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February 11, 2014

Quick How to – Display battery percentage in Android 4.4 KitKat

Battery Percent for KitKat   Android Apps on Google Play

Don’t you sometimes wish you could see exactly how much percentage of your battery juice is left on your Android smartphone? If your phone is rooted you can do this very easily. Now you can get apps quite readily on Google play.

The one we chose to look at is Battery Percent for KitKat.
When the battery drops to critical levels every percentage point makes a difference, but, for some unknow reason Google didn’t activate it even in Android 4.4.2 KitKat. unfortunately by default you cannot see the battery percentage on Android. Luckily, changing that is not too complicated, and it’s something that Google is already working on, so chances are this will likely become much easier in future Android versions.

Right now, the battery percentage fix is confirmed to work with devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. This app is the simpler one – you just go on Google Play and download the free Battery Percent for KitKat app by kroegerama. You simply start the app after that and tick the checkbox at the top, reboot your phone and hey presto you’re done.

Quick tip: On the Nexus 5 hold the power button until the screen goes blank and release to reboot.

We can’t understand why Google didn’t activate the code. What this app does is basically activate the code to show the battery percentage in Android, and interestingly, it will only show after your battery drops below 50%.  The one disappointment is the colour remains white, as this makes it very difficult to see the numbers.

It’s also worth mentioning that the percentage will stay even if you uninstall the app afterwards, and if you want to revert to just the battery icon, all you have to do is open the app and disable the checkbox.
If you uninstalled the App. and want to disable the percent display. You’ll have to install the app again, uncheck the box in settings and then uninstall it.


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini