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How to tell if it’s time to replace your iPhone battery

One of the most common battery-powered devices are our cell phones. With more than 300 million mobile phones in use throughout the U.S.alone, that’s a lot of battery power according to Device Pitstop.

Phone battery life will decrease over cycle life to become a fraction of what it was when it was new. Apple Support states a normal battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles when operating under normal conditions. Consumers who keep their phones past the 12 month warranty do have options for battery replacement in iPhones and other smartphones with integrated batteries.

Here’s how to tell if it’s time to replace your iPhone battery:

  • To check your iPhone battery health:

  • Go to Settings > Battery.

  • Tap on “Battery Health.”

  • From here you can see the maximum capacity of your battery. This is a measure of your battery capacity relative to when the battery was new.

  • Below this is an indication of the battery’s peak performance capacity.

If your iPhone battery is nearing the end of its life, you have three options. Apple will replace batteries for an out-of-warranty battery replacement as well as independent retailers for an average range of $29 to $69. A new iPhone will range from $750 to $1,200 depending on generation and features. Trade-up programs are also available to trade in earlier generation phones for a newer, pre-owned phone.  

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.