Guide - Enabling battery percentage without jailbreaking

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  1. cobbyco, Jan 10, 2013
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    This guide will show you how to enable the battery percentage on the status bar, without jailbreaking your iPod touch. This means that it will work on ALL generations.

    Stage 1: Setup
    Download ibackupbot from this site:

    http://www.icopybot.com/ibackupbot_setup.exe

    Plug in your iPod touch, and in iTunes will automatically make a backup for you. If it doesn't you are set to make backups to iCloud. Change this in the settings on iTunes by clicking on your iPod and scrolling down, then backup the iPod onto iTunes.
    Open ibackupbot, and click your most recent backup which should be located on the left side (each backup has a date associated with it, look for the newest one).
    There will be a long list of files to choose from. Find:

    Library/Preferences/com.apple.springboard.plist

    and double click it. Hit cancel if there is a registration notice and it will still open.
    After <dict> type this info in this format:

    <key>SBShowBatteryLevel</key>
    <true/>

    You can also change your 'carrier' with:

    <key>SBFakeCarrier</key>
    <string>NEW NAME HERE</string>

    Save the file using the button at the top left.

    Stage 2: Restoring
    Right click your backup in ibackupbot and hit restore. This will take about 5 minutes before being completed. You shouldn't have to do anything else now, as all your apps and data should have stayed on the iPod. If they didn't, a sync with iTunes will put them all back on again. All of your apps will retain their data from the previous backup.


    To turn this feature off, you need to redo all those steps, but instead of adding text to the file you remove it.

    I should note this information was from another post in these forums, but was neatened up by me. I've forgotten who posted it though.
     

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  2. macrumors newbie

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    Anyone test this yet?
     
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    I tried it once back in the day it didn't work for me. However it has worked for some people.

    My answer? Try it yourself, if you do it correctly it won't hurt your device. Back it up just in case.
     
  4. marceljj, Jan 10, 2013
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    When it didn't work, was the iPod bricked? Or was it still working, just without the percentage?

    EDIT: When I try to restore the backup from iBackupBot it says "Error Occurred, error code:-10". Any help?
     
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    Um, what? You don't need to jailbreak at all. :confused:

    Settings > General > Usage > Battery Percentage on.

    Not complicated.
     
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    iPod touch doesn't have that feature by default.

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    You could try restoring from the backup through iTunes, although I haven't tested it that way.

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    For those having problems, make sure the text is written in the same format that the other 'keys' are written in. Make sure you also put it in the correct place. I put it directly after the <dict>.
     
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    Guide for iPod Touch 5G.

    1) Buy old iPod Touch 3rd or 4th gen
    2) Turn iCloud on
    3) Jailbreak, install SB settings, turn battery percentage on
    4) Restore iPod Touch 5G from iCloud

    Done!
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Would that work?
     
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    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the fifth gen touch will restore to an older OS that it shipped with?
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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    I restored my 5th gen touch on iOS 6 from an iCloud backup of a 4th gen touch on jailbroken iOS 5 as mentioned above.

    Here's a screenshot I just took for proof it works:[​IMG]
     
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    Awesome!! Thx
     
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    Is it accurate? Like does it go up and down?
     
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    I did this with my older iPod Touch and it worked accurately. I haven't done it to my 5th gen yet.
     
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    The iBackupBot method worked for me back in the day on an iPhone 3G running iOS 4. No jailbreak, and the meter was accurate.
     
  15. macrumors 65816

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    Yeah it's accurate as any other. The option to turn it on is hidden there in the OS, but Apple being Apple have disabled it for some odd reason.
     
  16. macrumors newbie

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    Worked well with my iPod Touch 5th Generation.

    Followed the instruction and the percent value is now beside the battery icon. Thanks!
     
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    Last time I enabled it it went up and down. Ill try to do it again.
     
  18. macrumors member

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    It worked.
     

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    Thanks guys!
     
  20. Ipod-touch-2408, Jan 19, 2013
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    I've done this ibackup method before but it said error on my computer using my iPod touch 4 using ios 6 and I'm trying to test it before I can do it with my red iPod 5

    I will try this again...
     
  21. macrumors member

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    Is there a Mac equivalent to ibackupbot?

    Nevermind. Found it.
     
  22. macrumors member

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    It worked on my red iPod 5g. Look at my last post
     
  23. macrumors member

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    Worked on my 4th gen. Though after running ibackupbot (w/ iTunes closed) it would not boot past apple logo. Opened iTunes again and the restore "finished" and booted just fine.
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    it work for ipod touch 3rd gen.


    thank you!
     
  25. macrumors member

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    The iPod touch doesn't have that feature.....
     

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