How to Display Battery Percentage on iPhone 5

Knowing how much battery you have left on your iPhone 5 is very important, and the default setting on the device will show the iPhone 5 battery percentage as an image. But this default icon view of the remaining battery can be a little vague. Fortunately there is a setting that you can enable on the device that will display the percentage to the left of the battery icon in your notification bar. This will provide a much more specific indication of how much battery life is left so that you can plan accordingly.


How to Turn on the Battery Percentage on an iPhone 5 in iOS 9

The steps in this section will enable you to show the battery percentage on your iPhone if your device has been updated to iOS 9. If these steps don’t work on your iPhone, then you might be using a different version of iOS. You can scroll down a little further to see how you can view the battery percentage if your iPhone is using iOS 6.

Step 1: Open Settings.

ios 9 settings icon



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Battery option.

open the battery menu



Step 3: Turn on the Battery Percentage option. You should now see your iPhone 5 battery percentage as a numerical value at the top-right of the screen.

show battery percentage iphone 5



Show the Battery Percentage on Your iPhone 5 in iOS 6

While the iPhone 5 does have a very good battery life, the usability and convenience of the device means that you will probably be using it heavily throughout the day. Heavy usage will drain the battery faster and, as a result, you might not be able to go an entire day away from home without a charge. So, by displaying the battery percentage, you can get a good idea of when you should stop watching videos or browsing the Web so that the phone will have enough charge for your return trip home.

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Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open iphone 5 settings menu


Step 2: Touch the General option. If the menu does not say Settings at the top of the screen, then you will need to use the navigational arrows at the top-left of the screen to return to the home page of the Settings menu so that you can locate the General button.

general option on the iphone 5 settings menu


Step 3:  Press the Usage option at the top of the screen.

usage menu on iphone 5


Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of this menu until you see the Battery Percentage option, then press the button to the right of it to switch it to On.

how to display battery percentage on the iphone 5


If you decide later that you do not like displaying this percentage, you can always follow these instructions to return to this menu and press the On button again so that it says Off.

While the steps in this article were written specifically for an iPhone 5, you can also use this method to see the battery percentage on an iPhone 5s, or any other iPhone model that is using the iOS 6 or iOS 9 operating system.

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