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How to instantly view your remaining battery percentage with BlackBerry 10.2.1

Battery
By James Richardson on 11 Feb 2014 05:40 am EST
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One of the many fantastic new features in BlackBerry 10.2.1 is the ability to instantly view your battery percentage with one single swipe. Prior to the update there was a couple of different options, but none as swift as they way we can do it now. 

There are a bunch of battery applications is BlackBerry World and while these will show your battery percentage on the Active Frame, it's now not quite as useful as it was prior to 10.2.1. 

The other option we have is to jump into the device monitor where you can not only see the battery percentage that's remaining, but also view its discharge over time, along with which apps are using the most juice. 

Viewing how much battery you have left is now super easy - and it's utilizing the peek feature we've had in BlackBerry 10 since day one. 

  • Just swipe up from the bottom bezel as you would to view your notifications and hey presto - your battery icon will switch to the number and percentage sign - sweet. 

This is one feature I use probably more than a dozen times a day and in fact could well be one of my favorite new additions introduced with BlackBerry 10.2.1. It's simple and pretty much instant to view your remaining power. The beauty of 'peek' is once again highlighted here. A small touch to the new OS, but a most welcomed one. 

139 comments

Zmain

What's next James,! You'll will showing us how to open a packet of sweets next.

There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Patrick Pierobon

I have to agree. Sometimes James just posts redundant things that have already been addressed and do not need further explanation with pictures and so forth.

Lostonline

I would say, if you have not yet noticed this new fangled percentage display...

Well, better end this before I get too rude

CDN BB

thedustytaco

Dont blame him, he only does it for new people who doesnt know how to use the os. When they google search all these tutorials you call "redyndant" it will be the first and most useful result google has to offer from crackberry to help those who needs help

BionicKris

Yes, like those of us on AT&T who have yet to check out all the cool new features of 10.2.1. All these tips may seem redundant to those who have had the OS, but not everyone knows about all the new additions yet.

Posted via the incredible BlackBerry Z10

bbfanboi

Okay guys, you must be aware that not everyone is on the same level as you are. There is a much wider audience to these articles than us techies, so cut James some slack. I wish BlackBerry would take some time to show the nice little things in BB10 in a TV ad!
- how fast can I check my messages from anywhere (compared to the competition)?
- how fast can I respond to my messages from anywhere?
- how fast can I find and launch apps?
BB10 offers so many enhancements and improvements over the way the other guys work, but they need to sell it. Yes, there are things they could do better, but they need to show what they do well!

bpmg4u

AB - SO - friggin - LUTELY agree 'bbfanboi' ... I knew about the improved battery level display, but noticed the "%" displayed only at various seemingly unrelated times or with unrelated actions, and not "on command."
So I hadn't put the pieces together ON THAT little show-me trick because, frankly, I got more important s#*t on my mind when I'm not playing scotchy-scotch-toss (kidding! ... though it is true!).

So, THIS little - in other people's words, 'redundant' - article was a sweet little 'easter-egg' in my book, because it's lifted the veil on a little mystery I just didn't t/make time to crack on my own.

THANK YOU, JAMES!! "Some" of us appreciate the insight ...

Just my 2 cents from our penny-less country.
Cheers and Rock On!!

BigAl_BB9900

agreed - thanks for posting this

Puz_zled

Well said. What he said! I hadn't noticed it, even though I'd heard about the extra battery info in the writeup on BB10.2.1. Nice Easter egg.

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OB_one

Hey guys, appreciate that most here are techies, who seem to know everything. I suppose I am one of the few who still has a lot to learn about many insights - I like BB in general because I want a phone and to monitor my personal e-mails, period (oh, and slight detail - I like buying Canadian....). Either way, if BB is to climb up the ladder on acceptance with general users, we need more of these sorts of insights, not less. Many thanks for this column.

Pete The Penguin

My dad picked up BB10 faster than I did, has noticed all the little things on 10.2.1 and thinks articles like this are daft.
Dad says he's about as computer savvy as a brick (his words).

People may not be at the same level but BB10 is much easier to learn and use than BBOS ever was.

BionicKris

+100! A new ad with all the easy features is definitely needed to show off all the BlackBerry goodness.

Posted via the incredible BlackBerry Z10

BadGoliath42

I suppose these posts are mostly to generate traffic on CrackBerry, thus bringing ads revenue and increase Google keywords and metatags value so it comes up more often in search engines.

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

tommo7788

This is a joke... right??

