How to charge your iPhone and maintain 100% battery capacity

You wouldn’t think you need someone to tell you how to charge your iPhone, but a TikTok user makes a good case for following their lead…

As Macworld spotted, TikTok video maker Shoandtech revealed that after two years of use, his iPhone 12 Pro still retains 100% of its original battery capacity — and he says that’s all to do with how he charges it.

They may have different nighttime routines, but there is one thing iPhone users have in common: they charge their phones overnight. Whether it’s a Lightning cable, MagSafe stand, or wireless charging mat, most people have a charger on their nightstand so they can wake up to a fully charged iPhone.

But according to TikTok user Shoes (Shoandtech), that’s not the best way. The video shows Shomes with an iPhone 13 Pro that he has owned since September 2021 with a maximum battery capacity of 100 percent. He also has an iPhone 12 Pro which is still at 100 percent. The secret? He rarely changes his iPhone overnight […]

Shoes recommends charging your iPhone whenever it needs it. If you go to sleep and it has a 40 or 50 percent charge, leave it. Then charge it for a while the next day when it turns red. That way, the battery is not stressed and the health lasts much longer than charging it overnight.

Of course, this approach won’t work for everyone. Not everyone has access to a charger during the day, and some may find that this approach leaves them low on power when they need it most. But if it’s practical for you, he makes a good case.

If you need to charge overnight, Apple applies intelligent charging management to its current devices, where they learn your schedules and charge only to 80% initially, and upgrade to 100% when you usually take it out of battery.

There are other steps you can take to extend your iPhone battery life, such as adjusting which apps use background refresh.

Low Power mode disables background app refreshes across the board, but you can customize which apps use this feature for more convenient usage and battery life. go to Settings > General > Refresh Background App.

You can also choose to only use background app refresh on Wi-Fi in addition to Wi-Fi and Cellular, or disable the feature completely. However, most users will find that they leave Wi-Fi and cellular on while adjusting which apps are used for background refresh to fit best.

Disabling Background App Refresh prevents apps you’re not actively using from updating (until you open them again).

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