iPhone Batteries Will Get More Expensive Soon. How to Check Yours and Replace It

Your iPhone slow to charge? Does it have trouble maintaining a charge throughout the day, or shut down unexpectedly? If so, you may want to consider getting a new battery.

And you probably want to do it ASAP. Apple recently announced that starting March 1, you will have to pay $20 more to have your battery replaced through existing Apple services (except for iPhone 14 modelsbecause that price remains the same).

So how do you know when you need to replace your battery? We’ll show you how to check the health of your battery through your iPhone settings, as well as what you can do to extend the life of your battery.

Read more: I Replaced My iPhone Battery and You Can Too

How to check your iPhone battery health

Your iPhone battery may become less efficient over time, but you may also have a faulty battery in a new iPhone. To quickly check if there is a health issue with your battery, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health and Charging. If you’re running anything below iOS 16.1, the latter will appear the same Battery Health.

Above, you will see the maximum capacity of your battery, which should be 100%, or close to it, if you have a recent iPhone.

However, what you want to look at is High Performance Capability and the sentence under that. If you see Your battery is currently supporting normal peak displayyou don’t have any known battery issues and you don’t need to replace it.

iOS setting to check your iPhone battery health

Check out what it says underneath High Performance Capability to determine if you need to replace your battery.

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Do you need to replace your iPhone battery?

If you see any of the following messages, you may need to replace your batteryor at least make an appointment with Apple or an authorized service provider to have your battery checked:

  • This iPhone experienced an unexpected shutdown because the battery did not provide the required peak power. Performance management is applied to help prevent this from happening again, or You have manually disabled performance management protections.
  • This iPhone cannot determine battery health. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can service the battery. More about service options.
  • The health of your battery is seriously damaged. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can replace the battery to restore full performance and capacity. More about service options.

Depending on whether you have insurance (third-party or AppleCare Plus) or not, you may not need to spend any money to replace your iPhone’s battery. If your iPhone is new, you have at least one year of warranty to replace the defective battery. If you don’t have insurance, Apple charges approximately $49 to $99 to replace your battery. Additionally, you can check Apple’s Service Programs page to see if there are any replacement or repair programs available for your device.

iPhone battery replaced

You can replace your own battery.

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Is there anything you can do to extend the battery life of your iPhone?

The faster you go through your daily battery life, the faster your overall battery life will be, so here are some tips to follow, according to Apple:

  • Update to the latest software available.
  • Adjust the brightness of your screen (manually or automatically) as needed.
  • Use Wi-Fi if available.
  • Enable Low Power Mode if needed.
  • Turn off Background App Refresh (in general or on a per-app basis).
  • Turn off Location Services (in general or on a per-app basis).
  • Turn off Allow Notifications.
  • Turn on Airplane Mode if possible.
  • If you charge your phone using your computer, make sure your computer is plugged in.
Two iOS settings to help keep your battery healthy

You can toggle auto-brightness (left) and prevent apps from refreshing in the background (right) to improve your battery life and lifespan.

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If you need more battery saving tips for your iPhone, take a look eight ways to improve iPhone battery life, two iOS 16 features to disable to save battery and what happens if you put your iPhone in Low Power Mode all the time.

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