The Apple iPhone 5s was announced on September 10, 2013. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, and requires screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.

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Why is my iPhone 5s not turning on with new ifixit battery

I just replaced my Iphone 5S battery with an Ifixit replacement 5s battery (first time Ifixit buyer) and it now will not turn on. If I plug in the old battery and try turning it on the apple symbol shows but does not turn on all the way, just continues to reboot its self. I believe this to be because i damaged the old battery taking it out (it was stuck good) and it does not pass the system tests on startup so it just continues to reboot its self. Could i have received a dud of a battery? I have tried plugging it into my computer with Itunes and letting it sit for awhile, still does not turn on. I have tried leaving it plugged into the wall but still will not turn on. I have tried holding the power and home buttons down and still no go. Since it tries to turn on with the old battery i'm thinking i just received a bad battery from Ifixit. Any ideas?

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I'm thinking you damaged the logic board, removing the original battery. It's possible you got a bad battery, from ifixit. They're pretty good at exchanging parts. You can try here

They should be able to set you up with a new battery, for exchange

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Thanks for you quick reply and link to Ifixit support! I'm thinking the logic board is ok as why would it try to turn on with the old battery (Apple symbol showing on screen) but nothing with the new battery? The old battery got all bent up when i removed it but i did pry from the top using the metal frame and not the side where the logic board is located. Thanks again!


Prying from the top is a bad idea. I think prying from the left side of the battery is better and safer.

Since the volume button + power + vibrate switch ribbon cable sits under the upper part o the battery which can be easy to damage from prying the battery.

You also need to make sure the battery is adhesive to the iPhone metal housing or else the ribbon cable under the upper part of the battery can rip from the battery moving around causing friction on the ribbon cable.

Also can cause battery cable ribbon connector to be cut as well.


Thanks Ben for your reply and your helpful ideas. Do you know why it would try to power on with the old battery and not the new one? With the old battery back in, it will try to power on when plugged into computer (Itunes) but does nothing with the new battery (screen stays black) and the computer does not see it.

I did use the adhesive strips that came with my new battery and from what i can see the ribbon connector is fine. Any other ideas would be appreciated. I have emailed Ifixit letting them know about the situation and asking if i could get another battery.


I guess just wait for the new battery. Be careful when prying. Use a plastic/nylon pry tool, going in from the bottom left. That's the safest area. Also use a little heat. I use a heat gun. Ifixit really likes to use their microwaveable iopener tool


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