Enable Battery Percentage Meter On iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Enable a battery percentage meter to appear in the upper-right corner of your Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and know precisely how much battery power you have left.

iPhone or iPad iOS 4 & Higher

  1. From the Home screen, tap “Settings“.
  2. Choose “General“.
  3. Choose “Usage“.
  4. Switch “Battery Percentage” to “On“.

iOS Battery Percentage setting

iPhone, iPad with iOS 3 & Lower or iPod Touch

You’ll have to hack the device using iBackupBot. Please be careful if you intend to follow these steps as doing the wrong thing can damage your device.

  1. Connect and sync your iOS device with iTunes on your computer.
  2. Download and install iBackupBot on your computer.
  3. Disable automatic syncing in iTunes by going to “Edit” > “Preferences” > “Devices” and check “Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically“.
    Prevent device from syncing in iTunes
  4. Close iTunes and launch “iBackupBot“.
  5. Connect your device to the computer using the USB cable. iBackupBot should detect the device.
  6. Select the latest backup you have on the left side.
  7. Expand “System Files” > “HomeDomain” > “Library” > “Preferences“.
  8. Open the “com.apple.springboard.plist” file by double-clicking on it. Click “Cancel” on the dialog that appears afterwards.
  9. Scroll down to the bottom and place this line right before the </dict> tag:
    Battery meter hack
  10. Close and save the file.
  11. Check the box next to the line that says “Library/Preferences/com.apple.springboard.plist“, then click the “Restore” button at the top bar.
    Restore Springboard plist file
  12. Your device will now go through a restore process. When it restarts, the battery meter will appear at the top right portion of the screen.
    Battery meter on iPod Touch


  1. Josiah says

    Hey, could you email me instructions to undo what you walked me through…I edited my iPod touch backup and when I got a iPhone I restored it to the iPod touch backup, and now I can’t turn off the battery percentage on my iPhone.

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