How to Show iPhone Battery Meter in Percentage

July 4, 2009 — by Simon Ng61



How to Show iPhone Battery Meter in Percentage

July 4, 2009 — by Simon Ng61

Other than those prominent features (e.g. video editing, voice control), iPhone 3GS has come with some minor but nice touches. One of them is the battery percentage switch in Settings that allows you to change the battery life indicator to percentage representation.

I’m sure not all of you are using iPhone 3GS or have any plan for the upgrade. But you probably want to use this precise battery meter to show the battery life on iPhone 2G/3G.

In this post, I’ll walk you through and show how you can change the battery indicator to percentage form. And, don’t worry. This guide is not just designed for iPhone 3GS and it applies to all iPhones (to be exact, jailbroken iPhone).

For iPhone 3GS

1. Go to “Settings”

2. Tap General -> Usage

3. You can easily change the battery indicator to percentage by turning ON the “Battery Percentage” option.


For other iPhone users

I’m not sure why Apple does not release this minor feature to older version of iPhone. But if you have jailbroken iPhone, you can also change to battery percentage with minor tweak.

Tip: If you haven’t jailbroken your iPhone, you can follow this jailbreak guide for iPhone 3.0 (Windows / Mac).

1. Launch Cydia

2. Search for SBSettings and install it


3. Once you complete the installation, you can launch SBSettings by swiping across the status bar.

Launch SBSettings

4. Tap “More” button in SBSettings

5. Tap “Extras & Options” and turn ON “Numeric Battery”


6. Click Home button to go back to home screen and you’ll notice that the battery indicator changes to percentage.

As always, leave me comment and let me know if this works for you.

Simon Ng

Founder, developer and chief blogger of simonblog.com

  • Walter

    I am using a JB 3.0 3G, but I cannot search the SBSettings from Cydia successfully; but some other SBSettingstoggles. Pls advise.

    BTW, I did it success when I was in version 2.2 sth.

    Pls help.

    • Mario

      This Simon guy should not give advice on iPhone tech repair. His advice is basic which does solve any real issues. With that said the advice is taken care of by common sense.

  • davedalus

    GFreat blog.

    On my jailbroken 2.2 I had the numeric battery which took the place of the graphic one. Do you know if there’s any way to hide the graphic one so that there is more room on the status bar (for weather & status icons)?

    • @davedalus, seems there is no way to hide the graphic battery icon. If you find one sooner or later, do share with me. Thanks.

  • davedalus

    thanks for the response, will let you know if I find one.

  • Titus

    It works well and very impressed.

  • Omaley13

    very nice, tks

  • Jedi

    i have 2.2.1 jailbroken. it worked for me before but now when i toggle it it just shows the number with no percentage symbol or battery icon what happened. or how can i fix it to be percentage symbol, number and icon.

  • Jason

    thanks man. works like a charm

  • davedalus

    Hi Simon, quick update on this. Modmyi have just released a tweak called ‘battery control’. Once installed, it puts a new menu in settings, where the battery percentage and image can both be toggled on/off. It isn’t the touch control we had before to switch between the two, but it does free up the statusbar for weather, RAM etc.


    • @davedalus, thanks for your sharing! I will post your tip very soon.

  • roger c.

    The post is “RIGHT ON”. I have an iPhone 2G with firmware 3.0, I intalled SBSetting and after that was a walk in the park.
    Thank you, Simon.

  • David D

    Works great! Thanks!

  • Dagner

    Thanks so much that was awesome!!!!

  • jim

    works great, thanks

  • Dom

    Great lil tweakl, First thing i installed after a JB very useful
    Thank you so much

  • Steph

    THANK YOU I was looking everywhere for the battery percentage switch and it was staring me in the face.

  • danny

    this worked great, but my batter bar now stays full while only my percentage diminishes. is there a way that both the percentage and the bar diminishes at the same rate? i have 3gs. thanks

  • Tara

    Im actually having trouble. It’s not opening when i slide across the status bar.

  • iDouche

    Newly cracked 2G firmware 3.1.3, worked perfect. Thanks!

  • sodolopo

    FINALLY thank you so much. awesome.

