iPhone 4S Battery Replacement

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Replace the battery on your iPhone 4S.

  • Author: Walter Galan
  • Time estimate: 15 - 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Replacing the battery on the iPhone 4S requires minimal disassembly.

Edit Step 1 Rear Panel  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the two 3.6 mm Pentalobe P2 screws next to the dock connector.

Edit Step 1 Rear Panel  ¶ 

  • Before disassembling your iPhone, be sure it is powered off.

  • Remove the two 3.6 mm Pentalobe P2 screws next to the dock connector.

  • During reassembly, we recommend you replace the 5-point screws with equivalent Phillips screws. Our Liberation Kit provides the tools and screws needed to replace the Pentalobe screws with Phillips screws.

  • The 5-Point Screwdriver should only be used once, as it has the potential to strip the screws.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The panel will move about 2 mm.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Push the rear panel toward the top edge of the iPhone.

  • The panel will move about 2 mm.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the rear panel from the iPhone.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Pull the rear panel away from the back of the iPhone, being careful not to damage the plastic clips attached to the rear panel.

  • Remove the rear panel from the iPhone.

Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/3: One 1.7 mm Phillips screw

Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the battery connector to the logic board:

    • One 1.7 mm Phillips screw

    • One 1.5 mm Phillips screw.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to gently detach the battery connector from the socket on the device. Start lifting off the connector from the bottom side, by placing the tip of the tool between the loudspeaker enclosure and the metal cover of the connector.

  • The battery connector comes off vertically from the logic board. Do not apply force sideways.

  • Pay attention to the pressure contact underneath the top screw of the battery connector. This may come loose while prying the battery connector from its socket.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/3: When reinstalling the pressure contact, be sure to clean it with a degreaser such as windex or isopropyl alcohol. The oils on your fingers have the potential to create wireless interference.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pull the pressure contact from underneath the battery connector.

  • When reinstalling the pressure contact, be sure to clean it with a degreaser such as windex or isopropyl alcohol. The oils on your fingers have the potential to create wireless interference.

  • Take notice of the position of the small black ground clip on the upper screw of the battery connector. This clip is attached only by the upper screw. When reinstalling, it must be aligned so the gold contact point will press against the back cover.

  • Be careful not to rip off the battery connector socket soldered on the logic board. There are 4 very small soldering points awaiting this mistake!

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Run the plastic opening tool along the right edge of the battery and pry up at several points to completely separate it from the adhesive securing it to the outer case.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Insert the edge of a plastic opening tool between the battery and the outer case near the bottom of the iPhone.

  • Run the plastic opening tool along the right edge of the battery and pry up at several points to completely separate it from the adhesive securing it to the outer case.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the battery.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Use the exposed clear plastic pull tab to peel the battery off the adhesive securing it to the iPhone.

  • Remove the battery.

  • Be careful not to pull the plastic pull tab too hard as it can be ripped off very easily.


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

If your iPhone reboots constantly after the replacement, you need to do a "Hard Reset" by holding down the Home- and Sleep-Button for about 10 seconds (until the device restarts).

If you have WiFi and/or Cellular connection problems with the new battery, try restoring the device using iTunes.

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When I removed the battery the glue was holding it in. I used the screw driver to pry it out. It sparked and I'm sure shorted the logic board. VERY IMPORTANT ONLY USE PLASTIC TOOL WHEN REMOVING BATTERY! Now I have no service. I swapped a different logic board into same phone and works fine. Any suggestions on how to fix the old logic board are appreciated.

Eric - Reply

Used a screw driver once to lift up battery, shorted the board. No display. Had to give another iPhone 4 to customer.

I now on always use my nail to lift up the battery. Never had issues since doing that.

Ben -

Well, the phillips screwdriver was a bit awkward. Had to hold screwdriver top down with one hand and turn driver with other hand. All else was as stated. Never had to touch any internal parts with my bare hands just used tools. That saves the worries about static or corrosion. One part that I failed to see in write up is the small case ground. Don't loose it it will come loose once screw is out.

brriverrat - Reply

A couple of suggestions.

1). If you are over about 40, some sort of hands free magnifier helps a lot - I used a headband mounted jewelers magifier called an Optivisor.

2). A pair of fine tipped tweezers and a gentle touch will let you grab the pressure contact in step 5 without getting skin oil on it.

