As iPhone owners, we know that we want to keep our devices up and running for as long as possible. That means keeping our smartphones happy and healthy by treating them right. Most iPhones have the battery fused on, which means if the battery were to break, it would have to be replaced by a professional.
iPhone repair can be inconvenient and unexpected expenses can hit your wallet hard. That’s why you should always charge your iPhone properly – because neglecting to do so could lead to the need for battery repair.
Avoid Third-Party Charger
Although purchasing a third-party charger from the gas station or convenience store is cheaper and may save you time in a bind, Apple warns iPhone users that if you don’t use Apple-certified lighting connectors, you could damage your battery. Not only that, using a charger that wasn’t produced by Apple could actually negatively affect your warranty.
Don’t Charge Your Battery While Putting Significant Strain on It
Although charging your phone while you watch videos or play battery intensive-games is convenient, this creates a state called “parastic load.” Parasitic load is an unfavorable situation that stresses the battery, decreasing the time it has to live.
Avoid Using Fast Chargers
Few people know that the slower an iPhone battery is charged, the healthier it will be. If you can manage to avoid fast charging your phone, this can save you a trip to the iPhone repair shop where you’ll have to get your battery replaced. As well as replacing fast chargers with slower ones, charge your phone from your computer – this can slow the rate of charging.
Don’t Charge Your Phone to Full Capacity
It feels really good to charge your device overnight and wake up to an iPhone charged up to 100%. However, Apple recommends you don’t charge your phone to full capacity to preserve the life of your battery. Instead, keep your phone charged at a lower level, and occassionally “top it off” with extra charges to avoid running out of battery.
Don’t Let Your iPhone Drain Completely
Draining your phone to the point it shuts down will place stress on your battery which will cut back on its lifespan. Try to keep your phone always charged above 20%. At the same time, bear in mind what we just mentioned – don’t charge your phone to 100% capacity. The optimal charge for your iPhone is 50%, but if you can, keep your charge between 20% and under 90%.
Take Actions That Will Allow You to Recharge Less
The more times you recharge your phone, the shorter its life will be because charging places stress on the battery as well. You can take preventative actions that will allow you to recharge less often by preserving the battery you have while your phone is charged.
Keep Your Screen Dimmed
Screen time can put a serious damper on battery life. The amount of power it can take to light up your display is surprising. So when you can, reduce the brightness of your screen. If micromanaging your screen brightness seems unappealing to you, you can always choose to use the feature “Automatic Brightness.” This will automatically optimize your display brightness according to how light your environment is.
Ditch Battery Vampire Apps
Some apps are more stressful to your battery than others, like social media apps that are constantly polling for messages and updates. If you can’t part ways with Facebook or Insta, there are typically “light versions” you can download which are less stressful on the battery.
To put your finger on battery vampires, head to your iPhone’s battery settings, look at the usage, and see which apps are putting the most strain on your battery. You can remove these apps, or if you can’t part ways, you change their settings so that they can be less battery intensive.
Turn off Features of Your iPhone that You Aren’t Using
If you aren’t using wi-fi, but leave the functionality on, your iPhone will continuously poll the area to look for networks it can connect with, which can leach the battery. The same idea applies to GPS, Bluetooth, NFC or other cell phone radio functions.
The Big Picture
If you were wondering, yes, recharging your battery improperly can lead to the need for iPhone repair. Because the batteries are soldered on to the body of the cell phone, you’ll have to look for an expert to repair your battery if it gets broken – and nothing is more of a bummer than a busted battery. Slow charging, unexpected shutdowns, and quick battery drain – what a drag! Make sure you take good care of your battery using the tips we provided above to avoid an inconvenient and costly trip to the cell phone repair shop.