No Battery Percentage on Android? Here’s a No-Root Fix

Ben Stegner 07-10-2015

Have you searched all over your Android phone’s settings without finding a way to enable the battery percentage? Because each hardware maker’s version of Android differs Android Skins Explained: How Do Hardware Makers Change Stock Android? Hardware makers like to take Android and morph it into something that is entirely their own, but is this a good or a bad thing? Take a look and compare these different Android skins. Read More , some phones may enable this feature by default, while stock Android does not allow it at all.


If you’ve rooted your device The Complete Guide to Rooting Your Android Phone or Tablet So, you want to root your Android device? Here's everything you need to know. Read More , this is a simple fix using Xposed Customize Your Phone Without Flashing a ROM With The Xposed Framework It is common knowledge that the best way to customize your Android device is to flash it with a new ROM. It is also wrong. Read More or a custom ROM How to Find and Install a Custom ROM for Your Android Device Android is super customizable, but to fully take advantage of that, you need to flash a custom ROM. Here's how to do that. Read More . However, there is a simple tweak without rooting The Best Android Tweaks You Can Make Without Rooting Android tweaks aren't only for tech geeks. Here's how to get the most out of your non-rooted Android phone or tablet! Read More you can perform on any device running KitKat (4.4) or above.

Head to the Google Play Store and download Battery Percent Enabler. Run the app, read its short explanation if you like, and then simply check the box and reboot your device. Now you’ll have your phone’s exact battery percentage displayed inside the battery icon!

On KitKat, you’ll notice that you can’t see the battery percentage unless it’s below 40% or so because of a head-scratcher of a UX decision; someone made the text color identical to the battery fill color. The app’s developer can’t fix this because it’s hard-coded into a system file, which would require root access. On Lollipop (5.x) Android 5.0 Lollipop: What It Is And When You'll Get It Android 5.0 Lollipop is here, but only on Nexus devices. What exactly is new about this operating system, and when can you expect it to arrive on your device? Read More , they adjusted this and you can see the battery percentage starting at 99%.

Once you’ve rebooted, feel free to remove the app from your phone. You don’t need it unless you want to remove the percentage, in which case you’ll need to reinstall, uncheck the box, and then reboot again.


Now that you can monitor it, be sure you’re maximizing your battery life 10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android Suffering from poor battery life on Android? Follow these tips to get more juice out of your Android device's battery. Read More !

Does your Android device let you show the battery percentage? Let us know your solution to this issue below!
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  1. Anonymous
    October 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    What I would like is the battery percentage WHILE TURNED OFF, the way many users charge their phones to speed up the process.
    The common "filling battery" animation only conveys the information that the phone is charging, but not how much charge it already has. I don't think displaying a number uses more CPU and battery than displaying the charging animation.
    Some versions of CyanogenMod did this (and then remove it)

    • Ben Stegner
      October 7, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      I agree with you! I don't understand why that information can't be displayed, and it's frustrating to not have an exact number on your battery. I hate when they remove features like this, too.