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Here's how to display battery percentage in Android 4.4 KitKat

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Here's how to display battery percentage in Android 4.4 KitKat
Don’t you sometimes wish you could see exactly how much percentage of your battery juice is left on your Android smartphone? 

When the battery drops to critical levels every percentage point makes a difference, but unfortunately, by default you cannot see the battery percentage on stock Android. Luckily, changing that is not too complicated, and it’s something that Google is already working on, so chances are this will likely become much easier in future Android versions.

Here's how to display battery percentage in Android 4.4 KitKat
The simpler way is via the Battery Percentage for KitKat app


Right now, the battery percentage fix is confirmed to work with the newest Android 4.4 KitKat devices only. There are two ways to do it. The first one is the simpler one - you just go on Google Play and download the Battery Percentage for KitKat app by kroegerama (it’s free). You simply start the app after that and tick the check box, reboot your phone and you're done.

What this app does is basically expose the battery percentage that Google has encoded in Android, and interestingly, it will only show after your battery drops below 50%. 

It makes sense for most people that won’t really care about exact battery percentage levels until their phone starts crossing a certain critical threshold. 

It’s worth mentioning that the percentage will stay even if you uninstall the app afterwards, and if you want to revert to just the battery icon, you have to open the app and disable the checkbox. The end result is right below, and so is a download link for the app:

Here's how to display battery percentage in Android 4.4 KitKat
Developer: kroegeramaDownload: Android
Category: ToolsPrice: Free

...or via terminal for hardcore nerds


The other way to enable the battery percentage indicator requires you to have the Android SDK, and to do a little bit of tinkering around. You have to connect your phone to your computer and run terminal. To do so in Windows you just hit ‘Windows key + R’ and type in ‘cmd’.

This is what appears after you start cmd

This is what appears after you start cmd


The next step is to change your directory to the ‘platform-tools’ one in the Android SDK. To do this, simply type ‘cd’, add an empty space and paste the path to that directory. Overall, the command should look something like this:
‘cd C:/Android SDK/adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20131030/sdk/platform-tools/’

Navigate to platform tools.

Navigate to platform tools.


Then, you have two final steps. Copy and paste the following command:
‘adb shell content insert --uri content://settings/system --bind name:s:status_bar_show_battery_percent --bind value:i:1’

And follow it by:
‘adb reboot’

And that’s it! You’re done. You pick your method, and let us know how it worked out in the comments section right below.

reference: XDA Developers

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posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:51 1

1. Qbancelli (Posts: 64; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


The most useless app ever!

You have to almost no battery left to see it.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:57 7

3. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Maybe the idea is that most people don't really worry about the percentage until the battery is at the halfway point.. IDK.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:27 2

6. Awalker (Posts: 535; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It starts showing when you go below 50 percent. Anyhow, there's tons of apps and widgets in the Play Store that will allow you to see your phone's battery percentage. Samsung phones have the battery percentage built in.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:41 2

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That's the very first thing I do when I get a new Samsung device, besides enabling developer settings.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 06:26

22. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 656; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Me too

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:48 1

16. puckhead (Posts: 76; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


The app is for 4.4 and later. If you have 4.4 or later you probably have a Nexus device. If you have a Nexus device and really want to know exactly how much you have left, you can see it in the pull down setting- it shows the percent amount.

But in away I agree with you, they should just make the text a different color but at the same time its kind of cool how it slowly appears.

(BTW caring about stuff like this makes us total geeks ha)

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:55

2. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I think I like the way WP8.1 allegedly shows the percentage now,, separated right under the meter... I like this way better.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:42 1

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Disagree. Samsung's, Apple's and HTC'S implementation is better imo.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:30

20. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


How do they do it?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 22:18 2

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)


To the left of the battery symbol. Putting the percentage elsewhere is just plain awkward to me.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:15 3

4. johnbftl (Posts: 220; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


This is an absolutely worthless article. Stick to your Apple fanboy stuff Victor. There are so many free battery widgets in the Play Store it's ridiculous. On top of that, if you want to know your battery percentage and don't want a widget, just go to settings> device> battery and it will tell you.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:20 2

5. tech2 (Posts: 2311; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


+1. There are zillions of apps for battery alone

My favourite is Notification toggle which not only gives you battery percentage but also quick notification toggle like TouchWiz.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:31 2

8. Awalker (Posts: 535; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


You can see your battery percentage by swiping down with two fingers on the notification shade.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:22

12. ibap (Posts: 705; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Good to point this out for those that are unaware. More useful is to find one of the apps that lets you see how much current is actually being supplied to your phone while charging. If your car charger or charging your phone through a USB port is taking too long, this will tell you which one is more effective, or if you should really just use AC. Some USB ports just don't supply enough juice if you're using your phone heavily at the same time.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:27

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Battery % is a mere estimate and an inaccurate one you shouldn't trust.

As a matter of fact, like touch ID and more security, ultapixels and better image quality, aluminum body and better crash resistance and screen protector and no scratches, trusting battery %s is another disillusion that will have your phone hacked, cracked, scratched and you panicking when %s drop suddenly, cause you believed fairytales and misinformation.

34,567% displayed could still mean the battery is half full or having less than a quarter of energy left. There is no way of accurate reading only at 100% and when the phone turns itself off.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:27 2

13. av911 (Posts: 149; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


And?

- The gas gauge on a car isn't accurate either, do you not utilize it?
- The time on our phones/watch aren't accurate either, do you not use it?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:57 1

17. puckhead (Posts: 76; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


im pretty sure its not way off. instead of 34.567 like you say its more like 34.568.

its off by a thousandth, my whole day is ruined cause I didnt know exactly what is was lol

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:48

11. pixel8or (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


Been wanting to do this, but not enough to research it. I'm using Battery HD now, but I don't like the notification widget as it is just another thing in the bar.

Thanks for this article, Victor H. Flame on, all you nutjobs! :)

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:50 2

14. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Either people aren't reading the article or aren't understanding it. You don't need a widget, it displays on the battery indicator that's already in the notification center. You can also delete the app after turning the feature on. Win and win.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:37

15. Loubielou (Posts: 236; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


You Download a Digital Clock from the Play Store thats lets you Show your batterylife,as i have one on my android phone

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:20 1

18. LikeMyself (Posts: 294; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


I don't allow percentage as I become paranoiac when the level falls down if I'm not using the phone!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:33 2

19. uchihakurtz (Posts: 270; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Xposed + GravityBox

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 08:08

23. pixel8or (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


Droid Mini, Ultra and Max is shows the percentage all the time because the battery icon is JB blue, not white. So, really it's always there, but most can't see it because it's the same color.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 18:50

24. qbitz1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


The 2nd option of updating the settings through adb shell works fine and is very quick. Just remember that you need to set usb debugging to yes to connect to the phone.

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