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Replacing iPhone Battery: When is the right time to do it

The right time to replace your iPhone’s battery is one year after you bought it. That is if you bought it brand new. If you’re not sure, here’s a quick tip on how to tell if your iPhone battery needs to go.

Have a quick check on the settings

  • Head into the Settings app.

  • Then go into Battery.

There will be a warning at the top of the page suggesting that your battery needs to be serviced. This indicated that your battery has either reached, or is close to 500 completed charges.

If you do have this message, don’t worry too much. You can continue to use your phone, but you may experience reduced charge capacity and some slight stability issues while your battery is on lower charge. Having your battery seen to by an official service technician is the best way to proceed, which may result in getting a new battery or having your current one fixed if there are any issues.

Here are some indicators that your iPhone might require a new battery: dimmer backlight than normal; lower speaker volume; stuttering screen when scrolling; frame-rate reduction in some game apps; and longer app-launch times.

If you’re covered under AppleCare then you can have your battery replaced at no additional cost, assuming it currently only holds 80% or less of its original charge.

How to maximise battery life on an iPhone

If you want to make sure your battery lasts as long as possible until you have a chance to get it replaced, then try the following suggestions:

  • Turn off Location Services.

  • Disable Background App Refresh.

  • Make sure Auto-Brightness is enabled.

  • Use Airplane Mode when you don’t need to be connected to the internet.

There’s an app for that

Battery Life is a simple, free app that tells you how much capacity your battery still has, as well as its current level. It can also tell you how long that charge will last depending on what you’re doing, from checking email to streaming video.

Battery Life App


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