How to always see the percentage of battery left on your Android device

If you are like us, you want to know exactly how much battery is left on your Android smartphone or tablet. Unfortunately, Android does not display this information in the status bar, unless you set it to do this. If you have Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android 7 Nougat or Android 8 Oreo, read this guide and see how to have Android always display the battery percentage, in the status bar, on the top side of the screen:

NOTE: Our guide covers smartphones and tablets with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android 7 Nougat, and Android 8 Oreo. If you do not know the version of Android you have, read this tutorial: What version of Android do I have? 3 ways of checking!

See the percentage of battery left in the status bar on the top of my Android smartphone or tablet

By default, Android devices do not show the percentage of battery left on the status bar. Instead, they show an icon of the battery and how much it is charged. This representation is not that useful, as it does not tell you exactly how much of battery capacity is available. However, you can set Android to show the percentage of battery left, similar to the screenshot below.

On some smartphones from manufacturers like Huawei, the percentage can also be placed inside the battery icon.

How to show the battery percentage in the Android status bar

Open the Settings on your Android smartphone or tablet. In the list of settings, tap Battery.

Now you see several options related to battery management. Look for an entry called "Battery percentage." If that entry has a switch, turn it to On.

If it is not a switch, tap on it, and then choose how you want to see the battery percentage. Some manufacturers, like Huawei, offer the option to display it inside the battery icon or next to it. Choose the option you prefer.

The battery percentage is now shown in the status bar of your Android smartphone or tablet.

What if I do not have the battery percentage option? What is next?

The instructions from the previous section of this tutorial apply to all smartphones and tablets with Android 8 Oreo installed. They may also work on some older devices with Android 7 Nougat, but that depends a lot on their manufacturer, and whether it has included this feature. In Android 6.0 Marshmallow, our previous instructions do not work on most smartphones and tablets.

In this situation, there is one last chance: enable the hidden System UI Tuner in Android and use it to display the battery percentage on the status bar. This tuner is a feature that was included in Android, starting with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, the System UI Tuner works only if the manufacturer of your smartphone or tablet did not disable it. For example, Samsung and LG smartphones have it disabled. Devices from ASUS and other companies kept the System UI Tuner.

To enable the System UI Tuner, pull down the notification area, by swiping down from the top side of the screen. This opens the quick settings. Here, press and hold the cog icon for a couple of seconds. Stop pressing when you feel your device vibrate and you see a message saying that the System UI Tuner has been added to Settings.

Now, go to Settings and tap the System UI Tuner entry.

You are informed that the System UI Tuner gives you additional ways to tweak and customize the Android user interface. Tap Go It to make this message go away.

In the menu that is shown, tap Status bar.

Scroll down the list of settings until you reach Battery.

Tap on Battery and, from the menu that is shown choose "Always show percentage."

You can now close the System UI Tuner.

Did you succeed in enabling the battery percentage?

We hope that our guide has managed to help. If it did not, share with us in a comment the smartphone or tablet that you have, and the version of Android that is installed on it. This way, us and other readers know which devices have disabled this option.