iPhone battery yellow: How to turn off low power mode

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You may have noticed that the battery icon on your iPhone sometimes turns yellow. Wondering why? Here's the answer: Low Power Mode, which is not a device problem but a feature.

This article will help you understand why your iPhone battery is showing up as yellow and what you can do about it.

What does yellow battery mean on iPhone?

If you see a yellow battery indicator on your iPhone, there is nothing to worry about. This happens when your phone goes into Low Power Mode, which can be done either by you or by the device when the battery falls below a certain level.

To extend battery life, Apple added this feature with iOS 9 in 2015. You'll get a message asking if you want to enter Low Power Mode when your battery drops to 20%. You'll get the message again at 10% if you didn't turn it on at 20%.

It's also possible to turn Low Power Mode on manually at any time. You just need to go to your Settings app, scroll down and tap Battery, and then enable Low Power Mode.

Battery Percentage and Low Power Mode options

To disable this mode, follow the steps above. The only difference is that you need to turn off the toggle next to Low Power Mode. 

What will Low Power Mode do?

You may have noticed unusual behavior of your iPhone when it's in battery-saving mode.

Some tasks may take longer to complete, and some features may not work at all until you turn off Low Power mode or until your iPhone is charged above 80%.

According to Apple, these are some of the features that may be affected by iPhone Low Power Mode:

  • Auto-Lock (30 seconds by default)
  • 5G is turned off (except for video streaming)
  • On iPad and iPhone models with the ProMotion display2, the display refresh rate is limited to 60Hz
  • iCloud Photos (temporarily paused)
  • Automatic downloads (temporarily paused)
  • Display brightness reduced
  • Background app refresh (temporarily paused)
  • Some visual effects turned off
  • etc.

It's all done to conserve battery life when it's running low on juice.

Is it okay to use power-saving mode all the time?

You may be tempted to use this feature all the time to save your iPhone's battery. However, you're probably going to find that this isn't worth bothering with. It's not as easy to use your iPhone with this mode turned on. Your screen will automatically lock after 30 seconds, regardless of your normal auto-lock settings. Features like background app refresh, email check, and Hey Siri are turned off while you're in Low Power Mode.

So, if you ask, "Should I use Low Power Mode all the time?" The answer is no. It will not damage your device, but it will affect your experience using your phone. 

How to get rid of yellow battery on iPhone

If you want to get rid of the iPhone yellow battery indicator, you can turn Low Power Mode off manually by going to Settings > Battery and toggling Low Power Mode. Alternatively, just ask Siri to disable Low Power Mode. 

iPhone Settings > Low Power Mode

Bonus: How to keep iPhone battery 100% healthy

Diminishing battery life is one of the most common complaints among iPhone users. Unfortunately, there is no way to keep the iPhone battery at 100% health all the time. Note that Apple considers 80% or more capacity ideal. To avoid falling below this level and causing your battery to malfunction, you need to follow best practices and maintain your iPhone's battery health.

To view your battery's current health, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging and check the Maximum Capacity percentage.

Now, to the tips.

Tip 1: Avoid letting your iPhone die

Keeping your device fully charged or completely drained can negatively impact your iPhone's battery health. For this reason, you should try to keep your device between 40% and 80% power as much as possible to preserve your iPhone's battery health.

We recommend you monitor the state of charge of your fleet of wireless devices at a single glance with AirBuddy. A simple click on an icon in your menu bar displays a list of wireless devices connected to your Mac, along with their battery status. The app can also notify you when your devices' batteries are low and when charging is complete.


Tip 2: Don't charge your phone overnight 

A lot of people charge their phones overnight because it is the most convenient way to go. However, overcharging an iPhone can damage the battery and shorten the life of the phone.

Fortunately, there's a built-in, optimized battery charge feature that helps keep your iPhone's battery healthy. You can turn it on by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging and toggling Optimized Battery Charging. If you unplug your phone at about the same time every day, your iPhone will learn that pattern and avoid charging to 100% until you need it.

Tip 3: Don't let your iPhone overheat or overfreeze 

Extremely low or high temperatures can shorten battery life, reduce the battery's ability to hold a charge or cause the battery to stop working altogether.

Tip 4: Regularly update your software

One important way to maintain the health of your iPhone battery is to keep its operating system up to date. Over time, the iPhone receives software updates that improve its speed and performance. This keeps the battery in good shape over time. Plus, these updates often include new battery-saving features for you to enjoy. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

iPhone battery yellow: Resolved

Now you know the answer to the questions "What is the iPhone battery icon yellow?" and "How do you get rid of yellow battery on iPhone?" As you can see, there is nothing to worry about. This is what happens when your iPhone is put into battery-saving mode. Note that you can turn Low Power Mode off manually at any time. You just need to go to your Settings app, scroll down and tap Battery, and then disable Low Power Mode.

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