Apple settled over iPhone battery life issue.

Apple has agreed to pay $113 million to settle claims that it intentionally reduced iPhone performance due to a battery issue the company hid from consumers.

The money will go to 33 states and the District of Columbia, which alleged Apple throttled its iPhones starting in 2016, slowing down older iPhone models in an attempt to get users to buy newer models, according to a BBC report

The scandal, which came to be known as “batterygate,” affected millions of iPhone 6, 7 and SE users.

Instead of disclosing issues with unexpected power-offs or allowing the batteries to be replaced, the states alleged, Apple chose to “cover up” the issues via a software update.


That iOS update allegedly limited the devices’ hardware performance in such a way that the phones “could not demand the power levels that were exceeding the abilities of problem batteries” and therefore causing the power-offs.

While Apple initially said the power-off issue wouldn’t affect iPhone 8 or later models, the lawsuit said, “the company eventually conceded that it would need to throttle those devices, as well,” meaning the problem was not limited to a few phones, but rather was “endemic to all iPhones.”

The $113 million deal with the states is separate from a class action settlement reached in March, in which Apple agreed to pay the affected iPhone owners as much as $500 million.

While Apple acknowledged one of its iOS updates reduced power demands after researchers detected slowdowns in 2017, the BBC reported, the company denies the allegations that the move was made for financial reasons.

In addition to paying the $113 million, Apple has agreed to a number of other terms in the iPhone battery life settlement.


The company will be required to maintain a webpage that provides consumers with clear information about lithium-ion batteries, as well as “Performance Management” and unexpected shutdowns, the judgment says. The site will also explain how consumers can maximize their phone’s battery life and describe how performance management affects iPhone battery life.

“Performance management” refers to functionality introduced in iOS 10.2.1 for managing the relevant iPhones’ performance “to match the peak power delivery of lithium-ion batteries,” according to the judgment.

In the event a future iOS update changes the effects of performance management, Apple is required to notify its customers of those changes in the update’s installation notes.

Apple settled over iPhone battery life issue.Apple also is required to provide consumers with information about the battery through the iPhone’s settings menu.

This information is to include the battery’s maximum capacity and performance capability, and will notify the user of the option to service the battery if they notice a decline in the iPhone battery life.


The attorney general for Arizona, the state that led the case, will receive $5,009,240.97, according to the judgment. The money is to be used for reimbursing attorneys’ fees and other investigation costs, distribution to appropriate “consumer protection enforcement funds,” or “any other lawful purpose” at the discretion of the Arizona attorney general. 

The remainder of the $113 million will “be apportioned amongst the Attorneys General at their sole discretion.” 

“Apple knowingly misled consumers and instead of disclosing the issue or even allowing simple battery replacements[;] Apple instead chose to implement a ‘fix’ that only created further issues for users and allowed the company to reap financial rewards of that deceit,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said, according to NBC25. “I am grateful this resolution seeks to hold Apple accountable for its actions and requires the company to take measures to avoid this misleading practice going forward.”

Michigan is expected to receive more than $2.6 million from the settlement, NBC25 reported.

Apple has admitted no liability in this case, and both parties have waived their right to an appeal, the judgment said. 

“Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a press release.  “I’m committed to holding these goliath technology companies accountable when they conceal important information from users.”

Did you own one of the affected iPhone models? Did you experience problems with iPhone battery life? Let us know in the comments below.

The plaintiff is represented by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

The iPhone Battery Life Lawsuit is State of Arizona v. Apple Inc., Case No. unknown, in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona, in and for the County of Maricopa.

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150 Comments

  • LEZLI KRAUSE January 27, 2021

    I have had the 6, 6plus and the 7. Same issues. Please add me

  • Priscilla Renew January 26, 2021

    I own an Iphone 6. The battery does not hold a charge for long at all.

  • Patricia S Baraty-Miller January 26, 2021

    Add me for my daughter i6

  • Rose Arnieri January 23, 2021

    Please add me.

  • Patricia Schmitt January 22, 2021

    Add me, please.

