Introduction

Use this guide to replace a dead or dying battery for your Motorola Droid Turbo 2.

Power off your phone before you begin working.
  • Power off your phone before you begin working.

  • Pop out the SIM card with pointed tweezers or a SIM card eject tool by gently pushing inwards until the tray pops out.

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Use an iOpener, heat gun, or hair dryer to heat the back side of the phone in order to soften the adhesive securing the back panel.
  • Use an iOpener, heat gun, or hair dryer to heat the back side of the phone in order to soften the adhesive securing the back panel.

  • Slide an opening pick or other slim pry tool around the perimeter of the back cover to separate it.

Use a heat gun to loosen adhesive prior top using spudger

chris.reinert - Reply

Use the spudger  to gently remove the two plastic covers.
  • Use the spudger to gently remove the two plastic covers.

The two plastic covers do not fit snugly in place, so after putting them back in place, use small bits of electrical tape to secure them before installing a new adhesive back cover. I tested my phone thoroughly before the last step, so that I would not have to buy a new cover if something didn't work.

Bill Koonce - Reply

Under the two plastic covers will be two connectors.
  • Under the two plastic covers will be two connectors.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry up the two connectors. These do not completely come off.

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Remove the following screws securing the midframe:
  • Remove the following screws securing the midframe:

    • Thirteen 4.0 mm Torx T4 (black)

    • Four 3.0 mm Torx T4 (silver)

  • Driver bit sizes are not always 100% consistent from one kit to the next. If a T4 doesn't work for you, try a T3.

My phone (purchased 12/2015) has only 2 silver screws top and bottom (4 total), and they're also T3, not Philips.

With a Torx screw this tiny, it pays to take time to make sure that the driver is well seated before turning it. This will eliminate stripped screws. Also, I loosened each screw first, and then removed them. Breaking them free before turning them also helps prevent stripping.

Bill Koonce - Reply

Also need to add to the tool list: PH00 and PH000. These should be in the iFixit tool kit.

Dan - Reply

eitherway its a T4 torx in my phone. Double checked my bit. T-4 same for all these screws

Raymond Lewis - Reply

T4 in mine as well. Stripped out a T3 bit figuring this out.

Shane Kennington -

Remove the midframe from the phone. The volume and power buttons are likely to fall out of the device when removing the back cover. This is normal.
  • Remove the midframe from the phone.

  • The volume and power buttons are likely to fall out of the device when removing the back cover. This is normal.

I'm assuming the reverse of the buttons falling out is just to put them back in. The question I have, however, is... Are they reversible, or is there only one orientation in which each of these buttons fits back in?

pj.catania - Reply

The buttons will NOT "fall in" when reassembling, so it's important to remember to put them back. I found that putting them in the frame before replacing it is the only way. Check to see how they fit on the phone first, then drop them into their slots outside-in. The power button will fit only one way; the volume buttons should go in oriented as they fit best on the phone. Be sure to test them to make sure they click freely often! It's easier to readjust them before all those screws are back in.

Bill Koonce - Reply

Going to make a small etch on the very bottom (as the phone is held portrait) of each button before beginning the project. A fine tip Sharpie might also work for some people.

Dan - Reply

I have not done this yet but, try using a small bit of electrical tape to secure them to the mid-frame before removal

jerryj26 - Reply

Using your fingers, carefully remove the black tape from the battery.
  • Using your fingers, carefully remove the black tape from the battery.

  • Try not to rip the tape as you will use it on the new battery.

I found that the black tape was like a bag--as I pulled it off, it filled with air, and the air did not escape when I put it back. I used the knife to make a small hole to let the trapped air escape.

Bill Koonce - Reply

Remove two 4.0 mm T4 Torx screws securing the metal battery bracket. Remove the metal bracket.
  • Remove two 4.0 mm T4 Torx screws securing the metal battery bracket.

  • Remove the metal bracket.

How can you continue to confuse T3 screws with Phillips #00 screws? They're completely different... The pictures make it appear as if they are all T3, so please update the article to reflect that.

pj.catania - Reply

Guys update article!!!!

Dan - Reply

based on my phone all these screw on this phone are T4, not T3

Jeremy Mikesell - Reply

Based on my phone all the screws are T4 not T3

Jeremy Mikesell - Reply

+1 same here

Raymond Lewis -

Use the angled tweezers to lift up the small orange plastic piece near the bottom right corner of the battery.
  • Use the angled tweezers to lift up the small orange plastic piece near the bottom right corner of the battery.

If you're going to use metallic tweezers, make sure not to touch any part of the connector when removing. I momentarily shorted a connection (sparks).

