How to Show Battery Percentage on iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XR

Dec 8, 2017 - 6 Comments

Find battery percentage on iPhone X

If you have an iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR you may have noticed that the battery percentage indicator is not an option to enable in the device settings. This is probably because the prominent notch at the top of the screen, which houses the front facing camera and the phones ear speaker, does not allow for sufficient room on its sides to fit the battery percentage indicator.

So how do you see the battery percentage indicator on iPhone X, XS, or XR? And how do you know what percentage charged the iPhone X, XS, XR is, or how much percentage charge is left on the iPhone X, XR, XS battery?

With iPhone X and newer, including iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, there is a way to see the battery percentage on the phone, but it’s probably not where you’d expect it to be.

That’s because battery percentage on iPhone X is now tucked into Control Center. Thus, you must access Control Center to see the battery percentage on iPhone X, XS, XR. Well, technically there’s another way too with charging the iPhone X series, but we’re emphasizing the Control Center approach here.

How to See Battery Percentage Indicator on iPhone X, XS, XR

Open Control Center on the iPhone X, XS, XR, which is different than opening it on any other device, and you’ll find the battery indicator you are looking for:

  1. Swipe down from the top right of the iPhone X screen (the portion of iPhone X screen to the right of the Notch) to access Control Center
  2. Look in the upper right corner of Control Center to see the battery percentage indicator next to the battery icon
  3. View the battery percentage indicator on iPhone X

Anytime you want to see battery percentage on iPhone X, XS, XR and later, just open Control Center.

Show battery percentage indicator on iPhone X

This is notably different from other iPhone or iPad models without the screen notch, where you can use an iOS setting to show battery percentage all the time in the top icon bar.

Seeing Battery Percentage Indicator on iPhone X, XS, XR When Charging

There is one other way to see battery percentage on iPhone X, XS, XR: when charging the phone.

When you start to charge iPhone X either with a pad charger or plug-in charger, you will see the battery percentage as well splash on the screen briefly. Just plug in iPhone X or rest it on a plug-free conductive charger, and you’ll see it briefly.

But that’s much less convenient and you likely won’t use that method if you’re on the road. So we’ll focus on the Control Center approach instead.

It’s possible Apple will change who you invoke Control Center on iPhone X and place it into the App Switcher like it is on the iPad now, and it’s also possible Apple will enable some other way to see the percentage of battery on iPhone X without having to access Control Center. But for now, open Control Center on iPhone X to see the battery time remaining.

This applies to any iPhone model with the screen notch that hides the battery percentage indicator from display, including iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and presumably any future screen notch equipped iPhones.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Ess Kay says:

    In addition to Battery Percentage, the “Do Not Disturb” icon is now buried deep inside Control Center.

    I’ve missed many calls because I forgot that Do Not Disturb was in effect.

    Yes, there is less screen real estate at the top of the iPhone X but this is a loss of functionality not a loss of convenience.

  2. Mike Sanders says:

    Swipe right from lock screen and scroll down/up battery status for phone and watch are displayed, much simpler surprised you didn’t know this.

  3. Geoff Adams-Spink says:

    Both of these methods are true and they work – but it even easier just to ask Siri!

  4. Ric says:

    You can also add a widget named “Batteries” to the Today View located one swipe right from the Home screen. The Battery widget displays the % of battery remaining on the iPhone X and any devices connected to the phone, such as wireless headphones.

  5. Christopher Tich says:

    If you have an Apple Watch, it is possible to have an always-available Batteries widget in the Today View of Notification center.

    • Louie says:

      Right, and the battery widget shows up in notification center on all iphones, not just on the X, running iOS 8 or later. Also, the Watch is not the only device that will activate the battery widget. There are several other compatible BT accessories whose battery can be displayed there, including but not limited to wireless headphones and smartcases, some made by Apple and some by 3rd parties.

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