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Theused to show the percentage of battery left directly in the status bar, viewable from anywhere on the phone, which offered a handy way to quickly take a look at the battery level, until Apple removed the feature with the release of iPhone X. The reason? Apple needed to make room for the various sensors in the minimized notch at the time.
The battery icon has been missed by many, and Apple reintroduced the battery percentage icon, albeit redesigned, with the release of Others were disappointed because they believe Apple could have done more to make the icon useful.that you can . Many, including me, are happy with the resurrected battery indicator, but others are shocked, in part because they won’t get the battery icon on their phone, even if they upgrade to iOS 16.
The new battery percentage feature is not supported on all available iPhones, for now. Apple was only released last weekwhich is currently only for developers, and brings the battery percentage feature to every iPhone running iOS 16. Here’s what you need to know.
What’s the problem with the battery gauge on the iPhone?
IPhones included the exact battery percentage directly in the status bar. But after the release of the iPhone X, it introduced the– the black bar at the top of your device that houses a speaker and camera – there wasn’t enough screen space left to keep the battery percentage in the status bar, so Apple canceled the feature.
Sure, you can swipe down from the top right corner of yoursto see the exact percentage in the Control Center, but that means you can’t take a look at the battery percentage from the inside whatever app or from the home screen. And it’s nearly impossible to measure the exact percentage from the battery icon alone, which is no good if your iPhone is about to die.
iOS 16 reintroduces the battery percentage number in the status bar, inside the existing battery icon.
Which iPhone Models Won’t Reset Battery Percentage Function?
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 hasn’t been an official statement as to why some models are excluded from the feature, it appears to be due to the lower pixel density for some devices and a lack of space for others.
According to this Apple support page, the following models do not support the feature:
The only way to see the battery percentage on iPhones that don’t support the new feature is to add a battery widget to your lock screen / home screen or swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone to view the percentage of the battery. battery next to the battery icon (instead of inside it).
However, the new battery percentage feature will arrive on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, and iPhone Mini with iOS 16.1, which was released last week for developers.but it should be released to the public soon enough.
Even some people who have the feature are frustrated with its design
Not everyone is happy with the design of the new battery percentage icon. Although the battery percentage itself is always visible in the status bar on supported devices, the battery icon itself is always displayed as full, regardless of whether the phone is idle, charging or in power saving mode – only the color. So it can get a little confusing if you look at it.
The only time the design really changes is when the battery reaches 20% or less – the battery icon is then displayed as depleted, or about a fifth full, and turns red.
On Twitter, Mikael Johansson created a mockup showing the battery icon changing along with the percentage. Thousands of people liked the tweet and many agreed that it is an improvement over the current design.
Apple listened and is redesigning the battery percentage icon with iOS 16.1
Apparently, Apple has listened to criticism from iPhone users and redesigned the battery percentage icon with iOS 16.1, which is currently in its second developer beta. As the models Mikael Johansson posted online showed, many people preferred a low battery icon, along with the percentage.
And that’s exactly what Apple is changing the battery icon to, as you can see in the tweet below posted by Federico Vitti. Instead of just decreasing the percentage, the battery icon design also runs out, making it easier to see how full (or empty) the battery life is.
However, iOS 16.1 is still far from being released to the public. If you really want it now,.
How to recover the battery percentage in the status bar on iOS 16
Regardless of your design thoughts, you should at least take a risk with the battery percentage feature if your iPhone supports it.
To see the battery percentage in your iPhone’s status bar, all you need to do is upgrade to iOS 16. You can either wait for your iPhone to warn you with a pop-up warning or force an update manually by going to Settings > General > Software update.
Once updated, you should see the percentage in the battery icon in the upper right corner of the screen, from anywhere on your iPhone. This way you can keep an eye on when your iPhone is full or low and when you should start charging.
Although the setting is turned on by default, you can go to Settings > Battery and activate the Percentage of battery option to make sure it works. When your device is charging, the battery icon will turn completely green, showing you the percentage, while being in power saving mode the battery icon will turn completely yellow, but always with the percentage inside.
are open and the phone itself will be available on Friday 16 September. For more information, find out everything Apple unveiled at its “Far Out” event last week.