Most people prefer the status and notification bar of their phone to remain as uncluttered as possible. One exception that some people have to this is the battery percentage statistic. While the battery charge level can be represented with the standard battery icon, this reading is somewhat imprecise due to its small size.
To help provide a more precise battery level reading on Android, you can enable a battery percentage readout that sits next to the standard battery icon. The extra precision in the battery level can give you extra confidence that your phone’s battery will last through the day, or conversely, let you know that you need to manage your battery life to prevent your phone from dying before you can charge it.
To configure the battery percentage readout, you’ll need to open your phone’s settings app.
Note: This guide was written using a Samsung Galaxy S10e, the exact process to enable the battery percentage may vary on phones from different brands.
In the settings app, you need to tap “Notifications”. On the S10e the notification settings will be third from the top.
Within the notification settings, tap “Status bar”. The option should be fourth from the top and the only one without a slider.
Tap the last option in the status bar settings, labelled “Show battery percentage”. Once this setting is enabled, the battery percentage reading should appear next to the battery icon almost immediately.
Note: If you’re using a phone and this setting is not in the same place, try using the search functionality in the settings app. The setting to enable the battery percentage indicator should be easy enough to find if you search for “percent”. If this doesn’t work try searching for “battery”, doing so will likely return more results to look through but should show all battery related settings.