How to Show Battery Percentage on the iPhone 12

Don't guess how much power your battery has left

What to Know

  • Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen. The battery percentage is in the top right corner next to the battery icon.
  • Tap and hold the screen until the icons start wiggling. Tap + > Batteries > choose the widget style > Add Widget > Done.

This article explains how to view the battery percentage on the iPhone 12 as well as how to have it available on your home screen using a widget.

How to View Battery Percentage on the iPhone 12

On earlier versions of iOS, you had to turn on the battery percentage option to see this information. Not on the iPhone 12! These days, the battery percentage option is on by default—you just have to know where to find it.

If you are upgrading from an iPhone without Face ID, you'll see that because of the camera notch at the top, there's no longer enough horizontal room to display the battery icon and the percentage simultaneously.

  1. Swipe down from the top right corner of the iPhone 12 screen to open Control Center.

  2. In the top right corner of the screen, next to the battery icon, is the battery percentage. This is how much battery your iPhone 12 has left.

    iPhone Control Center showing the battery percentage.
  3. Swipe up or tap on the background to close Control Center again.

If all you want to be able to do is periodically check the battery percentage, then that's all you have to do. If you want to easily keep tabs on the battery's status, consider adding a widget to your home screen.

One way to find the battery percentage on iPhone 12 is to ask Siri. Activate Siri using the Side button and then ask "Hey Siri, how much battery do I have left?" The battery percentage will appear on the screen.

How to Add a Battery Widget to the iPhone 12

Thanks to widgets in iOS 14, which comes pre-loaded on the iPhone 12, you can add a battery percentage widget to your home screen.

Here's how:

  1. Tap and hold the screen until the icons start wiggling.

  2. Tap +.

  3. In the widgets pop-up, tap Batteries.

  4. Choose the widget style you want to use. Swipe back and forth to see the options. The Batteries widget will also display battery info for Apple devices connected to your phone like Apple Watch or AirPods.

    How to add the battery widget on the iPhone running iOS 14.
  5. Tap Add Widget for the one you want to use.

  6. The widget is added to your home screen. Move it around to the location where you want it and then tap Done.

    Battery widget on home screen of iPhone running iOS 14.

Seeing your battery percentage is good information, but it doesn't help your battery last longer. If you need to do that, we have 30 tips for longer iPhone battery life and details on how to use Low Power Mode.