Battery percentage on or off

Do you have you battery percentage on or off?

  • On

    Votes: 158 77.1%
  • Off

    Votes: 47 22.9%

  • Total voters
    205

jcorbin

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Oct 18, 2011
760
27
D.C.
Opinion poll of if you have your battery percentage displayed in the upper right or not. If you want to add some details as to why that would be cool too.
 

mattopotamus

macrumors G5
Jun 12, 2012
13,224
3,360
I leave it off. I just like the clean look. I also have an apple watch and the battery widget, so if I swipe right, to go left, on the home page it shows the battery of my watch and phone.
 
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beernut

macrumors 6502
Jan 13, 2016
400
239
on. always on.

it's easier to mentally keep track of later on, of how much time you have left before you need to plug in again.

Example:
I see "27%", i think "ok, got about 1-2 hours left"

If i just see "|||||||||||", i think "WTF? is that 1 hour left? 3 hours? :confused: "
 

mattopotamus

macrumors G5
Jun 12, 2012
13,224
3,360
on. always on.

it's easier to mentally keep track of later on, of how much time you have left before you need to plug in again.

Example:
I see "27%", i think "ok, got about 1-2 hours left"

If i just see "|||||||||||", i think "WTF? is that 1 hour left? 3 hours? :confused: "
there is also a giant pop up when you hit 20% :)
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,086
2,055
Oregon
It's off on my phone and my rMBP. I've only had a few instances where I've needed to charge my iPhone before it's time to go to bed.
 

beernut

macrumors 6502
Jan 13, 2016
400
239
Ideally (at least for me), there would be an additional option to disable the battery icon and only have the percentage.

With the percentage on, the battery icon (like Fallout Boy's goggles), do nothing.
 

Shadowbech

macrumors 603
Oct 18, 2011
5,184
1,364
Apple iPhone World
I always keep mine off~ I have the apple watch and so the widget tells me where I'm at. It's too redundant for me to have it on the top when I can see it on the widget.
 

AllergyDoc

macrumors 68000
Mar 17, 2013
1,550
3,400
Utah, USA
Are usually leave it off but since upgrading to iOS 10, I leave it on so I can gauge if the OS is using too much battery. I'll turn it back off in a couple weeks.
 

C DM

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
47,538
16,039
there is also a giant pop up when you hit 20% :)
There's that. It doesn't help as much afterward when you aren't sure if you are still close to 20 or closer to 10 (which is enough of a difference). There's the pop up at 10 too, but then also doesn't help as much to know if you are still closer to 10 or might be around 1 (which is also enough of a difference).
 
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chabig

macrumors 603
Sep 6, 2002
5,890
3,142
I used to keep it on, but it's too easy to obsess over it. So now I keep it off.
 

mattopotamus

macrumors G5
Jun 12, 2012
13,224
3,360
There's that. It doesn't help as much afterward when you aren't sure if you are still close to 20 or closer to 10 (which is enough of a difference). There's the pop up at 10 too, but then also doesn't help as much to know if you are still closer to 10 or might be around 1 (which is also enough of a difference).
But then the battery icon changed from yellow to red :p
 

C DM

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
47,538
16,039
But then the battery icon changed from yellow to red :p
Well, yellow is simply Low Power Mode, so if that's enabled the icon won't change. The red will kick in at 20% (if Low Power Mode isn't enabled), but won't really tell you what the difference is between let's say 19% and 6% (which is enough of a difference).
 
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TrueBlou

macrumors 68040
Sep 16, 2014
3,788
2,499
Scotland
Always on. I have an Apple Watch and the battery widget like many others. But if I've been using my phone for a while and still am, particularly before I go somewhere, there's no quicker and easier way to get a bead on the level than just glancing upwards. Otherwise I don't pay it much attention.
 

Coach_BigBud

macrumors newbie
Oct 11, 2016
6
1
Colorado Springs
Off.... I don't like the clutter and I obsessively look at the percentage throughout the day. No need for it since I go all day without any worries of chasing a charge.
 

gim

macrumors 6502
Jul 27, 2014
386
862
On.
People should get their OCDs treated, seriously. Turning off the battery percentage isn't going to solve the problem. It's just alleviating the symptoms...