Unless your phone is on the older side, you probably don’t have to worry about carrying a charging cable everywhere you go. We’ve put together this guide to show you how long your phone battery will last and how to ensure you get the most out of your charge.
Let’s get started!
How Long Do iPhone Batteries Last?
The answer to this question depends on what you mean. Do you want to know how long your iPhone battery will last before it dies and needs to charge, or do you want to know how long your battery can keep your phone running before it wears out and needs a replacement?
We outlined both scenarios below to show you how they’re different (and how long you can expect the battery to last for each one).
iPhone Battery Life
The battery life of your iPhone is the amount of time your battery can last before it reaches 0%. At this point, you can plug it into a charger and have full battery life again in a matter of minutes or hours.
No matter what type of iPhone you have or how powerful it is, the battery won’t last very long. Average iPhone battery life lasts about a day, but it might not make it that long if you use it for long periods of time.
Some iPhones might not display the exact battery percentage, but you can fix that. To learn how, all you need to do is follow the tips from this link: https://setapp.com/how-to/how-to-show-battery-percentage-on-iphone.
iPhone Battery Lifespan
The battery lifespan of your phone refers to how many years it can keep your phone running. For example, most iPhones retain about 80% of their battery capacity after the first 500 charge cycles.
But a charge cycle isn’t how often you charge your phone.
Instead, a complete charge cycle happens every time your phone uses 100% of its battery life. Let’s say you used 50% of your battery one day then charged it back up to 100%. The next day, you use 25%, and the day after that, you use another 25%.
When you add all these percentages together, you’ve used 100% of your battery capacity, meaning it’s gone through one full cycle.
It could take several days to complete a cycle, but that, again, just depends on how much you use your phone. If you use a full charge cycle in one day, your battery can last 500 days (or nearly one and a half years) before the battery starts to give out.
How to Extend Your iPhone Battery Lifespan
It’s impossible to keep your iPhone at 100% battery capacity over the years. As the battery gets older, it will naturally start to wear down, but there are a few things you can do to help it last as long as possible.
Keep Your Operating System Updated
Any time your phone gets a new update, don’t put it off. Updated operating systems provide better battery-management features. On the other hand, using an old operating system will put unnecessary stress on your battery, which will cause it to die faster.
Stay Away From Extreme Temperatures
Temperatures that are higher than 95 degrees Fahrenheit or colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit can damage your battery. It can easily overheat or even freeze—both things that can break the inner components of your battery.
Be careful with the case you put on your phone as well. Some cases are too thick, and they can also cause your phone to overheat, especially when charging.
Keep Your Battery at the Right %
iPhones work best when the battery life is somewhere between 20% to 90%. Never let it fall below 20% (NEVER let it get down to 0%), and do your best to unplug it before it charges to a full 100%. This will keep the battery in the best condition possible, but it does require several, smaller charging sessions throughout the day.
How to Improve Your iPhone Battery Life
Do you want your phone to last longer between charges? You can make this happen by changing a few of your user habits and adjusting some of the settings.
Lower Screen Brightness
Keep the screen brightness as low as possible. Only turn it up when you’re in a bright area and can’t see the content on your phone. You should also turn as many apps to Dark Mode as possible so you don’t waste extra battery power on the brightness you don’t need.
Disable Background Apps
Some apps continue running in the background even if you aren’t aware of it. These apps suck up your battery life, so go into your settings and turn them off.
Turn on Low Power Mode
Low power mode will make your phone you less battery when it’s running low on charge. This will help it last until you can get to a charger.
Adjust Your Auto-Lock
Have your auto-lock set to the shortest time period, such as 30 seconds. This will save battery life when you aren’t using the phone so you don’t accidentally waste anything.
Understanding iPhone Battery Lifespan and When to Buy a New Phone
Your iPhone battery lifespan will naturally degrade over the years, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy a new phone right away. When you follow the tips on this guide, you can use less battery and make your phone last longer periods between charges.
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