pull up the menu; there, you'll find the battery percentage in the top-right corner.

That's the fastest method. Another method is to swipe left-to-right on the Home screen to pull up the Today View. In iOS 14, this view contains various Apple app widgets, including a battery widget that displays the current percentage.

You may need to scroll down to find the battery widget in Today View, but you can tap and hold it, then drag it to the top so that it is more immediately visible.

The iPhone battery widget

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Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks

Michael Hicks began his freelance writing career with TechRadar in 2016, covering emerging tech like VR and self-driving cars. Nowadays, he works as a staff editor for Android Central, but still writes occasional TR reviews, how-tos and explainers on phones, tablets, smart home devices, and other tech.