Why Is My iPhone Battery Yellow? Here’s The Fix.

Your iPhone is working perfectly, but the battery icon on your iPhone has suddenly turned yellow and you don’t know why. Don’t worry: There’s nothing wrong with your iPhone battery. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone battery is yellow and how to switch it back to normal.

Low Power Mode Isn’t A Fix

Low Power Mode is not a fix for iPhone battery issues – it’s a band-aid. My article called Why Does My iPhone Battery Die So Fast? explains how to permanently fix battery problems by changing a few settings on your iPhone. If you’re traveling for a few days and don’t always have access to a charger, Amazon sells some external battery packs that can really come in handy.

How Did My iPhone Battery Turn Yellow In The First Place?

If you’re reading this article, you probably didn’t turn on Low Power Mode intentionally by going to Settings -> Battery. If you had, you probably would have noticed the change right away. Here’s how it usually happens:

When your iPhone battery reaches 20%, a window appears on your iPhone to warn you that your battery level is getting low and asks if you’d like to turn on Low Power Mode. Your iPhone battery turns yellow as soon as you tap Turn On.

turn off low power mode in settings app

Low Power Mode automatically turns off when you recharge your iPhone battery past 80%.

Why Is My iPhone Battery Yellow?

Your iPhone battery is yellow because Low Power Mode is turned on. To change it back to normal, go to Settings -> Battery and tap the switch next to Low Power Mode. Low Power Mode turns off automatically when your battery level reaches 80%.

Adding Low Power Mode To Control Center

If your iPhone is running iOS 11, you can add a button and toggle Low Power Mode on or off in Control Center.

Wrapping It Up

It’s easy to think that something is wrong with your iPhone when its battery turns yellow. After all, yellow means caution or warning in other areas of our lives. Remember to check out my article about how to save iPhone battery life if you’d like to avoid low power mode entirely.

You had no way of knowing that a yellow iPhone battery icon is a normal part of iOS 9, because it’s a brand new feature and Apple didn’t give anyone a heads up. I won’t be surprised if Apple adds an informational window that explains why the user’s iPhone battery is turning yellow to a future version of iOS.

Thanks for reading and remember to pay it forward,
David P.

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I'm a former Apple employee and the founder of Payette Forward, and I'm here to help you with your iPhone.

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Rich
4 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing this info! I assumed I was going to have to get a new phone. Now I have my green battery again.

Cheers.

Bob
5 months ago

Thank you

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David Lynch
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob

You’re welcome! Glad we could help explain why your iPhone battery is yellow.

Anonymous
1 year ago

if I don’t on the low power mood to my iphone 5s , but it still shown to yellow color … why ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Did this need to be a two page article?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thanks

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you. Simple to fix. Love learning new things about my phone.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you, I knew this but had forgotten

Anonymous
1 year ago

thank you!

Anonymous
1 year ago

thanks for the info.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you so very much! Just not all that tech savvy. 🙁

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you very much for the help and info!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you so much for your help

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks

Anonymous
2 years ago

fixed

Anonymous
2 years ago

that was it…ty

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks so much !

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks, that can help to learn one more thing of Iphone.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you for the information !

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sweet. Thank you

Anonymous
2 years ago

TNKS

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hey thanks!

Anonymous
2 years ago

thnx

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you. Useful article. I’ve checked other blogs and forums but your s is the best and clearest. 🙂

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you so much for your help !

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks 🙂

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thanks!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Great help. Thx.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank u for the article – charged phone up but when it got to 67% got the yellow light so changed setting back to regular mode.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thx

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thanks, indeed good information–useful!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thanks David for your time explaining about the yellow color of battery status. I just switched off the low power mode of my iphone and the yellow turns black not the usual green. I was worried a while ago that my iphone is getting sick or about to rapture Anyways, thanks again for sharing your knowledge. Obviously, I don’t know completely how to use my iphone

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thanks, simple fix, without BS. Thanks again……………

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thanks, had IPhone since the 4 my Mom is using, so much I don’t know still

Anonymous
3 years ago

thanks for relieving an old dinosour from having to face his kids again with another tech problem

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thanks for such a good explanation and for the easy fix.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you so much! You’re awesome

Anonymous
3 years ago

My phone is at 100% and it is still yellow. I turned Low Battery Mode off and it turned itse;f back on

Anonymous
3 years ago

nice

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thnx 🙂

How Do I Add Low Power Mode To Control Center On An iPhone? The Fix!
1 year ago

[…] Don’t be shocked if your battery icon turned yellow after you turned on Low Power Mode! This is completely normal. To learn more about why this happened, check out our article Why Is My iPhone Battery Yellow? Here’s The Fix. […]

Mehjabeen
3 years ago

Awesome fix solution and explanation; that’s exactly what happened to my iPhone.
Thank you!!!??

Jane Howitt
3 years ago

STAR! That yellow gave me a fright. So thank you for the info.

And I LOVE your site 😉

Jane Hunter
4 years ago

Thank you!! I was getting worried something was wrong with the battery.