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iPhone Basics: How to Show Battery Percentage on the Home Screen

If you’re looking for a little more precision in just how much juice is left in your iPhone battery, the iPhone has a way to display battery life as a percentage next to the battery icon. To turn on this feature, follow these instructions. Note that this works for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and on.

1. Tap Settings:

2. Tap General:

3. Tap Usage:

4. Slide the Battery Percentage tab to On:

Be sure to check out more of our iPhone Basics and iPhone Tips.

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  1. Bob Bland says:

    Is this only for 3GS? I have a 3G, and there is no Battery Percentage slider showing under Usage.

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  2. Amy says:

    Came here to say the same thing as Bob.

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  3. Alan says:

    Looks like it is only for iPhone 3GS. I’ve updated the article.

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  4. Ken says:

    Yes, this only works on the 3GS. I remember reading this when it first came out.

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