Battery percentage won't show on all iPhones running iOS 16

in iPhone edited September 13
Although Apple brought back the option for a battery percentage icon in iOS 16, it has now confirmed that several iPhones will not be able to display it.

The battery percentage returned in iOS 16, for some iPhones
The battery percentage returned in iOS 16, for some iPhones

Every iPhone until 2017's iPhone X had the ability to show a percentage battery life figure at the top of the screen. It was removed because Apple had to conserve space in order to add Face ID and other sensors in the radical redesign that came with the iPhone X.

During the iOS 16 beta process, Apple finally brought back the battery percentage. It's probable that this is because the new Dynamic Island design of Face ID cutouts leaves enough room for the indicator.

It's not been the most popular design of battery level indicator, but it also wasn't clear whether it would be available for all iPhones. Now Apple has listed four iPhones that do not and presumably never will show the percentage on their front screens.

The iPhones that have not got the indicator back are:

  • iPhone XR

  • iPhone 11

  • iPhone 12 mini

  • iPhone 13 mini

This listing comes in a new support document, though it is specifically just a list. There is no further detail about why these particular models are excluded.

There are, though, some instructions about getting details of the battery charge remaining on these and all other iPhones. Specifically, it recommends both Control Center, and the Batteries widget.

Read on AppleInsider


  • Reply 1 of 3
    macguimacgui Posts: 2,240member
    I didn't think my mini would make the cut, and Apple did not surprise me. That the minis didn't get the percentage digits and their bigger siblings did confirms to me that it's a matter of available space. The minis don't have it. Looking at the battery icon, I'd need a jeweler's loupe to see any digits shown. Replacing the icon with digits would work. Make them turn green when charging. I could live with that.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    chasmchasm Posts: 2,575member
    Odd that we don't get this feature on the XR, as it appears to support most of the other features of iOS 16 and this one is incredibly minor. Maybe we're suffering a penalty because it's notchless??  :p
  • Reply 3 of 3
    I miss the big charging percentage on the Home Screen (shown momentarily in place of the date) during charge. The little numbers in the battery icon are hard to read from a distance. 
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