How to make Android 6.0 Marshmallow show the battery percentage in the status bar

How to make Android 6.0 Marshmallow show the battery percentage in the status bar
If you're the lucky owner of a phone or tablet that's been updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow (or if you happen to have one that runs Marshmallow out of the box), you've probably already discovered many of the new features that the latest iteration of Google's OS is offering. What you may have not discovered, though, is the fact that you can make your device show battery percentage in the status bar by default - no widgets or extra apps needed. Read on to find out how.

First of all, you need to enable Android Marshmallow's System UI Tuner (here's how to do it). Once that's enabled, you'll find the System UI Tuner sub-menu in your device's main Settings menu, at the very bottom of it. Taping on that will provide access to various things, one of it being the ability to show embedded battery percentage in the status bar - you just have to tap on the corresponding toggle to enable it. And that's it, now you'll see the battery percentage on your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device at any time when the status bar is visible, except for when the device is charging.

Of course, some non-stock Android phones and tablets (like Samsung's Galaxies) have had a similar option for quite some time. But it's nice to see this implemented in stock Android, too.



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19 Comments

1. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

System UI Tuner option is not visible on Nexus 5 running 6.0

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

You have to hold the settings wheel (it'll spin) and voila.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

System UI. Dunno why pa failed to add that little disclaimer in there!

6. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Got it - Thank you :)

15. Florin.T

Posts: 311; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

I guess you've missed that part of the article where it says "First of all, you need to enable Android Marshmallow's System UI Tuner (here's how to do it)."

4. jjwieland

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

What's the big deal? This is in 5.1 on my Moto G as well.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

OK then.

11. Dreamboat

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

"Of course, some non-stock Android phones and tablets (like Samsung's Galaxies) have had a similar option for quite some time. But it's nice to see this implemented in stock Android, too." Moto G isn't 100% stock...

14. Avinash.Meeniga unregistered

I've Moto G with 5.1 but I don't have this option

7. surethom

Posts: 1561; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

This sound be visible as default.

8. av911

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Took them 6 iterations of Android to have this option? Stock Android, my ass!

9. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

why is phonearena lying? all Android phones I've owned have this option (not Samsung)

12. surethom

Posts: 1561; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Stock Android & Nexus phones have not had this, its been added by the phone manufacturer because Google are so slow sometimes adding basic features.

10. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Sony mobiles can do this for ages... (and this is the default)

13. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

LOL! iOS already has this feature looooooooooooooong time ago.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So iOS users can easily see the battery percentage from the home screen. woop de flippin do, here's a bunch of stuff Android's been able to do for a long time... http://www.phonearena.com/news/10-mighty-annoying-Apple-iPhone-6s--iOS-9-features-that-need-fixing-ASAP_id74629 But you can be proud of that percentage mark on your battery icon, after all, it has a massive impact on the overall user experience.... oh, not really.

16. Valoni

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

This is copy of Battery Percent Enabler app. I don't like this because is very small and don't noticed well, why it's not the same as other android phones?

18. G00fY

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 09, 2014

Where can I find the wallpaper?

19. Andy2442

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 02, 2017

Below app will solve this problem. Free and NO NEED to root your device. play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.always.p​ercentage.battery.ashisht.batterypercentage

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