iOS 16.1 will give us the iPhone battery icon that everyone wants

iOS 16.1 will give us the iPhone battery icon that everyone wants

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Apple’s latest mobile software — iOS 16 — resets battery percentage to iPhone status bar. Apple withdrew the feature with the release of the iPhone X in 2017 due to space requirements for various sensors such as the camera and microphone.

Now it’s back. But many iPhone users are not very happy with it. First, some iPhones didn’t get the new battery percentage meter. Second, some users don’t like the way it’s been redesigned.

read more: iOS 16 will not run on every iPhone. Will it work on yours?

Fortunately for both teams, it turns out Apple was listening. Apple released two iOS 16.1 developer beta since the release of iOS 16, both updates address the main complaints about support and design of the new battery icon.

Here’s what you need to know.


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What’s wrong with the battery status meter on the iPhone?

iPhones used to include your exact battery percentage in the status bar. But after the release of the iPhone X, which introduced the notch — the black bar at the top of your device that houses a speaker and camera — there wasn’t enough screen real estate left to keep the battery percentage in the status bar, so Apple dropped the feature.

Of course, you can swipe down from the top right iPhone to see the exact percentage in Control Center, but that means you can’t take a look at the battery percentage from within Any application or from the home screen. And it’s almost impossible to gauge the exact percentage just from the battery icon, which isn’t good if your iPhone is about to die.

iOS 16 returns the battery percentage number to the status bar, inside the existing battery icon.

Which iPhone models will not restore the battery percentage feature?

Not all iPhone users running iOS 16 will see the new battery percentage feature in the status bar, which is disappointing for some. While there has been no official statement as to why certain models are excluded from the feature, it appears to be due to lower pixel density for some devices and lack of space for others.

According to this Apple support page, the following models do not support the feature:

The only way to see your battery percentage on iPhones that don’t support the new feature is to either add a battery widget to the lock screen/home screen or swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone to see the battery percentage next to the battery icon (instead of inside it).

However, the new battery percentage feature will come to iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and iPhone Minis with iOS 16.1, which was released last week to developers. You can see how to download it herebut it should be rolling out to the general public soon enough.

Even some people who have the feature are disappointed 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 always appears full, whether the phone is idle, charging, or in low-power mode — only the color changes. So it can be a bit confusing if you look at it.

The only time the design really changes is when the battery reaches 20% or less — the battery icon then shows as low or about one-fifth full and turns red.

On Twitter, Michael Johansson created a mockup showing the battery icon changing along with the percentage. Thousands of people have liked the tweet and many have 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 listened to the criticism leveled by iPhone users and redesigned the battery percentage icon with iOS 16.1, which is currently in its second developer beta. As the mockups posted online by Mikael Johansson 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 Vitici. Instead of just the percentage going down, the battery icon design also goes down, making it easier to see how full (or empty) your battery life is.

However, iOS 16.1 is still far from being released to the general public. If you really want it now, Here’s how to download the developer beta.

How to Reset Battery Percentage in Status Bar in iOS 16

Regardless of your thoughts on the design, you should at least take a chance on the battery percentage feature if your iPhone supports it.

To see your battery percentage in your iPhone’s status bar, all you need to do is upgrade to iOS 16. You can wait for your iPhone to notify you with a pop-up notification, or force an update manually by going to Settings > General > Software update.

Once you update, you should see the percentage on the battery icon in the upper right corner of your screen — from anywhere on your iPhone. This way you can keep a close eye on when your iPhone is full or near the end of the battery and when you should start charging it.

Although the setting is enabled by default, you can switch to Settings > Battery and switch to Battery percentage option to make sure it works. When your device is charging, the battery icon will turn completely green, showing you the percentage, while when you’re in low power mode, the battery icon will turn completely yellow, but still with the percentage inside.

Battery percentage feature in iOS 16

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

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