One of the more interesting new features in iOS 16.1 is something called Clean Energy Charging. Apple says this feature aims to “reduce your carbon footprint” by charging when electricity with lower carbon emissions is available. In a new support document published today, Apple has more details about how this feature works…
When Clean Energy Charging is turned on and you connect your iPhone to a charger, your iPhone gets a forecast of the CO2 emissions in your local energy network and uses it to charge your iPhone during times of cleaner energy production.
Clean energy charging is only available in the United States and is enabled by default when you set up your iPhone or after updating to iOS 16.1.
Clean energy charging is enabled by default, but you can manage the setting by going to the Settings app, choosing Battery, then Battery status and charging. Here you can see a new switch for the clean energy charging feature.
Clean Energy Charging partners with Optimized Battery Charging to learn your charging habits. Clean energy charging is used only where you spend the most time and charges your iPhone regularly for extended periods of time, such as at home and at work. The feature will not turn on if your charging habits are variable or if you are in a new location, such as when you travel.
For Clean Energy Charging to work, Apple says the following settings must be configured:
- Go to Settings > Battery > Battery status & charging and make sure Clean energy charging is turned on.
- Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services and make sure Location Services is turned on.
- Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > System Services and make sure System customization is turned on.
- Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > System Services > Significant Locations and make sure Significant Locations is turned on.
Finally, if you enable Clean Power Charging but want to ignore it, you can do it right from your iPhone’s lock screen. When Clean Energy Charging interrupts charging, you will see a notification on your lock screen. Long press this notification and then choose the “Charge now” option to ignore.
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