  • SCOTT Kelly LINMAN January 20, 2021

    2 I phone 7 in Arizona. Please add me.

  • David Zrostlik January 18, 2021

    I’ve had 2 IPhone 6’s. Replaced the first one because battery would go dead in a very short period of time. Replacement IPhone 6 did the same thing! Please add me!

  • Karen January 13, 2021

    Add me Iphone 7

  • Hilda Holliday January 12, 2021

    I had the iPhone 7
    we have an iPhone 6 now

  • Melissa Wise January 9, 2021

    Add me. I have an iPhone 7 and so did my son

  • Jerry Dillard January 9, 2021

    Add me please.

  • Alexandra Inman January 7, 2021

    Add me please

  • TONA L SIMS January 7, 2021

    Please add me

  • Jada Sims January 7, 2021

    Please add me

  • Wakita Rucker Bradford January 7, 2021

    Same, I thought was just my iPhone 😠! Add me please!!!

  • Clotilde Benitez January 5, 2021

    I had 3 Iphone 6 and ALL had to be replaced Please add me.

  • Cathy Goodman January 3, 2021

    I have had 3 iPhone 6’s between myself and my children and the battery life on them just sucked. The phones have had to be replaced because they could barely function 3 hours without a re-charge. My iPhone 11 is almost as bad!!

    Please add me

  • Tiffany Kirby January 2, 2021

    Please add me. I have had two different iPhone 6 that have had awful battery life and were ultimately replaced.

  • Valerie A Imel January 2, 2021

    I’ve had problems with the older 6 and 7, now using an iPhone 8 and it’s even worse!
    Please add me

  • Tiffany M January 1, 2021

    I had a iPhone 7 and the battery went completely dead then never turned back on I lost all pics etc. now I have another iPhone 7 (I’m on prepaid so I can’t pay outright for a high dollar phone) it will shut off at 30% battery life then come back on. It will shut completely down at 9%

  • Southasom Wilson December 31, 2020

    Add me

  • Lyshonda king December 31, 2020

    Add me

  • S Benson December 31, 2020

    Please add me

    • Noelle Blais December 31, 2020

      Same

  • Ruby December 29, 2020

    I thought there was a deadline date of October 6, 2020 to submit claim to be part of this settlement, was that extended?

  • Chiara Hewes December 28, 2020

    Please add me to this, I’ve had to replace my phone & battery because of this!

  • Alita Alexnder December 28, 2020

    I’ve had problems with the older 6 and 7, now using an iPhone 8 and it’s even worse!
    Please add me.

  • Lori Oberhelman December 27, 2020

    Please add me I have iPhone 6

  • Debbie bishop December 26, 2020

    I have 2 iPhone 6 and 6plus … both have battery issues and both experienced a total black out because could not update … had to reprogram them .. but still has issues

  • Jay Sanders December 26, 2020

    Please add me.

  • Kevin McRae December 24, 2020

    Please add me I four iPhone SE in my household. All of which only have about a 3.5 to 4 hr battery life daily. Very embarrassing

  • Paula Quinn December 24, 2020

    Please add me

  • Karle December 22, 2020

    Add me please

  • Yvonne Pullum December 22, 2020

    Add me, I’m on my second phone and it’s doing the same thing

  • Daniel December 18, 2020

    When will we (the consumers who put in out claim on time) receive our checks in the mail?

  • Jessica Maito December 16, 2020

    I still have an iphone SE that didn’t have much value and wouldn’t turn on. I purchased 3 iphone 7’s but these were turned back to Verizon for credit on an upgrade. Please add me.

  • Jessica Gantling Williams December 15, 2020

    I use to own a SE
    But still own 6 7 and 7plus
    Please add me

  • Kristina Elliott December 15, 2020

    Add me

  • Babula Janet December 13, 2020

    I have an iPhone 7 and had to get a new battery.

  • Jean Mahnke December 11, 2020

    I have two 6S iPhones. Both of which are losing battery power very quickly.

  • Ashley N Lopez December 11, 2020

    Yes please add me to your list!

  • Serenity Thames December 10, 2020

    Add me

  • Janice Hill December 10, 2020

    Yes I have had 3 different IPhones and the batteries gets really hot , even if it’s not charging. Please add me and my husband, because he has had 3 iPhones as well. Since 2015.

