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How to customize your battery status indicator on Android

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How to customize your battery status indicator on Android
Please note: this is a tutorial for inexperienced users (beginners).

Do you often check your Android device’s battery status, and wished you’d see something a bit more colorful, or cuter, or simply not that boring? Why, your wish can become reality, because you can customize your battery status indicator with the help of widgets. While these won’t change the way the default battery status indicator from the notification bar looks like, they act as secondary battery status indicators that are visible on your home screen.

If you search for "battery widget" in Google Play Store, you’ll surely find some widgets that you like - a lot of them are free, but there are also paid versions. In both cases, the widgets can be cute, or cool, or just clean and elegant.

After you download and install it, the battery widget that you’ve chosen won’t automatically appear on your home screen. So you’ll need to open your app drawer, go to the Widgets tab, and search for it there. When you find it, long press on it to draw it to the home screen. After that, you can play around with the widget’s position, and - why not? - pick a wallpaper to look good behind it. You can also customize the widget’s size and colors - or its characters, if it’s a widget involving characters. Note that none of these widgets will appear on the lock screen of your Android device.

As (almost) always when it comes to free apps, the battery widgets that are free contain ads that my pop up when you're least expecting. You'll find Google Play links to some of the widgets we've played with in the slideshow below.

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posted on 03 Aug 2014, 22:39 7

1. Drsarcastic (Posts: 36; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


That's one of the good things about having a Samsung device. This problem is non-existent for me.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:41

2. joey_sfb (Posts: 2971; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Both touchwiz and miui v5 has numeric battery indicator.

Nice battery widget above.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:45 1

3. Duketytz (Posts: 491; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Same goes for Xperia devices

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:48 2

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8553; Member since: 14 May 2012)


As with Sense 6.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 00:41 3

5. fatexo (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 May 2010)


and with LG devices too..

as far as I know only nexus devices do not show the battery percentage on the notification bar.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 01:03 4

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3402; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


With kitkat, nexus devices can show battery percentage, just needs a simple tweak, and NO ROOT required.
http://www.droid-life.com/2013/11/11/kit-kat-and-nexus-5-support-battery-percentage-monitoring-no-root-required/

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 07:47 1

14. Scott93274 (Posts: 1168; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


LOL, but the text is always white so you cannot see it until your battery drops really low. I wish they would hurry up and set it up so that it's always showing.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 08:49

15. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


On "L", its black text on white background.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 01:03

6. Dee79 (Posts: 59; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Omega rom battery app does the trick

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 01:05 1

8. uchihakurtz (Posts: 251; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Lol, ironically only stock and near stock Android has this problem. Stock Android is so overrated.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 02:29 2

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3402; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Read Post #7
Stock is not overrated, its beautiful and smooth.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 06:22

13. uchihakurtz (Posts: 251; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


You still need to tweak it though. Smooth goes to almost every Android skin except Touchwiz and maybe LG skin, argument invalid.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 08:55

16. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


You have the horse behind the cart.
You're saying skinned android is smoother then stock?
I wonder if you ever used android.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 10:03

17. uchihakurtz (Posts: 251; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I haz Xperia Z1 Compact, Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 4. I'm not saying that skinned is smoother, but both are equally smooth compared to Touchwiz and my sister's LG G3. I just don't like it when people say only stock Android is smooth, the era where only stock Android is smooth is long gone. Hell, Sense feels faster to some people.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 10:22 1

18. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Makes sense, lol to me now.
I get you on GUI lag comments versus stock experience.
Some GUI go crazy with transition animation to cover delays let's say, WP an iOS do this as well, they lag, just users can't admit it.
OEM are getting better about it now finally.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 10:42 1

19. uchihakurtz (Posts: 251; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Yeah, they make the transition slow by default so the user can feel wowed by it. It's cool for normal user but annoying to power user. That's why I always shortened my animation, on stock and skinned, to the bare minimum (not off). It feels faster and doesn't effect the performance.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 01:10

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2688; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I liked 4, 8 and 5.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 02:25

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3402; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Seriously cats and what not? I'd rather use power toggles widget on notification bar, you get quick toggles+ optional battery icon.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 04:37

12. tech2 (Posts: 2142; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


ikr. Kill two birds with one stone.

Most of the apps who show battery percentage in status bar occupy an unnecessary persistent space in notification centre. By installing Notification toggles app (a very highly customizable app) and you can use the notification centre as quick toggles like TouchWiz and get the battery percentage in status bar.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 11:10

20. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


This is cool!!! I want WP to be able to customize simple little things like this... Hopefully Threshold will bring a few more customization options... Pretty cool!!
..........
To UserVoice I go!!!

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