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Tips and tricks to optimize battery charging on your iPhone

June 6, 2020

One of the most frequently performed services on iPhones is replacing the batteries. Discharging and recharging a battery involves a chemical reaction that slowly erodes a battery’s ability to effectively hold a charge over time, which means your  iPhone’s battery will eventually get to the point where it is no longer useful. Here are several tips and tricks you can engage to help you optimize charging and to prolong the overall health of your phone’s battery.

Avoid extreme temperatures– The normal operating temperature for your iPhone is between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Subjecting your phone to temperatures outside of this range can damage the elements within the battery. This includes when you are using or charging it, or leaving your phone in your car or somewhere else where it may be exposed to extreme heat or cold.

Remove the cover– In order to keep your phone from getting too hot while charging, you should remove its protective cover (if you are using one) before plugging it in. As previously mentioned, extreme temperatures can shorten a battery’s overall lifespan. Heat can build up within the phone during normal charging, so give it a little breathing room to help dissipate the heat away from the battery.

Don’t fully deplete the battery– Some people are under the impression that you can prolong your battery life by running it all the way down to zero before charging it to 100% again. The truth is, you should only take your battery to zero when you are calibrating it (which helps the software to calculate the actual range of your battery’s life). Constantly discharging your battery to zero is not always convenient for the user, and it can actually lead to total battery cell failure.

Calibrate your battery– Non-calibrated batteries can lead to discrepancies in battery life reporting. You should calibrate your battery after every iOS update by taking it down to zero, leaving it there for a period of time, then charging it back up to 100%, leaving it charging for an extra hour after reaching full charge.

Turn on the automatic brightness feature– Under “Settings,” click on “Battery.” Under the heading “Insights and Suggestions” you’ll see a feature on “High Brightness.” As you’ll read, high display brightness consumes a large amount of your battery’s charge. Click on the carrot to the right of “High Brightness” and you’ll be taken to the “Appearance” page where you can set your phone to “Light” or “Dark.” You can also engage the automatic brightness feature below that will allow you to use a “Sunset to Sunrise” setting or you can create a “Custom Schedule” based on your usage needs throughout the day/night.

Optimize battery charging– Again, under the “Battery” page in “Settings,” click on the carrot next to “Battery Health” and you’ll be taken to a page where you can turn on “Optimized Battery Charging.” This feature will learn your daily charging habits to help reduce battery aging.

Use Wi-Fi– Using a Wi-Fi connection requires far less power than operating your phone on cellular. In addition to using less energy, Wi-Fi allows your phone to perform downloads and uploads much more quickly, which will also reduce battery drainage. -Wi-Fi settings. Even when connected to a designated network, your iPhone is constantly searching for new networks that are within range. Under the “Wi-Fi” designation in “Settings,” you have the option to auto-join hotspots. Even if you do not have it set to “Automatic,” it can revert to that setting after you have completed iOS updates. Periodically checking to make sure auto-join is not set to automatic will help save battery use.

Summary:
Your  iPhone’s battery has two designations: Battery life and battery health. The battery life is how much battery power is available after a charge, which can range from zero to 100%. The battery health is the total number of charge and recharge cycles the battery can perform before it is no longer useful. There are a number of different things you can do to extend both the life and health of your phone’s battery by following a few easy tips and tricks such as avoiding exposing your phone to extreme temperatures, using Wi-Fi over cellular whenever available, enabling optimized battery charging, and using your phone’s auto-brightness feature.

Tags: Cell Phone, Smart Phone Repair