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iOS Clean Energy Charging: How To Turn On/Off

iOS clean energy charging

There were many features that went unnoticed when different versions of iOS 16 were launched. One of those unnoticed features was the clean energy charging that came with iOS 16.1 software update. When iOS 16 was announced Apple did include this feature but it did not launch until the iOS 16.1 release. This feature came to light through many tweets on social media. This feature is enabled by default and users did not seem happy about it as they did not want Apple to device how they used the energy. Let us get into more detail and see how to turn on/off iOS clean energy charging feature.

NOTE: kindly note that this feature is only available in US regions.

What is clean energy charging?

Based on specific charging practices and regional carbon emission projections, Clean Energy Charging helps users lower their carbon footprint. It is only operational during prolonged charging periods, such as overnight, and at specific recurrent places, such as at home or at the office. According to the claims made on social media, this function does not slow down charging every time a device is plugged in or impair its efficiency. Rather, it is extremely selective depending on the mentioned factors.

“When Clean Energy Charging is enabled and you connect your iPhone to a charger, your iPhone gets a forecast of the carbon emissions in your local energy grid and uses it to charge your iPhone during times of cleaner energy production.”

How does the clean energy charging feature work?

In general, it’s intended to, if only somewhat, lessen your carbon footprint by charging your iPhone at various times of the day. Your device will attempt to fully charge itself when “reduced carbon emission electricity” is the most readily accessible from the power grid based on that projection. Also, Apple claims that your iPhone “learns from your regular charging habit,” thus this more selective method of charging should generally lead to a fully charged battery when you need it, although this is not guaranteed.

“Clean energy charging engages only where you spend the most time and consistently charge your iPhone for lengthy periods of time, such as your home and place of work,” Apple’s support page explains. If your charging habits are unpredictable or you are in a new place, the function won’t work.

How to turn off clean energy charging on iOS?

  1. Go to the settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to the battery tab.
  3. Click the battery health & charging option.
  4. Disable the clean energy charging.

How to turn on clean energy charging on iOS?

Clean energy charging is enabled by default on your iOS device. clean energy charging activates in certain situations.

  • The user is at a Significant Location where they frequently spend a lot of time. either at home, at work, or at school.
  • The iPhone is informed by the carbon emissions projection that significant emissions are anticipated when it is plugged in.
  • The iPhone anticipates spending hours charging because of user behavior. i.e., while the user is dozing off at a desk or sleeping.
  • Given when it was plugged in and when it anticipates being removed, the gadget has time to wait for cleaner energy and can still achieve 100%.

According to Apple, the following features must be turned on in order for Clean Energy Charging to be functional:

  • Make sure that Clean Energy Charging is enabled by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging.
  • Check that Location Services is turned on by going to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services.
  • Activate System Customization by going to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > System Services.
  • Make sure Significant Locations is turned on by going to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > System Services > Significant Locations.

Until next time, with another topic. Till then, Toodles.

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He is a senior writer at consideringapple.com. Gustavo has good knowledge about the online world (especially digital marketing) and loves to share ideas with visitors. He has a good experience of writing about Apple since he used every Apple products like iPhone, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Mac, etc.

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