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Replacing an iPhone battery

Sites include . Published on July 1st, 2013. Written by Loic Cobbina.

In the early days of the iPhone, just like other mobile devices, the battery could be easily replaced. Later versions of the iPhone, like the 3G and 3GS didn’t have that privilege. Apple fans will not admit that inconvenient truth but the fact remains that the company has made it quite difficult for the user to replace a battery even though after a year its performance starts going down. Incidentally the majority of handsets come with a one year warranty even though the user can choose to extend it to 2 years. This implies that most iPhone owners cannot request for a replacement from the customer service if their warranty has expired.

By the 18th month the phone battery will not be able to last for a day and most will feel like the only option is to buy another iPhone. At least that is what the customer support will suggest. But if you are willing to be a bit more adventurous and try things on your own, you should be able to replace the battery for a much cheaper price. How about just $8? You can get a replacement battery on eBay or Amazon for that price. That sounds like a good deal. There is a lot of money to save here so why not try it.

If case you are willing to open your iPhone, first keep in mind that this action will void whatever is left of your warranty. So if your warranty has not expired the preferred choice is to take the item to the Apple Store and request they replace the battery for you. But anyway if you are willing to try this, here is what you need.

The new battery
A pry tool or Spurger
A #00 Phillips screwdriver
A Sim removal tool or paperclip
A suction cup

The procedure to remove the battery from an iPhone 3G might be similar to that of the iPhone 4 and 5 with probably some few differences here and there. You have to be very careful when trying to get inside electronic component of iPhone. The risk of damaging any of them is always there. So try as much as you can to put the least possible amount of pressure in them.

I cannot give you specific instructions in this article as to how to go about it because I don’t know the exact phone you are using but as a rule of thumb make sure to first backup all your files (you never know if everything will go well) and turn off the handset.

There are many video tutorials that can take you through a step by step process on how to remove the old battery and replace it with a new one. Just search through YouTube. Make sure to include the specific version of the phone you are using in the search. You should get the tutorial you need.

Apple’s decision to hardwire the battery into the handset is probably not a good idea but fortunately you can be proactive and change that. It is not that complicated.

You might also want to read this: iPhone users who switched to Android share on Reddit what they miss most from their old phone

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