With the battery percentage indicator, it becomes easier to track the battery status and know exactly how much juice is left in the tank. This means you’re less likely to be caught off guard and don’t have to run for the AC 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 display the battery percentage on macOS Monterey to easily monitor the battery charge. Let me show you how you can enable this feature.
How to display battery percentage on Mac (2021)
Since the battery menu bar setting is present in System Preferences, many macOS users may not be aware that they can easily see the battery percentage in the menu bar. Some might even wonder if Apple has removed the feature completely in the latest versions of macOS. Before moving forward, it’s worth pointing out that the steps are the same for macOS Monterey and Big Sur.
1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences.
2. Then select Dock and menu bar.
3. Then scroll down and choose the Drums option in the left sidebar.
4. Finally, check the box next to the Show percentage option. Note that you also have the option to display 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 might also want to display the battery percentage there. To do this, be sure to check the box Show in Control Center.
Check the remaining battery on macOS Monterey
From now on, you can easily track your Mac’s remaining battery. Check the battery percentage indicator that appears to the left of the battery icon in your Mac’s menu bar. And if you checked the “Show in the control center” Also, the battery icon will appear in the control center at the bottom.
Now whenever you click on the battery percentage icon in the menu bar, a context menu will open and display an accurate estimate of the remaining battery life in macOS Monterey. It will also reveal the app that consumes a significant amount of battery, so you can tame them to extend battery life. And by clicking on the Battery Preferences option, you’ll see the redesigned macOS battery settings, which you can customize to extend the battery life of your Mac device.
If you ever want to hide battery percentage on macOS Monterey, repeat the steps explained in the section above and then uncheck the box. Show percentage option.
Show / hide the battery percentage on macOS Monterey
So this is a pretty straightforward way to add battery percentage to the menu bar on macOS Monterey (and Big Sur). Ideally, it would have been better if Apple had made this a default option, given that it is an essential feature. Just like iOS 15, macOS Monterey also came with several notable features including Mail Privacy Protection, SharePlay, Shortcuts, and more. Unfortunately, the latest desktop operating system upgrade seems buggy, as a number of macOS Monterey issues, including unexpected overheating and Wi-Fi issues, dampened the excitement. How was your journey with the latest version of macOS? Share your feedback with us in the comments below.