How to enable the battery percentage icon in Android 10


Knowing how much battery your Android device has, in percentage, is key to getting through the day. Re-enable this feature in Android 10.

How to enable the battery percentage icon in Android 10
Knowing how much battery your Android device has, in percentage, is key to getting through the day. Re-enable this feature in Android 10.
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I know this might seem a bit trivial, but to users like myself who test the limits of their Android device battery, knowing precisely how much juice is left in the tank is important. Consider this: You’re driving a new car and instead of a fuel indicator that informs you precisely how much you have in either the tank or the batteries, you get a tiny icon that estimates how much “go” you have left in a somewhat vague manner. 

One day, one hour.

How far will that get me?

You wouldn’t want that, now would you? No. You want to know exactly how much farther you can go before it’s time to refuel or recharge. 

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The same holds true with our mobile devices. We don’t want to have to guess as to how much battery we have left. This is especially apropos for busy power users who depend on their mobile devices to get them through a day of work. No IT pro wants to function without their trusty digital sidekick, right?

That being the case, it might surprise you to find out the developers of Android 10 have decided to disable the battery percentage by default. That means you’d be spending most of your day hoping the estimate given will last you until it’s time to turn out the lights. From my perspective, that was a mistake. Fortunately, it is quite easy to enable that percentage indicator.

In defense of the developers, the default makes use of the Wellness app to get an estimate on how much battery life remains. This is indicated by a day and hour format. However, that is only…



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