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With the release of the iPhone X, Apple removed the ability to see the remaining battery percentage from the status bar. According to a report from 9to5Mac, Apple added this option back with the release of iOS Beta 5. It was part of the status bar before the iPhone maker decided to remove the feature thanks to a notch on the iPhone X limiting the amount of space available for status bar data. For years, users had to swipe down on the Control Center to check their battery percentage.
Some who have updated to iOS 16 Beta 5 have reported that this option is turned on for them by default. For those on the developer beta, just open the “Settings” app, go to the “Battery” section and toggle the “Battery percentage” option and you’re good to go. Interestingly, the icon is slightly larger than it used to be.
If your phone is disconnected from the charger, you will see the battery percentage inside. When the device’s battery is low, the battery icon turns yellow, but the percentage is still located inside the icon. However, you will notice that the text moves next to the charging icon when you charge your device.
Unfortunately, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini users will not be able to enable this option as it is not available on these devices for unknown reasons.
In addition to the return of the battery percentage icon, iOS 16 Beta 5 also brings some changes, such as a new sound when pinging the iPhone from the Apple Watch, a Now Playing visualizer on the lock screen, and the addition of a “Copy and Delete” option when taking screenshots. .