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 12.4.2 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, this is one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.2.
If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.2 in the near future because it brings an important security patch for your device. You can read about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.2 update.
iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4.2 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.4.2.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in March. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.2 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.4.2. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.4.2 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4.2. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.2 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.4.2 update comes with a longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.2 today.
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