iPhone 7(+) Best way to store an iPhone long term?


macrumors 68020
Original poster
Dec 3, 2017
I’ve never stored a phone long term before, but I just bought a 128gb 7+ from a guy at work for $200. It’s in great shape, with a battery health of 90%. Apple says to charge it to 50% and keep it turned off in a cool dry place. That’s self explanatory, but would it do me any good to power it on and use it for a day every few months? Not sure I’ll ever even need to use it, but $200 was too cheap to pass up. I’m going to take it in for a $39 battery and then store it until one of my family members break our iPhone.


macrumors G3
May 26, 2016
Don’t think using it from time to time will actually make any difference but for optimal battery storage you might just wanna check if it has dropped too much. Generally if you keep it within 20-50%, it should be fine.

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macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
Definitely agree with the temperature being the most important, strictly because of the battery. If the phone had not been used for a while, it would probably be good to charge it sporadically to keep the battery from dropping too much, when ever a battery is completely depleted for too long, it is possible for it not to rebound.

This page from Apple has a lot of relative good information about the iPhone battery shelf life:

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