iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, and 5: Show Battery Percentage

Since the iphone 3GS, several nice, little features have been included in iOS. One of my favorites is the ability to show a percentage of the battery life in the upper right hand corner instead of just the battery graphic. These settings can be found on any modern iOS device including iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices.

More data is better, right? A numeric value gives a far better estimation of the amount of battery left when compared to the battery graphic.

Be sure that your device has been updated to one of the latest iOS versions. Then follow these steps to show your percent of device’s battery life:

1. Click Settings
2. Click General
3. Click Usage
4. Toggle Battery Percentage to ON

iPhone show battery percent


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8 Responses to “iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, and 5: Show Battery Percentage”

  1. June 24, 2009 at 5:16 am, Marco said:

    I don’t have this option either. I have a 3G with OS 3.0


  2. June 24, 2009 at 1:32 am, Zote said:

    I dont have this option here. Isnt it only for 3G S version? I have an 3G.


  3. June 24, 2009 at 8:35 am, chiefix said:

    This a feature that works only for iPhone 3GS.


  4. June 24, 2009 at 10:15 am, davak said:

    Thanks, everybody. I’ll change the title to show that it’s for the 3G S.


  5. June 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm, David Kirk - Founder/Editor said:

    Testing facebook connection…


  6. June 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm, David Kirk said:

    Testing tech-recipes / twitter conneciton


  7. June 25, 2009 at 8:10 am, Mark said:

    Even more strange is the fact that official App Store apps (like Free Memory or iStat for example) have been able to show you a battery % meter since 2.0 on iPhone and iPhone 3G!!!


  8. July 08, 2009 at 11:23 am, Mark Wilson said:

    Just to note that this (as the title suggests) is for the 3G S only… iPhone 3.0 software (as indicated in the Tech Recipes link I followed to this page!) doesn’t expose this on a standard iPhone 3G.


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