Apple Shares More Details on iOS 16.1 Clean Energy Charging Feature

iOS 16.1 includes a Clean Energy Charging option that is designed to allow iPhone users to cut down on their carbon footprint. Clean Energy Charging selectively charges when lower carbon emission electricity is available for those who want a greener charging method.

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Apple today published a support document on Clean Energy Charging, providing more specific details on how it works, how to disable it when necessary, and which settings need to be active to get it to work.

Clean Energy Charging is limited to the United States, and it requires Location Services, System Customization, and Significant Locations to all be enabled in the System Services section of the Settings app in order to function.

It is on by default, and those who want to turn it off will need to do so by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging.

When enabled, Clean Energy Charging allows the ‌iPhone‌ to get a forecast of carbon emissions in the nearby energy grid, using that to charge the ‌iPhone‌ during times of cleaner energy production.

Apple says that Clean Energy Charging works with Optimized Battery Charging to learn a user's habits, engaging only when the ‌iPhone‌ is charged for long periods of time, such as at home or work. It does not engage if charging habits are variable or when the user is in a new location, such as when traveling.

When Clean Energy Charging turns charging off, a notification on the Lock Screen provides details when the ‌iPhone‌ will be fully charged, similar to Optimized Battery Charging. Touching and holding on the notification brings up a "Charge Now" option to set the ‌iPhone‌ to charge the ‌iPhone‌ to full.

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Top Rated Comments

andrewhl Avatar
21 months ago
Requires you to enable signifcant locations feature.... uhhh yeah no thanks
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MallardDuck Avatar
21 months ago
This needs to be disabled by default. I want my phone charged when it needs to be charged. If I got on a plane only to discover that it's half-dead, I'd be pissed.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Silver78 Avatar
21 months ago
this is the future for all batterypowered devices
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21 months ago
Energy Companies Hate This One Simple Trick



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1557750 Avatar
21 months ago
I do like this feature being added.

Don’t see any reason to turn it off.

Update: it’s the Devil, I tell ya!!! Turn it off.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
appleguy123 Avatar
21 months ago
I care deeply about the future of the planet, but I’m turning this off. Only 15% of the lifetime emissions for an iPhone (from birth to the used market to the recycling robots) comes from actually using the phone. Even all of the energy ever used in an iPhone for its lifetime is 9kg of carbon (similar burning a single gallon of gasoline in your car). Reusing instead of throwing away a single plastic bottle does more for the planet than being at all inconvenienced by this.

https://www.apple.com/environment/pdf/products/iphone/iPhone_14_Pro_PER_Sept2022.pdf
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)