New iPhone X users are discovering that there’s currently no way to add a permanent battery percentage indicator to the phone’s status bar. Some iPhone X users are frustrated, but fortunately there are a few ways to quickly check the exact battery percentage on the device.
It’s unclear why Apple removed this option from the Settings app though there’s speculation that it might have something to do with the lack of real estate in the iPhone X’s status bar. Design decision or not, the change has some iPhone X users wondering how to see the device’s exact battery percentage.
There are a few ways to check the iPhone X battery percentage and we’re going to guide you through four ways to quickly get a read on your device’s battery life.
Use Control Center
One of the quickest ways to check your iPhone X battery percentage is via the phone’s Control Center.
On older iPhones, Control Center is accessed via a swipe up from the bottom of the screen. This isn’t the case on the iPhone X because a swipe from the bottom of the screen serves as the home button.
To access Control Center on the iPhone X, you swipe inwards from the top right of the screen. If done correctly, you’ll notice the screen below.
Now when you check the top right corner of the display you’ll get an exact battery percentage readout.
Charge Your iPhone X
Another quick method requires a Lightning cable and an outlet or a wireless iPhone X charger. While your iPhone X is charging, you can easily check its battery percentage.
Press the Side button on the right side of the iPhone X to get to your lock screen and you’ll notice the phone gives you a precise read out of your battery life.
If you have Siri enabled on your iPhone X you can quickly ask it for a readout on your iPhone X’s battery.
You can bring up Siri on the iPhone X by pressing and holding the Side button or by using Hey Siri. Simply ask “What’s my battery life?” and Siri will tell you exactly how much battery life you have left.
Check Your Widgets
If your device is connected via Bluetooth to another device you can check your iPhone X’s widgets for an exact battery life reading.
To check your widgets, go to your iPhone X’s home screen and swipe to the right. If you are connected to a device, you should notice a battery life percentage readout for both your iPhone X and the other device be it a case, a headset, or a Bluetooth-powered speaker.
Install iOS 11.1 for Better Security
If the security of your device is important to you you'll probably want to install iOS 11.1 today or sometime soon.
The iOS 11.1 update comes with eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.1 will come with additional security features.
Apple's first iOS 11 update delivered several patches for potential exploits. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe. Elcomsoft recently discovered a change to the way iOS deals with trusted devices.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.1 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches in iOS 11.1. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.1.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11.1 soon. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.