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

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  1. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  2. stafil macrumors 6502

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    9398B63A-BBCD-4658-97A7-1F08136DC9FE.jpeg I think the temperature is the most important thing.
     
  3. tonybarnaby thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It will be kept at room temperature in a drawer most likely.
     
  4. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    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.
     
  5. Relentless Power, Sep 29, 2018
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    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    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:

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208387
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I have several iPhone stored and I set an alarm on my current device to every 6 months charge them to about 60 to 70%.
     
  7. mdlyen macrumors member

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    Why not wait until you need it to replace the battery? It seems like a shame to put a new battery in and let it sit idle.
     
  8. stafil macrumors 6502

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    I guess because the $39 battery replacement offer ends on December.
     
  9. mdlyen macrumors member

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    Good point. But I think they changed the price to $69 normally, so still not a bad price and may be worth the wait.
     

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