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

   Posted June 23, 2009 by David Kirk in Apple iPhone

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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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • Marco

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

  • Zote

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

  • chiefix

    This a feature that works only for iPhone 3GS.

  • http://blogs.tech-recipes.com/davak/ davak

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

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  • Mark

    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!!!

  • http://www.markwilson.co.uk/blog/ Mark Wilson

    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.