Here is how to check your iPhone 12 Battery Health and Charge Cycles.
How to Check Your iPhone 12 Battery Health
Do you need to charge your iPhone 12 more than you used to? It might be worth checking out your battery health.
If you’re someone who doesn’t upgrade your iPhone every single year, keeping an eye on its battery condition is crucial in the long run. This is because your iPhone’s battery performance deteriorates over time, directly impacting how often you’d need to charge your device.
Thankfully, Apple provides an easy way to check your device’s battery information in iOS. So, whether you own an iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, here’s how you can check its battery health.
You can quickly view the battery information in the Settings app of your iPhone. Follow these simple steps to learn how:
Start the Settings app on your iPhone. Swipe down and tap on Battery.
Here, you’ll see an option called Battery Health. Tap on it to continue.
In this menu, you’ll see the exact maximum capacity of your iPhone 12 battery in percentage. This is the battery health of your iPhone 12.
In addition to the maximum capacity, you’ll find something called Peak Performance Capability. This shows if performance management features have been applied to your iPhone to prevent unexpected shutdowns.
What to Do If Your iPhone 12 Battery Health Is Low
If your iPhone 12 battery health is lower than 80%, you’ll see an important battery message in the same menu. According to Apple, when the maximum capacity falls below 80%, it means that your iPhone’s battery has significantly degraded, and it has to be replaced to restore advertised performance.
Apple’s battery replacement service costs $69 for iPhone 12 series.
If you choose not to get the battery replaced, you can minimize iPhone 12 battery drain by removing the apps that consume a lot of resources in the background.
It’s annoying when you have to charge your iPhone way more often than you did when it was new. Hence, it’s important to take advantage of the options Apple gives you and get your battery replaced at the earliest.
How to Check the Battery Cycle Count of Your iPhone 12
Do you know how many times you’ve charged your iPhone 12 battery? Here’s how to find out.
Battery cycle count can be an excellent way to determine the condition of your battery. On an iPhone, it gives you a better idea of how the battery has aged over the years.
Before you learn how to check the battery cycle count on your iPhone 12, let’s see what this term exactly means.
What Is the Battery Cycle Count?
Battery cycle count is simply the number of times a battery is fully charged and depleted. When you exhaust the battery of a fully charged iPhone, you complete one battery cycle.
In reality, rarely does anyone charge and use their iPhones like that. So, let’s take a look at a practical scenario, shall we?
Assume you have a fully charged iPhone and you drain it to 30%, meaning you used 70% of the battery. Then, you charge it again all the way up to 100%. Since you only used 70% of the battery, you haven’t completed a full charge cycle yet. It only counts when you use another 30% of the battery, because it’ll add up to a total of 100%, no matter how many times you charge your iPhone in the middle.
Hence, the battery cycle count would ideally show the total number of times you’ve used 100% of the batteries capacity, even if you only ever used it a little bit at a time in between charging.
First and foremost, we’d like to point out that you’ll only be able to view this data if you’re sharing iPhone analytics with Apple, which most people do. If you don’t, you need to turn this on and wait for two days before you go ahead with these steps.
To enable this option and check your cycle count:
Start the Settings app on your iPhone. Swipe down and select Privacy from the settings menu.
In the Privacy section, scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Analytics & Improvements.
You’ll be able to see if you’re sharing analytics with Apple here. Next, tap on the option called Analytics Data.
In this step, you need to scroll down until you find a file that starts with log-aggregated. If you see multiple files with the same name, select the one at the bottom, since that’s the latest one.
Now, you’ll see nothing but lines of code. Tap anywhere on the code to access the selection tool and then drag it to select everything in this file.
Next, tap on the selected portion and choose Copy to store it in the clipboard.
Launch the Notes app on your iPhone and create a new note. Then, tap anywhere on the blank note and choose Paste.
Next, tap on the three dots icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to access more options. Select Find in Note.
Now, simply type batterycyclecount, and the Notes app will take you to the exact position in the file. Here, you’ll see a number right below the highlighted line. This is the battery cycle count of your iPhone.
You have what you needed. We had to use the Notes app since there’s no way to search for a specific line of code within the log-aggregated file. Of course, you can scroll and find it yourself, but this will take a lot of time and effort.
See also: How To CALIBRATE iPhone Battery
Now that you know both the battery cycle count and the battery health percentage, you can better understand your iPhone 12 battery’s condition.
According to Apple, the iPhone battery is designed to retain 80% of its maximum capacity by the time it reaches 500 charge cycles. However, if you see a much higher battery cycle count with similar battery health, it means that you have good charging habits and you’ve preserved the battery quite well.