We all spend a little more time on our phones than we should.
For context, I turned off Apple’s Screen Time feature on my iPhone a while back, because sometimes ignorance is bliss, and I’m not keen to be confronted by those stats any time soon.
My phone battery gets a thorough working over as a result of so much use, and every so often I check in to see how it’s holding up.
Apple experts will tell you that phone performance issues are often related to the battery’s health, so let’s run through the very simple steps you can follow to find out what’s cracking.
These below from CNET:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down and select Battery.
3. Tap Battery Health, where you’ll find a report detailing your battery’s health percentage, and any suggested steps you can take to improve performance.
Yup, that simple. If you prefer pictures, here’s that laid out nice and clearly:
Quick aside – turn on the ‘Optimized Battery Charging’ option you see above, which “limits the amount of time the battery is kept fully charged – something that over time can be harmful to the battery’s health”.
The screenshot above shows 97%, which is fine and dandy, but if iOS determines through its diagnostics that your battery isn’t in great shape, the software that can slow performance will kick in.
Thankfully, Digicape does iPhone battery replacements, and if you’re clever about it, you can score one for free.
Last time I had to replace my battery, I checked the bedside drawer, grabbed an old iPhone that had been gathering dust and was too old to sell, and took it along to the store.
They gave me store credit, which I used towards the new battery, and voila, my phone was purring like new.
For those who don’t have an old phone lying around, you can also trade in up to five old iPads, Macs, Apple Watches or Apple TVs.
The option to check your battery health doesn’t just to apply to iPhones, and the same can be done on Apple Watches and MacBooks.
Here’s how to perform the check on your MacBook:
If you want to view your Battery Health right now, you can open System Preferences > Power Saver and click on the Battery Health button at the bottom of the window.
You’ll see the health status of your Mac’s battery, as well as have the option to turn off Battery Health Management; a feature that will adjust performance and the maximum charge of your MacBook’s battery based on how you use your laptop.
For tips on checking your Apple Watch battery, see here.
As part of a range of new offerings, Digicape recently launched a Virtual Shopping Assistant, meaning you can book a FREE 30-minute video or telephone consultation with your personal Apple Expert from Digicape.
Whether you want expert advice on which Apple product is right for you, or a little help choosing the perfect accessory, one of their friendly in-store team members is there for you.
They can talk you through battery options, or whatever other questions you may have, and booking a slot only takes a few clicks.
Have a look outside your window – are you really keen to venture outside in that weather?
Not for me, thanks – virtual shopping it is.
Digicape is also an Apple-authorised service provider, using Apple genuine parts for all repairs, and they’ll collect, repair, and return your Mac, iPhone, or iPad to you once sorted.
Put your feet up on the couch and relax – you’ve earned it.
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