3). Work over some sort of tray to stop small parts from rolling away.

4). If you don't have a spudger or a set of plastic case opening tools (or you know you have them, but can't recall their exact location at this moment...*cough*), the corner of an an expired credit card, or a stiff guitar pick will work to pry the battery loose. It will likely bend the card though, so do use an expired one. I used an empty Starbucks gift card I found in a junk drawer...

npkeith - Reply

I am a French user

So excuse my english

I install the battery

I get a big problem I can not use the phone to call.

The Iphone can not find the telephone line.

The wifi work well.

an idea?

Madoc1 - Reply

I am a French user

So excuse my english

I install the battery

I get a big problem I can not use the phone to call.

The Iphone can not find the telephone line.

The wifi work well.

All the programs are in the phone.

The only Thing That did not works is the phone application.

I can not call or receive calls.

an idea?

Madoc1 - Reply

Did you check to make sure the antennae did not get disconnected? It is easy to disconnect, so you have to make sure to check that it snaps into place. The connector is the gold piece connected by a black wire.

djlogic26 -

Try to upgrade to latest IOS..it will solve the problem

zaib -

Replacing the battery made my battery life ten times worse. Did I install it wrong?

kcwatanabe22 - Reply

did you ever get your battery issue resolved?

antwan -

Install worked as described, and with a bit of luck.

There needs to be a more detailed photo/explanation in Step-5 regarding the positioning of the small multi-layered piece (with black coating) that is held down by one of the screws (above antenna connector and below battery connector) and that must be 'in-position' (without a screw) while you place the new battery and attache the batt. connector.

Thanks for the guide.

ddarb8orders - Reply

I have replaced my battery which is now powered fine but I now don't have a phone signal which is "searching" can anyone advise?

Vic Smith - Reply

I have managed to successfully replace the battery but now I have no phone signal which just says "searching". Can anyone advise what I need to do ?

Vic Smith - Reply

If the phone is not connecting to you provider (also date/time is reset), plug it in to your computer/ itunes for a while. It should go back to normal.

Ian Booth -

People should be advised that the screwdrivers provided with the iFixit battery replacement fix kit are slightly magnetized, which was a surprise. So touching anything except the screws themselves with them is a bad idea.

threephi - Reply

Another general comment about this guide: the photos are very nice, but it would be extremely foolish to open your phone and remove the battery while holding it in your hands, as is depicted. Work on a flat, clean, open table top to minimize the chance of losing any screws or other parts.

threephi - Reply

i didn't know what possibly went wrong, i enclose the assembly and there's no gsm signal, so i re-open the back cover and install it again, then the signal comes right back.

Mac - Reply

I was a bit confused, as my Battery APN was 616-0582, which was not listed on the "Replacements Battery Parts" which is sold here. Only Apple Part #: 616-0580, 616-0579, 616-0581 are listed there. But The 79 I bought works like a charm as a replacement of my 82. At least after restarting after I got a "searching" in the first two minutes.

Starkiller - Reply

After I replaced the battery according to these instructions, I, too, had the scary "searching" error when looking for my service provider, even though my 4G was available. I plugged the phone into my computer and rebooted the phone. When it came back on, my provider showed right up. All is well. Do watch for that little black and gold thingy...it's teeny, and comes loose no matter what you do. Just pin it between the phone and connector on the top screw, with that little gold dot facing you. Put the screw in to hold it in place.

Chris Beck - Reply

This was so easy! Slow and careful. The longest bit was getting the battery off of the adhesive.

It's medium in difficulty but it is my first repair! :)

emtandy - Reply

Replacement went well, but I did encounter the "Searching" problem on re-start. Phone could not find carrier. Fix was simple though. Just reset network settings located under Settings/General/Reset (scroll to bottom)/Reset Network Settings.

wbggeneral - Reply

The tip to "Reset Network Settings" is great! That solved the "Searching" problem; thanks! Otherwise, this battery replacement was easy peasy.

marbil -

This worked for me... maybe if I'd just waited a few minutes it would have re-found the network but this was fast!

Paul Miranda -

It's a easy work

Zero Knight - Reply

Just changed my battery.

I concur with others regarding the "No Service" issue after restarting. Before tearing it down again to check the antenna connection, I rebooted the Phone and then the second time I had service. So if you are fairly confident of your handiwork then definitely try this first!

