MacBook User Seeing Battery Left in Percentage
Khamosh Pathak / How-To Geek

The battery percentage on your Mac is one statistic you end up checking quite often. But the little default battery icon in the menu bar only shows you a vague picture. Here’s how to show your Mac’s battery percentage in the menu bar.

Your Mac doesn’t show the battery percentage by default, although you can click the battery icon to see the percentage in the drop-down menu. But this is not an intuitive step.

Thankfully, you can add the battery percentage value next to the battery icon quite easily.

Click the Apple icon from the menu bar and choose the “System Preferences” option.

Select System Preferences from Apple Menu in Big Sur

Here, go to the “Dock & Menu Bar” section.

Now, from the sidebar, choose the “Battery” option.

Here, click the checkmark next to the “Show Battery Percentage” option.

And voila, you’ll now see the battery percentage next to the battery icon in the menu bar!

See Battery with Percentage in Menu Bar

While you’re in the Dock & Menu Bar section, you can also check the “Show in Control Center” option to add a battery icon with the percentage at the bottom of the Control Center.

Battery with Percentage in Control Center

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