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How to Show Battery Percent on iPhone & iPad

This guide will show you how to add the battery percent on the iPhone or iPad so that you can see exactly how much battery life you have left.

For users that constantly need to recharge or who use a battery case this information is important because there are optimal times to charge the iPhone or iPad using a backup battery case.

This is off by default because it is easy to fixate on the percentage and assume your battery life is bad or getting worse. It is normal to see the battery percent drop fairly quickly for the first 5-10% of usage. Keep that in mind after you turn this on.

Here's how to turn on iPhone battery percent indicator.
Here’s how to turn on iPhone battery percent indicator.

Apple already pops up warnings when your battery is at 20% and 10%, but this will show exactly how much battery life is left on your iPhone or iPad.

Turn on Battery Percent iPhone & iPad

You will need to turn on the battery percent on all of your devices individually. This is something that is mainly handy on the iPhone since it is more mobile, but iPad users may also enjoy the ability to know if their device can handle one more movie or if they need to turn down the brightness and limit usage.

Go to Settings to turn on battery percent.
Go to Settings to turn on battery percent.

1. Go to Settings by tapping on the small settings icon that looks like a set of gears.

2. Tap on General to go to the next area of settings.

Toggle Battery Percentage on to see the percent next to your battery icon in the bar.
Toggle Battery Percentage on to see the percent next to your battery icon in the bar.

3. Look for Usage and then tap on it. This is where you can see the battery usage overall on the iPhone.

4. Toggle Battery Percentage to On.

That’s all there is to turning battery percent on for the iPhone or iPad. This will stay on until you turn it off or need to reset your iPhone.

Now that you know how much battery life is left on the iPhone or iPad you can use this information to help make smarter battery decisions.

If you use an iPhone battery case to get longer battery life you should try to charge between 20% and 80% only. This is essentially easier to charge, so you will make the battery on the battery case last longer. If you don’t seem to get the promised boost in iPhone battery life you may not be using it right.

If you need to top off the iPhone battery before heading out for the night or home from work you can look at the percentage to know when to just give up and go. The last 10% of charging tends to take longer, so once you hit 90% you are probably better off grabbing the phone and going instead of waiting for final bit to charge.

If you use an iPhone battery case this is a very important option to turn on.
If you use an iPhone battery case this is a very important option to turn on.

Charging your iPhone battery in small spurts like this does not degrade your overall battery performance, but you should regularly charge to full and discharge. If you plan to store the iPhone for a long period make sure it is charged to at least 50% first.

When your battery dips below 30% it may be a good time to change power settings. The easiest way to get better iOS 7 battery life when you are running low is to turn the screen brightness down. To do this you can open Control Center with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen and then manually move the brightness slider dimmer.

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