Those who purchased an iPhone 5 in 2012 were treated to a host of features provided by Apple’s latest operating system, iOS6. For the most part, these were welcome additions that included the popular turn-by-turn navigation feature as well as the Flyover tool. That said, some people began experiencing problems right off the bat. The Maps tool was notoriously unreliable and some even found their handheld’s Wi-Fi to be on the fritz. One other issue that a few other new iPhone owners complained of had to do with the battery. In this post we take a look at how to troubleshoot an iPhone 5 battery, in case a problem arises.
On the whole, the battery life of the iPhone 5 is much improved when compared to generations past. That said, the aforementioned issues experienced by a number of iPhone 5 owners include a too-quick drain on battery life as well as the seeming inability of the unit to generate a sufficient batter charge.The reassuring news is that iPhone 5 owners can perform some basic battery troubleshooting measures that often help to correct these types of issues.
How to Troubleshoot an iPhone 5 Battery
This may seem like a no-brainer, but more than a few people have overlooked iPhone overuse and just assumed their battery was on the fritz. Even with all the new advantages to the iPhone 5, it isn’t without its limits. Using many of the cool new features — like the aforementioned Flyover and navigation – to excess can cause such a drain on the battery that it may appear on the surface there is an inherent issue. Those who do discover they are a little too overzealous in their use of programs and apps may want to ease off the throttle.
Recalibrate the battery
The iPhone 5 comes with a calibrated battery already, but recalibrating it can certainly help a battery that is experiencing issues and oftentimes get it back to peak performance. To perform this task, simply drain the battery down to the point it registers an empty 0% and shuts off. Then simply plug the iPhone in and charge until it reaches 100% capacity.
Tip: to ensure optimum battery health for the life of the iPhone 5, be sure to recalibrate the battery once a month.
Reset the iPhone
Like any electronic device that operates in conjunction with the Internet, the iPhone 5 can be prone to malware and other bugs. Resetting the unit not only helps to clear it of any general ailments plaguing the system, but this will often remedy battery issues as well.
Here are the simple steps to performing a basic reset:
1. Simultaneously press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for 10 seconds or until the Apple logo appears.
2. Release the buttons and the phone will now be reset.
Perform a factory reset
This is a last-resort option that should only be tried if all other methods of battery troubleshooting fail. The seriousness of this procedure has to do with the fact it clears all data from the iPhone and reverts to the original settings as well as reinstalls the whole operating system.
1. Backup all personal data on the unit.
2. Open iTunes on a home computer and plug in the iPhone.
3. Find the “Restore” option in the menu and click it.
By going through this list and trying the various options, one of these methods should be sufficient to cure the iPhone 5 in question of any battery problem that may be plaguing the unit.
Author Bio: Scott Johnson writes tech and gadget articles for a variety of clients such as Protect Your Bubble insurance brand.