How to Change Battery Status as Percentage in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps you can take to change battery status as percentage on the system menu in Ubuntu Linux.

By default, Ubuntu Linux shows the battery status icon on the top system menu bar. A green status icon with lightning bolt indicates the battery level while the battery is charging.

When the battery is fully charged, it changes to white with lightning bolt.

There are other battery indicators available that will give users some idea how charged their battery is or if it’s charging or not in Ubuntu Linux.

If you want to change the battery status on the menu bar as percentage, so you have a good idea how charged the battery is or how long before the battery runs out, the steps below will show you how to do that.

How to change battery status as percentage in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, Ubuntu Linux shows battery icon with lightning bolt on the system menu bar by default.

The indicator doesn’t give you how much charge left or how soon the battery charge runs out. If the battery status was registered in percentage, you will have a better idea as to how long before the battery runs out or how long before it’s fully charged.

Here’s how the battery status looks on the System menu.

To change the battery status to percentage, use the steps below.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

To get to System Settings, open the Activities overview and start typing Settings.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below

In the Settings app, click on Power tile to expand. In the Suspend & Power Button section, set Show Battery Percentage to On or Off to enable or disable.

That should do it! You can now close the settings app.


This post showed you how to change the battery status on the system menu bar as percentage in Ubuntu Linux.

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