Tuesday, 3 April 2012

How do I get the battery percentage my iPhone?

Sometimes the little icon in the top right hand side of the screen just isn't enough to know how much juice your battery really has.

If your like me, and you find charging the phone annoying, or you'd rather avoid it if you can, a good way to check to see if the battery is going to last you the rest of the day is to use a percentage value to find out how much charge your battery has left in it, which can be the difference between having a usable phone later in the day if you go out somewhere that evening, and might need your phone.

Apple don't have this option turned on by default, and to the extend of my knowledge, it's only available as an option from the iPhone 3GS models and newer, so if you have a 3G, your sweet out of luck, and you may as well stop reading here.

To set up the battery percentage meter, follow these steps.

  1. Go to settings
  2. Click General (you may have to scroll down a bit)
  3. Choose usage
  4. Scroll right down to Battery Usage heading
  5. Slide the switch to "ON"

You'll notice that the battery's charge value, in percentage has appeared next to the battery icon. This will indicate to you the amount of battery remaining and will permanently be displayed there until you turn the switch to "OFF"

Hopefully this will help you manage how much battery you've got and help decide whether you need to charge again sooner rather than later. It may also help you see how much usage your phone is actually taking up during the day, and allow you to kill any unnecessary apps running in the background.

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