Apple Releases a Battery Health Tool in iOS 11.3

Have you noticed your iPhone’s battery hasn’t’ been lasting as long as it used to? Is your phone’s performance starting to slow down? Well, if you’ve got an older iPhone it’s likely that your phone’s performance has been throttled in efforts to preserve battery life and prevent it from unexpectedly shutting down.

Apple gave the following official statement to AppleInsider and The Verge back in December in regards to users noticing a lag in their phones performance:

“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.”

“Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”

The iOS 11.3 Battery Health Tool

iphone batteryUp until now, users were stuck wondering if their phone’s battery is faulty or if their phone is just too old to keep up. With the advent of the Battery Health Tool, iPhone users can check how well your battery is working as well as if the speed-throttling power management feature has been activated. If your battery and phones performance is indeed being slowed, you’ll have the option to turn this function off within the Battery Health tool.

Here’s How to Access the Battery Health Tool

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  1. Make sure you have an iPhone 6 or later – the Battery Health Tool isn’t available for pre-iPhone 6 models.
  2. Install the latest iOS 11.3 – not only will you have access to the Battery Health Tool (beta), this update also includes support for more augmented reality experiences with the ARKit 1.5. If you’re an iPhone X user, then you’ll be pleased to know that the latest iOS includes new Animojies. If you’re reading this article and are away from a power source and WIFI, we suggest waiting until you get home to update iOS.
  3. Once you’ve installed the latest 11.3 iOS, simply navigate to the Settings on your phone.
  4. Next, find the Battery menu. Here, you’ll be able to turn the Battery Percentage indicator ON or OFF, as well as toggle Low Power Mode on if you’re running low on juice. Below these two options, you’ll see the Battery Health (Beta) tab.

As you can see from the image above, my iPhone’s battery is still 85% new. This means that my phone can still operate at peak performance and shouldn’t experience any unexpected shutdowns. If your phone has unexpectedly shut down due, you’ll be notified by the Battery Health Tool. 

Is Your Battery Still Dying Too Quickly?

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If you’ve updated to iOS 11.3, tested out the Battery Health Tool and are still finding that your phone’s performance is subpar, then it might just be time for a new battery. The good news is that GIGA Fixxoo makes it easy to replace your iPhone battery yourself with the Single iPhone replacement battery, if you already have the tools or with our easy DIY Battery Replacement with the complete Tool Set.

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If you end up replacing your battery, remember to avoiding exposing your phone to extreme temperatures (if possible) as the cold has been shown to rapidly decrease battery life. Also, have a look at our 10 Tips To Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life article for some helpful insights into squeezing the most juice out of your phone’s battery.