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. Open the Library/Preferences/com.apple.springboard.plist file by double-clicking on it. Click Cancel on the dialog that appears afterwards.
    Springboard plist file
  8. Scroll down to the bottom and place this line right before the </dict> tag.
    <key>SBShowBatteryLevel</key>
    <true/>
    Battery meter hack
  9. Close and save the file.
  10. 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
  11. 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

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