Feb 7, 2018
Android Oreo 8.1 has a neat feature that lets you view battery levels for Bluetooth devices connected to your phone. The feature has a few shortcomings though, the most obvious being that not many devices are running Android 8.1 at present. The devices that have received this update are a very small niche. Most people are happy if their devices are running Android 8. That said, regardless which version of Android you’re running, so long as its Android 4.3 and above, we’ve got your covered.
Android 8.1 Devices
As stated, Android 8.1 will natively let you view battery levels for Bluetooth devices. All you need to do is pair and connect a Bluetooth device to your phone. Once you’ve done that, open the Settings app and go to Connect Devices. Tap Bluetooth (not the switch next to it). You will see a complete list of all connected devices and their battery level with some exceptions.
The screenshot below shows a Bluetooth speaker connected to a Nexus 6P running Android 8.1 but the battery percentage isn’t there. This might have something to do with the device in question. If this is happening with one of your devices, then check out the solution for users who do not have Android 8.1.
Non-Android 8.1 Devices
To view battery level for Bluetooth devices on Android devices running anything lower than Android 8.1, you need an app called BatOn. This app has been around for quite a while now and it works great.
BatOn is a pretty simple app. You have to pair and connect your Bluetooth device via Android’s built-in settings. The app will not do any of that for you. Once you’re connected to your devices, you can open the app or pull down the notifications shade to view battery level for Bluetooth devices.
The app has a few bugs of its own i.e. when it connects to a device, there are frequent disconnections before the connection stabilizes. This was a recurring problem though admittedly it might be something to do with the speakers used for testing.
It’s possible that there will still be some Bluetooth devices that BatOn cannot find the battery level for. These are likely to be exceptionally obscure devices, possibly off-brand ones that have been bought at a bargain but they’re bound to be in the minority. BatOn has most devices covered and if you use Bluetooth devices that don’t have an easy way to check the battery level, this app is a must-have for you.
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One of the great things with Android phones is the gigantic collection of widgets that you can install to show all sorts of information on your screen—but what if you don’t want a widget? Here’s how to see the exact battery level without a memory-wasting widget.
Why wouldn’t you want a widget, you ask? All widgets require extra CPU cycles and chew into your memory, and it’s probably a good idea to cut down on your widgets if you want to maximize your Android phone’s battery life.
View the Battery Level without a Widget
To check the battery levels with the built-in software, all you need to do is open the Settings application, and then browse down to About phone –> Status.
From this screen you’ll be able to see the exact battery life, which is sometimes hard to tell on the tiny little icon.
Create a Shortcut with LauncherPro
If you’re using the excellent and free LauncherPro home screen replacement (and you really should be, it’s great), you can easily make a shortcut directly to the battery status page to save you a bit of time.
Long press on the desktop, choose Shortcuts and then Activities.
Then select Settings, which will expand to show a whole bunch of other items—the one you want is titled Status and has com.android.settings.deviceinfo.Status underneath in smaller text.
Now you’ll be prompted for a name and an icon, and once you click OK you’ll be able to get to the battery status page in a single button press.
Use a Free Battery Status App (Not Widget)
If you’re not using LauncherPro and you’d like a one-button push solution, there’s any number of free battery status applications that do nothing but show the status when you launch the application, and they don’t run anything in the background.
Here’s an example of one of the many applications in the market (just do a search for Battery). This particular one takes a second or two for the battery indicator to show correctly, but it does work. You might want to look around… or just switch to LauncherPro and make a shortcut.
While you’re learning how to use your built-in Android features, you may as well take the time to learn how to kill tasks without using a task manager.
It’s easy to get carried away with our mobile devices. There are a number of things that can just take up countless hours of your time. Browse the Internet and get lost in the maze of Wikipedia’s articles or TVTropes’ trope pages. Curious about the new TV series everyone is hyped up about? View videos on YouTube or download the series yourself to see why everyone is crazy over this show. Next thing you’ll know, you’ll be tapping on the Next button without noticing the time. Or, you can sit back and curl up with a number of ebooks. Flip page after electronic page to see to the end the adventure you’ve embarked on.