    • Janice Hill December 10, 2020

      Even the IPhone X gets really hot and I just got the 12 so I hope that this one is different. My husband had the 11.

  • Stephanie Tisdale December 10, 2020

    I have had an Iphone since roughly 2009 and every Iphone that I have had, I have had to upgrade to the next Iphone bc of the phone either slowing down tremendously, the battery life not sustaining or updates no longer available on a particular version. In 2013 when I got married, this went from one Iphone having these issues to two Iphones having these issues. One Iphone had Facetime completely stop working and I have no idea why. My last Iphone 6S, I think, ended up having issues with so many of the functions from people not being able to hear me and vice versa, to the phone getting so hot when in use that I would have to shut it down to cool off. My new Iphone, an Iphone 7 is having the same issue getting hot and I’ve only had it for roughly 3 -4 months. I tried switching to an Android and couldn’t adjust so switched back to the iphone. Next phone upgrade, 2 year wait unfortunately, will more than likely be a different phone this time. Lesson learned.

  • DAN BEILMAN December 8, 2020

    Please add me!!

  • SHEILA WINDON December 8, 2020

    Add me

  • Sonja M December 8, 2020

    Add me

  • Barbara December 4, 2020

    I’ve had the problem with an iPhone 6, iPhone 7, and my NEW iPhone 11 purchased in March 2920.
    Please add me

  • Lucas Watson December 4, 2020

    I owned an IPhone SE and suffered significant battery life reduction. Please add me to this.

  • Sherry Sturgill December 4, 2020

    Please add me I have had to send three back and they are junk

  • Andrew G Bloom December 3, 2020

    I finally gave up on my iPhone 7 and bought a new phone because the combination of the battery life and slowing down has made the phone unusable. Please add me!

    I do still have the old phone and the serial and IMEI numbers.

  • TONA L SIMS December 3, 2020

    I had battery issues with my IPhone 6. Had to purchase new phone. Please add me.

  • Amy Smith December 1, 2020

    Had so many battery problems please add me

  • Ray Kujawa December 1, 2020

    Add me please and thank you

  • Whitney November 30, 2020

    I have the iPhone 7 Plus and have battery problems

  • Annika Robinson November 29, 2020

    Add me . I have a iphone 7Plus and having battery problems

  • Taylor Richmond November 28, 2020

    I had the iPhone 6, when I got these problems, I was given the iPhone 7. It had the same issues, please add me so I can find out where to sign up for this and when

  • Katie schimbeck November 27, 2020

    Add me

  • Kari Saucier November 27, 2020

    Add me please. Thank you

  • Carolyn Watson November 27, 2020

    Add me please!

  • Melissa Blodgett November 27, 2020

    Add me

  • Barbara O'Neill November 27, 2020

    Add me

  • Bailley Smalley November 27, 2020

    Add me

  • Bailley Smalley November 27, 2020

    Do many battery problems. Add me.

  • Judy Marshall November 26, 2020

    I had a ton of problems with my iPhone 7, so add me please.

  • Fernando Navarro November 26, 2020

    Please add

  • Stephanie Boyanski November 26, 2020

    Please add me

  • Stephanie Boyanski November 26, 2020

    Add me please

  • Vernita Orr November 25, 2020

    Add me please

  • Tianna November 24, 2020

    Add me

  • Donna November 24, 2020

    Add me. We had this problem with our phones also.

    • Malissa leist November 30, 2020

      I had 3 iPhone 7+’s and all 3 had issues!! I now have a 11 and the battery is crap!! Please add me!

  • Irene Ndedi November 24, 2020

    Add me please. My husband and I both had these apple and we still have the battery issues.

  • Leslie Salter November 24, 2020

    Add me. Why I switched… Apple even gave my battery away

    • STEVE HEMPHILL November 25, 2020

      Please add me to this class action against APPLE IPHONE case NBC25

  • R. Allen November 24, 2020

    Why are 5s not included? Spent $75 for a replacement battery because phone was slowing.

  • Teresa Dickens November 24, 2020

    My husband and I both had these apple iPhones. We still have had every iPhone since then.

