Google launched the Android 4.4 KitKat OS earlier this month. The latest Android OS bought in many new features such as screen recording, integrated messaging, improved Google Now and many more. And another much needed feature that has been added is the ability to view the battery percentage in status bar. Although this feature has long been included in many Custom ROMs till now, Google has not yet included it in theirs.

Now however, Google has finally included this, although not directly as a straightforward option in the settings. The option has to be enabled either via ADB command or via an app. Luckily though, no root access is required to enable it. Unfortunately, Google seems to have messed up the color scheme as the percentage is displayed in white on the white background of the battery icon. As a result, the percentage is only visible when the battery has been drained halfway through. It’s anybody’s guess as to why Google hasn’t included a direct option but if you wish to enable it, you can follow the below steps.

Android 4.4

Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.

Pre-requisites and Backing up your device:

Method 1 – via ADB:

  1. Make sure Android SDK is installed on your computer.
  2. Connect your device to your computer via USB.
  3. Now type the following command to enable battery percentage:
    adb shell content insert –uri content://settings/system –bind name:s:status_bar_show_battery_percent –bind value:i:1
    adb reboot
  4. Your device will then reboot and you will be able to see the battery percentage in the battery icon.
  5. If you wish to disable it, type the following command:
    adb shell content insert –uri content://settings/system –bind name:s:status_bar_show_battery_percent –bind value:i:0
    adb reboot
  6. Your device will then reboot and the battery percentage will be disabled from the battery icon.

Method 2 – via Percentage Enabler app:

  1. Download the Percentage Enabler app and copy it to the SD card/root of internal storage of your device.
  2. Install the app and run it.
  3. Tap on “Enable Battery Percent” and then reboot your device.
  4. After the device reboots, you will be able to see the battery percentage in the battery icon.
  5. To disable it, open the app and deselect the “Enable Battery Percent” option and then reboot your device.
  6. The battery percentage will be disabled after your device reboots.

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One Comment

  1. rony
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Is there a way to edit the color?

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