Introduction

Use this guide to remove or replace a dead or dying battery in your Motorola Moto X Pure Edition. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

For your safety, discharge your existing battery below 25% before disassembling your phone. This reduces the risk of a dangerous thermal event if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair.

  1. Insert a SIM card eject tool, bit, or a straightened paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray.
    • Insert a SIM card eject tool, bit, or a straightened paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray.

    • Press to eject the tray.

      • This may require a significant amount of force.

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  2. Remove the SIM card tray from the phone.
    • Remove the SIM card tray from the phone.

      • The SIM card will fall out of the tray easily.

    • When reinserting the SIM card, ensure that it is in the proper orientation relative to the tray.

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    • Prepare an iOpener and heat the back of the phone along its right edge for about five minutes. This will help soften the adhesive securing the back cover.

      • You may need to reheat and reapply the iOpener several times to get the phone warm enough. Follow the iOpener instructions to avoid overheating.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the LCD display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

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    • In the following steps, you'll be cutting through the adhesive securing the back cover.

    • The adhesive is laid out as seen in the first image, which shows the inside of the cover.

    • Avoid slicing in this area to avoid damaging delicate ribbon cables.

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    • Hold a pair of pointed tweezers closed, and insert them into the small hole on the edge of the back cover near the SIM card slot.

    • Use the tweezers to lift the cover up slightly, and slide an opening pick into the gap between the cover and the frame.

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    • Slide the opening pick along the edge of the phone to slice through the back cover adhesive.

      • Try to insert the pick as far as you can underneath the cover, toward the center of the cover. There's thick adhesive on the middle of the cover that must be separated.

    • Leave the pick in place as you proceed to the next step. Leaving the pick inserted can help prevent the glue you just separated from re-adhering.

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    • Prepare an iOpener and heat the back of the phone along its left edge for about five minutes. This will help soften the adhesive securing the rest of the back cover.

      • You may need to reheat and reapply the iOpener several times to get the phone warm enough. Follow the iOpener instructions to avoid overheating.

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    • Slice through the adhesive along the bottom edge of the phone.

      • Re-heat the back cover as needed to prevent the glue from cooling and hardening.

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    • Slice through the adhesive along the left side of the phone.

      • Try to insert the pick as far as you can underneath the cover, toward the center of the cover. There's thick adhesive on the middle of the cover that must be separated.

    • Stop cutting when you get to the edge of the volume buttons. Cutting past this point may damage the ribbon cables underneath the cover.

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    • Slice through the adhesive along the top edge of the phone, pulling the pick out slightly to guide it around the rear-facing camera.

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    • Carefully pry the cover away from the phone.

      • This may take a lot of force if the adhesive in the middle is still attached. As you lift the cover, you may need to use an opening pick to slice through any remaining adhesive.

    • To reinstall the back cover:

      • First use tweezers and a spudger to peel and scrape away any remaining adhesive from both the back cover and the phone's chassis.

      • Then, clean the adhesion areas with high concentration isopropyl alcohol (at least 90%) and a lint-free cloth. Swipe in one direction only, not back and forth. This will help prep the surface for the new adhesive.

      • Replacement adhesive comes in a pre-cut sheet to match the exact contours of the back cover. If that's not available, you can use a high-bond double-sided tape, such as Tesa 61395. Before installing the precut adhesive on the back cover, remove the metal insert. Install the adhesive, then replace the insert.

      • After installing the back cover, apply strong, steady pressure to your phone for several minutes to help the adhesive form a good bond.

    • If desired, you may reinstall the back cover without replacing the adhesive. Remove any large chunks of adhesive that might prevent the back cover from sitting down flush. After installation, heat the back cover and apply pressure to secure it.

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    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up the rubber cover over the battery connector.

    • Remover the rubber cover.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and out of its socket.

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    • Use tweezers to lift away the rubber cover over the flash connector.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger against the corner of the flash connector to pry the connecter straight up and out of its socket.

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    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove 20 2.4 mm screws.

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    • Use the point of a spudger to push the small clip securing the left side of the midframe toward the edge of the phone, releasing the clip.

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    • Repeat the previous step to release the right side midframe clip.

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    • Holding the display by the edges, gently lift the midframe away from the display.

    • Remove the midframe from the display.

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    • Gently slide the point of a spudger underneath the corner of the volume button connector board.