Posted via CB10

Charlie Spencer

To all of you blasting this article:

Maybe you old hands were born knowing this feature, but the Z10 is the first BB I've laid hands on. (Full disclosure: it's also the first smart phone of any make or model I've had to support.) If it wasn't for articles like this showing up as Google search results, how would I learn of these features? I can't 'RTFB', since no one includes manuals any more.

James, please continue posting content for us 'noobs'. We all had to start somewhere.

bbaeloj

Yeah

android player better than android.

Midgeone25

I wish i had 10.2.1!

Posted via CB10 on my Z10(& i am luvin it!)

Prem WatsApp

Thou wilt get it, my friend. Eventually. Hast thou some more patience, or wilt thou make use of Sachesi?

Jokes aside, my Z10 on Optus here in Australia "already" got 10.2.1 official, my Q10 is still sitting it out on the Telstra network. Ok, I could easily swap SIMs, but too hesitant. Call answer is one reason.

I mean, swiping up or down to reject / answer a call has become second nature, and it's so easy to reach with one thumb on the Q10. Don't know how this is going to work out, this sideways swiping is not cool. Too androidish, and I will reject too many calls. Swipe LEFT to answer? Really? I would intuitively swipe right to accept, but that would now dump the caller to voicebox.

Wish it was customizable. Any leet hax0r at BBRY listening? Please bring it back. Even as an Easter egg, not official. Anyone with me?

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Prem WatsApp

Apart from my above rant, the new battery display in 10.2.1 is awesome.

Now the little lightning bolt is outside the battery, and easily visible when charging, with 10.2 I had to look twice.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

root56

Yes I agree would be nice to have the feature do that ppl who have grown accustomed to it can have it back. Pls bring back porch clock while they are at it :p

bbfanboi

At first I was not thrilled with the change, but when you consider the swiping up and down function on a Z30 or larger display, it becomes a challenge. The change was warranted. It also has a polished look to it, so give them a break.
I do agree with you that it's more natural to swipe right to answer and left to reject.

rbrar03

I find swiping left to right is to appease Android and IPhone users who pick up a Blackberry. There are people who are willing to switch between ecosystems but BlackBerry needs to make it intuitive. In addition, swiping up or down on a large screen sometimes was a two handed affair

Posted via CB10

Lostonline

I find the left/right is an improvement. The up/down worked when it worked, but all too often I had to make multiple attempts to answer or send my caller to VM hell.

Left/right works every time. Like, EVERY time...

Make the up/down work EVERY time, and I would welcome the option to go back to the unique BlackBerry answer.

I'm also more impressed with the look, and options with the new way. (never having a cRapple or Android device, I don't see this as a copy or appeasement in any way -just a perfect and absolute way to answer/dismiss a call on the FIRST try, EVERY time -all the time.

CDN BB

ram ace

been loving this feature without knowing it

Posted via CB10

Turnda643

Well when I manage to get 10.2.1 (hmmt, hmmt Verizon) I'm sure I'll use this feature often.

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3_M4N

+1

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

hehedeba

if they made the % display on the battery icon all the time, that would have been great. For me at least.

IJKBB10

Or if they had made the battery meter more colorful like the PlayBooks. From 51% to 100% it's green, 50% to 11% yellow and 10% to 0% red that be so awesome.

Komet86

It goes yellow at 20% and red at 10%

Posted via CB10

bbfanboi

Yes, I like it the way it is now - yellow at 20% and red at 10%.

zensen

No thanks, distracting.

Not hard to swipe up

2Peks1Bird

This.

Z10 STL100-2 / Official Release 10.2.1.1925

nglfmark

Yes, I just noticed this by accident today. Swiping up, I thought I notice something where the battery was and sure enough the % shows. Great little addition and so useful.

Q10

Tompire

with my Q10 i don't use it very often. The battery lasts for years.. ;)

Posted with my Z10 or Q10! ..or on my Z30. ..while I wait for a BB slider.

IJKBB10

Well you q10 users have a smaller screen that uses less power and a have a bigger battery than the z10's battery and its bigger screen that uses more power. And for z30 users you guys just have a much bigger battery and the same type of screen as the q10 just bigger.

Prem WatsApp

Not only that. It's LCD white vs AMOLED on black theme.

Makes a huge difference, and that is why the Z30 scores so well, too, despite the larger screen. The larger battery helps it too admittedly , but AMOLED/black theme is the decisive factor.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

bpmg4u

doesn't matter how you slice it; I'll take the Z30 over its other brethren ANY day of the week that ends in "a-y" ... and with it I have no need whatsoever for a hard-keys keyboard.
And THAT's saying something, because I was a hard-keys hardliner with ALL my prior devices (6750, 7250, 8820, 9800) ...

