How to Show Battery Percentage on Android

Track those numbers

What to Know

  • Tap Settings > Battery >  Show Battery Percentage on Status Bar on Android phones.
  • Samsung: Tap Apps > Settings > Battery > tap the slider next to Percentage on Status Bar.
  • The numbers aren't always accurate because of how manufacturers design phones.

This article teaches you how to display battery percentage on Android on both stock Android and Samsung phones, as well as what you need to know about these figures. This process should be the same for all Android phones but there may be slight differences with the language used.

How to Show Battery Percentage on Stock Android Phones

It's simple to display the battery percentage on stock Android phones providing you know where to look, and it can be useful to know how much battery you have left. Here's how to permanently show the battery percentage on your Android phone.

  1. On your phone, tap Settings.

  2. Scroll down and tap Battery.

  3. Scroll down and tap Show Battery Percentage on Status Bar.

    Steps required to show battery percentage on stock Android

    Tip:

    Your phone may also display the battery percentage within the Battery settings too.

  4. Your phone will now display the numerical battery percentage value on top of the battery bar icon on the top of the screen. 

How to Show Battery Percentage on Samsung Phones

Samsung phones have a slightly different layout to stock Android phones. However, it's still relatively simple to display battery percentages when using the phone, giving you insight into how soon you need to get to a power source. Here's how to show your battery percentage on Samsung phones.

  1. On your Samsung phone, tap Apps.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Scroll down to Battery.

    Tip:

    It's listed under System.

  4. Tap the slider next to Percentage on Status Bar to turn on Battery Percentage.

    Steps required to show battery percentage on Samsung phones

What to Know About the Battery Percentage on Your Phone

It's helpful to see a specific number for your battery life rather than a solid green or yellow bar, but there are pros and cons to this. Here's a quick overview.

Tip:

There are plenty of great ways to extend the battery life of your phone. Learn the best methods ahead of time.

  • The number isn't always accurate. Sometimes, the number may be higher or lower than the actual value. This inconsistency is particularly true with older phones with batteries that are beginning to age. Don't rely on that 2% remaining charge being accurate if you're in a jam.
  • 100% doesn't always mean 100%. Because of how smartphone manufacturers design phones, 100% doesn't always mean the battery is fully charged. Often phone software charges to the value it feels is most efficient for you while ensuring your battery remains in optimal condition. 
  • Obsessing over battery life could make it worse. Constantly turning your phone's screen on to check the battery life isn't good for what battery life you have left. It will just gradually run the battery down while stressing you out. Only use the battery percentage as a guide, and don't worry too much. 
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