iPhones are excellent devices but they’re not really famous for their battery life, are they? Well, the iPhone 13 seems to have finally addressed this issue. All the iPhone 13 models are equipped with larger batteries compared to their predecessors which leads to better battery life.
But batteries remain consumable hardware and have a limited lifespan. At one point, they’ll degrade bad enough that you won’t have any other option left but to get a new one. So, when is that time? How do you know when you really need to replace your iPhone battery? Let’s find out!
At What Battery Health Percentage Should I Replace My iPhone Battery?
Your iPhone should retain up to 80 percent of its original battery capacity after 500 complete charge cycles. Once the battery health percentage drops below 80 percent, the amount of charge your battery can hold starts to diminish. However, that doesn’t mean you should rush to get a new battery. That number is just for orientation. There’s no one-size-fits-all with this.
For example, an iPhone with 70 or 80 percent of battery health can still stay on for the whole day if you’re not watching videos or playing games. It all depends on your usage patterns.
The best time to replace your iPhone’s battery is the moment you notice the device won’t hold a sufficient charge to power you through the day. In other words, if the charge your iPhone holds fails to suit your needs or makes the device unusable, get a new battery.
Replace the battery when the battery life bothers you enough to convince you it’s necessary to spend the money on a new battery. An 80 percent battery health level should still be enough to get you through the day for most users.
However, at 40 or 50 percent of battery health, things start degrading really rapidly. You will be able to use your iPhone only for a couple of hours after each charge. Once you drop below 40 percent of battery health, it’s time to get a new battery. Basically, your iPhone becomes pretty much unusable.
What Will Happen if iPhone Battery Health Is Low?
Degraded batteries may also cause your iPhone to shut down unexpectedly. This is because the battery is unable to power your hardware components. Of course, if you want to avoid these situations, you can replace your battery soon after reaching 80 percent.
Keep in mind that low battery health issues occur more frequently on old iPhone models. Newer models feature advanced hardware and software design that successfully compensates for low battery health.
The level of perceived change depends on how much strain you put on your device. Apart from shorter battery life, other common effects of battery health issues include sluggish apps, low frame rates, lower speaker volume, and more.
You Can’t Stop the Process
As your iPhone’s battery chemically ages, this translates into fewer hours of usage between charges. This means you’ll need to charge your battery more frequently. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to stop this process. It’s just the way lithium-ion batteries work.
While you can’t stop the process, you can delay it by taking good care of your device. Here’s how you can maximize your iPhone’s battery life and lifespan.
Tips to Extend Your iPhone’s Battery Lifespan
- Keep your device up-to-date to enjoy the latest battery-focused software improvements.
- Don’t use your device in extreme temperatures. And if you really have to, don’t expose it to extreme temperatures for too long or too often.
- Remove the case while charging. Take out the case if you’re using the device in a hot environment to prevent the battery from overheating.
- Don’t use third-party cables and chargers to charge your iPhone. Go full Apple.
While your iPhone’s battery starts degrading visibly after reaching 80 percent of battery health, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should get a new one. If the device still holds a sufficient charge to power you through the day, keep using the same battery. Replace it when you notice major performance issues or the device becomes unusable.
At what percentage of battery health do you usually replace your iPhone’s battery? Let us know in the comments below.