Z30 totally rocks it out of the park, incl. vs. its other-platform competitors.
I just wish BBRY would have had more gas left in the tank to properly Market it the way it deserves.

Just my 2 cents from our penny-less country.
Cheers and Rock On!!

tgjb

so you never had to charge it since you bought it...
(Q10 1st release: end of April)

nevertoofar

Really the BB10 O.S. has became awesome!

Posted via CB10

ya3goub

Suffering again from battery life remaining vs value shown on phone, threw out two batteries, got a couple new ones, life was great again. 2-3 months later, same problem again, one battery shuts off at 70~ % and another at around 60!!

Posted via ZCB10

Prem WatsApp

No dramas here. You must be particularly unlucky.

Tried the MUGEN batteries?

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

ya3goub

Nope, but I don't think I will, waiting for a new high end bb10 device, if we get it, I'll bump my torch 9860 with the Z10, so my usage will be drastically reduced then, if we don't get it... mmm

Posted via ZCB10

emmuniz1

What I will like to know is there any information for the at&t release date for 10.2.1???

US carriers SUCK Big time!!

I'm MongezaurioBerry

ZayDub

Hey guys, make life easy on yourself and enjoy all the wonderful goodness of 10.2.1 by downloading it via Sachesi! I'm on Sprint and I downloaded 10.2 and then 10.2.1 with this method, and it coultnt have been any easier!....unless of course, the carrier pushed it LOL 

Posted via CB10

emmuniz1

What is Sachesi and where I can find information about them?

I'm MongezaurioBerry

ZayDub

It's a program online that you download, and it has updated OFFICIAL versions of current OSes for BBRYs. Essentially, you are downloading the OS from a different carrier...and these are official builds, not leaks. Here's a tutorial below; it references 10.2, but it will pull 10.2.1 if the carrier released it. I used the 302 country code and 720 carrier code for Rogers (Canadian carrier) I'm using a Q10. Then just select your phone model and variant number and you'll be on your way! I'd say it took about an hour or hour and a half to be up and running again...but def worth the time!

http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.berryreview.com/2013/10/25/advanc...

Posted via CB10

emmuniz1

ZayDub

Thanks for the information I'll definitely look into it

I'm really tired of the waiting game with the US carriers

I'm MongezaurioBerry

ZayDub

Anytime! Enjoy 10.2.1! I'll be using Sachesi for all my future OS updates, since US carriers are notoriously slow...feels good to have control again!

Posted via CB10

Genghis2k3

Your helpful responses are a perfect example as to why the "obvious" or "already answered", warrant repetition and tutorials. Kudos to you!

ZayDub

Why thank you my fellow  aficionado!

Posted via CB10

shazems

No disrespect I love Crackberry but some posts u guys do are very shallow and dumb.

Posted via CB10

Gatmyer

Be nice. Basic information posts are useful to the new user.

Posted via CB10

AnotherBillJ

Crackberry posted recently that it would sometimes post things such as this to make sure that everybody stays informed about everything at all times.
Usually a post such as this one is followed by a more in-depth one.

Cheers. :)

Posted via CB10

tracygee

It's this kind of attitude that keeps people away from this place.

Do you want users brand new to the Blackberry OS or not? Well, if you do, then posts like this are quite helpful.

Gatmyer

It also show on the lock screen which is a nice touch.

Posted via CB10

jojo beaconsfield

Yeah, I prefer the power button to the swipe up, the indicator stays on and I don't have to focus really hard to see my percentage.

MultiDoc

James could you please look into the "stuck at 97% fully charged" bug since the 10.2.1.537 update?
Please?

Posted via CB10

juacas

Mine only gets to 87% :s

Juacas posting via CB10

ObadaAlZayed

Crackberry stop posting stupid posts

Posted via CB10

Lostonline

Can someone please help, I do not understand.

CDN BB

Prem WatsApp

+fun

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Observation Junkie

I am not understanding anything, however I decided to join Crackberry, English language, but I don't understand anything, please help.

;)

Catapulted from my Z10.

ObadaAlZayed

Hahahaha

Posted via CB10

Duncan Campbell

Great! All I need now is 10.2.1 :)

Posted via CB10

niss63

This is good information for new users, or old users that haven't noticed the feature.

Those of you whining should suggest/write your own articles, or shut up and leave without posting negative garbage.

