Why Is My iPhone Battery Icon Yellow?

Last updated: July 12, 2019

You are probably familiar with the different stages of display that your iPhone’s battery icon can enter. It is green when it is fully charged, red when almost empty, and white or black any other time, depending upon the background color of your screen. But iOS 9 brings a new option, as your battery icon can be yellow when you have enabled Low Power mode.

Low Power mode is a great addition for iPhone users that often deplete their battery quickly, or for users that have iPhones with dying batteries. But you may not have purposely enabled Low Power mode, or you might dislike the yellow battery enough that the battery life gains from Low Power mode are not important enough. Our tutorial below will show you where to find Low Power Mode so that you can turn it off and stop your battery icon from being yellow.


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Turning Off Low Power Mode in iOS 9

The steps in this article were performed with an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9. These steps and the information contained in this article also hold true for iOS 10.

If you are reading this article because you have a yellow battery icon on your iPhone and you don’t know where it came from, then it is likely that you didn’t enable Low Power Mode intentionally. Aside from the method for enabling or disabling this setting that is discussed in the steps below, it can also be turned on via a pop-up window that displays automatically when your iPhone reaches 20% battery life or lower. That screen looks like the image below –

iphone low power mode pop up

Regardless of whether the yellow battery indicator appeared because Low Power Mode was enabled through this pop-up or through the manual method outlined below, the method for disabling it is the same.

This guide will show you how to disable the Low Power mode to change your iPhone battery color from yellow back to either the black, red, green or white color that it typically is. This is going to result in your battery life draining more quickly than it did when Low Power Mode was enabled. You can still make some adjustments that will help to improve battery life when you aren’t in Low Power mode, however, such as disabling Background App Refresh.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open settings

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Battery option.

open the battery menu


Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Low Power Mode to turn the setting off. Your battery icon should no longer be yellow. As mentioned earlier, you will likely see a decrease in battery life after turning off Low Power mode.

turn off low power mode

Summary – How to remove or turn off the yellow battery icon on an iPhone

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down and select the Battery option.
  3. Turn off the Low Power Mode option.

iPhone Battery Color Explanation

A list of colors, an explanation of why each color might occur, and way to change the battery color indicator on your iPhone.
Battery Icon ColorReason for This ColorHow to Change or Fix
YellowLow Power Mode is enabledCharge past 80% or turn off Low Power Mode manually
GreeniPhone is chargingRemove from charger
RediPhone battery life is below 10%Connect to charger or enable Low Power Mode
WhiteScreen background color is darkConnect to charger, enable Low Power Mode, change background color, or drain battery below 10%
BlackScreen background color is lightConnect to charger, enable Low Power Mode, change background color, or drain battery below 10%

How to Make the iPhone Battery Yellow by Adding a Battery Button to the Control Center

The steps in this section are going to show you how to add a button to the Control Center that you can tap to toggle Low Power mode on or off. Note that you will need to be using iOS 11 or higher on your iPhone to have this option.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

Step 2: Select the Control Center option.

Step 3: Choose the Customize Controls button.

Step 4: Tap the green + button to the left of Low Power Mode.

how to make iphone battery icon yellow

Once you have finished adding the Low Power Mode button to the Control Center you will be able to swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the button to toggle Low Power Mode on or off as needed.

yellow battery iphone

How to See What’s Been Draining Your iPhone Battery

If your iPhone has starting going into Low Power Mode on its own, or if you find that you are getting low on battery life much more quickly than you had before, then you may be wondering why it’s happening.

While the possibility of a troublesome battery can never be ruled out, you can also open your Battery menu and see what’s been using it. This information can be found at Settings > Battery then scrolling down to the Battery Usage by App section.

what has been draining my iPhone battery

Note that there is a toggle at the top of this section where you can choose between the Last 24 Hours or the Last 10 Days.

How to View Battery Health on an iPhone

If you aren’t convinced that your battery problems are related to app usage, then there is another place where you can actually check the health of your battery.

This information is also found on the Settings > Battery menu by tapping the Battery Health button at the top. This will display the screen below where you can see the battery’s current maximum capacity.

how to view your iPhone battery health

Note that it is normal for the capacity to drain over time as the phone and the battery both get older. If the bottom of this menu indicates that the battery is performing at peak capacity, then your battery is likely in good shape.

There were quite a few other changes and settings added with iOS 9, including Wi-Fi Assist. This is an option that will use your cellular data when your Wi-Fi connection is weak or problematic. You can turn Wi-Fi Assist on or off, however, if you wish to adjust the setting.

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