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Its Time To Replace Your iPhone Battery

Its Time To Replace Your iPhone Battery

One important technology that allows your iPhone to operate successfully is its internal rechargeable battery. Check whether your iPhone battery needs service.

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It’s Time To Replace Your iPhone Battery

One important technology that allows your iPhone to operate successfully is its internal rechargeable battery. These batteries are complex technology and as they age their performance drops significantly.

Like all rechargeable batteries though, your iPhone battery is consumable and has a limited lifespan. Eventually its capacity and performance declines that it will need to be replaced, this guide gives you the information to check whether your iPhone battery needs to be serviced and replaced.

A Bit About iPhone Batteries

iPhone batteries use lithium-ion technology. Compared with older generations of battery technology, lithium-ion batteries charge faster, last longer, and have a higher power package for longer battery life.

Rechargeable lithium-ion technology currently provides the best technology for your iPhone and allows you to maximise performance and battery life.

Maximise Battery Performance

Your iPhones ‘Battery life’ is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged. ‘Battery lifespan’ on the other hand is the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be serviced and replaced.

One factor affecting battery life and lifespan is the things you do with your device. No matter how you use it, there are ways to help. A battery’s lifespan is related to its ‘chemical age’, which is more than just the time your iPhone has been on.

  • It includes different factors, such as the number of charge cycles and how it was cared for. Follow these tips to maximize battery performance and extend battery lifespan.
  • Keep your iPhone half-charged when it’s stored for the long term
  • Avoid charging or leaving your iPhone in hot environments, including direct sun exposure, for extended periods of time.
  • Charging your device when it’s inside certain styles of cases may generate excess heat, which can affect battery capacity.

When Batteries Age

All rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they age. As your iPhone battery ages, the amount of charge they hold diminishes, resulting in shorter amounts of time before it needs to be recharged.

When your iPhone can no longer work with your battery, your iPhone will shut down to preserve important data. While the shutdown is intentional from your device’s perspective, it may be unexpected, and you may be left wondering what has happened.

Preventing Unexpected Shutdowns

With a low battery state of charge, a higher age, or colder temperatures, you’re more likely to experience unexpected shutdowns.

In some cases, shutdowns occur more frequently, making your iPhone unusable. If your iPhone is an iPhone 6 or above, your device can manage performance to prevent your iPhone from shutting down unexpectedly. The effects of performance management on newer models are less noticeable due to more advanced designs.

Performance management works by looking at a combination of the device readings to manage your device. Sometimes your iPhone will suffer from the following effects, meaning your battery should be replaced:

  • Longer app launch times
  • Lower frame rates while scrolling
  • Backlight starts to dim
  • Lower speaker volume by up to -3dB
  • Gradual frame rate reductions in some apps
  • Camera flash will be disabled
  • Apps may require reloading upon relaunch

Battery Health

For iPhone 6 and later, battery health settings can be found on your iPhone and can recommend if a battery needs to be replaced. These can be found in Settings > Battery > Battery Health.

You are also able to see the performance management feature to prevent unexpected shutdowns. Please note this feature is only available after an unexpected shutdown first occurs.

Your Battery’s Maximum Capacity

The Battery Health screen includes information on maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability.

Maximum battery capacity measures the battery capacity relative to when it was new. A battery will have lower capacity as the battery ages which may result in fewer hours of usage between charges.

A normal battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles when operating under normal conditions. If your iPhone battery is below 80% battery health then its recommended to have it replaced soon, contact us.

As your battery health degrades, so can its ability to deliver peak performance. The Battery Health screen includes a section for Peak Performance Capability where the following messages may appear.

Performance Is Normal

When the battery condition can support normal peak performance and does not have performance management features applied, you’ll see this message:

Your battery is currently supporting normal peak performance.

Performance Management Applied

When the performance management features have been applied, you’ll see this message: 

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. Disable…

Note that if you disable performance management, you can’t turn it back on. It will be turned on again automatically if another unexpected shutdown occurs, its best to have your iPhone looked at by our team and have your battery replaced, learn more here.

Battery Health Degraded

If battery health has degraded significantly, the below message will also appear:

Your battery’s health is significantly degraded. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can replace the battery to restore full performance and capacity. More about service options…

Your battery can still be used but you may be experiencing more noticeable battery and performance issues. A new replacement battery will improve your experience, learn more about your service options here.

Important Battery Message

If you see the message below, it means the battery in your iPhone is unable to be verified and shows on iPhone XS, and later:
Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this battery. Learn more…

Reported battery health information is not available, this is in fact not an issue with your iPhone battery but is part of a plan manufacturers have taken to limit and stop the ability independent repairers have to repair your device in an attempt to monopolise the repair market.

Getting More Help

If your device performance has been impacted by an aged battery and you would like to get help with a battery replacement, contact us today for service options.

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