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Planning to replace your iPhone's battery? You may lose this feature

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Replacing the battery can be one way to prolong the life of an older iPhone, but if you chose to use a third-party service rather than going directly to Apple or one of its authorized providers, you may have lost access to one feature.

'Battery Health' is a way to monitor your phone's battery performance day to day. It was introduced back in iOS 11.3, but now it will be restricted if your phone detects a battery that wasn't installed by an authorized Apple provider.

According to iFixIt (opens in new tab), users are getting the message, "Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this battery."

If you head to an Apple Store or an Apple authorized service provider to replace the battery you'll still be able to use the feature, this is only if you opt for another service that isn't recommended by Apple.

So far, this change only seems to affect the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, but it's likely to take effect on upcoming iPhones running iOS 13 software and beyond too.

Rumors suggest we'll be seeing the iPhone 11 and perhaps an iPhone 11R next month on the year anniversary of the iPhone XS's introduction.

Via 9To5Mac (opens in new tab)

James is Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He's currently most excited about the Samsung Galaxy S22, God of War: Ragnarok and the rumored foldable iPhone.