How to customize your battery status indicator on Android

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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20 Comments

1. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

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

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Both touchwiz and miui v5 has numeric battery indicator. Nice battery widget above.

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Same goes for Xperia devices

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

As with Sense 6.

5. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

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

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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/

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

6. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Omega rom battery app does the trick

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

13. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

17. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

19. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I liked 4, 8 and 5.

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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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