Despite all the claimed and proven technological advancements, battery life remains an issue for basically any smartphone. There are various ways you can improve your battery life but knowing your current battery level is also important. If the old battery icon seems outdated and you’re searching for a fresher alternative, you can get a battery indicator to the top of your screen on Android using an awesome app called Energy Bar.
Energy bar will add a thin, colorful line at the top of the screen that shows the current battery level in an elegant and unobtrusive manner. Since the line is across the full width of the screen it lets you read the battery level much more accurately than the default icon, even though it doesn’t display an actual percentage.
How to get a battery indicator to the top of your screen on Android
To start using Energy Bar, you can get it from the Play Store by accessing the download link below, or you can just search for its name in the app.
Once you install Energy Bar, it will require an Accessibility service permission, which you need to grant it, in order to use the app. Those who may have privacy concerns, it seems that is not the case, looking at the developer’s statement which says Energy Bar only needs to run as an Accessibility System to prevent Android from randomly killing the app, and doesn’t access any of your data.
Now you can return to the app and customize its behavior, as well as the looks of the battery indicator overlay. You can opt to show it as a status bar if you want it to be more obvious, or you can have it displayed as a ‘Normal Bar’ which keeps it as a line at the top of the screen, allowing you to adjust its thickness. Also, you can set the bar’s start point to be at the left center or right of the status bar, as well as enable it to automatically hide when you open an app in full-screen.
As you scroll down a bit you will find options to change the color of your status bar. However, be aware that Gradient is a premium option unlockable by purchasing the Pro version of the app as a $1.99 IAP.
However, even the Range option is useful so you can just stick with that. You can set ranges for your battery indicator, each with a different color, to help you easily see the current level.
As you can see, Energy Bar is pretty easy to set up, and lets you quickly get a battery indicator to the top of your screen on Android, which can be customized in several ways. IF you decide to try the app, let us know how you like it in the comments section.