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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by coyote2, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. coyote2

    coyote2 Newbie
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    I thought the problem might just be with the indicator-circle around the "Clock" app widget, but I tried a couple standalone battery indicator widgets and they don't work either.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.deskclock&hl=en_US (There used to be a full circle around the widget when at 100%, now it always looks like the screenshot.)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.hubalek.android.reborn.beta (this one says it "is now fully compatible with Android 10")

    Naturally I googled for a fix, but the only ones that I found were about adding the status bar indicator but it never left, it's just too extremely tiny for my 61-year eyes to see. I thought it might be Action Launcher 45.2 but I disabled it and that didn't help.

    This is a major inconvenience, any suggestions please?

    Google Fi just offered me Android 10, not sure I'm glad!

    #1 coyote2, Jul 10, 2020
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2020

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  2. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I can't say for sure if this will help you, because devices vary so greatly.

    I have bad eyes as well.

    Anyway, try this...

    Start from your homescreen.

    Swipe down from the top of the screen to bring down the Quick Settings Menu.

    There will appear somewhere a Settings pinwheel.

    Press and hold it for 10 seconds, or until it animates (spins).

    A toast message will pop up stating that you have unlocked the System UI Tuner.

    Now go back to the homescreen, and open your app drawer to find Settings.

    Tap Settings, and go to System.

    Toward the bottom of the System options there should be a new one, called System UI Tuner.

    Tap that, and tick the switch to turn it on.

    Here you might find options for what you want to appear on the status bar (the line of symbols and other info at the top of your screen).

    One of these options might be to always show the battery level as a numeric percent.

    I hate to keep using words like 'might' and 'maybe', but this is a portion of Android that varies so greatly between devices that it is insane.

    At any rate, you can leave the System UI Tuner in the 'on' position, it won't hurt anything.

    There might be even some neat tbings in there for you to check out.

    Some devices even have a dark mode adjustment hidden in there.

    Actually, that is how I found out about it, when looking for a device wide (global) dark theme when I got a new device a couple years ago.
  3. coyote2

    coyote2 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thank you very much for teaching me about the System UI Tuner, puppykickr!

    But when I got in there, I discovered it was already set to "Always show percentage". I thought turning it off-then-on might help, but selecting "Don't show this icon" didn't do anything (didn't stop showing it).

    (I love that it allowed me to add seconds to the status bar's clock, though!)

    A bigger status bar percentage would've been nice, but it wouldn't've full addressed my desire for a minimum icon-sized indicator anyway; my phone mostly lives at home so I like to check it while walking by.

    FYI I didn't see anything in relevant in Developer Options.

    Incidentally, I discovered that since Android 9 one needs to create an Activities Widget to reach the System UI Tuner. (Unlike in Android 9, when I pull down that menu there is no gear icon to be seen; it does show a less-tiny battery percentage though.)
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  4. coyote2

    coyote2 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    puppykickr paved the way for me to be happier with my battery-indicator than ever before!

    Though improving the status bar icon was only going to give me something liveable (whereas I really needed a battery-indicator I can see across the room since I mostly use my cell at home), I was committed to try. So I researched various ways to edit the status bar (which didn't pay off, but it led me to something I love far more than the battery-indicator-circle on Google's Clock app which Google broke with it's own OS upgrade Android 10).

    I looked at the Super Status Bar app, and noticed it featured a battery-indicator-bar in the status bar (along with a lot of other status bar functionality that didn't interest me). It worked!

    Then I found a number of options to try at https://techwiser.com/best-notch-apps-for-android/

    I settled on two, both of which work on Android 10 and both of which I paid $2 for.

    Energy Bar - Curved Edition has more battery-indicator functionality than Super Status Bar, and I got the paid version so the whole status bar could be the indicator (the backlight of it can be set to colors for ranges of battery charge). The notch interrupts the bar, but only in the middle of the percent range where I'm neither going to plug in or unplug the charger (for optimal battery life).

    Battery Meter Overlay shows a numeric battery percentage, and I got the paid version so I could enlarge it.
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  5. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert


    Well, I am so glad to have helped!

    At any rate, the System UI Tuner is always a crapshoot, because of inconsistancies in its functions across manufacturers, makes, models, and OS systems.

    But it is always cool to see hidden settings and adjustments.

