Display battery percentage on your iPhone Title Bar

Show the percentage of battery used on your iPhone’s Title Bar.

It used to be the case, prior to iPhone OS 3.0, that you can only see the strength of your iPhone battery charge by staring/guessing at the battery green fluid.

Not anymore, iPhone OS 3.0 has the capability to display the battery percentage on its Title Bar, adjacent to the battery icon. Certainly having the percentage displayed would give us a better understanding of how long the battery will last and help us make better decisions when it comes to how soon we have to recharge.

Unfortunately, iPhone doesn’t come with the battery percentage display enabled. Turning it on is no big deal either.

iPhone Settings page

Start by tapping into the “Settings” icon and then into “General“.

Usage item on the General Settings page

Once in the General settings page, tap the “Usage” item.

Battery Percentage option

On the Usage options page you should be able to see “Battery Percentage” option displayed at the top of the page. Turn it ON to have the battery percentage displayed next to the battery icon on your iPhone’s Title Bar.

It’s pretty simple to display the battery percentage next to the battery icon on your iPhone but I’m sure you’d find its usage to be far more.

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9 comments so far

  1. Gio

    Note that this option only shows up for the 3GS; the 3G model running OS 3.0 does not have the Battery Percentage toggle. You can still enable a battery toggle on 3G models if your phone is jailbroken, however.

  2. Krissy

    This is not available on a 3G with 3.0 only the 3GS.

  3. ChiefGeek

    Gio/Krissy – Thanks for the update, indeed I missed mentioning that it's only available on the 3GS. Thanks again.

  4. Sheila

    Is there an app for the Battery Percentage toggle on the 3G? I find it so disheartening not to be able to accurately tell the percentage of life left!!!

  5. Abdulla

    I have noticed that this option reduces the age of my Iphone’ battery.. Not recommended

  6. Megan

    What do I need to download to get the battery percentage toogle thing for my 3g phone.
    And what are the steps I need to take to get it to work?

  7. John

    I used an app from the App Store called BatteryDoctor back when I had my iPhone 3G, and it worked fine (but required launching the app – didn't put a percentage on the "title bar"). But now, with my iPhone4, running iOS 4.3.2, I love having the percentage show.

  8. Trei

    Thank you! i've been wondering about this for quite a while, i have an iphone 4s and wondered how you made it display the percentage.

  9. Gandu

    I just bought a new iPhone 4S and did this. Thanks

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