As others have stated it is worth keeping a very close eye on the black earthing clip and it's positioning before removal. It is held down with the top screw and must be repositioned before the screw is fitted. I used the thinnest end of the Plastic Opening Tool to slide into the fold of the earthing clip in order to guide it into place. My Pentalobe tool was slightly magnetized so I used that to bring the screws in for tightening with the Philips screwdriver.

Thanks ifixit!

wazzamagoo - Reply

This worked wonderfully for me!

My iPhone 4s battery was discharging very rapidly since I installed iOS 7. Although I'd read reports that it's a software problem with the latest iOS, the phone is over two years old.

This repair has greatly improved my phone's battery life. Before I replaced the battery, when the phone reached ~7%, it would shut off at any time, and I could only use it for about two hours. The battery can now deplete all the way to 1% and I have much more battery life. I'm very happy with the battery kit from iFixit; it's revitalized my phone.

The battery replacement isn't easy -- the screws are very small indeed. The "pressure contact" popped out when I disconnected the battery. I had to look at the high resolution iFixit image to understand its replacement. To replace, first attach the battery connection, and then slide the "pressure contact" beneath the top screw of the battery connection. Fine-nosed tweezers make this much easier than fingers.

Marshall - Reply

easy and quickly replaced the battery. thanks for your helpful guide.

sbaeriswyl - Reply

The installation worked well for me. I did use latex gloves to avoid the transfer of oil from my skin to the device parts. The screws, particularly on the inside of the device, are tiny so it is really important to have good lighting. A free-standing shop magnifying glass would make the process of inserting the screws easier.

brhanks - Reply

I just completed the replacement. The first time the device would not power on without a power cord connected. There was no service and I was unable to activate Wi-Fi. So I opened the phone up again, removed the battery connector, aligned the ground clip and cleaned it with alcohol. This time the phone was able to boot without the power cord attached, but the screen was flickering like !@#$ around the corners. Wi-Fi worked and so did service. After a minute I noticed that the flickering was less noticeable and now after 30 minutes it's completely gone. So if you have the flickering issue, just wait a few minutes.

tomteichert - Reply

After replacing the battery the phone wouldn't connect to GSM. At first I thought it had to do with the pressure contact that connects to the back cover so I redid it a few times but no luck. Finally had to take it to a service center, luckily the solution was only a few minutes away. Connect the phone to a wifi network, pull the SIM card and then insert it again after a while, enter your pin and you"re up and running again. I was not the first customer who had entered the shop with this problem. Best wishes from Sweden!

Patrik Mellnert - Reply

Thanks for the advice! It worked for me. I had to follow your instructions and also reboot the phone.

Federico Ghirelli -

Extremely good guide - took all of 10 minutes to change the battery without any issues. As always just ensure you have all the right tools and worth reading through other members comments. Well done iFixIt!

Adrian Casemore - Reply

An easier repair than I anticipated. My advice is once you get the back off, take a minute to study the orientation of the battery connector and the small black ground clip underneath the top screw; it will inevitably pop out of position when removing the battery thus requiring realignment. Go slow and use minimal force when prying both the battery connector and battery. After powering on the phone, I too had the problem of acquiring a cell signal. After five minutes of the phone displaying "Searching," I did a reset (holding sleep/wake button and home button simultaneously) and when phone powered back on I immediately received a signal from my carrier. Looking forward to greater battery life between charges.

sbatzel - Reply

- I had the same issue with "searching" network and I was *unable* to address it by: (i) resetting the network settings, (ii) removing the SIM card, (III) connecting my iPhone to iTunes, and (iv) setting the time automatically.

- Eventually, I had to manually set the date (especially the year) and time to the right settings, then reboot.

- After that everything got back to normal.

Asterios Leonidis - Reply

just completed this very easy battery replacement on my daughters iPhone 4s. Steps are really easy to follow, one thing I found helpful was to use a tweezers to put the pressure contact back underneath the top screw of the battery connector!

collinsmikep - Reply

This is soooooo easy.

I also had the 'Searching' issue.

Powered down, and back up again and all was fine.

Shame on Apple for making this appear to be elusive.

I did use a magnifying light, and a pair of needle nose type tweezers for the pressure contact. I also cleaned the back and the connectors with alcohol like they recommended, but not sure if it made any difference.

