Ridiculous battery status icons

by Volker Weber


This is the battery status icon on a Nexus One. Green, looks like it's almost full. But if you look in the phone status, you will find it's only 50% charged. Can I have a percentage instead of the icon, please?


Probably only with an app. You might want to try Battery Indicator.

Robert Dahlem, 2010-06-21

The battery is half full, not half empty. :-)

Karsten Lehmann, 2010-06-21

Cyanogenmod provides this as far as I recall, but it seems to be a bit to geeky for the general population.

For an OS that is perceived as slow it doesn't seem to be a smart move to provide a so conservative battery indicator that will make the perception even worse.

Mariano Kamp, 2010-06-21

@Vowe @Robert,

I find Battery Widget made by geekyouup a much better tool. Battery life as a percentage and allows easy toggling of wifi, bluetooth etc.

Ben Rose, 2010-06-21

Thanks, Ben. I know about widgets. I want an option to show percentage in the status bar. Like iPhone 3GS and iPad offer.

Volker Weber, 2010-06-21

I haven't investigated it properly, but afaik an ordinary app on a non-rooted phone can't really get on the right side of the status bar and replace anything there.

You could have an ongoing status bar icon on the left (and stuff like that is likely available in the Market), but this would be butt ugly, because it would always show up in the notification "shade" and the original battery indicator would still be there.

As I said above, with Cyanogen Mod you can get the percentage displayed.

Mariano Kamp, 2010-06-21

@Vowe - I agree, the stock battery meter is pretty useless. Sadly, you're never going to be able to modify this whilst using a stock ROM. Installing newer stock firmware has closed many rooting doors for you too.

Ben Rose, 2010-06-21


I use Battery Time which runs as a background app and puts a percentage indicator in the status bar. Seems to work well for me.



Matt White, 2010-06-21

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