Posted via CB10

BBZ10wannabe

Thanks! A nifty little feature that I will definitely use. I knew there was a reason I could save space and delete those free battery apps..

Posted via CB10

Charade

Next step...give us the option to have the percentage up constantly!

Authored on the Q10

2Peks1Bird

This

Z10 STL100-2 / Official Release 10.2.1.1925

jrohland

Yep. That is a nice quick option. I use it all the time. Did you also know you can see the day of the month by simply looking at the Calendar Icon? That's right, that is--as far as I know--the only dynamic app Icon.

Sharon Fong

Keep posting these useful tips and tricks, very useful

Posted via CB10

BBRYQ10

Funny, just last night I wanted to know this. Unfortunately, I have Verizon - so no 10.2.

Posted via CB10

Sharon Fong

I'd like to know when BlackBerry is going to add back to contacts the category option. They used to have it in OS7, why did they remove it?

Posted via CB10

Komet86

With 10.2.1 you can make groups now in contacts

Posted via CB10

texn884

Why so many Haters?

If they did not disclose cool items you all would still be complaining like little girls. No pleasing some of ya.

ChrisHewer1

Keep posting these for the people who are stuck with an old OS. Thanks.

Posted via CB10

chetz1

Yep same here, on Verizon w/Q10 and zip, zero, nothing from BlackBerry or Verizon. Just buy their products and keep sending your money. Sooooo frustrating!

Posted via CB10

C_McD

Looks great. But still waiting on VZW for Z30...

TheSniPpeR

As my friend @Superfly_FR says : "This is BlackBerry 10 !!!"

Drmoe

Won't really need this feature much when I get my new Z30 later on today!

Can't wait!

Posted using the best phone ever, the white Z10!

jrohland

True. I don't pay much attention to my battery on my Z30. I know from experience it will last until bedtime.

Posted via CB10

Pilot Prop

I use this feature all of the time. I would like it more for my battery % to display at all times on the homescreen

Posted via Q10

KlausW

Amazing Thanks for the Info! Haha

Posted via CB10

sbx9900

Why do we need to swipe in the first place when BB can just show the battery power left inside the battery icon or wherever they decide to show it?

rohetaku

Awesome! thanks James i didn't know about this feature its very easy to miss.

xiaomao zhang

什么时候更新香港的?这边很多黑莓的粉丝耶!

Posted via CB10

christoph77

Thanks for the post!

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

wincyUt

This may seem trivia to those who know already, but great tip for those who don't know or are new to BB10.

Jay Labuschagne

You haven't mentioned parental app control or the double tap to open on locked screen features yet? Or did I miss the post?

Posted via CB10

mmk1954

And in this week if random acts of kindness, it's a nice touch to post useful bits of information for those of us who check this site for exactly this type of information!

Be kind to someone today!

Posted via CB10

JRX7KEN

Sorry James I don't need to know my battery percentage when I owned a Z30 that feature is only for Z10 owner

Posted via CB10

tjm_524

How about in the next update we have the ability to ONLY have a percentage, getting rid of the battery icon completely. That would be lovely...

Posted via CB10

KDB84

I like the battery icon, with the option to swipe for percentage vs full time percentage showing. I like how they've implemented this.

Posted from my Z10 via CB10

BlokeNamedJeffrey

It was a very niche addition to the os and adds to the overall experience.

Posted via my smooth and sexy Q10 running 10.2.1259 leak

moriba73

Awesome! And it is effortless.

From my Z30 STA100-5

Notcho

If you didn't know this your probably not into tech and wouldn't be on CrackBerry

Posted via CB10 on my Zed10

Omahahaha

I never noticed that before. Thanks James Richardson!

Alexandre Faustino

How i could get that screen? Mine has the previous OS version design :/

the brother

Thanks JR...sorry about all the haters and trolls in these comments. I would like to see some more effort in the status bar, addition of missed call icon, unread BBM, and unread SMS similar to BBOS when in the Active Frame tile display (my view of choice while charging). Hope there is support out there in the nation for this. Peace.

makh2012

still waiting for 10.2.1 update....till when?

Posted via CB10

sonicpix

That's great. I'm now deleting my battery monitor apps.

BB Proud

Platinum man

I am one of those that didn't know about the battery percentage showing despite having my BlackBerry since August. These may seem silly to some but not everyone spends a lot of time discovering what the phone does

Posted via CB10

highoctane74

I often recommend this site to people looking for "How To" articles, because most users don't know most of the features these phones have. That is how I learned most of the new BB10 features.

