How to Show Battery Percentage in macOS Big Sur

macOS Big Sur’s first developer beta is here and there are a bunch of new macOS 11 features out there. However, one thing you may have noticed after updating your Mac is that the battery icon no longer shows the battery percentage. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy fix for that. So, if you like seeing the amount of battery remaining on your Mac, here is how to show battery percentage in macOS Big Sur.

Show Battery Percentage in macOS Big Sur (macOS 11)

  • On your Mac, launch System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the icon from your dock or launchpad. Or, you can search for it in Spotlight.

  • Click on ‘Battery‘.

  • Select ‘Battery’ from the side bar. Then, enable the ‘Show battery status in menu bar‘ option.

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  • Go back, and click on ‘Dock & Menu Bar‘.

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  • Scroll down in the side bar and select ‘Battery‘.

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  • Enable the ‘Show Percentage’ option.

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That’s it. Your Mac will now show battery percentage in the menu bar. Now you can easily see how much battery is remaining on your Mac. Pretty easy right?

How to Check Battery Percentage in macOS 11

On the other hand, if you just wanna check the amount of battery remaining in your Mac, here is what you can do.

Check Battery Percentage in System Preferences

  • Open System Preferences and click on ‘Battery’
  • You will see the percentage of battery remaining on the screen along with detailed battery usage stats.

Check Battery Percentage in Activity Monitor

  • Open Activity Monitor on your Mac and click on ‘Energy’.
  • At the bottom you will be able to see the percentage charge remaining on your MacBook.

Check Battery Percentage Using Terminal

  • Launch Terminal and type in the following command:
    pmset -g batt
  • The Terminal will show the amount of charge remaining, and the time remaining as well.

Keep a Track of Your Battery Percentage in macOS Big Sur

Personally, I think it’s useful to have the battery percentage showing on the menu bar. It makes it easy to keep a track of how much time you can go before charging your laptop. That way, you are safe from random surprises of your laptop shutting down while you’re working. macOS Big Sur also brings a load of other changes, to apps like Voice Notes and Safari. By the way, you can now completely customise the Safari start page. I use Safari as my primary browser on my Mac, and it’s a lot better than using Chrome or even Microsoft Edge.

So, have you updated to Big Sur yet? Let me know your experience in the comments below. Also, if you have any other doubts, feel free to ask and I will try to help you out for sure.

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