How to Show Battery Percentage on MacBook Pro

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Ever since Apple released macOS Big Sur, the battery level percentage on Macs is automatically disabled. Some folks prefer to know exactly how much battery is remaining, down to the percentage. 

You can easily enable the battery percentage through the battery settings in “Dock & Menu Bar” within System Preferences (System Settings on macOS Ventura and above).

I’m Jon, an expert in Apple computers and the owner of a 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. I prefer to see the battery percentage on my Mac and put this guide together to show you how. 

So keep reading to get the battery percentage in your MacBook Pro’s menu bar!

Start by clicking on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen. Once the drop-down menu pops up, click on “System Preferences (System Settings on macOS Ventura and above)” beneath “About This Mac.”

Step 2: Open Dock and Menu Bar

In the “System Preferences (System Settings on macOS Ventura and above)” window, find the “Dock & Menu Bar” icon. The icon is a small black box with smaller multi-colored compartments at the bottom. Click on it to open. 

Step 3: Open The Battery Tab

After the Dock & Menu Bar screen opens, click on the “Battery” option on the left pane. You might have to scroll down to find it.  It is beneath “Accessibility Shortcuts” in the “Other Modules” section. 

Step 4: Change The Settings

Once you’re in the “Battery” settings, check the box next to “Show Percentage.” Now, you’ll see the battery percentage appear next to the battery level bar in the top menu bar of your screen. 

More Battery Percentage Options

Additionally, you can also add the battery percentage to the Control Center from the Dock & Menu Bar section. To add the percentage to your Control Center, check the box next to “Show in Control Center.” 

Once you check this box, a battery icon with the percentage will appear at the bottom of the Control Center. 

If the battery bar doesn’t appear in the menu bar at all, you can add it to the menu bar through the same steps. Simply check the box next to “Show in Menu Bar.” 

This tells your Mac to display the battery bar in your menu bar at the top of your screen. 

Of course, you can check certain boxes without the others to change the settings according to your preferences. 

If you want the battery bar and percentage to appear in the menu bar and Control Center, check all boxes in the “Battery” tab of the Dock & Menu Bar section. 

Conclusion

Apple makes it quick and easy to add the battery percentage alongside the battery icon in your MacBook Pro’s menu bar. All you have to do is go to System Preferences (System Settings on macOS Ventura and above) > Dock & Menu Bar > Battery and click the checkbox next to “Show in Menu Bar” and “Show Percentage.”

Were you successful in getting your MacBook Pro to show the battery percentage? Let us know in the comments below!

About Jonathon Jachura
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Jonathon is a mechanical engineer with over ten years of experience. He is an Apple fan who currently holds a Macbook Pro (512 GB, 16GB RAM), iPad Pro 12.9", iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple Watch 3, and 4x Acer 23" monitors.

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