iPhone battery’s are known to be very long lasting in the beginning. However, if you have used your iPhone for more then 1 year, you will notice a big decrease in battery life when using your iPhone. This means that your power will run out in a few hours, which can be very frustrating. If you want to extend the battery life of your iPhone you can read our guide about that here. However, sometimes a battery is just too old that it has completely lost its power no matter what you try. You will wonder, How can I replace my iPhone battery?
Since the iPhone is completely sealed, and Apple doesn’t want you to open the phone up, there is no way you can replace the iPhone battery without some tools. There are however some other ways to get your battery replaced. The first method is to go the the Apple store (or reseller) where you bought your phone. They will test the power of the battery with a special device. If they think that the battery is indeed too old or refurbished, they have 2 options for you.
If your iPhone is still under the 1 year warranty, they will replace the battery for you for free. Is your iPhone older then 1 year they will charge a small fee for it, depending of the version of the phone. They will send your iPhone to their factory where Apple’s engineers will replace the battery carefully. You will lose your phone for about 2 weeks, as their factory’s are located in China. You will most likely get a replacement iPhone in the time that your own one is in the factory, so you can still make calls etc.
If you really don’t want to send your iPhone to China there is also the option to replace your battery on your own. For this you need a special iPhone de-assambler so that you can remove the back of the phone. You can order a new battery on a various selection of websites online. Just replace the battery like you would do in a normal phone and you are good to go. Please be aware that you also need a small screw driver to remove the frame arround the iPhone 4/4s/5. Older versions like the 2/3/3G dont need one.
You don’t need to be an expert but some technical knowledge can come in handy. It is also advisable to wear a special strap to remove the electrical load from your body which could damage your phone if you toch the motherboard. An iPhone de-assembly kit should cost about $20, and a new battery about $10. If Apple needs to replace your iPhone battery it will cost about $50.