Battery Percentage is one number most of us are very touchy about. It is a number that we want to remain on top of it at all times. Android bought plenty of fantastic add ons from Gingerbread to Kitkat 4.4, however, one glaring miss has been the inability to see the exact percentage of the battery in the status bar by default on Vanilla Android. Some of the custom skins such as Sense and Touchwiz do have the option to add a percentage of battery in the status bar right next to battery, but what about the users with Nexus device.
The only option they really have is to download a third party application to see the battery percentage. However, several of these apps have terrible UI and take up precious space in the notification bar. To get away from all this, there is a work around to add battery percentage right within the battery bar of a Nexus device making things look very stock and out of the box. For this to materialize, you do not require any sort of root access for your device. Just follow the steps below:
Go over to the Google Play Store and download the application called ‘Nexus Battery Percent Enabler’. The link to the application is below:
Play Store: Download Nexus Battery Percent Enabler from Google Play here
Install the application like any other application on your Nexus device.
Major Drawback: The Percentage is in white color only
The percentage of battery remaining is written in white color only because the application essentially makes a change in the system files. Although no root process is essential for the application to work, there is one major drawback of the application. Since it uses the system color of the status bar, which is by default white in Kitkat, at the moment, the battery percentage is written only in white color.
As a result of this, when the battery is more than 75%, you would not be able to read the exact percentage of the left over battery. We are hopeful that the developer would be able to find a way around this and we would have the text in say, a black color to make things easier. Despite that, the application is a rather useful add on to people who do not wish to add on to their status bar applications with UI that does not really go along with the system.
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