iPhone XR Battery %

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No longer shows on screen unless you swipe down from the top right; I googled it and results suggest thaty you can add the battery widget, however when I tried this I could not see the option. Any advice?
 

mattguy10

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No longer shows on screen unless you swipe down from the top right; I googled it and results suggest thaty you can add the battery widget, however when I tried this I could not see the option. Any advice?
I have it listed as “Batteries” on my XS

 

webwbr

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What a minute... Xs running 12.1 here, i dont have a “Batteries” widget available. What am I doing wrong?
 
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Treiber75

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I got this widget when i connected my Apple Watch for the first time.
I am not sure if you get this widget when you don‘t have Apple Bluetooth devices like the AW or AirPods connected to the phone.
 

C DM

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What a minute... Xs running 12.1 here, i dont have a “Batteries” widget available. What am I doing wrong?
Done that - the batteries widget is not there.
It doesn't show up as an available widget until you connect a Bluetooth accessory that provides a battery reading (and then it stays as an available widget even if you disconnect that accessory and even disable Bluetooth).
 
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It doesn't show up as an available widget until you connect a Bluetooth accessory that provides a battery reading (and then it stays as an available widget even if you disconnect that accessory and even disable Bluetooth).
Does it need to be an Apple accessory or will any work?
 

Mac2019

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What an odd thing to do to take off the battery %. What value has it added to the user experience?
 
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Ralfi

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What an odd thing to do to take off the battery %. What value has it added to the user experience?
It's made people realise it wasn't that important an icon.:D

It'll be back though, maybe as early as next year, as the notch eventually shrinks in size.
 

HEK

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What do you use Your iPhone for most often?

Number one use is for checking battery level.
Next use is Twitter then texting in iMessage, then watching you tube.
Occasionally make or receive a phone call.

Say whattttt? :confused:
 

zx128k

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Why even add a widget if you still have to swipe to see the percentage.
Sometimes it’s easier (when using one hand) to swipe from the side on the home screen then reach for the top of the screen to swipe down.
 
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webwbr

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Doesn't need to be from Apple.
Well, I’ve connect a bluetooth headset and a speaker... no widget has shown up yet. Again, Xs running 12.1, this may be an Apple Bluetooth device thing. So Im still baffled.
 

C DM

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Well, I’ve connect a bluetooth headset and a speaker... no widget has shown up yet. Again, Xs running 12.1, this may be an Apple Bluetooth device thing. So Im still baffled.
Are any of these devices ones that report battery strength when connected? Do you see a Bluetooth icon with battery strength in the status bar or when you bring up Control Center when these devices are connected?
 

webwbr

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Are any of these devices ones that report battery strength when connected? Do you see a Bluetooth icon with battery strength in the status bar or when you bring up Control Center when these devices are connected?
I thought they used to, but now thye don't seem to be... hmmm... I am getting old. I have a few other Bluetooth devices, I know for a fact one of them did show battery level. I'll try them all and report back, thanks for the lead on that.

EDIT: That was it! I have the widget now, just had to connect a BT device that reports battery life. Thanks.
 
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