An iPhone battery replacement might be one of those things you’ve been avoiding or thinking you’re not capable of handling, either stress-wise or financially. It’s not nearly as involved as it seems, and we’ll equip you with the knowledge to better understand the process and be less anxious about it. Here’s our comprehensive iPhone battery replacement guide to help you get started.
iPhone Battery Replacement | How to Tell If It’s Needed
In this article:
- Factors That Affect Battery Performance and Lifespan
- Indicators of Decreased Battery Performance
- How to Know if Your iPhone Needs a Battery Replacement
- iPhone Battery Replacement Options
Factors That Affect Battery Performance and Lifespan
- Temperature: Apple recommends temperatures from 32º to 95º F when using your iPhone. Lower temperatures can temporarily affect battery performance. On the other hand, temperatures higher than 95º F can permanently decrease battery life, so avoid using and charging your device in areas with extreme temperatures. For long-term storage, the company set the ideal from -4º to 113º F.
- Software Updates: Updates may include power-saving methods. Be sure to regularly check your phone for available updates.
- Cases: Certain phone case styles may affect battery life since they cause the device to heat up. If your iPhone gets hot while charging, try removing the case.
- Improper Storage: If you’re planning to store your phone long-term, be sure to keep it at 50%. Keeping it completely discharged might cause it to lose its capacity to hold power. On the other hand, storing it a full power might lead to shorter battery life. Charge it to 50%, then turn it off before storing. Also, be sure to charge it to 50% every six months.
Indicators of Decreased Battery Performance
Decreased battery performance can affect your iPhone’s overall performance. Here are some signs you should look out for:
- Longer launch times for apps
- Dimmer-than-usual backlight
- Decreased speaker volume
Aside from these, you can also tell by using “Battery Health,” a feature introduced starting with the iPhone6 and iOS 11.3.
How to Know If Your iPhone Needs a Battery Replacement
Your iPhone’s “Battery Health” feature can help you evaluate whether or not you need to replace your phone’s battery. To access, just follow these steps:
- Go to “Settings.”
- Click on “Battery.”
- Choose “Battery Health.”
- Check the percentage indicated in “Maximum Capacity”: A higher maximum capacity percentage is better. When it’s at a lower capacity, you’ll need to charge more frequently.
- Read what’s written in “Peak Performance Capability”: This feature will show if your battery is performing at its peak power. Your next move depends on which message you have on your screen:
- Message 1: Your battery is currently supporting normal peak performance.
- Message 2: This iPhone has experienced an unexpected shutdown because the battery was unable to deliver the necessary peak power. Performance management has been applied to help prevent this from happening again.
- Message 3: This iPhone is unable to determine battery health. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can service the battery.
- Message 4: Your battery’s health is significantly degraded. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can replace the battery to restore full performance and capacity.
- If you get either #1 or #2, you don’t need to replace your battery. The first message states that your battery is running normally while the second message states that your device changed its settings in response to an unexpected shutdown. You may choose to disable these settings at the risk of having another shutdown.
- If you get #3 or #4, see a technician who can evaluate whether your battery was installed improperly, needs repair, or has to be replaced entirely.
iPhone Battery Replacement Options
When it’s time to replace your iPhone’s battery, you have several options to choose from, depending on your budget, warranty, and time available to be without your phone.
- Apple: This option can refer to shipping your phone or dropping it off to an Apple authorized repair center. However, the downside to this is that you’ll be without your phone for up to five business days. It offers a one-price scheme across all iPhone models and if you purchased Apple Care, it’s also possible that your battery replacement is still free.
- Third-Party Services: Other phone repair companies offer faster service times and some even pick up your device from your location.
- DIY Repair: You can buy a replacement battery for your iPhone online and replace it yourself. It may be the cheapest option but it’s also the riskiest. One mistake can cause irreversible damage to your phone.
Improve your iPhone’s battery life by following these tips from Pocketnow:
Now that you have a better picture of the process involved with an iPhone battery replacement, it’s time to put it into practice. Over time, your phone will experience battery issues and while it’s inevitable, there are certain measures you can take to help extend its lifespan. We hope this article has helped you understand more, and become less anxious, about replacing your phone’s battery.
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