How to show the battery percentage on Android

Showing the battery percentage on Android, in addition to the default icon, is essential if you want to keep a close eye on your device’s battery life. If you, like us, depend on your smartphone or tablet to get through the day, turn on battery percentage to check exactly how much battery is left whenever you use your device. Luckily, the steps involved to always display the remaining battery life are not complicated. This tutorial illustrates how to turn on battery percentage on your Android smartphone or tablet:

NOTE: This guide applies to Android 10, and it was created on a Nokia 5.3 smartphone. If you do not know your Android version, read How to check the Android version on your smartphone or tablet. The procedures are similar on most Android-powered devices, although you might come across some small differences, depending on your device’s manufacturer. If you’re using a Samsung smartphone, the steps are quite different, so don’t miss the dedicated section at the end of this guide.

How to display battery percentage by accessing Quick Settings

By default, Android devices do not show the remaining battery percentage on the status bar found at the top of the screen. Instead, they display a battery icon, and you are expected to estimate how much is left based on how full it is.

The battery icon helps you assess how much power you have left

However, the exact battery life is displayed on the Lock screen while your Android device is charging, as seen below. Depending on the device you’re using, this info might be displayed somewhere else on your Android’s screen.

The battery percentage is shown while the device is charging

If you don’t want the battery percentage permanently taking up space on your Android’s status bar, but you’d still like to check it easily, you may see it by accessing Quick Settings. To open the Quick Settings, swipe down anytime from the upper side of the screen.

Swipe down from the top to open Quick Settings

The battery percentage is shown by default on the status bar displayed in the Quick Settings.

See the battery percentage in Quick Settings

This works great if you don’t use your device intensely. However, if you want the battery percentage to be a constant addition on your Android’s status bar, follow the steps in the next section.

How to turn on battery percentage on Android

To turn on battery percentage and have it constantly show on your Android’s status bar, you need to first access Settings. Under the Battery option, you can see the remaining battery percentage, together with an estimation of how long until the battery is depleted. Tap on Battery to access more settings.

Open Battery settings

TIP: You can also insert “battery percentage” in the search field at the top of the Settings screen to reach the appropriate option more easily.

The Battery settings screen displays the percentage and time you have until recharging, together with several options related to battery management. Look for an entry called Battery percentage. Tap on Battery percentage to turn on the switch next to the option and show the battery percentage on your Android smartphone or tablet. The battery percentage is instantly displayed on your Android’s status bar.

The battery percentage is shown as soon as you turn on the switch

If you ever need more room on your Android’s status bar, all you have to do is turn off the switch. The battery icon then replaces the percentage, and you can go back to guessing how much battery you have left on your Android smartphone or tablet.

How to show battery percentage on Samsung smartphones and tablets

While most devices have similar options to those shown earlier, Samsung users should follow different steps. On your Samsung Galaxy smartphone, go to Settings, and tap on Notifications.

Accessing the Notification settings on a Samsung Galaxy

Then, tap on Status bar to access more settings about what is displayed on it.

Go to Status bar to activate the battery percentage on a Samsung device

Find the “Show battery percentage” switch at the bottom. Turn it on, and the battery percentage is immediately shown on your Android’s status bar.

Turn on the switch to show the battery percentage

Turn off the switch to disable the battery percentage option and go back to only seeing the battery icon.

Did you succeed in enabling the battery percentage?

Since we use our Android devices for both work and fun, we’re always at risk of running out of power, so we know how important battery management is. We hope this guide helped you display the battery percentage on your Android smartphone or tablet. If you come across any issues, please let us know in the comments, together with your device’s make and model.