Well done ifixit!

motteatoj - Reply

Followed instructions and had a perfect installation. Two tips: before unscrewing the battery clips, pry up the battery to loosen it from the adhesive, carefully. Then unscrew the clip and carefully pry it up. That way, there's no frantic popping of the grounding clip. Then pull off the battery. Also, once put back together, power up, then remove the SIM card and reinstall (like everyone else is doing). Presto, new battery and fully functioning iPhone 4s.

johnrschafer - Reply

Just recieved my battery. Replaced it very fast. The instructions were perfect. Now the only thing is if the battery is good, but that's not an object to the guide.


tenev - Reply

Both of the battery are made in China.The battery which assemble in the 4s is produced by amperex technology limited, the ifixit replace battery is produced by SONY electronic(wu xi)limited.

sjh835170 - Reply

Procedure was easy with two caveats:

1) I needed a small pair of needle-nosed pliers to remove and reinsert the pressure contact.

2) It took quite a bit of pressure to release the battery from its adhesive.

Photos at https://billstclair.com/iphone-4s-batter...

billstclair - Reply

Everything went super simple. Before I shut down my phone I put it in airplane mode, after turning the phone back on I took it off airplane mode and everything was working perfect. I did not experience the network problem, this may be the trick.

DeFeo1987 - Reply

15 minutes to change the battery.

No problem, it was like a child game!

After switch on a first time, my phone doesn't find the network...

I switch off and on and it find the network immediatly ;)


wleprince - Reply

I have just replaced the battery in my son's i4s using this guide it took me approx 15 minutes. Once done phone turned on as normal but did take about 5 minutes to find the network. Thanks for the guide it was a massive asset.

Ray S - Reply

Installation seemed fairly simple for it being my first time. I had some issues with the LCD Glitching a bit but after a few hours it went away. I'm currently monitoring the battery life right now with the app called Battery Doctor. I will post a reply in a few days. I would recommend reading through the comments before installation!

antwan - Reply

It was harder than I thought it would be... the screws are so super tiny! I had to curse quite a lot to get them back in :)

My advice: DON'T DRINK COFFEE BEFORE replacing your battery! :)

I also had the "searching" problem, and at first my phone wouldn't connect to itunes (error message), but after resetting network settings and restarting my phone, all went back to normal. Curious how long my battery will last!

Tessa - Reply

Thanks a lot from cold Germany - worked like a charm, took about 20 min with one interruption (soccer game on tv). Was my first try on an iPhone, and yes, the screws are tiny, and yes, you definitely need some extra light and a magnifying glass if you are over 22 :-D. I also had the issue with "searching network". After resetting the network settings it did work instantly! Keep on with the great work here at ifixit !

Kai - Reply

Just got my kit, followed the instructions and had 0 problems except could use larger photos of the inside of the phone as we are going along. Oh and the pressure contact - I never did touch it with anything other than the plastic tool of the screw driver. Not quite clear what position that was in from the pictures, could use a close up there too. Otherwise iFixed IT!

abrahambloom - Reply

It took approximately 15 minutes. I watched a video on youtube where a guy was replacing the battery with the one bought from ifixit. All occured without any problems, very well. I appreciated the way the battery was packed and the fast shipping. Thank you ifixit !

tontici - Reply

After following instructions and replacing battery I still have not been able to get the new battery to charge. Anyone have issues with this? Otherwise phone seems to be working great.

spacerlede - Reply

Rather old post, but anyhow, I have the same situation now. Will reinstall the old battery again to see if it is a battery issue or a broken circuitboard issue. How did it work out for you?

Daniel -

Battery replacement straightforward and no dramas. I had done the pre-reading (i.e. this guide and all the comments) and was ready for the black/gold bit to sproing across the room, which it didn't. Steps very easy as above. I removed the black/gold thing from the phone while I was taking the old battery out so I didn't lose it.

All went back together smoothly - I used a couple of toothpicks to align the black/gold thing + the connector from the battery before screwing them in - the ribbon on the connector was stiff and I was reluctant to be too heavy handed trying to force it in. So gently pushed it into place, screwed back in, back cover on and away we went.

Phone came back to life with 75% battery life and found my network with no dramas. All in all done before the children could come and have a look at what I was doing (10-15 min tops).

Many thanks - now to repair the broken iPad glass.

Kathy - Reply

I had a 2,5 year old iPhone 4s.

Ordered new battery + kit.

