Apple Adds Long-Awaited Feature To iOS 16 Beta
Apple has released iOS 16 Beta 5 to developers and public beta testers. This new Beta comes with the battery percentage indicator, a feature that almost every iPhone user has been waiting for since the release of the iPhone X.
Apart from the SE models, all the new iPhones after the iPhone X never had the option to see the battery percentage while on the Home Screen or Lock Screen.
Viewing your battery percentage required you to swipe down from the top right of your screen. This was an extra step that almost no one wanted to take. The other alternative was adding a battery widget on your home screen, a feature that was introduced with iOS 14.
Apple has now addressed this issue by bringing back the battery percentage indicator to iPhones with edge-to-edge displays.
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How The New Battery Percentage Works?
The remaining battery percentage is now indicated within the battery icon as black text on a white background or white text on a black background. This makes it pretty easy to know the remaining percentage of your battery whether you are on the lock screen, home screen, or when using any app that doesn’t hide the menu bar.
To turn on the battery indicator, you simply have to go to Settings > Battery and then enable the “Show Battery Percentage” option.
Surprisingly, this feature is still unavailable on certain iPhone models, including the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, and iPhone 13 Mini. This might change in the upcoming Betas releases.
It should also be noted that this feature is still exclusive to iOS 16 beta testers. The rest of you that are still running the publicly released iOS 15 will get this feature when Apple finally releases iOS 16 later this year.
How To Become A Beta Tester?
If you want to be one of the Beta testers, you will have to first install Apple’s official Beta profile using these instructions. This will give you early access to iOS 16 and all its new features. But before installing this profile, keep in mind that Beta versions are not 100% stable and usually have a few bugs that could affect your iPhone user experience.
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