    As my Android experience is currently limited to 8.1.0 and below, I was not aware of the adfitional requirements needed to unlock the System UI Tuner, so I learned something new today.

    Now, maybe you can find an app similar to what you found, that is open source (FOSS, Free Open Source Software), so that you can be weened a bit from the Google Play Store.

    My thoughts on this are that many such apps, while 'cool', also harbor undesireable effects.

    If you start getting pop-up ads, an app like that is one of my first suspects.

    There is an app that I use to check for such things, called Add-Ons Detector.

    It will go through your apps and tell you what is hidden inside, and also tell you all the permissions that they have.


    (UpToDown is the number two appstore on Earth.)
  6. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Right here is what I am talking about...

    Without even looking more than onto the permissions that the Google Playstore description of the app admits that the app has, I find this:


    Now, if the only thing that this app does is make your battery measurement into a pretty display, then why on Earth does it need access to every file on your device?

    Oh, and it also has full network capability as well.

    Yeah, that is the kind of thing I look out for- apps that have permission to all the information on your device, and the capability to send it to God Knows Where for God Knows Why.

    A perfect example as to why I stay away from apps from the Play Store.
  7. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I checked out a few, on F-Droid.
    (F-Droid is an appstore of FOSS apps.)

    After searching 'battery meter' and 'battery monitor' (I would have searched 'battery' next) I think I found what you originally wanted.

    For free.
    With no ads, no tracking, and no permissions.

    BatteryBot Pro (Battery monitoring tool, "pro" version) - https://f-droid.org/app/com.darshancomputing.BatteryIndicatorPro

    If you go into the settings, you can place and adjust a percentage icon in your status bar.

    I realize (through my own bad eyes) that it is going to be tiny.

    But you said that you like to check your battery stats as you walk by before you said that you wanted to see them from across the room.

    I just leave my phones plugged in when I am using them at home.
    The price of new batteries is less than the mental strain of worrying about dead batteries.
    I still get 2+ years out of batteries usually.

    That seems to be on par with the average lifespan, or close enough for government work. :)

    So, perhaps a nice, long cord and a charger can be of some help here.

    I get 10 ft long cords for $9 and chargers for $6 at Big Lots, iHome is the brand.

    And batteries?
    After shipping they are about $15.
    #7 puppykickr, Jul 12, 2020
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2020
  8. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Also, seeing as how you may have now been infected with the 'tinkering bug' (you mentioned that you had already opened the Developers Options), here is a link for F-Droid.

    All the apps there are safe.
    Each one is meticulosly recompiled by F-Droid staff after being submitted by developers.

    They know what is in each app.

    Anyway, there is a minute learning curve, and the app is set up different than Google Play Store.

    But, since you figured out these other things, you should be fine.

    F-Droid (The app store that respects freedom and privacy) - https://f-droid.org/app/org.fdroid.fdroid
  9. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    After you get it installed, go directly into the settings.

    Scroll down to Theme, and pick what you like (I like Black).

    Now go through the settings and make your choices. If there is something you are not sure of, just leave it be (or ask me later).

    In the settings, there is a thing called Repositories.
    Since you just started, just turn them all on.

    The app will begin downloading the information about the apps (not the apps themselves) onto your device. (All appstores do this.)

    In the upper right hand corner is a + sign, that lets you add repositories.

    I am going to post here a couple to add to the list, that you could find useful, fun, or both.



    The first one, IzzySoft, will add many more cool apps to the ones that are already there.
    I have found that many of the apps that I use come from IzzySoft.

    The other one is for the open source version of Bitwarden, an excellent password manager.

    Yes, you can find some- if not many- of these apps elsewhere, even on the Play Store itself.

    But the apps on the Play Store are almost always infected with analytics (spyware) and other trash- even ads sometimes.

    You can even find blatant copy-cat apps from unscruptulous developers that just take a open source app from F-Droid, insert ads into it, and post it onto the Play Store.

    Sure, Google claims that this violates their Terms Of Service, but they rarely do anything about it.

    Even if they do, all that happens is that the developer gets the app pulled from the store, and needs to pay another $25 fee to post more apps.

    So it is much better to just get the apps from a source that you know isn't like Google.

    Damn, I did wind up turning this into an anti-Google rant after all, hahaha.

    sorry / not sorry


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