iOS 16 beta brings back the battery percentage icon

Apple today released the fifth developer beta of iOS 16. It but if you have time spent on Twitter, you know there’s just one thing everyone wants to talk about: the return of the battery percentage gauge. For the first time since Apple removed the icon in 2017 to make room for the notch, it’s possible to see exactly how much battery your iPhone has left without pulling down the Control Center screen.

If you’ve signed up for the developer beta, you can add the indicator to your status bar by opening the Settings menu and navigating to the Battery section. There you will see a new toggle labeled “Battery Percentage”. The resulting icon is slightly larger than what you’re probably used to. Additionally, when you plug your iPhone into a charger, the icon turns green and displays a lightning bolt icon next to the battery percentage. Conversely, it is yellow when your iPhone is in sleep mode.

The option to view battery percentage is not available on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 mini. We also point out that it is possible that the function will not make it into the final version of . The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system will be released later this year. Some of the more notable features Apple announced at WWDC 2022 include new lock screen customization options, the ability to edit and retrieve texts in iMessage, and real-time notifications called Live Activity.

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