    • Lift the board slightly to separate it from the battery.

    • There is risk of puncturing the battery with the point of the spudger, or damaging the delicate ribbon cables attached to the board. Work carefully and don't apply any downward force against the battery.

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    • Try to keep the adhesive strips flat and unwrinkled during this procedure; twisted or wrinkled strips will stick together and break instead of pulling out cleanly.

    • Additionally, do not press down on the battery as you pull the strips. Pressing on the battery creates pressure points that can snag and break the adhesive.

    • Grasp one of the battery adhesive tabs with your fingers and slowly pull it away from the battery, towards the bottom of the phone.

    • Pull steadily, maintaining constant tension on the strip until it slips out from between the battery and the midframe. For best results, pull the strip at as low an angle as possible, without snagging it on any other components.

      • The strip will stretch to many times its original length. Continue pulling and re-grab the strip near the battery if necessary.

    • If the battery adhesive tabs break during the removal process, use your fingers or blunt tweezers to retrieve the remaining length of adhesive, and continue pulling.

    • If any of the adhesive strips break underneath the battery and cannot be retrieved, try to remove the remaining strip, and then proceed with the rest of the steps.

    When re-assembling, I wasn’t sure how to properly place this connector. I could see where it supposed to connect on the other panel, so I just tried to measure from the nearest screw hole. But how does one know if this part was placed properly?

    Nicholas Price - Reply

    • Repeat the previous step to remove the remaining adhesive strip.

    The adhesive strips can be removed from the old battery and stuck to the new battery.

    Jörg R. - Reply

    The thin, orange ribbon cable from the three buttons disconnected from its connector when the battery was removed. I don’t know if anything could have been done to prevent this, especially since the adhesive pull tabs never come out completely. So it was touch and go there for a few minutes until I figured out how that cable reconnects to its connector. (small white tab on connector needs to be lifted up and then the cable reinserted.

    boblienhart - Reply

    the nfc adhesive antenna is attached to the battery, between the battery and the back plate. there are two black tab pulls at the bottom of the battery that protect the nfc antenna. any break to the protective strips for the antenna (while pulling the battery off the back plate) will destroy your nfc. pry from the back plate very slowly and carefully, from bottom, up. to reattach, place the antenna in its cutout well in the back plate, then place the battery on top. NB: you will need to carefully bend the edges of the new battery to match the curvature of the back plate. compare with your original battery.

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    when reinstalling the nfc antenna, use the two pinholes on the back plate, and their matching pin holes in the nfc antenna backing to properly allign the nfc antenna. next, place the battery on top of the antenna and carefully match the placement of the antenna contacts on the battery to ensure they connect with their contacts on the motherboard when the back plate is placed back on the display board.

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    • Slide an opening pick under the NFC connector to remove it from the battery.

    • Note the position of the NFC connector, as it will need to be reinstalled in the same position on the replacement battery. If its existing adhesive is no longer sticky, you can remove that and use a high-bond double-sided tape, such as Tesa 61395.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery out of the midframe.

      • Check to make sure no ribbon cables remain stuck to the battery, and separate them carefully if needed.

    • If there is still adhesive holding the battery down, slowly pry the battery away from the midframe, taking care not to bend the battery.

      • The battery will separate more easily if you add a few drops of isopropyl alcohol along each side, to soften the adhesive beneath. High concentration (90% or greater) alcohol will not harm your phone's components.

      • Alternatively, you may apply heat to the midframe to soften the battery adhesive, but be very careful not to overheat the battery.

    • Don't deform or puncture the battery—it can catch fire and/or explode if damaged.

    • Never reinstall a damaged or deformed battery. Replace the battery.

    • Use a few strips of thin double-sided adhesive tape, such as Tesa 61395 or strips from a pre-cut adhesive card, to secure the replacement battery.

    The volume ribbon connector mentioned in step 15 is adhered to the back of the battery. You must separate these two carefully with either a thin flat tool or a thin tweezer set. Pulling on the battery without doing this could damage the ribbon connector.

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Conclusion

Carefully compare your new replacement part to the original part. Remove any adhesive backings before installing your new battery.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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Rayan Kassab

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Rayan thank you, although I am not yet ready to replace the battery (about a year to go) yet, I would like to know if there are better batteries than those that came with the unit from the manufacturer? An upgrade that holds a better charge on a daily basis? Marty

marty damskov - Reply

Do you have a link to buy a battery? I've been looking but I'm still not confident with me results. Preferably one that includes the necessary tools, but so long as it's definitely the correct battery. I need to replace my battery, NOW!

