So you were casually using your iPhone to scroll social media and share memes with your friends. All of a sudden you see that your iPhone battery is yellow. It’s only natural to wonder why is my iPhone battery yellow. Fear not, we have you covered.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with your iPhone, be happy about that! What you’re experiencing is simply called the Low Power mode for iPhone. On the other hand, if you’re experiencing battery drainage issues with it, you should check our 5 tips to improve iPhone 11 Pro Max’s battery life.
Now you may be asking how did that happen? I never turned on that setting!
What probably happened is that your iPhone’s battery fell to 20% and at the same time you pressed something on the screen. Now, your iPhone battery is yellow. When your battery goes down to 20%, the iPhone will alert you about the low battery. In that notification, it will give you an option to turn the Low Power mode on.
How to turn Low Power mode off?
To turn that annoying yellow battery light back to white, simply go through the following steps:
- Open Settings
- Go to Battery
- Toggle Low Battery mode off
Congratulations! Now your yellow iPhone battery days are over. The battery icon should now be back to the white color.
Another way to toggle this mode to on or off is by changing it from the Control Center (works for iOS 11 and onwards). To add this mode to the Control Center, do the following:
- Go to Settings
- Open Control Center
- Press Customize Controls
- Select Low Power mode
To learn more about Low Power mode, look at this Apple guide.
What does Low Power mode do?
Good question. Low Power mode serves to reduce the usage of the iPhone battery by reducing and affecting some features.
The Low Power mode is amazing to have when you’re out and traveling without a charger (bad move, though). It can effectively give you an hour or two more of battery life. Let’s be honest, that is amazing to have when you’re expecting an important call or just need to be reachable.
Here is the list of features that are affected by the Low Power mode:
- Email fetch
- “Hey Siri”
- Background app refresh
- Automatic downloads
- Some visual effects
- Auto-Lock (defaults to 30 seconds)
- iCloud Photos (temporarily paused)
Is Low Power mode bad for your iPhone?
Absolutely not. This mode only reduces the capabilities of the phone so that it’s not constantly using power. It does nothing to the battery itself that would cause it any harm.
Low Power mode is designed to simply get your iPhone from one destination to another without it turning off. If it was bad for the battery, Apple would warn you.
You can safely put your iPhone on Low Power mode without ever having to worry about it ruining your battery.
Does Low Power mode improve iPhone battery life?
Yes and no. If you’re experiencing fast battery drainage, Low Power mode won’t help you much. This mode simply uses fewer capabilities of your phone. It only helps when you’re battery is low.
Otherwise, you will just have a bad experience trying to use this feature to prolong everyday battery life since Low Power mode essentially slows down your phone.
Frequently Asked Questions for Low Power mode
We took our time to establish what are some of the common questions that people have about Low Power mode.
Here’s our list, feel free to ask anything in the comments and we’ll be sure to respond to your queries.
1. I have more than 20% battery and my iPhone’s battery is yellow
What happens is if Low Power mode turns on, it stays on until the battery is charged to 80% or above. This can be fixed by manually turning the mode off. Otherwise, it persists.
This is Apple’s way of making sure that your phone is properly charged and you’re not left hanging with a dead battery when you need it the most.
2. Does Low Power mode turn off location services?
Not at all. You can safely keep your location services on and do everything that uses them.
Which means that you can use your maps while driving home and not worry about your location disappearing midway or marking you at a wrong place. That will definitely not happen.
You can send people your location on WhatsApp if you’re waiting somewhere. They will get the exact location.
You can also safely call an Uber and not worry about the person showing up at the wrong location just because of Low Power mode.
3. Does the alarm work in Low power mode?
Yes. You won’t have to worry about sleeping in late because your alarm didn’t go off when you needed it to.
While your alarm won’t be disturbed, there is a chance that your phone might die in the middle of the night if its battery is too low. If that happens, you won’t be getting woken up by any alarm.
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