Fourth generation iPhone. Repair is straightforward, but the front glass and LCD must be replaced as a unit. GSM / 8, 16, or 32 GB capacity / Model A1332 / Black and White.

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Can the battery be replaced/will it be possible to retrieve photos?

My iPhone 4 battery completely died a month ago and cannot be recharged.  Not being tech savvy, I took for granted that my  phone’s setting were correct . I tried connecting with a new cable but that didn’t help.  I took it to the Apple Store, they connected it with a new cable and then offered their condolences.   I have since gotten a new iPhone, but my question is in two parts:  assuming a battery for an iPhone 4 could be located, can it be replaced?  I would not attempt it myself but would find an experienced professional to do it.  The second and more important part is what’s troubling me most because I may be thinking this is even possible when it isn’t.  Apparently the iCloud settings on my old phone were not on, and while pretty much everything else transferred over to my new phone (contacts, notes & a number of apps), my I’m-not-sure-how-many- years-of-photos did not.  IF a new battery could be installed correctly, would this allow the phone to be charged long enough for me to retrieve my photos (plus data from one or two games that I loved), or will that not work since my information from my old phone now exists on a new phone?  I don’t know if I’m thinking this through correctly so I wanted to ask more tech savvy people their thoughts before I spend $79 & ship it off to Apple.  I’d gladly spend ten times that amount if it will allow me to retrieve my photos, but I’m starting to think that maybe just replacing the battery may not be the answer.   I’ve stoically postponed my meltdown until I know for sure it’s a lost cause, but the pressure is really building up and I need to let it out.  Thanks in advance for any thoughts or suggestions.

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the battery on an iPhone 4 can absolutely be replaced.

The part is inexpensive and the repair is a quick and easy one.

Once the new battery is in, the easiest way to retrieve your user data off of it would be with a program called 3UTools, which is free to download. Assuming your battery is the problem, the phone will still have all your user data on it and that can be retrieved either by uploading to your iCloud account or directly from a computer with 3UTools

Many repair shops will still do this repair, though most would have to order the part.

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