Unfortunately, your mobile device isn’t immortal. Devices can carry only a certain amount of charge and unless you’re willing to be hooked up to your charger all night long, you’re going to be watching that little battery icon in the corner as you slowly but surely suck its life dry. It’s easy to get paranoid and to end up forcing yourself to stop whatever you’re doing. Instead of letting your limited battery life rain on your parade, take a stroll through the Google Play Store and take a look at battery widgets to help give you an idea of how much power your device has left in it.
We have gone ahead and put together a list of some of the best battery widgets for both Android phones and tablets.
Battery Widget (Elvison)
If you want a simple yet elegant way to keep an eye on your device’s power, the Battery Widget developed by Elvison is the one for you. It’s a 1×1 widget that shows your battery level on your home screen. But, the Battery Widget is more than just that. Tap on it and you can view more battery information such as voltage, temperature, health, technology, and status.
Don’t worry about cluttering up your home screen; a clear battery level indicator is available on the status bar so you can keep an eye on your battery life without having to stop whatever you’re doing. You can configure it to show in three different colors to reflect high, medium, and low battery levels. The Battery Widget also allows you to define your own alerts so the widget can automatically notify you about battery status changes.
Elvison’s Battery Widget is available in English, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Greek, Italian, Hungarian, Estonian, Turkish, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, and Polish. With all these languages covered, virtually anyone from around the world can enjoy monitoring one’s battery life through the Battery Widget.
By Avram Piltch 26 April 2013
It’s easy to display battery life as an exact percentage on your Android phone. Here are step by step instructions on how to do it.
It’s critically important to know how much juice your phone or tablet has left, but unfortunately most Android devices — including the new Samsung Galaxy S4 — make it difficult to see your exact battery percentage. If you know that you have 30 percent battery left and you won’t be near an outlet for a while, you may want to turn down the brightness and disable background data to keep your phone alive until you get home. A few phones like the Motorola Droid RAZRs do the right thing and put a detailed battery indicator right on the home screen by default, but unless your device already puts this information front and center, follow these methods to see just how much charge you have left.
Put a Battery Percentage Icon in the Notification Bar
Battery Widget by Elvison places a permanent icon in the notification bar on top of your screen with the current percentage written on it. The battery icon changes color depending on how much life you have left going from green to orange to red as the charge level drops. To set up:
- Download and install Battery Widget from the Google Play store.
- Open the Battery Widget app. The battery percentage icon appears in your notification bar. You will also be able to get additional details such as the battery temperature by pulling down the notification drawer.
Een van de geweldige dingen van Android-telefoon i de gigantiche verzameling widget die u kunt intalleren om allerlei oorten informatie op uw cherm weer te geven, maar wat al u geen widget wilt? Hier
- Bekijk het batterijniveau zonder een widget
- Maak een snelkoppeling met LauncherPro
- Gebruik een gratis app voor batterijstatus (geen widget)
Een van de geweldige dingen van Android-telefoons is de gigantische verzameling widgets die u kunt installeren om allerlei soorten informatie op uw scherm weer te geven, maar wat als u geen widget wilt? Hier leest u hoe u het exacte batterijniveau kunt zien zonder een geheugenverslindende widget.
Waarom zou je geen widget willen, vraag je? Alle widgets vereisen extra CPU-cycli en kauwen in uw geheugen, en het is waarschijnlijk een goed idee om uw widgets te verminderen als u de batterijduur van uw Android-telefoon wilt maximaliseren.
Bekijk het batterijniveau zonder een widget
Om het batterijniveau te controleren met de ingebouwde software, hoeft u alleen maar de toepassing Instellingen te openen en vervolgens omlaag te bladeren naar Over de telefoon -> Status.
Vanaf dit scherm kun je de exacte batterijduur zien, wat soms moeilijk te zien is aan het kleine icoontje.
Maak een snelkoppeling met LauncherPro
Als u de uitstekende en gratis LauncherPro-startschermvervanging gebruikt (en dat zou ook echt moeten zijn, het is geweldig), kunt u eenvoudig een snelkoppeling rechtstreeks naar de batterijstatuspagina maken om u wat tijd te besparen.
