iOS 16.1 will solve our biggest complaints regarding the iPhone battery icon

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Apple has released two IOS 16.1 Developer Beta since iOS 16 launched earlier this month and both updates address major complaints about the support and design of the new battery icon. iOS 16 reported the percentage of the battery to i phone status bar after Apple retired the feature with the release of the iPhone X in 2017 due to space requirements for various sensors such as the camera and microphone.

So, yes, it’s back. But many iPhone users are not very happy with it. First, some iPhones have not received the new battery percentage meter. Secondly, some users don’t like the way it’s redesigned. Fortunately for both groups, it turns out Apple listened.

Read more: iOS 16 doesn’t work on all iPhones. Will it work on yours?

Here’s what you need to know.


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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 notch – 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 yours i phone to 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. You can check how to download it herebut 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, here’s how to download the developer beta.

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.

Battery percentage function on iOS 16

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

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