How to show battery percentage in macOS Monterey (2022)

With the battery percentage indicator, it’s easier to keep track of battery status and find out exactly how much juice is left in the tank. This means that you are less likely to be caught off guard and not have to run to the power adapter at the last minute. Surprisingly, macOS Monterey (like macOS Big Sur) does not show the battery percentage in the menu bar by default. However, you can choose to show battery percentage in macOS Monterey to easily monitor battery charge. 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 in System Preferences, many macOS users may not be aware of the fact that they can easily see the battery percentage in the menu bar. Some might even wonder if Apple has dropped the feature altogether in the latest versions of macOS. Before we go any further, it is worth noting that the steps are the same for macOS Monterey and Big Sur.

1. Click on Litter icon in the upper left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences.

2. Then select Dock Bar and Menu.

Choose Dock & Menu Bar option in System Preferences on Mac

3. Then scroll down and choose the Drums option in the left sidebar.

choose Battery menu bar option from System Preferences option

4. Finally, check the box next to the show percentage option. 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 might want to display the battery percentage as well. To do this, be sure to check the box Show in Control Center.

Show battery percentage in Mac menu bar and control center

Check Remaining Battery on macOS Monterey

From now on, you can easily keep track of 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 marked the “Show in Control Center” box too, the battery icon will appear in the Control Center at the bottom.

Show battery percentage in Mac menu bar and control center

Now, whenever you click on the battery percentage icon in the menu bar, a context menu will open and show an accurate estimate of remaining battery life on macOS Monterey. It will also reveal the app that is consuming a significant amount of battery so you can tame them to extend your battery life. And when you click on 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 in macOS Big Sur
New Battery Settings on Mac

If you want to hide battery percentage in macOS Monterey, repeat the steps explained in the above section and uncheck the option show percentage option.

Show/Hide Battery Percentage on macOS Monterey

So this is a pretty straightforward way to add battery percentage to the menu bar in 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 also introduced several notable features including Email Privacy Protection, SharePlay, Shortcuts and more. Unfortunately, the latest desktop OS update seems buggy as various macOS Monterey issues, including unexpected overheating and Wi-Fi issues, have dampened the excitement. How was your run with the latest iteration of macOS? Share your comments with us in the comments below.

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