The battery is one of the most important aspects of any smartphone, and that’s why many people like to get more accurate data regarding how much battery is left. The default battery indicator doesn’t give an exact idea, and that’s why a battery indicator with a percentage is much preferred. If you’re running Google’s latest OS – Android 4.4 KitKat then you can easily add a battery percentage indicator in the status bar.

Now, there are two ways to add a battery percentage option in Android 4.4 KitKat, and that’s without any rooting required on your Android smartphone or tablet. Once added, you can see the battery percentage meter in the status bar.

How to add battery percentage meter to Android 4.4 KitKat

The first way to add a battery percentage to Android 4.4 KitKat is by using an app, and the other way to do this is through an ADB command. The app method is by far the simplest and easiest way to do this, but then many of you would argue that why install one more app for such a simple task? In fact, many battery saver apps already come with a battery meter that’s always visible in the status bar.

Those who would like to go with the ‘app’ way, then install the Battery Percent for KitKat app from the Google Play Store. This app only works on Android 4.4 KitKat, and it comes with only one option to “Enable Battery Percent.” Once you do that, reboot your device.

Android 4.4 KitKat

You’ll now be able to see a percentage meter, but you’ll be able to view it only if the battery drops low enough.

The second method to do this is through ADB. This method is more preferred by advanced users, and those who don’t want to install an app for every purpose.

Step 1: Install the latest version of Android SDK on your PC.
Step 2: Enable USB debugging from the developer options on your Android device.
Step 3: Connect your phone to the computer via USB and launch command prompt.
Step 4: Using command prompt, navigate to the fastboot/adb folder where the Android SDK is installed and then enter the following command to enable battery percentage:

adb shell content insert –uri content://settings/system –bind name:s:status_bar_show_battery_percent –bind value:i:1

Step 5: Enter “adb reboot” to reboot your device.

As mentioned already, this second method is not for the faint-hearted, but there’s always a first time to try something new.

So go ahead, choose any of these methods and enable the battery percentage meter on your Android 4.4 device.