How to Turn On Your Battery Percentage Indicator for iPhone, iPad: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

* Occasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series.

Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.*

On the upper right corner of your screen on both the iPad and the iPhone, you will see your battery indicator. Shaped like a battery, it will gradually “empty” as you use your device throughout the day.

But there is another way to monitor your battery usage. It is possible to view a percentage indicator located right next to the battery image. This is my choice. I prefer knowing that my battery is at 95% or 15% rather than just relying on the shading within that tiny battery icon.

If you want to turn on the percentage indicator, this is how you do it:

Go to Settings > General > Usage

Look down the screen and you will see “Battery Percentage” with on on/off toggle switch over on the right.

Slide the switch to “on” and you will see the percentage appear next to your battery. Toggle “off” if you would rather not see the percentage.

2 thoughts on “How to Turn On Your Battery Percentage Indicator for iPhone, iPad: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

  1. Daniela says:


    Another clear and useful post. As you probably well know by now – I am not technology savvy (it is an ‘age’ thing I will have you know _::)) but I like your blog nevertheless for its clear and useful posts. Also when I finally acquire any of those lovely gadgets I will know exactly where to turn for help!


    • Thank you, Daniela. I appreciate your comments and how you check in on my blog in spite of your hesitancy for these gadgets. 🙂
      Now, about the age thing …. tsk tsk. Don’t fall into that trap. You’re NEVER too old. I’m sure that I am MUCH older than you, and I can tell you for sure, this technology enhances our lives, it doesn’t complicate it. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have “met” you, and I’m very grateful.

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