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How to charge your iPhone battery

Some useful tricks will help you extend the battery charge of your iPhone and see how much charge is left.

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How often does your iPhone charge when you need it most? Battery life is always an issue on mobile phones. Fortunately, there are ways to not only see how much charge is left but also to extend that charge before it runs out.

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A battery percentage indicator can appear on the screen to show you how much charge is left. Low Power Mode will extend this charge by reducing background activity. Your phone will offer some battery saving tips and show you which apps are consuming the most power, and you can optimize the battery charge to extend the overall battery life.

How to Boost Your iPhone Battery

First, update your iPhone to the latest iOS version if you haven’t already. Go to Settings then General and select Software Update. You will be told that iOS is up to date or prompted to download the latest update.

Next, go to Settings and select Battery. To find out the current amount of battery charge remaining, turn on the battery percentage switch. The battery icon in the top right will display the current percentage. To extend the battery charge when the power level is low, turn on the low power mode switch. This feature reduces some background activities so that your phone can be fully charged again (Figure A).

Figure A

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The battery screen offers some suggestions to help extend the battery charge, such as reducing the brightness or turning on the auto-brightness. Click on each suggestion and follow the steps to enable it, especially if the fee is about to run out (Figure B).

Figure B

Adjust brightness settings on iPhone.
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Swipe further down the Battery screen. The graph reveals some useful data, like the last time the battery was charged to 100%, any activity on your phone that affected charging and how long the screen was active.

The chart highlights spikes in activity to help you try to avoid such spikes in the future. You can toggle this offer between the last 24 hours and the last 10 days (Figure C).

Figure C

Access the graphs that reveal battery data in the iPhone settings.
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Swipe down to see a list of apps that used up your battery. The screen shows you the biggest battery drain at the top so you can avoid using these apps when you need to conserve a current charge. Click anywhere in this section to switch the display between percentage and number of minutes per app (figure d).

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Go to the apps menu in your iPhone battery settings to check battery usage.
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Swipe up on the screen and tap on Setting Battery Health & Charging. Here, the maximum capacity option refers to the maximum capacity your battery can hold. The new phone should show 100% capacity. The older the phone, the lower the capacity. If the capacity drops below a certain level, such as 80%, and you plan to keep the phone in the near future, you may want to replace the battery.

Next, the Peak Performance Capability option kicks in as battery life ages and capacity loses. Your phone uses some built-in features to try to counteract the normal chemical aging process, thus conserving battery life.

The third option of Optimized Battery Charging attempts to reduce aging by not charging the battery after it reaches 100%. In this case, the charging stops at 80% and then waits to continue charging when your phone is running again on battery power. In general, you’ll want to keep this switch on.

If your phone is running iOS 16.1 or higher and you are based in the US, a fourth option will appear to charge clean power. With this option, your iPhone attempts to determine the carbon emissions from your local power grid and uses this information to charge the battery when cleaner power production is available. Keep this switch on, but if a notification pops up constantly telling you that charging is suspended, you may want to turn this option off (Figure E).

Figure E

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