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Official Apple warning to BILLIONS about iPhone battery safety

IF your iPhone is running on a non-genuine battery, you may be at risk, Apple says.

Most people have had to have their iPhone battery serviced or replaced at some point.

A non-genuine battery pack could pose safety risks, Apple says

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A non-genuine battery pack could pose safety risks, Apple saysPhoto credit: Getty

After all, it is significantly cheaper than a completely new smartphone – especially if the price for a new iPhone is in the four-digit range.

However, Apple is now warning consumers to make sure they go to a certified technician for service on their iPhone.

“Visiting a professional repair provider with certified technicians using genuine Apple parts is the safest, most reliable way to get a repair,” the tech giant said in a statement.

Certified providers include Apple and “Apple Authorized Service Providers and Independent Repair Providers who have access to genuine Apple parts.”

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All iPhones use lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries, which are lighter, smaller, and more powerful than predecessors like nickel-metal hydride (NiMH).

And since lithium-ion batteries contain delicate components, they should be carefully maintained.

“To avoid damage that could lead to overheating, fire, or personal injury, only a trained technician should replace an iPhone battery,” Apple said.

“Repairs performed by untrained persons using non-genuine parts may compromise the safety of the device or cause it to malfunction.”

There are several ways an uncertified service provider can screw up a battery swap.

For example, you could enter a poorly designed or manufactured battery, a previously used or damaged battery, or an incorrect battery for your iPhone model.

Any of these scenarios can result in insufficient battery capacity, improper fit, or performance issues.

“Using non-genuine batteries may also result in unexpected behavior after installation, device software updates, or during charging,” Apple said.

He also stressed that using non-genuine batteries could lead to safety issues.

How to check if your iPhone does not contain original parts

iPhones running iOS 15.2 and later, as well as iPhone XR, iPhone XS models and newer, can notify you when a non-genuine part is present.

You can simply go to Settings > General > About to view your iPhone’s parts and service history.

You can also tell if the battery has been replaced.

If the replacement was performed using genuine Apple parts and processes, “Genuine Apple Part” will appear next to “Battery”.

However, if it is an unknown part, a message will appear alerting you to the following:

  • Has been replaced with a non-original battery
  • Already used or installed in another iPhone
  • Doesn’t work as expected
iPhone users can check if their device is in use

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iPhone users can check if their device is in useCredit: apple
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“Original batteries are designed to work with iOS to work properly, including reporting charge levels and battery health,” Apple said.

“As a result, non-original batteries or repairs do not have the ability to obtain battery health information.”

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Chris Barrese

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