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Introduction

If your Dell XPS 13 (also known as Dell XPS 13 Infinity Edge Ultrabook or Dell XPS 13 Skylake) has lost its ability to hold a charge, you most likely have a dead battery, which requires replacement.

A functional battery provides power to your laptop. Eventually, laptop batteries will rapidly drain after going through a repeated amount of charge cycles. If you notice that your charged battery is draining more quickly than usual, consider calibrating your battery to determine an accurate charging capacity. If you continue to notice significant drops in battery percentage, you should replace your battery.

A punctured battery can cause a dangerous fire. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

Make sure to power down your device before you begin.

  1. Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover. Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.
    • Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.

    Missing a step about removing the tiny Phillips head screw under the XPS flip up cover in the middle. Also, there are hooks all the way around the cover so it doesn’t simply lift off.

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  2. Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle. Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle.

  3. Remove the single Phillips screw hidden beneath the flap.
    • Remove the single Phillips screw hidden beneath the flap.

  4. Use opening picks or a plastic pry tool to pry open the case clips, beginning from the back edge.
    • Use opening picks or a plastic pry tool to pry open the case clips, beginning from the back edge.

    It’s not that easy to lift actually, cause there are latches. Had t release them gently all around beforehand.

    Davit Barbakadze - Reply

    Also there’s one additional screw under that plate on the bottom!

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  5. Remove the bottom cover.
    • Remove the bottom cover.

  6. Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.
    • Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.

    • If the connector is stubborn, push a little at one side, then the other, to "walk" it out of its socket.

    • Do not pull up.

    • Open the display and press the power button for five seconds to drain any remaining charge from the system.

  7. Remove three Phillips screws labeled "M2x2"
    • Remove three Phillips screws labeled "M2x2"

    • Remove a Phillips screw labeled "M1.6x4"

    Bei meinem Gerät waren es nur 3 “M2x2” Schrauben.

    Außerdem wichtig: Bevor der Akku entnommen wird, sollten dringend die Klebstreifen von den Lautsprecher-Kabeln entfernt werden.

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  8. Peel up any tape securing the speaker cables to the battery.
    • Peel up any tape securing the speaker cables to the battery.

    • You don't need to remove the speakers, only the tape, allowing the battery to be removed out under the speaker cables.

  9. Remove the battery.
    • Remove the battery.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Put compatible batteries under parts.

Keenan Lewis - Reply

Awesome instructions. Worked perfectly. I’m back in business now, and it took me about 10 minutes. Thank you so much. By the way, I was using iFixit tools, which really helped. John Day

John Day - Reply

using picks to open the case was a little tricky, but without this guide I would have looking for more screws or other ways to open it!

Mark - Reply

I followed the instruction carefully and it was quite helpful. However, now that I am done with the battery replacement, the speaker no longer works, and it seems that there is a hardware issue. Any thoughts on this?

Sara Hadavi - Reply

@Sara - Looking on another ifixit procedure, I found that the speaker wires are taped to the battery, so I suspect that the speaker was not properly plugged in after reassemble, or that something happened to the wires during battery removal. Hopefully the wires weren’t cut or stretched.

Here is what the XPS 13 teardown procedure had to say:

“….After that, it still isn't a perfectly clean getaway—the speaker wires are strategically taped to the battery in a half dozen spots, which we'll have to liberate to free the battery. (Admittedly, it could have been a lot worse.)

These same wires are trapped under the battery screws—so speaker replacement means battery removal. It looks like the XPS has some layering issues.”

ref: Dell XPS 13 Teardown

I hope this helps.

Graham Vodden -

Thank you so much for this helpful instruction.

Ran into one problem though, I replaced the battery successfully, but now I can only use the power button to turn on the laptop when it is plugged in or in sleep mode. If it is not plugged in and is turned off completely, I can not turn it on with the power button. Any thought? Thanks ahead!

David Wang - Reply

Hi, Sara Hadavi.

I had the same problem even though I was very careful not to pinch or press the speaker wire which is maintained to tha battery pack wih stickers. The wires are particularly cramped near the right speaker if I revall well.

Before screwing the bottom lid of the computer back on again, I checked that the speakers worked well.

After screwing on the lid, I had no speakers working.

After another go at it, I found that the speakers worked OK if I did not screw in the Philips screw under the flipping plastic panel.

In fact, if I crewed it a little, there was no problem. But as soon as I screwed it tighter past some point, about half way, the speakers would stop functioning.

So I finally decided not to put that screw back in. My computer and the speakers work fine, now.

Cheers.

Michel Camus, Montreal, Canada

mcamus51 - Reply

did everyone else replace their battery with the newegg link provided above? I did that for mine and the battery failed after a month of very minimal use. Apparently it was a battery malfunction or something like that as the orange charge light was flickering in orange and I was basically unable to use the laptop without a charger plugged in. I tried resetting the battery by unplugging and replugging though to no avail. Was wondering if anyone else is/was experiencing this same problem?

John Big Dick New Mexico - Reply

Wieder Zusammenbau: Ich tat mir leichter dann zuallererst das Kabel wieder anzustecken und erst dann den Akku einzusetzen.

Gregor Barcal - Reply

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