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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the Moto G4’s rechargeable battery. 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 fingernail or a spudger into the notch on the bottom edge of the phone, near the charge port. Gently twist or pry to open a small gap between the back cover and the body of the phone. While keeping your tool (or fingernail) inserted into the gap between the back cover and the body of the phone, slide it around the corner to begin loosening the plastic clips holding the cover in place.
    • Insert a fingernail or a spudger into the notch on the bottom edge of the phone, near the charge port.

    • Gently twist or pry to open a small gap between the back cover and the body of the phone.

    • While keeping your tool (or fingernail) inserted into the gap between the back cover and the body of the phone, slide it around the corner to begin loosening the plastic clips holding the cover in place.

  2. Slide your tool all along the side of the phone to separate more of the clips securing the back cover. Slide your tool all along the side of the phone to separate more of the clips securing the back cover.
    • Slide your tool all along the side of the phone to separate more of the clips securing the back cover.

  3. Keep your tool inserted slightly under the back cover, and slide it around the top corner. If necessary, continue prying around the remaining edges of the phone until the back cover comes free. If necessary, continue prying around the remaining edges of the phone until the back cover comes free.
    • Keep your tool inserted slightly under the back cover, and slide it around the top corner.

    • If necessary, continue prying around the remaining edges of the phone until the back cover comes free.

  4. Remove the back cover. To install the back cover, carefully position it over the phone and then press gently all around the edges until you feel the clips snap into place.
    • Remove the back cover.

    • To install the back cover, carefully position it over the phone and then press gently all around the edges until you feel the clips snap into place.

  5. Push to eject and remove the MicroSD and SIM cards (if installed). Push to eject and remove the MicroSD and SIM cards (if installed). Push to eject and remove the MicroSD and SIM cards (if installed).
    • Push to eject and remove the MicroSD and SIM cards (if installed).

  6. Use a spudger to pry up the rubber cover for the camera flash connector. Use a spudger to pry up the rubber cover for the camera flash connector.
    • Use a spudger to pry up the rubber cover for the camera flash connector.

  7. Remove the rubber cover.
    • Remove the rubber cover.

  8. Use a spudger to disconnect the camera flash connector by prying it straight up. Use a spudger to disconnect the camera flash connector by prying it straight up.
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the camera flash connector by prying it straight up.

  9. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the nineteen identical 3.1 mm screws securing the midframe.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the nineteen identical 3.1 mm screws securing the midframe.

    In my kit, the T3 Torx bit came in the ‘repair part’ box, while a T5 Torx bit was in the ‘repair tools’ box.

    Joseph Albert - Reply

    my phone had t4, not t3

    Donald Smith - Reply

    Screws are stuck quite hard, apply a hefty amount of pressure when removing. Otherwise you’ll destroy the thread

    face - Reply

    unable to remove 8 of the screws. any suggestions?

    wayne malcom - Reply

  10. Insert a spudger under the midframe at the top left corner, and gently twist to separate it from the body of the phone.
    • Insert a spudger under the midframe at the top left corner, and gently twist to separate it from the body of the phone.

  11. Remove the midframe.
    • Remove the midframe.

    During the midframe removal, be careful and do not put too much torsional stress on the loudspeaker pickup wires (to the right of the main camera). It’s not that difficult to crush or shear the pickups there. Doing so will render your phone silent.

    Kevin Kwan - Reply

    Exactly what happened to me. Both contacts broke off and if just loosely put where they were, they can't make proper contact anymore.

    There should be a warning about this in the guide itself!

    Simon Vetter -

  12. Peel up and remove any tape connecting the battery to the main board. Be very careful not to puncture the battery with any sharp tools. A damaged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode.
    • Peel up and remove any tape connecting the battery to the main board.

    • Be very careful not to puncture the battery with any sharp tools. A damaged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode.

  13. Insert a thin tool (such as one of your tweezer tips) under the red and black battery wires, and slide it underneath the battery connector. Gently pry straight up to disconnect the battery.
    • Insert a thin tool (such as one of your tweezer tips) under the red and black battery wires, and slide it underneath the battery connector.

    • Gently pry straight up to disconnect the battery.

    • Pry only from the side where the wires attach to the connector—if you pry anywhere else, you may break the socket.

    • During reassembly, align the connector in its socket with the exposed copper wire facing up, and then press straight down to reconnect it, wiggling slightly as you press to help it seat correctly.

