New iPhone X users are discovering that there’s currently no way to add a permanent battery percentage indicator to the phone’s status bar. Some iPhone X users are frustrated, but fortunately there are a few ways to quickly check the exact battery percentage on the device.
It’s unclear why Apple removed this option from the Settings app though there’s speculation that it might have something to do with the lack of real estate in the iPhone X’s status bar. Design decision or not, the change has some iPhone X users wondering how to see the device’s exact battery percentage.
There are a few ways to check the iPhone X battery percentage and we’re going to guide you through four ways to quickly get a read on your device’s battery life.
Use Control Center
One of the quickest ways to check your iPhone X battery percentage is via the phone’s Control Center.
On older iPhones, Control Center is accessed via a swipe up from the bottom of the screen. This isn’t the case on the iPhone X because a swipe from the bottom of the screen serves as the home button.
To access Control Center on the iPhone X, you swipe inwards from the top right of the screen. If done correctly, you’ll notice the screen below.
Now when you check the top right corner of the display you’ll get an exact battery percentage readout.
Charge Your iPhone X
Another quick method requires a Lightning cable and an outlet or a wireless iPhone X charger. While your iPhone X is charging, you can easily check its battery percentage.
Press the Side button on the right side of the iPhone X to get to your lock screen and you’ll notice the phone gives you a precise read out of your battery life.
If you have Siri enabled on your iPhone X you can quickly ask it for a readout on your iPhone X’s battery.
You can bring up Siri on the iPhone X by pressing and holding the Side button or by using Hey Siri. Simply ask “What’s my battery life?” and Siri will tell you exactly how much battery life you have left.
Check Your Widgets
If your device is connected via Bluetooth to another device you can check your iPhone X’s widgets for an exact battery life reading.
To check your widgets, go to your iPhone X’s home screen and swipe to the right. If you are connected to a device, you should notice a battery life percentage readout for both your iPhone X and the other device be it a case, a headset, or a Bluetooth-powered speaker.
Install iOS 11.3.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update comes with four known security patches for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 11.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3.1 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with even more security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3.1. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3.1 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.