How do you show the battery percentage on Android smartphones and tablets?

If you are like us, you want to know exactly how much battery your Android smartphone or tablet has left. Unfortunately, Android does not display this information in the status bar, unless you set it to do this. Luckily, the steps involved are not complicated. 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 8 Oreo and Android 9 Pie. The screenshots on the left are for Android 8 Oreo, while those for Android 9 Pie are on the right.

If you do not know the version of Android you have, read How to check the Android version on your smartphone or tablet?

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 the remaining battery, on the status bar found on the top side of the screen. 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. Depending on the Android version that you have, you can set the battery percentage to be shown in the middle of the battery icon, or next to it.

Android can display the battery percentage on the status bar

On older versions of Android, the battery percentage may be shown only next to 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.

Accessing the Battery settings on your Android device

You see several options related to battery management. Look for an entry called "Battery percentage."

If that entry has a switch, turn it On. If the Battery percentage is not a switch, tap on it, and then choose how you want to see the battery percentage.

Enabling the Battery percentage in Android

Some smartphone manufacturers offer several display options. Choose the placement you prefer for the battery percentage.

Choosing where to view the battery percentage in Android

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

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.