Chris DiMisa - Reply

Battery now available. Please see link on this page or here:Moto X Pure Edition Replacement Battery

Jason Clark -

Has anyone bought a 3rd party battery for this phone? I got one from Germany brand name "vhbw", however it is not curved and so will not fit. It is quite soft and so am wondering if it is safe to bend such batteries? Not sure if I should risk it, though.

Alex Damien - Reply

Alex, I bent my new battery to make it fit. It seems to be working just fine.

Nicholas Price -

I found a Motorola brand FX30 battery labeled as "new" on ebay for $30 from a seller with good reputation. Reading the amazon reviews for 3rd party batteries I saw a lot of comments complaining the battery isn't curved like the original and only sort of fits. The FX30 battery I bought is exactly like the one I took out and so is a perfect fit.

New Lithium Ion cells require 5 or 6 charge cycles to properly condition so I won't know if this truly is a good battery for a few days. But at least it fit like a glove!

Paul K - Reply

I replaced the screen+digitizer and they both seems to work allright. But after that, I'm facing a battery problem: It can't charge to 100% and is continously discharging the battery. I changed the battery, but the problem continued. I think that the battery and charging connector are both ok. Any ideas???

dal - Reply

I have same problem as dal, something “infected” my battery information partition and I suspect it is the same manufacturer malware pushed by apple to sell more phones. In their mindset they think that what they are doing is justified by some forced legal agreement and on the money side of things they think that purposefully obsoleting equipment will force you to purchase newer models.

Something is storing my battery information and I can’t seem to fix it. Also the charging icon is forever stuck on and NO QUICKCHARGE device works with it. It only happens on Nougat!!! And the quick-charge icon is permanently on.

I force downgraded to Marshmallow and problem gone! So it could be a developer oversight or it could be Apples agenda set in software now.

Apple pushes battery degrading malware right before a new release like clockwork, so it is how they got caught, but because of legal agreements that you are forced to accept no one can do anything about it.

I suspect Motorola is doing the same thing here.

QuadrampleEquation - Reply

I have the same problem as dal and I suspect malware, manufacturer sponsored malware to be the culprit.

I know asking for information on here is like going to a church and praying for help but I would like to know WHERE the battery information is stored, in what partition on the emmc? It is NOT store on the data partition that is for sure. There is a special partition designed just for charging and it is a heavily striped down version of android, it also is the PRIMARY target for malware and CENTRAL OPS targeting.

For MTD and EMMC devices, the partition layout and the partition names can be retrieved by reading the /proc/mtd and /proc/emmc files .

So can anyone tell me where the actuall battery informatio is store on motorola devices? I would really like to know as I suspect something needs to be checked here.

QuadrampleEquation - Reply

I oredered a battery from Bigupgadegts on this page.

https://bigupgadgets.com/battery-fx30-sn...

Rick Menzel - Reply

If you are taking the back off, which you need to do to replace the battery, or replace the screen. Then you will need a new adhesive for the back. I have found one: https://amzn.to/2F6nFY5

Clayton Hofrock -

Are you sure the reassembly is simply these steps in reverse order? Will the adhesive from the back plate reattach, or must you really have to buy new a new adhesive sheet for the Moto X?

Alex Cummins - Reply

Hi Alex, I just went through this procedure. As for the adhesive, I used mineral spirits to completely remove the old adhesive off the phone’s plastic backing. Clean w/alcohol after. Then used new adhesive from Amazon—around $5-6 for 2-3 sets of adhesive. The old adhesive sort of splits between the plastic backing and the inside of the phone leaving behind a velvety kind of texture that isn’t very sticky. It may work w/o new adhesive. BTW I found a Motorola branded battery for $35 on Amazon via a Marketplace seller, too, for anyone shopping around. Sort of difficult to find one (Ebay is all China stuff)

Aporia Yixara - Reply

Just completed this replacement. Screws in ours were a great fit for a T4 bit , and came out with just gentle rotational force. A potential issue: There was some adhesive on the back of the battery that adhered to the thin ribbon cable that runs from the Power and Volume buttons to the black connector in the center of the photo for Step 4. When I had the frame flipped over and lifted out the battery, it tugged that cable out of the black connector. The cable fell back on top of the connector so it was not apparent that it was disconnected. When plugged into a charger, the screen worked and the battery indicated it was charging, but the buttons would not power up the phone. It was only after close inspection of the buttons cable that I could see that the end of that cable had been disconnected and had to be reinserted into that black connector in the center of the phone body. I then put the small piece of orange tape back over the connection to secure it. All was great after those uh-oh moments!