Michael Keyser - Reply

Using a plastic opening tool, unlatch the small black ribbon on the upper right corner of the battery.
  • Using a plastic opening tool, unlatch the small black ribbon on the upper right corner of the battery.

At least on my phone, Step 12 was completely unnecessary. That connector has nothing to do with the battery or fitment.

Bill Koonce - Reply

This step unnecessary on my phone for replacement of the battery.

surfdaworld - Reply

Use an old credit card or other flat plastic pry tool to carefully pry out the battery from the adhesive holding it in place.
  • Use an old credit card or other flat plastic pry tool to carefully pry out the battery from the adhesive holding it in place.

  • Don't deform or puncture the battery, or it may leak dangerous chemicals or catch fire.

My replacement battery came with the ribbon cable facing the wrong direction. I had to fold the black part over so the connector was oriented properly.

Bill Koonce - Reply

They did that on purpose as reports of ripped battery ribbon cables were coming in, folding the "excess" solves that torsion!

Dan Lo Fat - Reply

I want a link to a legitimate exact battery replacement purchase

Dan Lo Fat - Reply

Did you find a replacement battery? I don't see one on this site.

Richard Drawdy -

This step was one of the most difficult. The adhesive beneath the battery required extremely careful prying to slowly loosen it up. Lithium batteries are spooky enough as it is, without bending them for removal. Tread carefully on this step.

surfdaworld - Reply

If its glued down like iphones are then use a length of dental floss or 2 to make it stronger. Loop it behind the battery then use it to saw through the glue.

Anthony shackman -

That's really smart.

Michael Keyser -

I don’t think I could have gotten dental floss behind my battery due to all of the tape. I just pried up on the side shown in the picture and worked the tool towards the center and up and down the side. I was afraid to break something trying to pry from the opposite side.

Tim Borow - Reply

The poly bag will stretch out if you go too hard too fast, I actually punctured the outer bag and caught a whiff of super strong solvent, shat myself, and finished removing the bag over the concrete of my empty garage. No fire tho, thankfully. Use a credit cardto seperate the glue from the bag without having to pull it up so far.

Jake B - Reply

Conclusion

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

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When you reference a T3 Drillbit in the parts list, you mean a T3 driver bit, correct? If so, you should probably correct the listing to match the T4, T5, and T6 bits in the list...

pj.catania - Reply

Other than the comments I left above, I felt this was a nice simple-to-follow guide that gives me confidence to try this myself.

If you fix the items listed above, it will be perfect.

Thanks!

pj.catania - Reply

Where can you buy a replacement battery for this phone?

Jim - Reply

Despite being careful, I lost one screw that seemingly disappeared as I tried to place it back. Even a rare earth magnet didn't find it. It would be nice to have spare screws.

Bill Koonce - Reply

From whom would get those?

Dan Lo Fat -

Your neighbors Turbo 2…it would've up to you whether or not to tell the neighbors that you got them, lol. Everyone seems to have a junk phone around, open it up and find the closest matching one….. I be yet to find anyone that sells spare phone

Jack Gaites -

Replaced the battery, but now the display is pixelated on the right side. Any ideas? Need help ASAP.

Cameron Barringer - Reply

The only thing that got me hung up on this was the volume button reassembly. I can't seem to get the volume button to work properly again.

Richard Drawdy - Reply

Follow this garbage guide and you will BRICK your phone!

j_bundock - Reply

Well, that’s constructive. How so?

Michael Keyser -

Guide worked perfectly to replace the battery, but now my external speaker is not functioning. Opened it back up to test all connections and tested speaker also. Everything tests fine, but no external audio. Happy to have my battery life back, but very frustrated to lose audio.

surfdaworld - Reply

I have the same problem with speakers not working. Did you find a fix?

james -

Same result. Any fix for speaker not working?

james -

Steps 10, and 11 seemed unnecessary also as everyone else has been saying I used all T4 screws.

Tim - Reply

I had to use a T3 driver for my screws. Re. the volume and power buttons, I placed mine into their slots and had them sticking out approx what they’d be with the phone assembled. Note: each button has a tiny notch on one end, the flat end that fits into the phone. The notches in each button should be placed so the notches face each other. Before installing the screws, test the buttons to see if they feel right. I bought from Harbor Freight a set of jewelers eye pieces with a variety of powers. I found the 10x power to be very helpful when re-seating the connections properly. Turn on the phone to be sure you have power and sound before finishing up with the back cover. I purchased a new back OEM back cover with adhesive on it. I cleaned all the old adhesive off the phone parts. Then wiped with alcohol just prior to installing the cover. I warmed up the inside of the phone and the new back cover with a hair dryer just a bit before placing it back onto the phone.

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