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At the moment Android 2.2 has a pretty incomprehensible icon of a battery that shows remaining strength.

Is there a way to switch that to a numeric display (like is available on the iPhone)?

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You can try Battery Notif free from Android Market.

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if you use cyanogenmod, there's an option to show numeric battery percentage, and numeric signal strength in dbm on the status bar

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That's good to know, I keep meaning to checkout cyanogenmod. – Matt Sep 22 '10 at 11:12
+1, far more useful than having a little battery bar icon alone IMHO. – Soo Wei Tan Sep 22 '10 at 15:46

Battery indicator is a free app that does this:

Unfortunately it doesn't replace the stock icon, it just adds another that displys the #s. I'm not aware of any way to replace or chage the stock icon, even with root acess.

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Press menu > Settings > About phone (scroll Down) > Status. There's an item called Battery level, which shows the currrent battery level in %. Also the part Battery use might be interesting. You'll find a list with Items that use the most battery there.

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Settings > Display > More settings > Display battery as percentage.

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This is not part of stock Android, are you using a custom ROM? – bmdixon Sep 9 '13 at 8:06

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