Get battery level and state in Android

Since SDK 21 LOLLIPOP it is possible to use the following to get current battery level as a percentage:

BatteryManager bm = (BatteryManager) context.getSystemService(BATTERY_SERVICE);
int batLevel = bm.getIntProperty(BatteryManager.BATTERY_PROPERTY_CAPACITY);

Read BatteryManager  |  Android Developers - BATTERY_PROPERTY_CAPACITY

Here is a code sample that explains how to get battery information.

To sum it up, a broadcast receiver for the ACTION_BATTERY_CHANGED intent is set up dynamically, because it can not be received through components declared in manifests, only by explicitly registering for it with Context.registerReceiver().

public class Main extends Activity {
  private TextView batteryTxt;
  private BroadcastReceiver mBatInfoReceiver = new BroadcastReceiver(){
    public void onReceive(Context ctxt, Intent intent) {
      int level = intent.getIntExtra(BatteryManager.EXTRA_LEVEL, -1);
      int scale = intent.getIntExtra(BatteryManager.EXTRA_SCALE, -1);
      float batteryPct = level * 100 / (float)scale;
      batteryTxt.setText(String.valueOf(batteryPct) + "%");

  public void onCreate(Bundle b) {
    batteryTxt = (TextView) this.findViewById(;
    this.registerReceiver(this.mBatInfoReceiver, new IntentFilter(Intent.ACTION_BATTERY_CHANGED));