Changed it.

A few restartes, sync with iTunes.


Now I got a new working battery!

daniellienld - Reply

Does anyone know what the little green chip with the black chip on top is? It is on the visible part of the logic board just below the screw that holds the serial number plate on.

Simon - Reply

i am sorry for you- My advise is, never bay a appleprodukt again. I surely won´t- It is so sad to fool consumer like this.

olle - Reply

My 4s got submerged in water and I replaced the battery. Afterwards, when I attempted to turn it on. The apple showed up on the screen but no more. I took the battery out and charged it in another phone and then put the charged battery into the phone again. Once again when I tried to turn it on, the apple appeared and no more.

This phone has so many pictures of my children and important messages on it that I would like to retrieve. Any suggestions on what I should do to get this phone working again?

rooster - Reply

Just did the replacement in about 15 minutes. A few notes:

1) Having a magnifier that you don't have to hold in your hand is key. I have a set of pivoting jewelers lenses that clip on to my reading glasses.

2) The Phillips screwdriver that comes with the "Liberation" kit is crap. Blunt, crude, wrong tip angle. Unusable. Get a set of real, or even semi-real fine screwdrivers.

3) establish a wide, open, clean area for working. If one of those little screws skitters out of your grip you don't want to be searching under table debris for it.

4) Pointy tweezers. With the size of the screws in this thing they won't seem so pointy.

5) The instructions above are vague about how the battery connector gets pulled off or pushed on. I still can't quite figure out the combination of sideways and up that worked. I ended up using the plastic tool to lever the connector to the right, while lifting...no, that wasn't it.

hiltondier - Reply

I have to be honest, I went to the trouble of changing my battery using an ifixit kit but the new battery had no better life than the one I was replacing. I've been through so many guides trying to figure out if there is some setting I've got it on that drains battery life but I can't find anything. Meanwhile, I didn't have a warranty to invalidate, so to speak, but my only chance to rescue my phone now is to take a gamble that my insurance providers will be able to fix it. Now I'm worried that I'll have invalidated that policy. I LOVE the idea of ifixit's battery replacement kit as much as I'd love to stick it to Crapple but I'm afraid for me, this kit wasn't worth the money or the hassle. But on a side note, I'd like to urge anyone read this to avoid Crapple products. They're designed to fail so that you just buy more of their products but I will absolutely not be giving them any more of my money. Thanks anyway ifixit.

thetada - Reply

Ok, so wash your hands. Get everything on a flat surface before you dig in. Great directions except I would add that prior to removing the battery connector cover, take note of the little black ground clip (with the gold contact point) which gets attached under the top screw. I had a hard time getting this back in place as I didn't notice exactly where it was prior to removing the battery connector cover. These directions are great otherwise. Thanks for saving me some moola by letting me replace the battery myself!

soczkas - Reply

Be very careful as to where you decide to do the repair. I dropped one of the internal screws doing mine and my roommates and I spent a good half hour scouring the kitchen/dining room floor for the 1.5mm screw. Using a towel under your phone while doing the repair was an easy way to keep screws from bouncing away when I inevitably dropped them again.

Russell - Reply

Couldn't have gone easier or better. One repaired iphone :)

thank you

andrewdbarlow - Reply

That was INCREDIBLY easy to do, thanks to both your instructions and people's comments. 10-15 minutes, start to finish. Tweezers and a good set of bifocals helped too :-)

pmsynk - Reply

It's very basic. Thank you so much fixers.

Onur Koc - Reply

With the help of a youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYYdbk3U...) I got the battery replaced fine - but also had the "No Service" / Searching problem others have commented on ...

To round off the battery replacement instructions, it would be good to indicate to users that:

1) the Time & Date are set back to 1 January 1970 when the battery of the iPhone is replaced

2) to fix this, it's easiest to sync in iTunes ...

3) if the "No Service" / Searching problem persists, power down & up a few times

That worked for me ...

Thanks ifixit for the great product & service!

Alexandra zum Felde - Reply

i swapped the battery y only have one problem with

that stubborn bottom screw from the battery connector

i had to get creative to remove it

other than that it just took like 10 minutes or so

i'm super happy with this new battery

thanks so much ifixit greetings from Mexico

konekonoir - Reply

Hello, I was not able to remove one of the two screw once phones open, impossible. It became smooth. Can you help me? I think of having damaged the battery by forcing to remove the screw, and my iPhone does not light up any more.

juliette - Reply

I did this with a couple of hitches. The battery glue sticks like sh1t to a blanket so I broke both my plastic tools trying to pry it out. I used the screwdriver to pry the battery after that and I got a spark, but fortunately I didn't fry anything.

