Daily Tip: How to turn on the battery percentage meter

Ever wanted to know the exact percentage of battery life that your iPhone has remaining, and wondered how to turn that on? Out of the box, the iPhone has a battery meter which is a graphical representation of a battery. As it is very small, it is hard to accurately tell how much battery life you have left. There is a way to make it much clearer, read on and we will show you how.

To turn on the battery percentage reading, follow these simple steps:-

  • Click on Settings
  • Click on General
  • Click on Usage

You will now see a page with information on the the usage of your iPhone including time since last charge, standby time, call time and data usage. All interesting things but we are interested in the battery percentage.

Daily Tip: How to turn on the battery percentage meter

  • Turn on the toggle for Battery Percentage

That's it, you will now see the percentage of battery life remaining in the top notification bar throughout the operating system screens.

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There are 14 comments. Add yours.

CharFeld says:

And for some unfathomable reason, not for ipod either (any G)

Richard Kirk says:

My 3rd gen 64GB has the percentage option.

Tz616379 says:

You should probably state in the article that it's only present in 3GS and up.

Ethan S. says:

It also would've been advantageous to show a picture of the percentage on a non-jail broken iPhone.
I know a lot of people who still have the iPhone 3G, and when they see that my iPhone 4 has the percentage, they automatically assume that it's jail broken.

Rafael Marcucci says:

Where can I get the black bitesms icon?

donald.aleshire says:

I would also like to know this

Chris says:

It's called google and ssh'ing into the bite sms folder.

Duggals16 says:

can the battery percentage appear on iPod touch?

Valerie says:

how long do,se it take to charge a Ipad2 from new

Kurtis says:

these was very easy and simple then YouTube users..

Shreshth Tiwari02 says:

i am not able to turn on battery percentage metre when i open the usage there is no switch to on battery percentage metre. Please help me

Timm says:

Thanks for the tip. I sometimes want in on or off depending on my mood and I can NEVER find the toggle. Thanks a lot.