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With millions of us owning iPhones, you would think removing one of their batteries would be common knowledge but it isn’t.
Ask the majority of iPhone users and they will stare back at you with a look of glazed bewilderment. “You can remove the battery from an iPhone?”
Yes, it is possible but it can differ from one model to the next.
Although iPhones are state-of-the-art pieces of technology, their lithium-ion batteries do not last forever.
As with any technology (and living organism), as it ages, an iPhone’s efficiency and power can decline, especially its battery life.
Some signs of this can be unexpected shutdowns and/or a slow device.
Apple has tried to tackle this issue with a new ‘Battery Health’ option in the Settings.
Nevertheless, if your battery has reached a grand old age or is performing below peak capacity, you should consider replacing it.
There are a few options available before you go down the DIY route but, as we mentioned, not all iPhone batteries can be removed in the same way.
The process for removing iPhone batteries is similar with each model but you will have to use different tools for some.
This is due to slightly different arrangements with the phone’s arrangements.
Read on as we guide you through some of the best ways to remove lithium-ion batteries from an iPhone.
Just a few factors to point out at first - ensure the battery is charged at 25% or less before removing.
If not, there is a greater risk of the battery exploding or catching fire.
If you’re ready, let’s discover how to replace an iPhone’s battery.
Before we begin, you need to gather a few tools, depending on the iPhone model, if you’re removing the battery at home. Here’s what you need:
If you have the tools, let’s begin by looking at the iPhone 7 and newer models!
As you can probably guess, removing the battery from an iPhone is not a straightforward task.
But, with the right tools, some patience, and steady hands, it is completely doable. You just have to be very careful as to not damage the phone.
Here’s how to remove the battery from iPhone 7s and new models:
Each step should be done slowly and extremely carefully. Ensure you do not wrinkle or tear the three strips that hold the battery either.
If the strips seem somewhat stuck, simply warm up to make them looser.
The iPhone 6 series (6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus) requires different tools.
For the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, you will need a Pentalobe P2 screwdriver with 3.6mm heads whereas the 6S and 6S Plus require 3.4 mm heads.
Here’s what you need to do:
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Whether you own an older iPhone or a newer model, the removal of its battery is quite similar.
Yes, you may need a few different tools for certain screws but the guidelines above will always apply.
Just never force any step. By forcing the screen out, you could break the case, cables, or connectors rendering your iPhone useless and unrepairable.
To find out where the battery is, you can also use a manual to guide you. Just take each step slowly so you do not damage your iPhone.
If the DIY method seems a little too risky or complicated, we advise taking your iPhone to an Apple store or mail it to an Apple Repair Center for peace of mind.