Apple introduced its first smartphone with a display notch, the iPhone X, back in 2017. With the introduction of an innovative display design, the iPhones lost a crucial feature, which was the ability to display battery percentage. The size of the notch became a major hurdle in incorporating the feature in the iPhones and even after five years, the brand is still facing issues with its implementation.
The recently released Apple iOS 16 final version brings the Battery Percentage feature to most iPhones, but the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini still lack the support. The battery percentage indicator on top of the battery icon provides the exact battery level at a glance. As it is unavailable on the aforementioned devices, users will have to swipe down to the Control Center to view the battery levels, which is quite inconvenient.
But fret not, as there is still hope that Apple might add this feature to the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini. As per a report by MacRumors, Apple is testing the Battery Percentage feature on the aforementioned devices in its iOS 16.1 Beta 1. If you have access to the latest beta version, you can head to the Settings app on your device and tap on the Battery option. If your device supports it, you will see a new toggle named “Battery Percentage”. Just tap on it to enable the battery indicator. This will allow you to view the battery percentage right from the home screen, instead of going through the trouble of opening the Control Center.
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This news gives some hope to the users of the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini who have been deprived of this feature for so long. There are chances that Apple may include it in the upcoming iOS updates. Furthermore, the iOS 16.1 Beta also adds a “Clean Energy Charging” toggle to these devices.
While you wait for the Battery Percentage feature to arrive, there’s a workaround, which could be useful. If you have the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, or the iPhone 13 mini running iOS 16, you can simply add a battery widget to your lock screen and home screen, which would provide you with the required battery information.