Shell Commands for Adding Battery Life Indicator to Android Smartphones

Ahmed Malik

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19 Nov

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Hello everyone, this is Ahmed here with a nice little tutorial on how to add a battery life indicator icon on your Android smartphones. For this guide to work, you need to have the Android OS 4.4 KitKat; I don’t know about the older versions whether this process works on them or not.

Mobile Phone Battery Life Indicator Phase - Google Images

So moving on, you must have noticed how there’s a genuine lack of battery life indicator applications in the Android PlayStore. Even if there are some applications, they are not made in a uniform way; some of them will come with a bunch of ads (understandable), while others will bring along a slew of unwanted features. What if you need a good old battery percentage remaining sign, which shows you exactly how much juice your mobile phone is left with?

By the way, Google is aware of this issue and they are developing a battery life indicator app/ icon these days. Hopefully when the next KitKat OS upgrade will be released, you will notice the changes. Also, since it is going to be an official upgrade, people will not long feel skeptic about manually altering the smartphone’s functionality through shell access root commands.

ADB Homepage Screenshot at a Glance 

Android Debug Bridge Screenie

Nonetheless, there are two ways of adding a battery percentage indicator. One method is to install an app’ I already talked about adding those earlier. The latter method is to install the ADB Application and then open its interface to enter these commands.

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

I strongly resent how users of a certain Android or any other OS have to install 3rd party applications to overcome a native device issue. However, that’s the way things are going on these days. Companies have to meet deadlines; they are in a rush to release a device and no one has “time” to properly take feedback from users.

Anyhow, if you are not comfortable in any way with the ADB application (otherwise known as Android Debug Bridge), you can also download another Android 4.4 KitKat battery life app from the XDA forums. Upon installing this application, you will not see the percentage in numeric format. Wait for a few hours for the battery to drain. This will cause the indicator to show up. By default, at 100% battery life, it does not indicate anything. 

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 8:55 AM and is filed under How To, Smartphones. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Ahmed Malik

About Ahmed Malik

After completing his Bachelor level degree in Telecom Engineering, Ahmed proceeded to seek specialization in CISCO Certifications (CCNA Routing & Switching, CCNP Routing & Switching, CCNP Troubleshooting). Based on his professional experience, his blog posts at Infinarium are not restricted to a certain aspect of technology.

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