Druk lang op het bureaublad, kies Snelkoppelingen en vervolgens Activiteiten.
Selecteer vervolgens Instellingen, die wordt uitgevouwen om een hele reeks andere items weer te geven – degene die u wilt, heet Status en heeft com.android.settings.deviceinfo.Status onderaan in kleinere tekst.
Nu wordt u om een naam en een pictogram gevraagd en zodra u op OK klikt, gaat u met één druk op de knop naar de batterijstatuspagina.
Gebruik een gratis app voor batterijstatus (geen widget)
Als u LauncherPro niet gebruikt en u wilt een oplossing met één druk op de knop, zijn er een aantal gratis applicaties voor de batterijstatus die niets anders doen dan de status weergeven wanneer u de applicatie start en die niets op de achtergrond uitvoeren .
Hier is een voorbeeld van een van de vele applicaties op de markt (zoek gewoon naar Batterij). Deze specifieke duurt een seconde of twee voordat de batterij-indicator correct wordt weergegeven, maar het werkt wel. Misschien wilt u rondkijken . of gewoon overschakelen naar LauncherPro en een snelkoppeling maken.
Terwijl u leert hoe u uw ingebouwde Android-functies kunt gebruiken, kunt u net zo goed de tijd nemen om te leren hoe u taken kunt beëindigen zonder een taakbeheerder te gebruiken.
tutorial by Diana Ann Roe published on 09.08.2020
Showing the battery percentage on Android, in addition to the default icon, is essential if you want to keep a close eye on your device’s battery life. If you, like us, depend on your smartphone or tablet to get through the day, turn on battery percentage to check exactly how much battery is left whenever you use your device. Luckily, the steps involved to always display the remaining battery life are not complicated. This tutorial illustrates how to turn on battery percentage on your Android smartphone or tablet:
NOTE: This guide applies to Android 10, and it was created on a Nokia 5.3 smartphone. If you do not know your Android version, read How to check the Android version on your smartphone or tablet. The procedures are similar on most Android-powered devices, although you might come across some small differences, depending on your device’s manufacturer. If you’re using a Samsung smartphone, the steps are quite different, so don’t miss the dedicated section at the end of this guide.
How to display battery percentage by accessing Quick Settings
By default, Android devices do not show the remaining battery percentage on the status bar found at the top of the screen. Instead, they display a battery icon, and you are expected to estimate how much is left based on how full it is.
However, the exact battery life is displayed on the Lock screen while your Android device is charging, as seen below. Depending on the device you’re using, this info might be displayed somewhere else on your Android’s screen.
If you don’t want the battery percentage permanently taking up space on your Android’s status bar, but you’d still like to check it easily, you may see it by accessing Quick Settings. To open the Quick Settings, swipe down anytime from the upper side of the screen.
The battery percentage is shown by default on the status bar displayed in the Quick Settings.
This works great if you don’t use your device intensely. However, if you want the battery percentage to be a constant addition on your Android’s status bar, follow the steps in the next section.
How to turn on battery percentage on Android
To turn on battery percentage and have it constantly show on your Android’s status bar, you need to first access Settings. Under the Battery option, you can see the remaining battery percentage, together with an estimation of how long until the battery is depleted. Tap on Battery to access more settings.
TIP: You can also insert “battery percentage” in the search field at the top of the Settings screen to reach the appropriate option more easily.
The Battery settings screen displays the percentage and time you have until recharging, together with several options related to battery management. Look for an entry called Battery percentage. Tap on Battery percentage to turn on the switch next to the option and show the battery percentage on your Android smartphone or tablet. The battery percentage is instantly displayed on your Android’s status bar.
If you ever need more room on your Android’s status bar, all you have to do is turn off the switch. The battery icon then replaces the percentage, and you can go back to guessing how much battery you have left on your Android smartphone or tablet.
How to show battery percentage on Samsung smartphones and tablets
While most devices have similar options to those shown earlier, Samsung users should follow different steps. On your Samsung Galaxy smartphone, go to Settings, and tap on Notifications.
Then, tap on Status bar to access more settings about what is displayed on it.
Find the “Show battery percentage” switch at the bottom. Turn it on, and the battery percentage is immediately shown on your Android’s status bar.
