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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Has A Built-In Battery Percentage Indicator: Here's How To Activate It

19 October 2015, 1:48 am EDT By Anu Passary Tech Times
A step-by-step guide to get the battery percentage indicator to show on the home screen of your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device through simple setting tweaks.  ( Rob Bulmahn | Flickr )

If you're among the lucky few whose mobile is set to get a taste of the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow then there is a little-known nifty feature which will get you excited: a built-in battery percentage indicator.

The latest operating system from Google packs in this new feature whereby users can enable their device to reflect the battery percentage in the status bar. To do so, users do not require any extra application or widget.

While the latest OS does not reflect the battery percentage indicator by default, one can make some tweaks in their Marshmallow-enabled device's settings to activate the feature.

So how does one activate this feature on their Android 6.0 Marshmallow run smartphone or tablet you wonder? Here's a step-by-step guide to get the battery percentage indicator to show on the home screen through simple setting tweaks:

Step 1: Enable Android 6.0 Marshmallow's System User Interface (UI) Tuner - a secret menu.

To activate the System UI Tuner swipe down on the notification panel. This will bring up the Quick Settings menu. Next, long press the Settings icon. A notification will pop up and will take the user to the Settings menu. The Control Panel can be spied on the bottom.

Step 2: Once the System User Interface (UI) Tuner is activated click on the Settings button to recheck if the feature is turned on. If the UI Tuner is activated you will see a wrench icon next to the Settings icon.

Step 3: In the Settings menu go to the bottom and you will see the System UI Tuner tab.

Step 4: Select System UI Tuner. Then check the "Show embedded battery percentage" box. Turn the toggle on.

Step 5: You will now be able to espy the battery percentage indicator. This will be displayed when any menu is launched by the user.

Note: One will not be able to see the battery percentage on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow-powered device when the tablet or smartphone is being charged. The status bar is otherwise visible at all times.

Photo: Rob Bulmahn | Flickr

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