iPhone 12 / 12 Pro Optimized Battery Charging Not Working? Fix

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Optimized Battery Charging

Is your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Optimized Battery Charging not working? You’re not the only one! Here is the troubleshooting guide that you can follow to fix iPhone 12 Optimized Battery Charging not working issue for good!

The Optimized Battery Charging feature is a very useful tool built into the iOS devices to help iPhone users prolong the battery life. While some users love this feature, others don’t — perhaps because it sometimes doesn’t let their iPhone charge past 80%. That makes it very difficult to know whether iPhone’s Optimized Battery Charging feature is working or not. However, if you have figured out that it isn’t, you can fix it.

In this article, we have explained five fixes for iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Optimized Battery Charging not working as expected.

How to Fix iPhone 12 Optimized Battery Charging Not Working Issue

If you are looking for the best ways to fix iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Optimized Battery Charging not working issue, try out the solutions below to fix the Optimized Battery Charging problem.

1. Re-enable Optimized Battery Charging

The first thing you want to do when you notice that iPhone 12 Optimized Battery Charging not working is to reconfirm if the feature is enabled. By default, the feature comes enabled on new iPhone models, but may be it’s disabled on your device.

To confirm that your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro is enabled to use the Optimized Battery Charging feature, follow the steps below.

Step 1: start the settings app on your iPhone and tap gBattery.

Step 2: Tap on Battery Health.

Step 3: Ensure the ‘Optimized Battery Charging’ feature is turned on. You can also try disabling it and toggle it back on.

Now that you’ve confirmed that it is enabled let’s move to the next method to help get Optimized Battery Charging working on your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro.

2. Turn on location services

To help prolong your iPhone’s battery life, the Optimized Battery Charging feature uses machine learning to study your usage pattern and determine where you spend your time the most (home, work, etc.). Afterwords, the Optimized Battery Charging feature would engage only at the locations where you spend the most time, speaking theoretically.

If certain location settings on your iPhone 12 are disabled, or there’s an unexpected discrepancy in your location pattern (say you recently traveled, went on vacation, or relocated), there can be an alteration (or pause) in the functionality of the optimized charging feature. That is, Optimized Battery Charging wouldn’t work on iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro.

Additionally, there’s a trio of location settings that must be enabled on your iPhone for Optimized Battery Charging to work. Here’s how to check that they are enabled or how to enable them if they aren’t.

NOTE: None of the location information or history used for this Optimized Battery Charging is sent to Apple. It is solely used by your phone to improve battery life.

Location Services

Step 1: start the settings app on your iPhone and select Privacy.

Step 2: Tap on Location Services.

Step 3: Tap Location Services to toggle it on (or ensure that it is enabled).

System Customization

Step 1: start the settings app and select Privacy.

Step 2: Tap on Location Services.

Step 3: Scroll down and select System Services.

Step 4: Check that System Customization is enabled. If it isn’t, tap to toggle it on.

Significant Locations

Step 1: start the settings app on your iPhone and select Privacy.

Step 2: Tap on Location Services.

Step 3: Scroll down and select System Services.

Step 4: Tap on Significant Locations. You’d be requested to authorize entry by Face ID.

Step 5: Check that Significant Locations is enabled.

If these settings are enabled on your device, and you did not recently travel (or change locations), but Optimized Battery Charging still doesn’t work on your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro, try the next troubleshooting tips below.

3. Reboot your iPhone

Rebooting your device might set things right and fix issues preventing iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Optimized Battery Charging from working. Simply hold down the power button together with either the Volume buttons to turn off your iPhone. Switch it back on and check if the feature works.

4. Update iOS

Make sure that your iPhone OS is up-to-date and is running the latest version of the iOS 14.

To check that your iPhone is running the latest version of the iOS 14, start the settings app on your iPhone and go to General > Software Update. If an update is available, download and install.

If your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro is up-to-date and Optimized Battery Charging doesn’t still work, check out what to do in the next solution below.

5. Wait

The thing about Optimized Battery Charging is that it takes a while for the algorithm powering the feature to acquire the necessary information (charging and usage habits, location pattern, etc.) it needs to work. Apple doesn’t say exactly how long it takes for the feature to acquire these data, but it usually takes days, sometimes weeks.

Personally, I remember it took about a week for my iPhone 12 Pro Optimized Battery Charging to work. Some users have stated that it took more than 2 weeks.

So, if you have only started using your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro for less than a week or two, and you’re sure that the Optimized Battery Charging feature is enabled, don’t sweat it. The feature is busy working in the background, collecting enough data needed for it to work efficiently. You just have to wait as there is no way to fast-track the data collection process.

Conclusion

The benefits of the Optimized Battery Charging feature cannot be overstated. To reiterate, it helps to extend iPhone 12 battery life by reducing the time it (the battery) spends fully charged. If iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Optimized Battery Charging is not working, you should get it fixed using any of the methods listed above.

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