Turn off the switch to disable the battery percentage option and go back to only seeing the battery icon.
Did you succeed in enabling the battery percentage?
Since we use our Android devices for both work and fun, we’re always at risk of running out of power, so we know how important battery management is. We hope this guide helped you display the battery percentage on your Android smartphone or tablet. If you come across any issues, please let us know in the comments, together with your device’s make and model.
The world is shifting towards wireless technologies. Be it listening to audio, or transferring content, almost everything can be done wirelessly. The two most prominent technologies in this front are Bluetooth and NFC. While the latter one is primarily used for charging, the former finds its use almost everywhere. The most noticeable and evident use is with Bluetooth headsets and earphones. Smartphone manufacturers have started ditching the 3.5mm jack, thus promoting the sales of Bluetooth audio devices. Sadly, these devices don’t have a battery monitor in them. While some OEMs such as Samsung, OnePlus, and LG have had inbuilt Bluetooth Battery Level indicators within them, such a feature is missing from the stock Android experience. That being said, recent commits in the AOSP source code suggests that such a feature would be coming soon in the next few updates for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. But who likes to wait, right? So if you’re someone who wants to monitor their Bluetooth device’s battery, read on, as we show you how to show Bluetooth battery level indicators on Android:
Show Bluetooth Battery Level Indicators
Note : The following method only works with devices that have a Hands-Free profile (accept, reject phone calls) or a GATT profile (usually 4.0+ Low Energy devices).
- To begin with, download and install the free BatON app from here.
- Next up, connect your Bluetooth device to your smartphone. For this illustration, I’ll be using my Boat Rockerz 510 headphones.
- Once your device is connected, simply open up the BatON app. The app should now be showing the Bluetooth battery level of your Bluetooth device. Alternatively, swiping down on the notification panel should also show you the battery level of your Bluetooth device.
While the app automatically refreshes the battery level, it does so every 3 hours. You can set it to refresh the data more often by following the steps below:
- Tap on the 3-dot hamburger menu and select “Settings”. Now, tap on “Auto measure”.
- The settings for the automatic measure will now open up. Tap on “Measure frequency” and then select “15 minutes” from the list.
That’s it. The app will now automatically refresh the Bluetooth device’s battery level data every 15 minutes.
Monitor Your Bluetooth Device’s Battery Level Easily on Your Android Device
In a world where we’re rapidly moving towards wireless technology, a better battery life is a necessity. With more and more smartphone manufacturers ditching the 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth headphones are on a rise. As such, the ability to monitor their battery levels comes as a great advantage. It helps the user ensure he always has enough battery life for his usage. I know I use the above-described method a lot. But what about you? Do you own a Bluetooth device and did you use the aforementioned method? Let us know about your experiences in the comments section below.
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broken on Android Oreo
This app is great. It monitors my BT headphones and selfie stick. I’ve tried many apps from the play store that did not work.
It does not work on my Soundmatter FoxL v2 BT speaker. Can you suggest an app that will work with that?
what about on MAC os and windows, How can check on these devices?
The iPhone has a feature that lets you see how much juice is left in your Bluetooth headphones, but most Android phones are lacking this ability. Thankfully, there’s a simple app that’ll close this gap in functionality.
To be clear, some custom ROMs and manufacturer-skinned versions of Android display a Bluetooth battery meter, but the feature is not included in AOSP, so it’s up to the manufacturer or custom ROM developer to implement. So if your phone doesn’t tell you how much life is left in your Bluetooth accessories, an app from developer limitium has you covered, and I’ll show you how it works below.
- Android 4.3 or higher
- Bluetooth accessory that supports battery life reporting
Step 1: Install BatON
To get this one going, start by installing limitium’s app, which is called BatON. To do that, you can either search the Google Play Store, or just tap the following link from your Android device.
Step 2: Adjust Settings
Next, open the app, then grant the location permission if requested (this is required for the app to be able to scan Bluetooth devices). From there, head to the side navigation menu and take a quick trip to BatON’s settings page.
