After releasing a string of wildly popular smartphones with batteries that users could not change themselves and then exerting parent-like control over end-of-life battery performance, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that big changes were afoot with the upcoming iOS upgrade.
He further whetted consumers’ appetites in January when he explained that an impending iOS update would allow users to exercise more control over their smartphone battery. With iOS 11.3, the promised changes became a reality since users can now disable performance throttling, a controversial feature that slows down smartphone performance and compromises usability when batteries degrade.
However, there is a potential drawback if the throttling-switch-off feature is engaged since doing so can subject users to aggravating smartphone shutdowns when the degraded battery has too little juice. Turning off the throttling function will also mean that users will have to be more vigilant in monitoring iPhone battery life. So, how can they keep on top of things? Read on to find out.
Method #1: Apple’s Tools
With the iOS 11.3 update, iPhone users have an important tool in the quest to stay on top of their battery power situation. It includes a new section in the smartphone’s battery settings that shows battery health. For those who don’t have the latest and greatest iPhone, the good news is that Apple’s Battery Health (Beta) is available on all of its iPhones starting with iPhone 6. Users will have the chance to see things like the following:
Of course, many people don’t like the throttling feature, so it’s now possible, with iOS 11.3, to shut it off so that users can self-manage their smartphones.
If iOS 11.3 is installed on one of Apple’s newer phones, like iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the throttling feature will be less intrusive and might be barely noticeable. In such cases, users might opt to keep the feature on rather than turn it off.
One thing to consider is that turning off the throttling feature is not a one-and-done affair. Anytime a smartphone shuts down because of a drained battery, the throttling feature will be reactivated, meaning that users will have to turn it off again manually each time.
Method #2: Third-Party Apps
Although Apple offers options to check iPhone battery life, you don’t have to stop there.
Third-party apps are another great option to help keep tabs on your iPhone’s battery life.
Geekbench 4 is a diagnostic app that provides users with a thorough set of benchmarks that measure processor, memory, and battery performance. This app, which is 94 MB and requires iOS 9.0 or later, removes the guesswork from establishing benchmark results that are reliable.
Battery Life, which is 30 MB and requires iOS 9.0 or later, allows users not only to monitor their iPhone’s runtimes, but also to access thorough raw data of their battery. It has a simple user interface that lists battery charge as well time spent using various functions like audio, 3G browsing, and 3G talk time.
Battery Saver offers the ability to check memory status, battery status, and disk status as well as offers battery tips. It is a simple and easy to use app that both offers free battery saving tips and offers an accurate battery percentage view, details of RAM usage and status, and information of disk space specifications. It is 18.5 MB in size and requires iOS 7.0 or later.
Battery Doctor is an app that provides real-time power consumption rankings, protects batteries, offers accurate power levels and available time projections, and more. In addition to offering tips for better maintenance, it has aesthetically pleasing charging clock and simple explanations to detail system operation conditions. The app 75.6 MB in size and requires iOs 7.0 or later.
Tips to Save Battery Life
While a battery will eventually come to the end of its lifecycle, this doesn’t mean that you can’t prolong its usefulness and delay any issues stemming from a degraded battery. The following general performance tips, which come from the Apple website, will help in this regard:
Avoid Throttling By Buying Replacement Battery
For users who are fed up with dealing with degraded batteries that can barely hold a charge but who still don’t want to use the throttling feature, there is an option. This option is to buy a replacement battery. This will require having Apple or third-party perform the replacement.
So, users do have options if they want to keep tabs on their iPhone battery life without having to settle for throttling. From using Apple tools, to relying on third-party apps, to implementing performance management techniques, to even possibly replacing the battery, there are things people can do to keep their iPhones up and running with optimal performance.