John Fink - Reply

that was super helpful. thx so much.

I thought my phone was bricked until I read your comment.

tom -

The guide was perfect, except, it failed to mention that the connection junctions, shown in the first image of step 3, is glued to the battery. It should have been circled also. It will be pulled when the battery becomes unseated. The risk of damage is high.

Patrick Williams - Reply

In regards to the adhesive, if you use a heat gun prior to removing the backing it doesn't destroy the adhesive too much. Also prior to reassembly if you heat the backing and the remaining adhesive material on the phone itself it all goes back together pretty well. At least in my experience

Jason Nonya - Reply

I would not have known where to even begin the change out this battery without these instructions. My replacement was successful but it was touch and go for a few minutes since the small ribbon cable from the 3 buttons was disconnected when the old battery was removed. The new battery was a perfect fit and it seems to be well secured even without any extra adhesive.

boblienhart - Reply

This is what motorola chat told me this morning

Rosanna: Please be informed that the battery for Moto X Pure edition is not removable.

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Ha, I’ve seen a few youtube videos and this website that shows it can be replaced.

Very sad that the people working for the company that made the phone aren’t trained enough to realize this battery can be changed.

Now I need a screen replacement that is already connected to the frame, if any knows where I can get a real OEM one, please let me know.

tz78620 - Reply

You’re in luck! Our screen replacement kit includes all the tools you need, plus an OEM part! We don’t yet have a complete guide, but we’ll let you know when it’s available!

Sam Lionheart -

Hi Rosanna, good news! We have an updated screen replacement guide, as well as a kit with an OEM part! I know Motorola also offers repair solutions on their support site. Thanks for the comment and good luck with your repair, let us know how it goes!

Adam O'Camb -

Was pretty good and I replaced my battery. I do recommend recounting the amount of screws, since the one in sim tray doesn’t actually exist, and maybe a better why of explaining on how to remove the adhesive.

Vladimir Paramzin - Reply

Hello, the kit that I recieved came with a T5 bit but not a T3 one that the guide calls for.

Never mind, it was packaged in a different part of the kit

Sarah Doggett - Reply

I got the battery installed and the phone charges but the phone won’t power on. I suppose I broke something. Wish I didn’t even attempt this. I went from a phone with a weak battery to no phone at all, and I’m out $50 to boot!

pmkeating - Reply

Just finished the battery replacement in my MXP. Went smoother than I anticipated, I always have a screw left over when I fix stuff, but not this time. Also satisfied with the battery itself - appears OEM and not recycled third party. A few notes, 1. watching a few other youtube vids helped fill in any gaps, even with dumb stuff like how to align/apply the new cover adhesive, 2. the pointed spudger is pretty soft and doesn’t hold up well when pushing side tabs, 3. the adhesive is a PITA, I tried using alcohol, but ultimately just patiently pushed in a single direction with a finger until it all pulled up (about 80% of project time spent pushing adhesive), and 4. my new battery ribbon was kinked out of the package but still worked. Replacement took all of 30 to 45 mins, most of it wrestling with adhesive. I’m satisfied with the iFixit solution and will return when I need another non-fixable item fixed.

Jim Kelley - Reply

John Fink - thank you so much for your tip. otherwise, I thought my phone was bricked.

You saved the day. the little connector doesn’t look like it’s out, but mine was. once I figured out how to reinsert it, the phone would turn on.

YEA !

tom - Reply

thank you thank you thank you. Bought the battery replacement kit & I couldn’t be more happy with the results. My Moto is like new showing 90+ battery after being on all day. I was ready to lay down another 400 bucks for a new phone. 2 comments I will make: time line is longer than 45 min to 1 hour as removing all the original adheasive takes time but MUST be done as you will have a better result when you re-attach the back cover. Also pay extra attention to step 23 that cable MUST be re-attached in EXACTLY the same location/position as it mates up with a pair of conductors on the MB & your phone will not work if it’s not

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