When did you replace your iphone battery and does it worth it?

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  1. j2ee Suspended

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    Did you replace your iphone battery after....1 year? 1.5 years? 2 years? Or....sometimes else? Does it worth it? How did you know it was time to replace battery? Did you use Apple official service?
     
  2. Critycal macrumors member

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    Every battery is different. I think it is hard to say when to replace it. Some batteries need a replacement after 1 year. Some are after 3 years still doing fine. Personally, I would replace the battery if it dies within one day of normal use, and I am tending to keep my phone at least six more months.

    That being said, my iPhone 6 is 2,5 years old now, and I never replaced the battery so far. Battery health is still 83% according to Coconut. So it is still working fine.
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    I would use Apples battery replacement over third party. Batteries are also dependent on the usage, which will vary on charging cycles, etc.

    You also started a similar thread on this topic and I recommended Coconut Battery. Use it.
     
  4. j2ee thread starter Suspended

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    I dont have a mac computer
     
  5. eyoungren, May 14, 2017
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    March 8, 2017, wife's iPhone 5. March 31, 2017, my iPhone 5.

    Wife's iPhone 5 is four years old. First repair (replacement) it ever saw.
    My iPhone 5 is now on it's third replacement, the second for battery swelling.

    Both batteries were swelling, Apple replaced the phone itself for the price of the battery.

    Due to these being replacements I was able to enter Verizon as the carrier (both are Sprint phones) which resulted in both Sprint iPhones becoming fully unlocked.

    So. Yes, this was worth it to me.

    PS. Both iPhones are secondary phones, not our primary phones.
     
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Never replaced a battery. My current phone is an iPhone 6, purchased at launch. My previous phone was a 5s, also purchased at launch, currently being used by my mom. Batter is still fine.
     
  7. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    I use coconutBattery on my Macbook Air to determine the health of my batteries on my iPhones and iPads. Longest I've had an iPhone was 1.5 years (6+) and, it was still near 100% health after some 250+ cycles. My current iPhone is holding rock steady at 95% health after 169 cycles and 1 year 9 days of usage. I plan on keeping it another year and even with 2x the usage of the first year, I probably won't need to replace the battery.

    Find a friend with a Mac - install coconutBattery (free) - and plug your phone in. Takes 5 seconds. :p
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    LOL!!!

    If said friend is using an Intel Mac capable of running the app and the device is compatible with the version of OS X being used. :D

    Not going to happen with the lot of PowerMac G5s I have. :D

    Yes, just being difficult and yanking chains. :D
     
  9. jeyf macrumors 6502

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    i have an old Iphone 5.0 and the battery still meets my current needs. None OEM battery replace may not have as much value to justify the improvement, risk, cost, effort
     
  10. macduke macrumors 604

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    My wife's iPhone 5 was replaced just under the deadline for the battery issue, I think slightly under 3 years old, and it made a pretty big difference, like 30% or so. After iOS 10 came out it was four years old and starting to run a little slower on that OS, so in the autumn she got an SE. So it was a big improvement, but IDK if she would have paid for it if it wasn't free. Take that for what it's worth, but she works from home so she can easily charge it. The SE battery life is way longer than a brand new battery in a 5, and with all the other improvements was more worth the cost as she can get another 3-4 years out of it.
     
  11. Menel macrumors 603

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    Replace it when the battery life is below what's usable for you. It should take 2 to 3 years before it needs to be done.

    I've replaced most of my iphones every 2 years, and the battery was shorter, but still very acceptable.

    With my 6, I got a battery case at about the 1 year mark. It cycles the case battery before the internal battery, saving wear cycles. I'm nearing the end of year 3 and battery life is great.
     
  12. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Efficiency is another factor. Apple's Processors make a difference on how the batteries are taxed with managing power better. Also, iOS updates are another contributor to managing the battery, which in some cases, users see better results with older phones with iOS updates.
     
  13. niji macrumors 6502a

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    iPhone 6s battery replaced at apple store.
    took 2 hours.
    totally worth it.
    with my usage, it went from about 5.5 hours to about 8 hours.
    totally worth it.
    especially with latest iOS version.
     
  14. chilman macrumors regular

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    Personally, I upgrade my iphones after 3 years max, by that time the battery has degraded and may need a replacement. After i buy the latest iphone, i hv no need of the old one and I sell it for what it is worth for. After 3 yrs, i feel i get my money's worth and i get a little bit money back for selling. Beside iOS continues to upgrade and eventually each model will get retired. Replacing a new batt won't increase the used price either, so what's the point of replacing, and a under performing batt really sucks bcs you try to limit using the phone so it can last til the end of the day.
     
  15. Martin81 macrumors regular

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    The battery in my 5S lastet roughly 3.5 years. By that time it was around 80% design capacity. But it startet to shut down unexpectedly if the battery dropped below 25% of charge.
    I got the battery changed in one of Germanys large retail stores for 39€.

    For me it was worth it, because I'm very happy with my 5S and will use it until it isn't supported with iOS updates anymore.
     
  16. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502

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    My iPhone 7 won't hold a whole day charge.
     
  17. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    Got my battery replaced in a 5 after 2 years and it was like having a new phone.
     
  18. chilman macrumors regular

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    Yes, I know iphones could age pretty well, some are satisfied and there is no need to upgrade. I still have my ipad mini 2 and I would just use it until its obsolete. however, 3 yrs is reasonable to upgrade the iphone, I like to experience with newer models too. So it isn't just the cost of replacement but also a chance to entertain myself with a new model.
     
  19. GP-SE macrumors 6502

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    Same here, yesterday Apple replaced my 6s battery under the extended coverage, took about 2.5 hours, but was well worth it! My phone was powering off at random, so I finally took it in. I'm glad they only replaced my battery and didn't give me a new/refurb phone.
     
  20. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    I used icracked to replace my iPhone 5 battery. They met me at a local mall at the food court. Took about 30 minutes and $40 and I was one happy camper!
     
  21. millerj123 macrumors 6502a

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    Almost two years ago the battery on my iPhone 5 swelled up and popped the screen out. Replaced the battery, and it's still in use. My wife's 6 stopped holding a charge to the point where she had to add an external battery case for the phone to turn on. Replaced the battery, and it's back in use. Maybe $40 and an hours time, and we don't have to buy new phones.
     
  22. j2ee thread starter Suspended

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    The 6s plus battery would suddenly drop from around 20% to around 0%. Is it time to replace battery? This phone has been used since 6s plus launched, so between 1.5 to 2 years.
     
  23. Tom G. macrumors 68000

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    I've never had to replace a battery in any iPhone or iPad that I've owned, and by my standards I use them at a normal rate.
     
  24. chilman macrumors regular

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    I notice the decrease rate is faster once the battery reaches bellow 40%. I mean when the battery is fully charge at 100%, the decrease rate is slower compare bellow 40-30%. Like in your case you hv 20% left and it went straight to 0% at a faster rate. That tells me at 20% reading it isn't actually 20% but it is lower than 20. See if you notice this that at 90-100% the rate of decrease isn't as quick.
     
  25. j2ee thread starter Suspended

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    Yes exactly as you described
     

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