    Before detaching the connector, you may want to take a photo to remember which way the red and black wires go. Mine were the same way as in this photo, but when looking at the tiny connector of the replacement battery it wasn’t easy to be sure which way to insert it.

    jouniseppanen - Reply

    What can you do if you break the socket??? Will anyone email me an idea, Or- is it simply ruined-??? My email address is jeffrey_f4@yahoo.com. THANKS in advance, IF- anyone will take the time to email me about this-!!!!!!!! :)

    Jeff Farmer - Reply

  14. Push the battery wires towards the battery to de-route them from the black bracket on the motherboard. Push the battery wires towards the battery to de-route them from the black bracket on the motherboard.
    • Push the battery wires towards the battery to de-route them from the black bracket on the motherboard.

  15. Peel up the black pull tab at the top of the battery, and pull slowly but firmly to separate the battery from the adhesive holding it in place. The battery separates 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. Heating the area behind the battery can also help soften the adhesive, but be very careful not to overheat the battery.
    • Peel up the black pull tab at the top of the battery, and pull slowly but firmly to separate the battery from the adhesive holding it in place.

    • The battery separates 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.

    • Heating the area behind the battery can also help soften the adhesive, but be very careful not to overheat the battery.

    • If the pull tab breaks, use a spudger or an old credit card to pry up carefully on the edges of the battery until it comes loose.

    • 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.

    • Remove the battery.

    • During installation, note the orientation of the battery—if the connector is on the same side as the motherboard, and the text is upside-down relative to the rest of the phone, you've done it correctly.

    • Use a few strips of thin double-sided adhesive tape or a pre-cut adhesive card to secure the battery. (Or, if you are replacing the display, it may come with adhesive for the battery pre-installed.)

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.

After completing this guide, calibrate your newly-installed battery.

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

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Bought the battery from Ifixit because I’ve enjoyed your videos. I changed the battery, all seemed well, but now I get no sound out of the speakers! They are not mentioned on any of the topics. Help!?

Alex G Mendoza - Reply

See the comment on this step. Make sure the two little copper prongs on the back of the speaker make good contact with their respective pads on the back of the midframe. It’s okay to (very gently) bend them up slightly if needed.

Jeff Suovanen -

bought battery and kit from ifixit. replacement went pretty well. Careful with those tiny little screws. They do not like to come out after loosening. I worked over a small tray and still had two get away from me. I also had some tape on the sim card side of battery not mentioned in instructions. I tore it pulling it back. Was concerned as it seemed to be foil faced on back side which sepperated when pulling up. All works though so no worries.

Hugh Wolfe - Reply

Bonjour,

Etes-vous sûr pour le modèle du tournevis ?

J’ai échoué avec le Torx T3, mais réussi avec le Torx T4

LEFEVRE - Reply

It definitely should be a T3, but not all driver kits are created equal. If a T4 works better for you, go with that ;)

Jeff Suovanen -

I encountered two large adhesive pads affixing the battery to the metal frame. A couple drops of IPA weren’t enough. Gentle levering at the camera side of the battery and a slow injection of IPA with a syringe eventually did the trick. Take it slow and let the IPA do its thing.

andrewthocker - Reply

What is “IPA” , mentioned as a lubricate ?

Lester -

my battery worked fine but after charging the phone the first time it wont turn on it has been plugged in for 12 and a half hours

Andrea Emory - Reply

At end of Moto G4 battery replacement instructions , it says “ After completing this guide, calibrate your newly-installed battery. “

Don’t see any furthur explanation of this reference or how to calibrate ?

lestertmurphy@gmail.com 3/21/2020

Lester - Reply

Hi Lester,

Please follow the instructions listed here:

Battery Calibration

Arthur Shi -

Bonjour,

Déjà à la lecture, le tuto est très clair, détaillé. Il met en confiance pour acquérir le kit de réparation. Les illustrations par photo sont très utiles. Un seul tout petit bémol, mais vraiment tout petit à l’étape 13, au remontage, le connecteur de la batterie (qui est vraiment très petit) est quand même assez contre-intuitif. D’un côté on aperçoit 2 petits trous où le cuivre apparaît et de l’autre côté, non. Et c’est ce côté, sans cuivre apparent qu’il faut clipser. J’ai effectué plusieurs tentatives du mauvais côté avant de consulter le tuto et surla photo très claire on voit bien dans quel sens il faut mettre le connecteur.

J’espère que la batterie tiendra mieux…

Merci.

Squelbut Jean-Philippe - Reply

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