What to do if your iPhone’s battery percentage indicator went missing? — iOS 13 battery indicator bug

The battery percentage indicator serves as a quick reminder for you to gauge how long your phone’s battery could last. On the iPhone 8 and earlier models, the battery percentage is shown in the status bar. On iPhone X and later models, it can be seen in the Control Center. This denotes the need to swipe down from the upper-right corner of the display. If the battery indicator is nowhere to be found following the recent iOS update, then it must have been moved to somewhere else. The workarounds I demonstrate in this post will help eliminate common factors that might have caused your iPhone’s battery percentage indicator to go missing after updating iOS. Read on to find out how to deal with a possible occurrence of iOS 13 battery indicator bug on your iPhone.

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Troubleshooting iOS 13 battery indicator bug, iPhone battery percentage indicator gone in iOS 13

There is actually no definite solution since the underlying cause is yet to be determined. This means the need for you to go through a series of trial-and-error procedures. Just refer to these walkthroughs to get started.


First solution: Reboot your iPhone (soft reset).

Various types of errors can occur from an update. And this could be what’s transpiring on your device. Usually, these errors are just due to some minor firmware flaws, if not, a glitching app or system function. To rectify minor post-update errors like this, restarting the device is necessary. Thus, if you haven’t already, follow these steps to restart/soft reset your iPhone. If you’re using an iPhone 8 or earlier model, a soft reset is carried out through these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Power button for a few seconds until the Slide to Power Off label appears.
  2. Drag the slider to power off your device.
  3. After 30 seconds, press the Power button to turn it back on.

On the iphone x and X series, performing a soft reset is done through these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Top button and either Volume button for a few seconds.
  2. Release both buttons when the Slide to Power Off label appears.
  3. Drag the slider to power off your device completely.
  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Top button again until the Apple logo appears.

Wait for your iPhone to finish rebooting. Then wait and see if the battery percentage indicator shows up on its designated spot.

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Second solution: Enable Battery Percentage option.

It’s possible that the recent iOS update had automatically overridden your settings and thereby results in automatic disabling of the battery percentage feature on your phone. To clear this out, follow these steps to check and make necessary changes to your phone’s battery settings:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select Battery.
  3. Toggle to turn the Battery Percentage switch on.

Restart your iPhone afterwards to dump any errant caches that might have caused conflicts to the iOS 13 battery system.

Third solution: Enable Low Power Mode.

Low Power Mode is an iOS feature used to preserve your phone’s battery life. Enabling this feature allows your device to last longer even when the battery level is critical. Aside from saving battery, enabling Low Power Mode can also be used among other tweaks to view your phone’s battery percentage indicator. If you still don’t see it after performing the previous methods, then you can give this a try and see how it works. Just follow these steps when ready:

  1. Tap to launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Scroll down and tap Battery.
  3. Tap the switch to enable Low Power Mode.

Some features of your iPhone will be limited or unavailable while in Low Power Mode, so this must only be considered a temporary solution. If the battery percentage indicator shows up while Low Power Mode is enabled, report the issue to Apple Support for further evaluations. This could really be an iOS 13 bug that requires permanent solution.

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Fourth solution: View it from the Control Center.

As explained earlier, the battery percentage indicator on an iPhone X and later models is placed in the control center. So this shouldn’t be a problem if you’re using any of the said devices. All you have to do is pull up the control center to view how much battery is left on your device. That’s how Apple designed the iPhone X series. Here’s how to access the control center on your iPhone X or earlier device:

  1. Go to any Home screen.
  2. Swipe down from the upper-right of the screen to open the Control Center

On the upper-right corner of the Control Center, you should see the battery percentage icon. If it’s not there, then you are more likely dealing with an iOS 13 battery indicator bug and so you’ve got to try other means to resolve it.


Fifth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone to fix iOS 13 battery indicator bug.

The battery indicator bug has been emerging among other post-update problems faced by many iPhone users after installing prior firmware updates. And it then turned out that some of them were able to find solutions by resetting all settings on their respective devices. Having said that, this can also be worth a shot. You don’t have to worry about losing important files because this reset doesn’t affect them. This will only reset your phone settings and personal preferences to their defaults without deleting personal data and downloaded apps. Just follow these steps if you wish to proceed:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Scroll to and tap General.
  3. Tap on Reset
  4. Select the option to Reset all settings.
  5. Enter your passcode if prompted to proceed.
  6. Tap to confirm that you want to reset all settings on your device.

All settings including network settings, Home screen layout, location and privacy settings, keyboard dictionary are reset to their defaults. Apple Pay cards stored on your device will also be removed.

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Still troubled with the iOS 13 battery indicator bug on your iPhone?

If none of the previous methods is able to resolve the issue and your iPhone’s battery percentage indicator is still missing, try these additional workarounds.

Charge your iPhone. Normally, the battery percentage icon shows up when your iPhone is charging. Thus, plug your iPhone to its original charger or place it on a Qi-supported wireless charging pad to initiate charge. If the battery percentage icon still doesn’t show, try the next workaround.

Add battery widget to your lock/home screen. Your iPhone’s Home screen can be customized according to your preferences. This means that you can add more widgets containing the information you’d like to view and access straight from the Home screen, including the battery percentage indicator. Just follow these steps:

  1. Swipe to the right of your Home screen.
  2. Scroll down then find the Edit button and tap on it.
  3. From the Add Widgets screen, navigate to the More Widgets section.
  4. Then tap the Plus (+) sign next to Battery..

The battery widget will then show up the next time you swipe right from your lock or home screen.

  • If you still don’t see the battery widget, try to toggle on Today View from Settings-> Face ID & Passcode menu, then tap to turn on the Today View option.

If all else failed to work, then you should already consider escalating the problem to Apple Support. They may need to create a fix patch for this bug. Otherwise, take a trip to the nearest Apple service center in your place so that you can seek more help from an authorized iPhone technician. A thorough software repair might be necessary to fix or restore your iPhone’s display system.

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