A good majority of the population buy a phone to have a phone that works, and are not up on the latest specs. When people see an article on how to use a feature, it's nice to see feedback on it positive or negative. Nobody cares how smart some of you are, or how fast you reply to an article....half the time some one asks a question, then gets attack from the whole science class giving their opinions on how "I want Blackberry to build my phone". haha.

Instead of finding good information in these threads it feels like your a referee in an episode of the Big Bang Theory! I'm going to work now, carry on smacking the noobs with your pocket protectors.

Rant over.... cheers!

Posted from my Q10....

tx ram

Yes, this is a nice addition. But this used to give me the date in my selected format with my previous OS. That's disappeared. Thanks BlackBerry!!!

Now BlackBerry!!!????

Where is it that I have the date display when I want it at a glance?????

Please thank you.

Posted via CB10

Smitty13

I've known this for a while and was so stoked when I first saw it. Thanks for spreading the word on this handy little feature!

queenee2

How do i get this feature

Posted via CB10

Vector-SS

The way this was implemented was simply genius. Next step would be to show the god forsaken date.

Posted via CB10

Paul Callahan

Yeah I with the above comment/question.. Where is the DATE at a glance? We have the time yes.. but what about the DATE.. Thank ya much..over..

Posted via CB10

eugene_9900

Awesome update. So many useful things added. Thanks!

Rockin' with the Q10…

shayyd

I still don't have an update for att yet
...

Posted via CB10

Pete The Penguin

Why do we even need this article? Sheesh.
We're not children, James...

ruben1975

Oh please!
Stop the low level facebook comments!

 posted via my Z10

J09GTSGraphite

Nice to know. However, since day one of downloading 10.2.1 update, my battery life is horrid, and drains super fast. I don't leave any apps open.

Posted via CB10

pastorbrad

I'd be more impressed if the battery didn't s*ck!

Posted via CB10

VLVL

Ah, good to know. I had to go settings - about to check it before. Now is so easy :-)

Posted via CB10

Euler Hamilton

A nice addition when using the phone but, if you use a lock screen it is already displayed below the battery so you can see it as soon as you activate the screen to see what types of new notifications you have.
I agree that these little tutorials are great for us non-techies who haven't got the time to fully explore every aspect of this fantastic operating system; keep up the good work

Posted via CB10

lobsterclaw

Very handy and useful! These discoveries are fun and continue to be quite entertaining.

leehardballer12

Personally, I don't get what is so important to some people about seeing battery percentage. The battery graph shows the same info. Unless most people can't questimate based on a graph. But since most people seem to 'need' it, it's good that it's there. And the way they did it is pretty slick.

Posted via CB10

Ayla Pnx

My battery percentage has been at 0%, too much deception

Zed 10 user in SA

naughty26

What abt the bttry problem after new update any solution

Posted via CB10

J09GTSGraphite

Agreed! Horrible battery life since 10.2.1 update

Posted via CB10

Boldover

I preferred the mobi app where the battery percentage was permanently showing.... instead of having to peek....plus I miss being able to see the current temp in the top bar as well.....oh the days of my bold 9900.

Posted via CB10

Paul Palik

Excellent battery % meter on pull down on 10.2.1

Posted via CB10

leroyng

I like

Posted via CB10

buckwylder

It would also be useful if the date/time appeared during a peek gesture. Instead, it's a needless think point where a person has to swipe down from the top after minimizing an app. Instead, just peak.

Posted via CB10

buckwylder

Sorry, I meant day and date, not time

Posted via CB10

Marcaroni

Just carry on, James, with your "tips and tricks" albeit sometimes only for those people that do not pretend to know everything starting from day one since they were born.
Many of us certainly appreciate your efforts to give us simple answers to daily forthcoming questions and problems.

BlackBerry Z10 | 10.2.1.537 OUTSTANDING | AMAZING

Winston Loh

Yes, it is sweet indeed and I use this several times a day...it's much easier than before...nice !

Gees97

I love this feature. Use it everyday to see percentage. I can understand why everyone gets mad about these pointless posts. But it's kinda cool to see exactly how many people actually use the swipe up to see percentage. Now if only Microsoft could do a percentage for controller battery life lol

Posted via CB10

Gees97

For the Xbox One

Posted via CB10

Hims Singhvi

Agree! But battery life has become more worse than before!

Posted via CB10

Marcin Fernandez

Too bad we can't see the date when we do this it would be helpful when in apps

Posted via CB10