These days, we use our phones for way more than just making phone calls, and all that use means your iPhone’s battery is gonna get some serious wear and tear. The batteries on iPhones and all cell phones are consumable products. In fact, the average iPhone battery retains only 80 percent of its original capacity after 500 charge cycles. To put that into perspective, if you charge your iPhone battery every night for a year and a half, the battery meter would still read a hundred percent, but your battery life would only last 80% as long as it did when you first got it. You know when your car needs a new battery because it doesn’t start out, but how do you know when it’s time to replace the battery in your iPhone? Here are six signs that it may be time to swap out your iPhone’s battery.
1. Your iPhone often turns itself off
If your iPhone suddenly shuts itself down when the battery is at 50% or so, the calibration might be off. To calibrate your iPhone battery, follow these steps:
Step 1: Use your iPhone until it shuts itself down due to low battery.
step 2: Plug your iPhone into a reliable charger and let it charge uninterrupted to a hundred percent.
Step 3: Once it’s charged, perform a soft reset by holding your sleep/wake button and your home button down until the apple logo shows up. If you’re on an iPhone 10 or later, you’ll be holding down the sleep/wake button and the volume button.
If that didn’t solve the problem, the battery may be the culprit, and you should replace it.
2. Your iPhone feels sluggish
If you’re using an iPhone 6 or later, you may be subject to cpu throttling. If you’re running iOS 11.3 or later, you can check your battery health by going to the settings app, selecting the battery option in the list and then selecting battery health. Under peak performance capability, if you see a warning that your battery health is significantly degraded, it’s time for a replacement.
3. Your iPhone has terrible battery life
Perhaps the easiest way to figure out your iPhone battery needs to be replaced is noticing how often you need to recharge it throughout the day. As iPhone battery life has improved, most people can use a phone for normal activities and have some charge remaining at the end of the day (although it depends on your personal usage habits). When you have to recharge it in the middle of the day, or more than once a day, that’s a sure sign that your battery needs replacement. Swap out the battery and you’ll be boosting the battery life.
4. Your iPhone works, but only when it’s plugged in
You might have thought your phone was completely dead, but when you plug it in it magically comes back to life. Unfortunately, no matter how long you leave it plugged in, as soon as you disconnect the power cord, it shuts right down.
5. Your iPhone gets so hot
It’s normal for your iPhone to generate heat during heavy use and charging. But if you notice that your iPhone becoming too hot to touch, it might be time for a new battery.
6. Your batteries got bloat
This can be a tricky one to spot, but you’ll know it when you see it. Batteries can sometimes swell due to a failure of the smartphone circuitry or physical damage like getting bet in your back pocket. You may start to notice some unexplained bowing or case separation along the sides of your phone, a hazy white screen or even some squishiness when pressing down on your screen. In some more extreme cases, you might even see some unexplained screen cracking. No matter how you discover it, a swollen battery is something that requires immediate attention. The battery should be treated and disposed off properly as soon as possible.
So, if you’re experiencing any of these battery problems, head on over to Apple Store and get your iPhone’s battery replaced.