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 3GS and newer or iPad 1 and newer

1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.

2. Choose General.

3. Choose Usage.

4. Switch Battery Percentage to On.

iOS Battery Percentage setting


iPod Touch or iPhone 3G and older devices

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.


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


  1. Sharvin says

    Is it like really hacking? :S I bought an iPod touch 2 days ago and I don’t really want to hack-hack/jailbreak it in anyway… Is it just something light and will it not jailbrake my iPod or anything?

  2. Mitch says

    You can set that setting however you like once you’ve performed these steps.

  3. Gaston says

    Thank you so much Mitch for this trick it worked perfectly on my iPod Touch 3G but I have a question : in the 3rd step (Disable automatic syncing in iTunes by going to Edit > Preferences > Devices and check Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically.) If I open itunes should I keep it checked or I can uncheck the case and let itunes automatically syncing the device ? Please I need an answer, if possible by mail !

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