  • cecileva

    Yay, I have an iPhone 3GS and was starting to fart around with Cydia, looking for the app that would allow this, but all I had to do was Google the subject and I came across your great blog. Thanks for the tip, and for saving my time….kudos!

  • Roberto

    I am from Brazil, Ok. Very good, perfect.



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  • RaviraJ

    hey budy u wana battrey % in u r iphone 3G this is it

    1st install iphone-notes.de0-2_iPhone-Notes.de’s Source


    2nd install asBattery

    all 1st and 2nd option u get in cydia
    and then reboot ur iphone 3G when itz swich on go to setting->usage = here ur option tap to on…. 🙂

    and u r get bored to sarch just email me on my id i’ll get u thos all software
    my email id is [email protected]

    and then

  • RaviraJ

    i’ll send u this two software on u r email id….. 🙂 and n e problem just mail me. 🙂

  • Muna

    Cool..It worked

  • YD

    hey, i have i phone 3.0 fw 3.1.3
    sbsettings v3.1.0
    when i click on “more” i have no option for “Extras & Options”
    iver searched every option and i still can’t find the numeric battery meter.
    any ideas?

  • RaviraJ

    @ YD i know the problem is in sbsetting if u hav no need sbsetting
    remove the sbsetting then
    and 1st install – iphone-notes.de0-2_iPhone-Notes.de’s Source
    u find got this both software in cydia and then 2nd install – asBattery
    if u have i’ll send u this software..just mail me u have or not

  • works like charm 🙂

  • Firu

    I cant lauch the application! Can u pls help me!

    • @Firu, what version of iPhone OS are you using?

  • RaviraJ

    @Firu dude itz not a application it’s just option.

    go to Menu -> Setting -> General -> Usage there your option for “Battery Percentage”

  • Devlin

    Thank you so much, this really helps me!

  • jash

    hi i have the iphone 3g was jailbroken but i have 4.01 and that option does nt show in the general – usage percentage ? how do i get it working

    • RaviraJ

      jailbrak it agen……..its work fine…..

  • mark

    why i swipe across the status bar nothing happens.

    • RaviraJ

      hi mark can you restart springbord …….

  • Drawed

    @YD and Firu

    once downloaded, Go to sys option, you will see the “NUMERIC BATTERY”, turn it on, TIA!

  • Zex

    I had downloaded it and it really works on jailbreak iphone 3G . Thanks alot!!! ^_^

  • Guilherme

    Just got a 16gb jailbroken 3G, and this works smoothly! Thanks

  • mefol

    ok i downloaded the SBSettings when i clicked on “more” and it brought up a list but extras and options was not on there..
    what do i do? or need to download to get the battery percentage?

    • court

      it probably shows up at “system options” you can tell that the icons next to where extra and options are the same as system options

  • Court

    this worked great for me on my unlocked iphone!!thanks

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  • patrick

    Got it!!thanks again.

  • mary

    Thank you so much! i got it!

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  • Cody

    If you have Ifile or open ssh with winscp , this method is way better than any of the other options , its the official one from apple just hacked onto it by as simple as adding this under

    System/Library/springboard.app/* (look Below for your model) And adding this
    ) under the delay-sleep-for-headset one

    make sure that you hit enter before the true part ….. im confused because i added mine uner M68AP.plist but it saved under N82AP.plist (For iphone 3g)so i would try wither one of those for iphone 3g

    but if your on another device add it under this one

    ************M68AP.plist (iPhone 2G), N82AP.plist (iPhone 3G), N45AP.plist (1st-generation iPod touch), or N72AP.plist (2nd-generation iPod touch).

    if it says malformed line or something like that try it the other .plist that has the same icon ( M68AP N82A ,,thers always other options ones like the official one and one i think is like for jailbreak or something ,,, but idk .

    EMail me if you have any problems:

    [email protected]

  • Thanks for helping me.
    ios 3.1.3 is best for iphone 3g

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  • Jasmine

    Worked great thanks 🙂

  • Boazizi

    Thanks man. I have lost the numerical battery percentage for years. But it just worked.

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  • aviator

    Thank you Simon, I have had a successfull day at resurrecting my iphone.

  • Anurag

    Thanks a ton bro !!!

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