  • Lora Ivey November 24, 2020

    Add me, iPhone 6s Plus for 8 years been dealing with this issue.

  • Gloria Jackson November 24, 2020

    Yes and still have battery issues with my SE phone.

  • John Clarey November 24, 2020

    Have 6s that stopped using because of poor battery life. Still have phones(wife also had one) same problem. Apple changed batteries at a reduced rate-did not help.

  • Olivia Heath November 24, 2020

    Add me

  • Charmaine Ramsey November 24, 2020

    I have a 6s plus and my phones battery life is just horrible and has been since over almost 3 years. I heard about this on my local news channel and had to find this website for complaint right away. Please at me to this list.

  • Noelle Flynn November 24, 2020

    Please add me

  • I know better November 24, 2020

    No cash for the peon citizens. All the cash to the States Attorney Generals. You get screwed by big tech again.

  • Yvette Norris November 24, 2020

    I have an Iphone SE and would like to join

  • Edward Briscoe November 24, 2020

    Add me I had every iPhone from 4 to 7

    • Mia Thomas November 24, 2020

      Add me please. I currently use the I6 and the battery doesn’t even last 6 hours. Even less if I am playing a game or listening to music

  • Mary E Olnhausen November 24, 2020

    My battery never lasted longer than ! day before I had to recharge. I still have that issue only now its every 6 hours of use and I have an Apple phone 6 Please keep me on the list. I want to be part of the class acation.

  • Jan Starzec November 24, 2020

    My family experienced this – 4 of us.

  • Laura Wren November 24, 2020

    This happened to me. Please add me

  • Rochelle Turner November 24, 2020

    Yes I had the phone and had to purchase a new phone

  • Kimberly Gary November 24, 2020

    I had the 6 and had to go to a 8 shortly after my contract was up add me

    • Lateishae Stokes November 24, 2020

      This has definitely happened to me! I had to purchase a IPhone 8 as well

  • Linda November 22, 2020

    Please add me

  • Shaunda N November 22, 2020

    Please add me to this suit. I’ve been calling my carrier complaining about issues with my phone / service for months. I now have the iPhone Xr. Switched from iPhone 6s plus thinking the issue would be resolved

  • Shatara m. November 22, 2020

    Add me. I have had every iPhone since 4

  • Shajuana Moore November 22, 2020

    Add me

  • Peter Solano November 21, 2020

    Add me please

  • hekim November 21, 2020

    Add me, please

    • Sheryl Salinas November 23, 2020

      Add me please. I have had every iPhone since the 3s.

  • Emily November 21, 2020

    Owned a 4S and 6splus

  • Kaitlin Wood November 21, 2020

    Add me please. I have had every iPhone since the 3s.

  • Tracee Fossier November 20, 2020

    Yes we had the phones

  • Rashida Whitfield November 20, 2020

    I have been saying this for years! They force you to upgrade even when you’re not interested! I’ve had the iPhone 6, 7, 8 & 10 – ALL OF THEM experienced battery life problems. Please Add me

  • Cindy Butterfield November 20, 2020

    I am not sure if I have one of the affected phones. But my battery has been messed up for a long time. I would like to be added.

  • Jessica walsh November 20, 2020

    I had this issue with several phones

  • Christa Verhoff November 20, 2020

    Add me please. Have 2 iPhone 7’s.

  • Will November 20, 2020

    Add me

  • Shaquana Reed November 20, 2020

    Add me please

    • Judy House November 20, 2020

      I had an IPhone 6. Finally bailed to Samsung as my phone became a nightmare to use. Please add me.

  • Loretta Mark November 20, 2020

    Add me please.

  • Kimberly Rausch November 20, 2020

    Add me iPhone 5 6

    • Kaila Brooks November 20, 2020

      Hey yes I’ve been affected add me please

  • Lashawn November 20, 2020

    Add me

  • delania lee November 20, 2020

    Add me please I have I phone 6 and 7 had to buy back up batteries phone has to be charged within a few hours

  • Jacqueline Doss-Cola November 20, 2020

    I have an iPhone 7. Arkansas

  • William Arbulu November 20, 2020

    Add me please. I had the 5s, 7, and 8. All of them the battery started to give me problems

  • Larry Carson November 20, 2020

    Add me.

