Enabling battery percentage is standard fare if you're using a handset made by Samsung, LG, or HTC. All you need to do is head into your phone's settings and toggle an option to display the percentage in the battery icon. Getting it to show up on the Pixel isn't as straightforward, but it is relatively easy.

How to enable battery percentage on the Pixel

  1. Swipe down on the notification shade.
  2. Press and hold on the Settings gear icon for five seconds.
  3. You'll see a notification that says System UI Tuner has been enabled.

    Enable Pixel battery status bar

  4. Open Settings.
  5. Navigate to System UI Tuner.
  6. In the System UI Tuner menu, select Status bar.

    Enable Pixel battery status bar

  7. Navigate to the bottom of the page to find the option for Battery.
  8. Select Always show percentage.
  9. Now you'll see the battery percentage in the status bar icon.

Enable Pixel battery status bar

That's all there is to it. Even though the battery percentage is displayed by default once you enable the option, the value gets switched out to a "+" symbol once the phone goes into battery-saver mode.

Google Pixel + Pixel XL