This guide will teach you how to remove and replace the battery in the Moto G, in the event that your current battery is no longer holding charge. Fortunately, all you'll need is a Torx T5 screwdriver, a plastic opening tool, and some spare time.

If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

  1. Make sure your Moto G is turned off and that any SIM or SD cards are removed before beginning disassembly.
    • Make sure your Moto G is turned off and that any SIM or SD cards are removed before beginning disassembly.

    • Starting at the USB port on the bottom, remove the rear cover by prying it off with your finger.

    • Work your way down the sides to avoid cracking the rear cover.

  2. Remove the eight 4.2 mm screws at the top and bottom of the phone using a T5 Torx screwdriver.
    • Remove the eight 4.2 mm screws at the top and bottom of the phone using a T5 Torx screwdriver.

    • Using the same screwdriver, remove the six 3.2 mm screws on the sides.

    • Remove the next layer of the phone by prying it off with your fingers.

    • Using a plastic opening tool or tweezers, disconnect the SIM/SD card reader at the top of the phone.

    • Disconnect the battery connector by prying it off of the motherboard.

    • Disconnect the vibration motor by prying its connector off of the motherboard.

    • Using a plastic opening tool, carefully pry off the entire SIM/SD card reader component.

    • Don't worry about ripping the copper foil a little bit, it is easy to put back on.

    • When reassembling the device, do not attempt to smooth the foil down with your finger. Metal foil can become sharp if folded in a certain way, and you may be cut.

    • Peel off the two black stickers on the right side of the battery using your fingers.

    • Remove the battery by pulling the right side of it upwards.


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

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It might be worth mentioning that when you remove the 'next layer' of the phone, the power and volume buttons are likely to fall out (I maybe panicked a little when the power button first fell out and I didn't immediately know what part of the phone it was). Especially since they're a pain to put back into place afterwards.

Johanna - Reply

Good guide and pictures, thank you, helped me complete the task. Worth reiterating comments above re power and volume buttons, be careful not to lose them and take note of which way up they go. Also note two different screw lengths, when reassembling be sure to put the correct length screws in the holes.

David - Reply

Should also mention that when reassembling, the 3.2mm screws down the sides need to be tightened very gently, otherwise the screw tips will press on the back of the LCD. If you're lucky this will cause a spot on the LCD and loosening the screw slightly will fix it. If you're unlucky the LCD will be destroyed.

Billmond - Reply

The instructions were just fine and I was able to replace the battery. HOWEVER, when I plugged the phone in to charge the replacement battery, the notification light came on steady and the phone didn't do anything else. I then replaced the purchased battery with the old one and the phone works again. I did buy the battery about 6 months ago and just installed it today. I'm not sure if the battery was bad from the start, if it deteriorates over time without being installed in a phone or what happened. All I know is the replacement battery didn't work and the old one does.

After this exercise, I certainly know how to replace the battery in a Moto G2!

Steve Garceau - Reply

Everything seemed to go Ok,except when I turned the phone on it has No “Network” connection. I contacted the phone company and they could not help.& I was advised to order a New phone. They said I must have broke something??

I`d appreciate any input.


Ed Fisher - Reply

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