How to Change Battery Color on iPhone – Full Guide

Did you know you can change the battery color on your iPhone? I never knew that. The battery icon on the top right corner of your iPhone indicates how much power your phone has left. It is a very small but very important indicator that should not be ignored.

But what if you don’t like the default colors the battery icon comes with? Can you change them? Can they be pink? How about orange? Well, the good news is that YES, you can change them! The bad news is that you can’t change them into every color.

In this guide we will show you how to change battery color on iPhone, what colors you can choose, and a few extra tips to make sure you get the most out of this little icon that is so important.

How to change battery color on iPhone – iPhone Battery Colors

Let’s get to know the colors of the battery icon that the iPhone can show as a whole, before we learn how to adjust them to your needs.

Here are ALL the colors you can have on the battery icon on iPhone:

  • Green – Charging
  • Red – Dangerously low
  • Yellow – Low power mode ( when enabled )
  • White – Normal when display is dark
  • Black – Normal when display is light

Green color on battery icon

The green color on your iPhone battery means that the phone is currently connected to a charger and is charging. That’s it, nothing more to it than that.

Red color on battery icon

The red color indicates that the battery power is very low and is about to go down to zero. Usually the battery icon color will turn red once the battery goes below 20%

Yellow color on battery icon

This color will only show if you enable the Low Power Mode in the settings before hand. It is a settings choice that will save battery by running your iPhone more efficiently and reduces the amount of power it consumes. While this mode in ON, your battery icon indicator will be yellow. Please note that some features will not work while the phone is on Low Battery Mode.

How to enable Low Power Mode

Here’s how you can enable low battery mode on your iPhone to save your battery:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap Battery

Alternatively, you can also turn low battery mode from the Control Center, here’s how:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap Control Center
  • Tap Customize controls
  • Select Low Power Mode to add it to Control Center

Please Note

When Low Power Mode is enabled, these features will be affected:

  1. 5G ( except for video streaming ) on iPhone 12 models.
  2. Your Auto-Lock will be limited to 30 seconds
  3. Display brightness ( obviously will be limited )
  4. Display refresh rate ( Limited to 60Hz ) on iPhones and iPads running with ProMotion Display
  5. Some of the visual effects
  6. Your iCloud photos will be temporarily disabled
  7. Automatic downloads will not work while in Low Power Mode
  8. Email Fetch too
  9. Background app refresh won’t work

White color on icon

The white color is displayed when you set your iPhone display mode to dark.

Black color on icon

When you choose the Light display mode in the settings app, your battery icon color will be white.

How to change the iPhone display mode between Dark and White

It’s very easy to switch between Dark mode and Light mode on the display settings of your iPhone. Here’s how:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on Display & Brightness
  • Choose either the Dark or Light options.
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iPhone is connected to a charger but the battery icon color is still white? Here’s why

Your iPhone battery color should turn green when it’s connected to a charger, if it’s not, and it is still showing a white or black color, that means the phone is NOT charging and you have a problem with the charger.

Here’s what to do:

  • Try unplugging the charger from the phone and connecting it again.
  • Try and disconnect the charger from the wall outlet and making sure it is connected properly.
  • If you can, try and plug the charger to a different iPhone or apple device to see if it works or not.
  • If nothing works, your charger is most likely damaged and you need to replace it.

iPhone battery icon still yellow even though it is charging? Here’s why

When you connect your iPhone to a charger, and battery icon will turn green with a small lightning icon inside to indicate it is currently charging. However, there is only one specific situation where the battery icon will remain yellow, and it is when the phone is on Low Battery Mode.

Here’s what to check:

  • Make sure the iPhone settings Low Battery Mode is OFF ( Unless you intentionally turned it on )
  • Make sure the charger is connected properly.

PRO TIP – Change your battery icon to blue or purple

While you only get very specific choices when it comes to the colors of the battery icon on your iPhone, you can actually use this easy trick to change the icon to a blue or purple color, but it’s not exactly what you think.

Here’s how you do it.

Using the invert colors feature on your iPhone you can actually change the color of the battery icon. Here’s how to switch to both colors:

How to switch battery icon color to blue on iPhone

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap Control Center
  • Tap Customize Controls
  • Select Low Power Mode to add it to Control Center
  • Now go back and click Accessibility on your Settings Screen
  • Tap Display & Text Size
  • Turn on the toggle Classic Invert

You get it? Because the inverted color of yellow on dark color is blue, this way you can ” trick ” your iPhone settings to show the battery icon as blue even though it’s not really an option they give you.

How to switch battery icon color to purple on iPhone

  • Connect your iPhone to a charger first
  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap Accessibility on your Settings Screen
  • Tap Display & Text Size
  • Turn on the toggle Classic Invert

Now because your battery icon is green, when you turn on the invert colors it turns to purple, cool right?

Bonus TIP – Show percentage on battery icon on iPhone

People who have iPhone model 8 or older, can turn on or off the percentage icon for their phones. Some people find it easier to see numbers and not just colors so having this option was a great addition from the apple team, not sure why they canceled it.

how to change battery color on iphone

Here’s how to show percentage on the battery icon:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on Battery
  • Turn on the option to show percentage

How to show percentage on battery icon on iPhones model 8 or newer

If you are like most people, and upgrade your iPhone on a regular basis, or at least every 2 to 3 years, you propably have a newer model now and wondering how can you too show the percentage on the battery icon.

The only way you can do this is by installing the battery widget on the home screen.

Here’s how to enable it:

  • Tap and hold on your home screen ( wait for the jiggle icons )
  • Tap on the Plus + icon on the top left corner of the screen
  • Locate the battery widget
  • Tap Add Widget

Bonus TIP #2 – Show battery percentage on newer iPhones without the battery widget

There’s another very simple way to see the percentage of the battery icon without adding the battery widget to the home screen.

how to change battery color on iphone

All you need to do actually is to swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone to reveal the Control Center. It will show you the percentage as is. But it does require you to swipe down every time. Still very simple.

Frequently Asked Questions about changing battery icon color

Can I change the color of the battery icon to other colors?

As we mentioned in this article, you can only change the color of the battery icon to specific colors, however you can use our bonus tips to invert colors and make the battery icon blue or purple.

Will using the invert colors trick hurt my iPhone?

It will not have any effect on your iPhone besides the obvious face that all the colors will be inverted. It might also make the battery drain faster as the colors are more prominent. ( This is not confirmed by apple, just common sense )

Why is my battery icon yellow?

The only scenario where your battery icon will be the color yellow is when you enable the Low Power Mode.

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About the Author: Adam Wishmore

Adam Wishmore is an apple geek, there is no other way of putting it. Since the first generation iPhone hit the market to the latest Macbook pro, Adam knows everything there is and how to fix everything on apple devices.