Do you need to replace your iPhone battery? Find out before Apple’s price hike

If you a iPhone that charges slowly, struggles to stay charged all day, or turns off unexpectedly, you may need to have your iPhone’s battery replaced.

And you probably want to do it sooner rather than later. Apple recently announced that starting March 1 you’ll have to pay $20 more to replace your battery through Apple’s existing services (except the iPhone 14 modelssince that price remains the same).

So how do you find out if you really need to replace your battery? We’ll show you how to check your battery health through your iPhone settings, and what you can do to extend your battery life.

read more: I replaced my iPhone battery myself and so can you

How to check your iPhone battery health

Your iPhone battery becomes less effective over time, but you can also have a faulty battery on a brand new iPhone. Visit to quickly check if there is a battery health issue Settings > Battery > Battery status and charging. If you’re using anything under iOS 16.1, the latter will show up as regular Battery health.

At the top, you’ll see your battery’s maximum capacity, which should be 100%, or close to it if you have a relatively new iPhone.

However, what you want to look at is Peak performance and the sentence below. When you see it Your battery is currently supporting normal peak performanceyou have no recognized battery problems and should not need a replacement.

iOS setting to check your iPhone battery health

Check what’s below Peak performance to find out if you need to replace your battery.

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Do you need to replace your iPhone’s battery?

If you see any of the following messages, you may need to replace your batteryor at least make an appointment with Apple or an authorized service provider to check your battery:

  • This iPhone failed unexpectedly because the battery was unable to provide the required peak power. Performance management has been applied to help prevent this from happening again, or You have manually disabled performance management protections.
  • This iPhone cannot determine the battery status. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can repair the battery. More about service options.
  • The health of your battery has deteriorated significantly. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can replace the battery to restore full performance and capacity. More about service options.

Depending on whether you have insurance (third party or AppleCare Plus) or not, you may not have to spend any money at all to replace your iPhone’s battery. If your iPhone is new, you have at least a one-year warranty on replacing a defective battery. If you don’t have insurance, Apple charges an estimated $49 to $99 to replace your battery. In addition, you can check the Apple Service Programs page to see if replacement or repair programs are available for your device.

An iPhone battery is being replaced

You can even replace your own battery.

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Is there anything you can do to extend your iPhone battery life?

The faster you go through your daily battery life, the faster your overall battery life deteriorates, so here are some tips to follow, according to Apple:

  • Update to the latest available software.
  • Adjust the brightness of your screen (manually or automatically) as needed.
  • Use Wi-Fi when available.
  • Enable power saving mode if necessary.
  • Disable Background App Refresh (globally or per app).
  • Disable location services (general or per app).
  • Uncheck Allow Notifications.
  • Turn on airplane mode if applicable.
  • When charging your phone with your computer, make sure your computer is connected.
Two iOS settings to keep battery healthy

You can enable auto-brightness (left) and prevent apps from refreshing in the background (right) to improve your battery life and battery life.

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If you need more battery saving tips for your iPhone, check out eight ways to improve iPhone battery life, two iOS 16 features to disable to save battery and what happens if you keep your iphone in power saving mode all the time.