How to Show Battery Percentage on macOS Monterey

How to Show Battery Percentage on macOS Monterey

With the battery percentage indicator, it becomes easier to keep track of the battery status and find out exactly how much juice is left in the tank. That means you are less likely to get caught off guard and don’t have to run for the power adapter at the eleventh hour. Surprisingly, macOS Monterey (just like macOS Big Sur) doesn’t show battery percentage in the menu bar by default. However, you can choose to show the battery percentage on macOS Monterey to monitor the battery charge easily. Let me show you how you can enable this feature.

How to Show Battery Percentage on Mac (2021)

Since the battery menu bar setting is present under System Preferences, many macOS users might not be aware of the fact that they can easily see the battery percentage in the menu bar. Some might even be left wondering if Apple has completely scrapped the feature in the newest versions of macOS. Before we move ahead, it’s worth pointing out that the steps are the same for both macOS Monterey and Big Sur.

Show Battery Percentage in Menu Bar on macOS Monterey

1. Click the Apple icon at the top left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences.

2. Then, select Dock & Menu Bar.

3. Next, scroll down and choose the Battery option from the left sidebar.

4. Finally, check the box next to the Show Percentage option. Do note that you also have the option to show the battery icon with the percentage in the Control Center. If you prefer to use the iOS-style control center to manage basic controls on macOS, you may want to display the battery percentage there as well. To do so, make sure to check the box for Show in Control Center.

Check Remaining Battery on macOS Monterey

From now onwards, you can easily keep track of the remaining battery of your Mac. Check out the battery percentage indicator that appears to the left of the battery icon in the menu bar on your Mac. And if you have ticked the “Show in Control Center” box as well, the battery icon will appear in the Control Center at the bottom.

Now, whenever you click the battery percentage icon in the menu bar, a context menu will open up and show an accurate estimate of the remaining battery life in macOS Monterey. It will also reveal the app that’s consuming a significant amount of battery, so you can tame them to extend the battery life. And upon clicking the Battery Preferences option, you will see the redesigned macOS battery settings, which you can customize to extend the battery life of your Mac device.

New battery settings on Mac

If you ever wish to hide the battery percentage on macOS Monterey, repeat the steps explained in the above section and then uncheck the Show Percentage option.

Show/ Hide Battery Percentage on macOS Monterey

So that’s a pretty straightforward way of adding the battery percentage to the menu bar on macOS Monterey (and Big Sur). Ideally, it would have been better if Apple had made it a default option, considering it’s an essential feature. Just like iOS 15, macOS Monterey has also come up with several notable features, including Mail Privacy Protection, SharePlay, Shortcuts, and more. Unfortunately, the newest desktop OS upgrade seems buggy as a number of macOS Monterey problems, including unexpected overheating and Wi-Fi issues, have dampened the excitement. How has your run been with the latest iteration of macOS? Do share your feedback with us in the comments below.


  1. Battery does not appear in the sidebar like it does in your example (on MacBook Pro, Monterey). Where is it?

    1. Same Problem on my Mac, battery is not showing in side bar and I don’t be able to change the settings. If I search then it appears but not worked when I select a option that battery show in Manu bar.

  2. Thank you, I really thought this function was not available. It really is so essential.

  3. Ideally, it would have been better if Apple had made it a default option, considering it’s an essential feature.

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