How to Know Battery Replacement required for iPhone 5S, 6, 6S, 7, 8?
Have you acclimatized to your iPhone’s sub-par performance and accepted it as a part of your life already? Is your iPhone crashing more often than usual, and restarting it has become part of a daily ritual? Have those days become fond memories when apps loaded and opened swiftly, and you could go on watching YouTube videos without any worries till the battery was at 3 or 4 percent?
iPhones have Lithium-ion batteries, which are lightweight and hold the charge longer than other types of cells. However, they will start to lose their ability to hold a decent charge, eventually. With all those software updates and newer versions of Apps, the battery of your iPhone loses its optimum performance level over time. It will require charging at shorter intervals and will not be able to hold its charge well, which will slow down your phone’s performance. Your iPhone might shut down or crash unexpectedly too.
Once the battery of your iPhone passes 500 complete charging cycles, it’s probably time for an iPhone battery replacement. Unfortunately, there is no way for you to know that, as iOS does not indicate the number of times your battery has been charged. Then again, there are some other means of checking your phone’s battery health and finding out if you need to replace it.
Checking Your iPhone’s Battery Health
In 2018, Apple launched iOS 11.3 software update that lets the user gain more insight into the health of their iPhone’s battery. This way, they can see if the battery is the issue that is affecting the performance of their phone. So, if you have an iPhone 6, you will get the Beta version of Battery Health, and if you have iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 7Plus, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8Plus means you are running on the current version of iOS 13 and will get this option under Settings > Battery.
Before you tap on “Battery Health” to check the percentage health, it will be useful to check if there is “Service” mentioned next to Battery Health.
This means that your iPhone battery will not support Peak Performance, and it needs immediate replacement. It will also lead to an unexpected shut down of your iPhone, numerous apps will hang, and multitasking will be a challenge.
The message will also give you the option to contact Apple Authorized Service Center for your iPhone 6S, 7, 7 Plus, 8 or iPhone 8 Plus battery replacement. Still, you can contact any Independent Service Provider to replace a genuine iPhone battery.
When your iPhone is brand new, you will see the “Maximum Capacity” as 100% by tapping on the Battery Health option.
The older your phone gets, the lower will be the percentage, and a lower number means fewer hours of usage between charging intervals. Typically, about 80% is considered to be a decent % level of Battery health, and it will support peak performance. However, if your phone’s battery is showing less than 80% Maximum Capacity, you need to go for its battery replacement because, after a short period, the battery life will degrade faster and may not support peak performance. It will help increase your iPhone life for another year or so with a new battery.
If your phone is running iOS 11.3 or a later version, then this message also implies that phone’s performance is slowing down after undergoing a software update, degrading the health of its battery. This is a common incident reported by iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 owners. These phones will highly benefit from their subsequent battery replacements.
If you are the owner of an iPhone 5s or its earlier models
Unfortunately, there is no way to check the battery health of your iPhone 5S or lower model. The iOS version for iPhone 5S or lower doesn’t support this option. You might have been exerting the battery beyond its capacity since you have bought the device, over the years, and now you are probably just used to it. Nonetheless, if your phone cannot continue to work at least for two hours without another round of charging and is driving you insane, then it’s high time for an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s battery replacement.
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