Signs that it's time to get your iPhone's battery replaced
Problems, issues, and signs that it's time to get your iPhone a new battery
Most of the batteries today are lithium-based. One advantage is that they have a relatively low self-discharge capability - which is ideal for mobile devices and tools. But like all batteries, lithium-based batteries deteriorate as they age. Batteries are considered an expendable part in almost any device they are fitted in: phones, computers, TV remotes, the lot. They have a certain life expectancy. Devices that only consume power when actively in use, such as a TV remote, results in batteries lasting a long time. Devices that are constantly powered up and processing data, such as phones, naturally wear out their batteries quicker. Smartphone manufacturers usually give a 6-month warranty on batteries (and 12-months on the rest of the phone) so it stands to show that an original battery isn’t meant to last a phone’s full lifetime.
Below are signs that your phone needs a battery replacement:
- Battery life is sub-par
The obvious sign among all. You suddenly find yourself frequently charging your device despite normal use. A battery that doesn’t hold a charge long is a sign of wear and definitely needs to be replaced. For some the breaking point is having to charge the phone twice a day, for others, it’s having to constantly carry an external battery. The definition of a “poorly lasting battery” is different to each of us so it’s really when you’re unable to live with your old battery that you should consider replacing it. Typically this occurs 12-24 months after purchase date.
- Phone shuts off randomly
This is usually a battery issue but if the battery is healthy then this could be software related. The phone shuts off at unexpected times as the battery simply cannot keep up with the processes. If you notice this happening particularly often when the battery is low on charge (<20%), it’s highly likely that the battery is indeed running out of steam.
- Phone is slow
Apple was in another controversy due to “throttling”. It is a feature in later models that deliberately slows down the unit’s performance in order to “prevent unexpected shutdowns” due to a degrading battery. It was a huge controversy that affected a lot of people. One way to check if you’re device is throttled is to do the following steps: Note that this feature applies only to the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.
- Tap on Settings
- Select Battery
- Select Battery Health (BETA)
- Check the message under Peak Performance Capability
If you can see the following message, this means your device is being limited by a poorly working battery:
“This iPhone has experienced an unexpected shutdown because the battery was unable to deliver the necessary peak power. Performance management has been applied to help prevent this from happening again.”
The device can be restored to its optimum working state as soon as the battery is replaced. Even if you don’t see this message and your maximum capacity is near or below 80% it might be time to consider freshening up the phone.
- Phone is hotter than usual
Batteries naturally get hot during intensive use like streaming, downloading, gaming, GPS use, or similar demanding tasks. If the device gets warmer than usual even with light use, this could indicate that the battery is failing. Every now and then this can be caused by a software problem but, in most cases, it’s, in fact, a battery issue.
- Phone only turns on when plugged to a charger
A definite sign that the battery needs to be replaced. The battery is unable to store power and can only act as a conduit that allows power to pass through.
These are the common signs that your iPhone is due for a battery replacement. Batteries do not last forever and their performance diminishes over time.
When it’s time to replace an iPhone battery you have three choices: have Apple do it, go to an independent repair shop, or do it yourself.
Replacing the battery is simple but requires a little bit of technical know-how. We have provided complete step-by-step guides (written and video) on our website to aid our customers in the process.
iPhone Battery Replacement Guides
We sell our batteries for iPhones both as standalones (without tools) and as a complete toolkit if you don’t have the necessary equipment already. The toolkit includes screwdrivers, prying tools, and tweezers to make the battery replacement as straightforward as possible. Our customer support team is also ready to assist you every day of the week by email.
Hope this list helps and that it brings some clarity in the iPhone battery world.