If you're a heavy smartphone user, you know the importance of battery life. Nothing is more frustrating than working from a phone that doesn't fully charge or runs through battery at a rapid rate. It appears that Apple knows all about these issues and is actively working toward solving them in their latest iPhone models with battery health monitoring.
In fact, many current iPhone XS and XR users are reporting amazing battery health percentages months after purchase. This is a huge improvement for Apple, especially after it was uncovered that they were throttling the performance of older devices.
So what's the secret to prolonged battery health? You have to follow a regimen that keeps your battery healthy.
Continue reading to learn more about four things that are actually hurting your iPhone's battery health instead of extending it.
You wait until your battery percentage hits single digits.
Some of us wait until we see the red bar appear on our battery icon before charging — but this habit actually impacts your battery's health. Completely draining your battery can shorten its lifespan. Instead, charge your iPhone a little at a time whenever you're not using it, like while you're driving or hanging out at home.
You're subjecting your iPhone to extreme temperatures.
Apple's newest lithium-ion batteries charge faster and last longer than their predecessors. However, none of them perform well under extreme temperature changes. That's why Apple recommends using an iPhone between 32º and 95º F (0º to 35º C) to protect the battery.
Also avoid storing your iPhone in places that could experience temperature extremes, like your car on a hot day.
You're using a low-quality charger.
Apple MFi-certified chargers are your best bet. Don't be tempted to pick up a poor charger from the gas station or local convenience store in an effort to save money. Oftentimes these don't deliver the appropriate charge, nor do they protect your device against power surges.
Place chargers in convenient locations around your home. Also, consider investing in a wireless charger, as some iPhone users believe their wireless chargers have helped them maintain good battery health.
You're not keeping your battery charged enough.
According to Battery University, an educational website for information on battery technology and usage, lithium-ion batteries work best when their charge is kept anywhere between 65 and 75 percent. For most of us, this range is tough to maintain due to our on-the-go lifestyles, so try to keep your phone between ~25 and ~80 percent to keep your battery healthy.