Next, head to the Notifications menu to see the options you can adjust. By default, BatON displays a notification showing battery life when compatible Bluetooth devices are connected, but you can turn this off by disabling the toggle next to “Shows notifications.”
After that, back out one level and check out the Auto measure section. By tapping the “Measure frequency” option here, you can change how frequently BatON checks for a battery percentage update from your Bluetooth accessories. Note that while a higher frequency provides more up-to-the-minute stats, it will also result in slightly more battery drain for both your phone and the accessory.
Step 3: See Battery Life for Paired Bluetooth Devices
Once you’ve got everything configured to your liking, you’re all set. From now on, whenever a supported Bluetooth device is connected to your phone, you can simply open the BatON app to check its battery level. Depending on your settings, you can also see the battery level from any screen by checking your notification shade.
Note that not all Bluetooth accessories will report their battery percentage, and this is particularly true of older and lower-end products. On top of that, some accessories will only report certain ranges — like 20%, 50%, and 100% — meaning that they’ll stay on one percentage until they reach the next threshold.
So how are you liking your new Bluetooth battery meter? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Beats are a range of audio devices produced by Beats by Dre, a subsidiary of Apple Inc. One of their products, the Powerbeats Pro can last up to nine hours with you playing your music and six hours with you talking on the phone. Thanks to their affiliation with Apple, these audio devices are compatible with most, if not all, of their iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
If the low battery levels catch you off-guard, you will hear a beep through your earphones. If you don’t charge them immediately, you will hear another beep just before they die. But before it even comes to that, you can keep an eye on your battery levels in a few ways.
Thanks to the compatibility of Beats with iOS devices, there are more devices that you can use to check the battery on your Beats than there are for your other regular headphones.
Look at the Earphones Indicator
If you’re an Android user, then you can’t check the battery levels using your phone. In this case, simply check the earphones themselves. The headphones come with a feature that can help you gauge how much charge they have left.
First, go to the left earphone, the one with an ‘L’ stamped on it. It comes with indicator light. If the light is white, that means there are around 12 hours of use left. If it’s red, then there’s a little under an hour left. But when the red light starts blinking that means the earphones require immediate recharging because they’re about to run out.
Using your iPhone:
- With the case to the earphones open and the earphones inside, place the case next to your iPhone. If the two devices are already connected via Bluetooth, a pop-up window will show up on the home screen of your iPhone showing the charge levels for both the case and the earphones. If you want to see the levels for the individual earphones, take on of them out of the case.
- Much like the Apple Pencil and the Apple Watch, you can also check the battery levels of your Beats through your iPhone’s Notification Centre.
First, make sure that your iPhone and your earphones are connected via Bluetooth, and then swipe your finger from the top of your screen to reveal the Notification Centre. Next, swipe right to see the Today view.
Navigate your way to the bottom of the notifications and you will see the ‘Edit’ icon which you will then press. Next, you’ll find yourself on the ‘Add Widgets’ page and if Batteries isn’t already on your widget list, this is where you will add it.
So, tap on the plus sign next to Batteries to add it to your list. Now click ‘Done’ at the top right side.
To view your edited widget list, go back to the Today view to see the battery levels of all your devices, including the Beats.
A faster way to check the battery levels on your Beats earphones can be achieved if you have Siri on your iPhone and your Beats are also connected to your iPhone. Prompt Siri by saying, “Hey Siri.” Then follow up with your question, “What is the battery level on my Power Beats Pro?” Alternatively, if you are wearing your headphones, simply talk into the earphones and ask Siri your question.
She will respond promptly with the charge levels for both the case and the headphones.
If you happen to own Apple’s smartwatch or the Apple watch, you have another route to use in checking the charge on your Beats earphones. This can be done whether the Beats are synced with your iPhone or your Apple watch.
On your watch’s home screen swipe upwards to reveal the Control center. Next, click on the battery symbol which is indicated by a percentage. Your Powerbeats Pro will have their battery level visible in the shape of a circle just below the percentage. To check the levels of the individual earphones, place one earphone back in its case.
On the Charging Case
Much like the Airpods, these earphones can charge while inside their case, as long as the case itself is charged and is indicating a white light. When the light turns red, this means that the case no longer has enough power to charge.