Yellow battery indicator on iPhone or iPad, what does this mean and how to fix it?

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Surely every iPhone and iPad owner wondered at least once, why the battery level indicator turns yellow from time to time.

The answer is very simple – yellow indicator means, that the device is operating in power saving mode. What is it and how to return the usual charge indicator?

What is power saving mode?

Power saving mode – this is a useful feature in iOS, allowing to extend battery life. Low battery (from 20% and below) she automatically suggests changing some settings in order to reduce power consumption (screen brightness decreases, notifications for new emails are disabled, function deactivated «Hello, Siri» and pr.). This mode significantly extends battery life, as indicated by the yellow color of the indicator.

Users, wishing to extend the time of your gadget, can themselves enable the function, when they wish. However, iOS proposes to activate energy saving mode, when the battery charge drops below 20%.


In this case, the indicator turns yellow, confusing some. When connected to a power source, the mode remains active, until the battery level reaches 80%, after which it automatically turns off. When, if the feature has been manually activated (after 80%), it remains on even with a fully charged battery.

How to disable power saving mode

There are two ways to deactivate the function and get rid of the yellow icon. First of all, you can put the iPhone on charge and wait, until the battery level reaches at least 80%. In this case, the mode will turn off automatically, and the indicator will turn green again.

Secondly, you can turn off the power saving mode yourself. To do this, open the section «Battery» in the application «Settings» and move the lever to position «off.» opposite «Power saving mode».

Remember that, that power saving mode significantly extends battery life, and, if you don’t mind dropping some features, it will allow to use the iPhone and iPad for much longer. Besides, This mode is the only effective way to increase the battery life of devices, running iOS 9 and later.