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DIY iPhone Battery Substitute: How I Fastened My Telephone At Dwelling

Apple’s do-it-yourself restore program enables you to repair a few of its merchandise your self with official components, nevertheless it’s at all times been attainable to open your iPhone and do a DIY repair with third-party parts. 

I did precisely that, changing the previous battery of a used iPhone 6 to offer it a brand new lease on life. I used to be happy to seek out the cellphone on eBay for under £75 (about $100 or AU$140). That is an enormous saving over a brand new iPhone 13 Professional, however the battery had aged to the purpose the place the software program needed to artificially throttle the efficiency to cease it from shutting down. As a substitute of putting off the cellphone and getting purchaser’s regret, I made a decision to purchase a alternative battery and instruments from iFixit and have a go at changing the battery myself.

It took a little bit over an hour, however I used to be in a position to safely swap out the battery, and the iPhone 6 was working completely once more. I am not giving step-by-step directions right here — head to iFixit and seize a equipment if that is what you are after — however I do need to describe my expertise, together with how simple this was to do, and hopefully reply a number of the questions you might have if you happen to additionally want a brand new battery.

In case you have a more moderen mannequin (an iPhone 12 or newer), then make certain to first examine Apple’s new restore choices and see if you happen to’d be capable of put in a alternative with components straight from the corporate. 

Observe that any upkeep you do by yourself gadgets is solely at your individual danger.

1. Why would it’s good to exchange an iPhone battery?

Batteries age over time, and contemplating that the iPhone 6 was launched over seven years in the past, it is no shock that the one I purchased wasn’t working in prime situation. One time, the cellphone unexpectedly restarted whereas in use, and it flashed a warning that learn, “This iPhone has skilled an surprising shutdown as a result of the battery was unable to ship the required peak energy. Efficiency administration has been utilized to assist forestall this from taking place once more.” Even the cellphone itself knew it had a bum battery.

Briefly, a cellphone’s efficiency may be throttled if it could now not address energy calls for. There’s the choice to show throttling off, however this may end in extra frequent crashes. Neither scenario is good, so a battery alternative appeared like a sensible means ahead for me, because it wasn’t my important cellphone and I used to be prepared to take the dangers. 


Opening up my iPhone 6.

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2. How a lot does a alternative iPhone battery value?

The issue with my scenario particularly was that I purchased the cellphone for therefore little within the first place that spending more cash on a battery alternative service negated a few of these preliminary financial savings. Apple’s official alternative service prices £49 ($49), which is greater than half what I paid for the iPhone 6 I purchased. As I used to be in the course of a coronavirus lockdown once I tried this, I wasn’t in a position to get to an Apple retailer to take it in, and sending it in by way of the mail would deliver the overall value to round £56 (about $75 or AU$105).

iFixit, nonetheless, sells a DIY alternative pack for £35 (together with postage to my residence in Scotland). It prices $30 within the US, and with delivery prices that involves about $38. It is not an enormous saving over Apple’s official alternative, however each little bit helps. 

3. What comes within the iFixit battery repair equipment?

iFixit’s equipment comes with a third-party alternative battery that’s not from Apple, since Apple doesn’t promote its components individually for telephones older than the iPhone 12. It additionally has all of the instruments wanted to open the cellphone and take away the previous battery. The one further factor I wanted was a hair dryer to warmth up and take away the glue.

4. Does changing a battery void your cellphone guarantee? 

Opening up an iPhone will void the guarantee, but when your battery is sufficiently old to want changing, odds are you are already out of the 12-month guarantee interval. 


Prying the previous battery out was difficult, and I wasn’t at all times certain I used to be doing it safely.

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5. Is it secure to exchange your iPhone battery your self? 

This one is not so easy to reply. iFixit’s information offers very detailed directions on the steps concerned, however there have been a few factors that made me nervous. One step concerned heating up the again of the cellphone with a hair dryer in an effort to loosen the glue holding the previous battery in place. 

Particularly, it stated to warmth it to “barely too heat to the touch comfortably,” which I discovered a little bit imprecise. Particularly since that part additionally warned that “overheating the iPhone could ignite the battery.” However how scorching is just too scorching? What indicators would I see if it was overheating? I could not discover this info, and as such wasn’t certain how near overheating it I may be.

Shortly after, whereas attempting to pry out the previous battery, I by chance ripped into what seemed just like the black wrapping round that battery. I used to be fairly certain that the battery itself wasn’t punctured — there was no smoke or hissing — however I would have felt much more comfy if I had “emergency” directions available about what to do if the battery did ignite. 

6. Can I exchange my iPhone battery myself?

Up to some extent I discovered I might, sure, and I am not usually “useful” in a DIY sense. iFixit’s directions have been simple to observe, and there have been solely seven inside screws to take away, which have been simple to exchange. 


The iPhone 6, previous battery eliminated and all traces of the glue cleaned off.

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What I discovered a little bit complicated was that iFixit’s directions on its internet web page finish on the level the place you take away the previous battery. The one instruction within the conclusion was to observe the earlier steps in reverse order. Admittedly, that wasn’t significantly tough to do, however I’d have appreciated extra steering at that time. 

One other concern I bumped into was that, throughout the removing of the display, I cracked the display protector that was in place. I observed the hairline cracks and was frightened that I would broken the show itself, however fortunately that was unhurt.


With its new battery, this iPhone 6 ought to be working at optimum stage once more.

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7. Is it value changing an iPhone battery?

It actually is dependent upon the age and worth of your cellphone. If, like me, you acquire an affordable used iPhone and simply need to get it again in control, then it might be an effective way to breathe new life into previous tech with out spending a fortune. Keep in mind, although, that this wasn’t going to be my important cellphone, nor did I purchase it with my very own cash. For me, the danger was low and had I accomplished it improper and ruined the cellphone, it would not have been an enormous drawback. You will want to contemplate whether or not you actually can handle with out it, and your tolerance for different dangers.

For those who’re utilizing a more moderen system, like an iPhone 12, for instance, I would in all probability simply take it on to Apple. The financial savings you may get from doing it your self aren’t so nice as to justify the potential value of damaging a extra beneficial cellphone.

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