This story is part of Hotspot iPhone 2022CNET’s collection of news, tips, and advice on Apple’s most popular products.
Apple’s latest mobile software version – iOS 16 – Restores battery percentage to Iphone status bar. Apple pulled 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 he’s back. But a lot of iPhone users are not happy with that. Or not, Some iPhones didn’t get the new battery percentage meter. Second, some users don’t like the way it has been redesigned.
Read more: iOS 16 will not run on every iPhone. Will it work with you?
Fortunately for both groups, it turns out that Apple was listening. Apple released two iOS 16.1 Developer Beta Since the release of iOS 16, both updates address major complaints about the new battery icon support and design.
Here’s what you need to know.
What’s the Deal with the Battery Status Gauge on the iPhone?
iPhones are used to include the exact percentage of your battery in the status bar. But after the release of iPhone X, which file slit – The black bar at the top of your device that houses the speaker and camera – There wasn’t enough screen real estate to conserve battery percentage in the status bar, so Apple scraped the feature.
Sure, you can swipe down from the top right of a file Iphone To display the exact percentage in Control Center, but that means you can’t look at the battery percentage from the inside Which application or from the home screen. And it is almost impossible to measure the exact percentage of the battery icon only, which is not good if your iPhone is about to die.
iOS 16 re-enters the battery percentage number again in the status bar, inside the current battery icon.
What iPhone Models Won’t Restore Battery Percentage Feature?
Not all iPhone users using iOS 16 will see the new battery percentage feature in the status bar, which is frustrating for some. Although there is no official statement as to why certain models were excluded from the feature, it appears to be due to the low pixel density of some devices, and the lack of space for others.
According to this Apple support page, the following models do not support the feature:
The only way you can view the 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 of your iPhone to display the battery percentage next to the battery icon (instead of inside it).
However, the new battery percentage feature is coming to the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, and iPhone Minis with iOS 16.1, which was released last week to developers. You can check how to download it hereBut it should be released to the general public soon enough.
Even some people who have the feature are frustrated with its design
Not everyone is happy with the new battery percentage icon design. While the same battery percentage always appears in the status bar on supported devices, the same battery icon always shows as 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 appears as depleted, or about a fifth full, and turns red.
on twitter, Mikael Johansson Mockup showing battery icon change along with percentage. Thousands of people liked the tweet and many agreed that it was an improvement over the existing design.
Apple heard the battery percentage icon redesigned with iOS 16.1
Apparently, Apple listened to criticism from iPhone users and redesigned the battery percentage icon with iOS 16.1, which is currently in the second beta for its developers. As the mockups posted online by Mikael Johansson showed, many people preferred the battery drain 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 Fezzi. Instead of just the percentage dropping, the battery icon design also drains, making it easy 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 Restore Battery Percentage in Status Bar in iOS 16
Regardless of your thoughts on the design, you should at least risk the battery percentage advantage if your iPhone supports it.
To view the battery percentage in the status bar of your iPhone, all you have to do is upgrade to iOS 16. You can wait for your iPhone to alert you with a popup notification, or force an update manually by going to Settings > general > system update.
Once updated, you’ll see the percentage in 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 turned off or about to run out of battery, and when you should start charging it.
Although the setting is turned on by default, you can go to Settings > battery and switch on Battery percentage An option to make sure it works. When your device is charging, the battery icon will turn completely green, to show you the percentage, while in low power mode, the battery icon will turn completely yellow, but again with the percentage inside.
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