  • Wendy November 20, 2020

    Add me please, my IPhone 7’s battery is horrible. Only lasts 2hrs max before needing to be charged.

  • Inez C. November 20, 2020

    I would like information on how to be included in this. I bought my daughter one of these phones about a year ago and I’m now having to shell out another $350 to replace it because of this issue.

  • aida Medeiros November 20, 2020

    Add me please

  • Steven November 20, 2020

    I have the 6plus add me

  • Miriam Jacobs November 20, 2020

    Add to settlement please. Had this exact problem. Shame on Apple! 😡

  • Annette November 20, 2020

    Yes add me

  • Nikki Hinz November 20, 2020

    Please Add me, my 6 plus held no battery and after the “fix” sill not working

  • Maria Contreras November 20, 2020

    Please add me. I’ve bought iPhones multiple times and the battery is always low. I have to carry a charger wherever I go…very inconvenient and time consuming.

  • Monica M November 19, 2020

    Please add me

  • Linsey Dennis November 19, 2020

    Please add me also please. I was definitely affected when I had my iPhone 7.

  • Deepthi November 19, 2020

    Add me please.I’’m having the battery issue with my iPhone 7 Plus.Thanks!

  • Veronica Hernandez November 19, 2020

    Please add me.

  • Carlos b November 19, 2020

    Hell yes ! 7 / 7plus / 6 on down , sign me up

  • Candice November 19, 2020

    Add me

  • Eric Love Sr November 19, 2020

    Add me please,my fiancé and I have had problems with the battery getting real hot and draining really fast after being charged and not even used.

  • Tynesha DeBose November 19, 2020

    Add me please my fiancé and I have the 6s and it’s terrible .Battery life is awful and we’ve had both but problems with it.

  • Teresa hopkins November 19, 2020

    Add me please

  • Brendalynn November 19, 2020

    Add me

  • Eileen West November 19, 2020

    I had a 5s that I had to charge nonstop. I finally upgraded to an iPhone 7 and the battery also needs to be charged at all times. Thank You.

  • Tonameka R November 19, 2020

    I have an iPhone 8 and my battery don’t last at all I can charge my phone and within 20 min my phone be on 30%

  • Jade November 19, 2020

    Add me plz

  • Selena November 19, 2020

    I experienced the same battery issues with my iPhone 6 trying to keep it for a while until forced to get a new phone due to battery drain , then getting the iphone X. These devices are to expensive to have to replace/forced to due to their iOS software manipulation updates.

  • Darrel Newsom November 19, 2020

    We’ve also experienced batteries getting hot and draining too fast. I have a family plan and had 4 iPhone 6’s, 4 iPhone 7’s and now 4 iPhone 11’s.

  • Enrique Salazar November 19, 2020

    My phone’s battery was always dying. Apple wanted me to buy another battery. Add me to lawsuit.

  • Tammy Nash November 19, 2020

    Add me please

  • Gelena Jones November 19, 2020

    Yes I owned one of the Apple phones listed. I am so happy to have come across this article. Please add me to the class action suit.

  • Crystal Keller November 19, 2020

    I’ve had problems with the se model and now the 8

  • Megan November 19, 2020

    Omgosh I’ve gotten 3 phones this year the iPhone 6 the iPhone 7plus and now the iPhone se. one of the biggest reasons I got newer phones is the battery life was terrible but also the phones got super slow. So I got the se and I’m not happy still. It’s still very slow. Please add me

  • Bill A. Godio November 19, 2020

    My battery stated acting funny and they told me I needed a whole new battery I got it at the Apple store in King of Prussia store in Pa.

  • ROTIRCIA MARIA CHAMPION November 19, 2020

    I have iPhone 7 Plus. My cell gets really hot around the battery and better life is horrible. Please add me

  • Lesa Chhin November 19, 2020

    Hi I’ve owned an iPhone 6 and iPhone 8 and now have the iPhone 11. There was always an issue with battery life in the past. I would delete and exit all apps that may be running and draining the batteries but it was still draining at an alarming rate.

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