iOS 18 gives iPhone 15 more charging limit tiers to protect the battery

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Apple has updated its battery health settings in iOS 18 in iPhone 15 by giving more control to users over charging limits.

Phone screen showing a prompt to change charge limit with options for allowing until tomorrow, setting limit to 100%, or canceling.
The new iOS 18 adds more options for a hard charging limit

As introduced in 2023 with iOS 17, the Charging section of Settings on iPhone let users turn on a limit to how much a battery will be charged. The optional limit was 80%, and it meant that in order to extend the lifetime of the battery, it would never charge beyond that limit.

Now in iOS 18, the same setting comes with a range of optional limits. Specifically, users can now set a charge limit of 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, or 100%.

The 100% limit seems pointless, but there's no on/off toggle for charging limits, so effectively this just means the iPhone should not limit the charging. As AppleInsider pointed out with iOS 17, though, the whole concept is close to pointless -- and it is potentially confusing.

That's because the most that this feature will do is add some weeks to the lifespan of the battery. And in the meantime, every day the phone will have less charge than it should.

The confusion, too, is because this is not the same as the iPhone's Optimized Battery Charging setting. This is in the same Charging settings section and the two options are related.

What Optimized Battery Charging does by default is stop the iPhone charging once it reaches 80% -- but then lets it continue to 100% just in time for when the owner typically wakes up and starts using it.

Under iOS 18, the hard charging limit is set by default to 100%, and if a lower limit is set, then Optimized Battery Charging turns off. It cannot be turned back on unless the hard limit is returned to 100%.

There is one more option in iOS 18's new system. Should a user choose to lower the limit from 100%, but then return it to that maximum, they are prompted to confirm that they want to do so.

Plus the new prompt allows the user to say they want a 100% limit only until tomorrow. After that, it will revert to whatever limit they previously had.

AppleInsider recommends that users ignore this new charging limit setting and instead stick with just the Optimized Battery Charging. The benefits in the long term are fractional and perhaps non-existent, where in the short term this makes it more likely that a user will need to top up the charge during the day.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    XedXed Posts: 2,674member
    I wish they'd allow this in macOS. I use a 3rd party app to maintain my Mac's battery health.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    40domi40domi Posts: 138member
    I use the 80% battery charge limit and I like it, the only thing missing is the battery optimisation, I often wake up and the battery is less than 80% if the alarm has gone off a few times, I wish Apple would sort that out pronto, as there is no technical reason, why they can't do it.
    The 85% will probably be my limit.
    I strongly disagree with the writer of this article, when he says it will only add a few weeks to the life of the battery, my iPhone 13 Pro had 100% battery health for 2 years whilst I had it, simply due to the fact, I never let it run below 60% before charging and it was never charged over night.
    Now with Stand By, I don't have that luxury, so we'll see how the 80% charging will look like after 2 years?
  • Reply 3 of 6
    Yes, I too disagree with the author. It’s another William wobble. Use the feature if your day-to-day usage doesn’t challenge your battery capacity. Then on the special occasions that you need the capacity, it will be there!

    As others are keen to say, you don’t need to use these optional features. But saying avoid using this is unhelpful.

    Better yet, Apple should enable this feature on earlier phones. My 14 Pro can put its charging on hold for hours (maintaining 80%) when using continuity camera. It’s not a hardware limitation.
    edited June 11 timpetuselijahgwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,781member
    Better yet, Apple should enable this feature on earlier phones. My 14 Pro can put its charging on hold for hours (maintaining 80%) when using continuity camera. It’s not a hardware limitation.
    Apple seems to have gone really hard on limiting new features to the latest iPhone in iOS 18.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    timpetustimpetus Posts: 38member
    Use this feature, as long as you are near a charger. Turn it off when you'll be away from power for an extended time. Use the 80% setting - it's better. My 15 Pro has had it turned on since day one back in September 2023 and still has 100% battery health with nearly 250 cycles.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    My 14ProMax went 15 months before dropping to 99% capacity. 

    Because it misses out on the 80% charge limiter feature of the 15Pro, I made a Siri Shortcut that turns off the smart outlet it’s charger is connected to when it reaches 80% charged. I wake up with my phone at 80% every morning 
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