A few days ago, we showed you how to check the health of iPhone batteries after Apple admitted that they have introduced a power management feature on iOS, which slows some older iPhones to prevent it from unexpectedly shutting down.
Power management features introduced in iOS 10.2.1 for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE, and on iOS 11.2 for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple explained that the power management feature works by looking at a combination of device temperature, battery power status, and battery impedance. So it's important to note here that iOS power management features will only slow down your iPhone if these variables require it, but will not slow it down because your iPhone's battery health has been degraded.
Here are 4 easy ways to check your iPhone's battery health to see if you need to replace the battery:
Method 1: Use coconutBattery app
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac
Connect your iPhone to Mac with Lightning cable.
Step 2: Download and launch the coconutBattery app
Download the coconutBattery app on your Mac (download link) and launch it. According to the website, they also have iOS apps but we can not find them in the App Store.
Step 3: Check Your iPhone's Battery Health
Click on iOS device tab. You should now see interesting details about your iPhone such as full load capacity (current iPhone battery capacity), design capacity, number of cycles and more. Percentage below Design Capacity gives you the health of your iPhone battery as we have highlighted in the image below. This is the percentage of full load capacity and design capacity.
Interestingly, according to some users, coconutBattery shows accurate information provided that you have not yet restored your device, as it seems to return the device to reset the data. So if you restore your iPhone then you may not get accurate iPhone battery health.
Method 2: Use Third Party Applications
Step 1: Download the Battery Life app from the App Store
There are several apps available on the App Store that provide information about iPhone battery health. In this article, I used the popular Battery Life app that did the job.
Download the Battery Life app using this iTunes link, which is available for free. You can delete ads through in-app purchases.
Step 2: Launch the Battery Life app
When launching the app, this will give you a Battery Resilience Level on the app's Home screen itself.
In the case of my iPhone 7 Plus, who was just over a year old (note that I stopped using it when I started using the iPhone 8 Plus), it indicates that the battery has lost 10% of the battery capacity. In the case of iPhone 8 Plus and my iPhone X, this shows that the battery's health is perfect and does not lose capacity so far.
Step 3: Check the Raw Data
Tap on the hamburger menu at the top, then tap Raw Data, to find out the latest iPhone battery capacity.
As you can see in the picture below, the capacity of my iPhone 7 Plus battery is 2,600 mAh, which is slightly less than 90% of its original battery capacity of 2,900 mAh.
Some readers say that it does not display battery capacity accurately for them. If you do not get accurate data, please let me know in the comments if you have restored your iPhone, as there are likely to be the same issues I mentioned earlier for coconut creation also causing problems with the Battery Life app.
Method 3: Console app
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac
Connect your iPhone to a Mac using the Lightning cable.
Step 2: Run the Console app
Launch the Console app on your Mac.
Step 3: Seeking Battery Health
Make sure your iPhone is unlocked and the iPhone has been trusted by the computer.
Type batteryhealth in the Search Console application field. Then click on your iPhone in the left sidebar. As you can see, you can find out the current status of your iPhone battery battery. In my iPhone X case, it says it's "Good".
I have mixed up results with the Console app. While I can get battery health for my iPhone X, I can not get it for my iPhone 7 Plus.
Method 4: App Settings
Since iOS 10.2.1 or later, Apple has issued a notice in the Battery section to notify users that their iPhone batteries may need to be serviced using diagnostic on iOS.
So launch the Settings app, and navigate to Settings> Battery to check if your iPhone's battery needs to be replaced.
Apple has also promised to release a software update in early 2018, which will give more visibility into iPhone battery health, so we can see if the conditions affect performance. So we will update this post with the method once Apple has released the software update.
If your iPhone's battery health is below 80%, you may want to consider replacing the battery if you pay attention to performance issues. Apple has reduced the cost of replacement battery services to just $ 29. As I mentioned earlier, iOS power management features will only slow down your iPhone if variables such as device temperature, battery status, and battery impedance require it.
Tell me which method is appropriate for you, and how your iPhone battery health in the comments below.
Thanks Jeffrey for tips on coconutBattery and Console app.
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