How to show the battery percentage on an iPhone or iPad

If you own an iPhone or an iPad, you can always tell whether it has enough battery power by looking at the battery icon from the top-right corner of the screen. However, you do not know exactly how much battery is left, because the iOS operating system does not show the battery percentage by default. If you want to see the battery percentage on an iPhone or iPad, read on:

How to show the battery percentage on an iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 or older

If you own an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE or any other old model of iPhone, you can set iOS to always show the battery percentage next to the battery icon from the top-right corner of the screen. To do that, first, open the Settings app.

The Settings app on an iPhone

On the Settings screen, locate the Battery entry and tap on it.

The Battery entry from the Settings of an iPhone SE

On the Battery page, turn on the switch called Battery Percentage.

The Battery Percentage switch on an iPhone

Once you do that, your iPhone or iPad starts showing the battery percentage next to the battery icon. This is what it looks like:

The battery percentage on an iPhone

How to check the battery percentage on an iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max

Unfortunately, iPhone X and every model that Apple designed after that, has a notch on the top side of the screen. That leaves less space on the top row of the screen, and Apple's user interface designers decided to remove the option to see the battery percentage.

How hard would it have been to show the battery percentage inside the battery icon, like on Android smartphones? That wouldn't have required additional screen space.

The battery percentage shown on Android smartphones

The only way to see this information is to swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen. The Control Center is displayed, where you see the battery percentage, like in the picture below.

The battery percentage shown in the Control Center on an iPhone X

How to check the battery percentage on any iPhone, when charging it

One quick way of finding out exactly how much power your iPhone or iPad has left is to plug it into a charger. For a brief moment when you start charging your iPhone or iPad, you can see the battery percentage is shown on its screen.

The battery percentage shown when an iPhone starts charging

How to check the battery percentage on any iPhone, using the Batteries widget

Another method that works on all iPhone models, older and newer, is to add the Batteries widget to the lock screen. To do that, unlock your iPhone and then switch to the widgets screen by swiping to the right. Scroll the list of widgets until you reach its bottom; then tap on the Edit button.

The Edit button from the widgets screen

On the Add Widgets screen, scroll until you find the widget called Batteries. When you do, tap on the + plus button on its left side.

The previous action adds Batteries to the list of active widgets on your iPhone. If you want, you can also drag it up and down the list to select its position. When you are satisfied with its placing, tap the Done button from the top-right corner of the screen.

Choosing the position of the Batteries widget and saving the changes

Then, you can check the battery percentage in the Batteries widget, on your lock screen.

The Batteries widget on an iPhone

That's it!

Do you like seeing the battery percentage on your iPhone or iPad?

We do because we like to know exactly how much battery power remains on our iPhones. Do you feel the same, or do you prefer to have a cleaner screen although that means less information at a glance? Do you prefer using the Batteries widget?