Posted in TILs by Patricia on November 14, 2017
Starting with iOS 10.2.1 Apple is allowing the iPhone to perform self diagnosis for various hardware parts. One of them is the battery. This hardware piece is the most prone part of your iOS device that can be affected by ageing. You might already know that all Lithium-Ion batteries have a limited number of charging cycles. Once this number is achieved the battery capacity starts to decrease and the amount of power that it can store declines. Thus its ability to provide power for a prolonged period of time reduces.
Towards the end of its lifetime the iPhone battery won’t be able to last even til lunch. Your iPhone is also prone to sudden shutdowns even if the battery percentage is as high as 40% and using your iOS device becomes more and more annoying. So, if your iPhone’s battery is performing really poor open the Settings app and tap on Battery. If you notice the ‘Your iPhone battery may need to be serviced’ notice at the top of the Battery screen, you’ll know that a hardware problem is the origin of your iPhone’s poor uptime numbers.
What to do?
Depending on how old your iPhone is you can have your device serviced and the battery replaced, or opt for an upgrade and purchase a new model. If you use your iOS device properly the battery should last at least 3 years before it reaches the end if its life and you get the above mentioned notice! Contact Apple Support or bring your device to an Apple retail store to have it serviced!
Fact: This notice isn’t a security concern. You can continue to use your device without replacing the battery if you get used to charging it several times a day!
How Much Does The iPhone Battery Replacement Cost?
– Apple covers a defective battery with the standard AppleCare warranty. So, if your new iPhone displays the ‘Your iPhone Battery May Need To Be Serviced’ within a year of the purchase day the battery replacement is free of charge.
– If you opt for AppleCare+ the battery replacement fits into the Other Damage section and a replacement costs $99 within the 2nd year of usage.
– If your device is older than 2 years, or you don’t have an AppleCare+ insurance and the iPhone is older than 1 year, you can opt for a non-discounted battery replacement service which starts at $149 for the iPhone 3GS, 3G and 4, raises to $199 for the iPhone 4s, $269 for iPhone 5s, 5c, 5 and SE, $299 for the iPhone 6 and 6s, $329 for the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus, $319 for the iPhone 7, $349 for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and a whopping $549 for the iPhone X!
How To Extend The Battery Lifetime Of An iPhone
To extend the lifespan of your iPhone’s battery you have to learn how to save power on your iPhone. If you manage to extend the uptime of a charging cycle, you’ll use a considerably less amount of cycles during a year. To achieve this use the iOS Low Power Mode, make sure that you charge your iPhone correctly, use the battery usage app to detect apps the burn too much juice. For example, at the time of writing the YouTube comes with a bug that massively depletes the iPhone X and iPhone 8 battery, even when the app is running in the background. Last but not least, take a look at these 7 battery saving tips for the iPhone X.
Important: Use your iPhone in the recommended temperature range of 0 – 35 degrees Celsius ( 32 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit). If you expose the device, for a prolonged period of time, to extreme cold or extreme heat you might significantly diminish the Li-Ion battery capacity!