How to check your Apple iPhone's battery health: battery cycle counts and other info

Apple's iPhone stores valuable information about the health of its battery: logged inside your phone is information about the battery cycle counts, or put simply, how many times you have charged your phone to 100%.

Keep in mind, that Apple counts 1 battery cycle as a full 100% recharge run: you can charge up your phone 25% and then 75%, and combined together these two charges will count for 1 100% cycle.

This is important information: different Apple devices use different batteries, and they do not last forever. Here are the battery counts that different Apple products are designed for:

  • iPhone is designed to retain 80% charge until 500 cycles
  • Apple Watch is designed to retain 80% charge until 1,000 cycles
  • iPad is designed to retain 80% charge until 1,000 cycles
  • iPod is designed to retain 80% charge until 400 cycles
  • MacBook is designed to retain 80% charge until 1,000 cycles

So if you own an older Apple device, you definitely want to know how many counts your battery is on.

Unfortunately, Apple does not allow iOS apps to report battery cycle counts, so you will need to connect your iPhone to a computer - running Mac or Windows - to find out.

How to do it

On Mac, you can use the free coconut Battery app. The app shows detailed battery stats for all sorts of Apple devices: it shows current battery charge, the full charge capacity, the design capacity, the model name of the device, the manufacture date, cycle count and battery temperature.

Download coconut Battery for Mac here

On Windows, you can use the free trial iBackupBot. This ancient application still works, and if you need to quickly check up your iOS device battery count, you can get the free trial, or if you need to use it for longer, you can purchase the $35 full version. In iBackupBot, you need to select your device, click on More Information, and look for "CycleCount".

Download iBackupBot for Windows here

So... did you try any of these? How much battery cycles is your Apple device currently on? Keep in mind that changing the battery is not too costly and could be a worthy upgrade for an old iPhone that you still want to use or pass to relatives or friends.



1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Crazy how fast lithium ion batteries degrade. At this rate as a heavy smartphone user(Easily charging twice a day completely from 0-100), in less than 6-8 months I'm gonna hit my 80% capacity.

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1107; Member since: May 27, 2011

Wow, you must really use your phone non-stop to charge twice a day. For most users, their batteries should reach the 500 cycle count for around a year and a half, assuming around 80% of battery use each day.

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

With 5-7 hours of screen time on most new phones, you must spend your entire day on your phone. My S7 just recently hit 500 charge cycles, had it since launch day, and I abuse it with screen mirroring to a TV multiple hours a night and use it for a hotspot daily.

3. JC557

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

A charged lithium battery can maintain it's health/ capacity for longer period of time but it also gets stressed if charged to maximum capacity constantly with 85 supposedly being a sweet spot.

4. sirohunter

Posts: 222; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

FYI On a mac you don't need to download any software you can just go to the apple on the upper left side click on about this mac, then go to system report and look for 'Power' and then look for cycle count and it'll tell you the number.

5. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Why would Apple prevent iOS users from querying their phone directly? Oh.. wait... it's Apple.

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So they design the iPhone to be more disposable than the iPad?

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