The takeaway:

Go gently with the plastic tools


shumbies - Reply

The "No Service" error may come up after the replacement. As others have mentioned, restarting the phone again is the best first step. Then reset the network settings if that fails. I tried to edit this into the guide but it got rejected. I've seen other guides missing software next steps as well and then have to dig through the comments or search elsewhere for a solution. Not sure why iFixit doesn't want software steps in the guides as it is an important step to a solution.

ryanligon - Reply

Took me about 10 mins to do. Simple and works like a charm.

ilockert78 - Reply

Same here. Replacement was relatively easy, took 10 minutes and works fine.

captainkoe - Reply

Very easy. Go ahead and do it. If your phone doesn't get connected and you are sure everything is in place, just sync with iTunes and reboot. Thanks for the gummy bears.

Seppo - Reply

Just changed the battery 15 minutes ago and everything still works (so far). Since I'm so extremely near-sighted, I found it a lot easier to take off my glasses and go through all the steps dealing the screws and the ground clip having my nose about 5 centimeters from the phone. So glad I finally did this. I was going from 100% to 45% just getting up, leaving my house and riding the train to work (less than 2 hours). Hope I can keep it working. I stopped at the Apple store today and priced out the 6 and 6 Plus and %#*@, the exchange rate makes them so fricking expensive - nearly ¥100,000 for the 128G 6 Plus. That's the equivilent of about $1,000 under a standard 2-year contract like in the States.

markrosauer - Reply

I did find that the phone took way to long to find the network again and when it did it was 2 bars short of full power which wasnt the case beforemso I went into the phones settings into network then reset the phones network settings and restarted the phone like a normal computer.

It was much faster this time.

Lindsay - Reply

The instructions were good and everything works fine after the replacement. I had the often reported issue "searching network". After resetting the network settings it works perfectly again. Thanks.

Moritz - Reply

I flawlessly replaced the battery my first try thanks to this guide.

sampye - Reply

Super easy. Took about 15 minutes. Once I turned phone back on it kept searching. I turned on airplane mode and then turned airplane mode off and it connected immediately. Now to see if the new battery makes a difference. Otherwise I may need a new phone.

Rebecca stilwell - Reply

It works! The guide is really helpful, the kit brought everything I needed and more, and... everything came out perfectly!

Sebastian Pons - Reply

I had the advantage of already owning the iFixit Pro Toolkit before I started so I was able to remove the spring contact under the top screw with the curved tweezers (and re-position it before putting the screw back in). I also used the tweezers to gently hold the contact still while I tightened the top screw. I also had the 'Searching' issue on bootup but I figured it was a network contact initialization issue since the network data would be wiped so I set the phone to Airplane Mode for about 15 seconds and then switched it back. It connected instantly. Hope this helps.

fixman88v2 - Reply

the phillips screwdriver they reo=commend and then sell you does not work on the battery connector screws! beware!

erikcharleslarsen1 - Reply

Relatively easy task, the only additional tool I used was tweezers in order to place the ground clip back in the correct location. Other than that the process only took ten to fifteen minutes, thanks for the nice toolkit and guide!

bbiritz - Reply

Once iFixit sent me the right screwdriver (don;t get the cheap open, get the pro grade) I was able to do the swap in less than ten minutes. It's easy, and I'm an idiot, so do it yourself and don;t pay someone to do it for you.

erikcharleslarsen1 - Reply

Nice guide. I had a trouble free install (other than getting the tiny screws stuck between the battery and the rest of the assembly and needing to take my glasses off and peer intently with one eye into the iPhone - ah, the joys of ageing). But watch out for that little pressure contact - mine popped out and away when I was prying open the battery connector. Thanks folks for a great guide and also parts kit!

chipfelton - Reply

I just got my phone working again after switching the battery. Lets see what my new battery life is like. @ifixit: You need to include some of the feedback from users into the guides

Matthew - Reply

I just changed the battery. The guide is complete and really well done (as usual)

10 minutes of work, iPhone working fine, no need to reboot.

Compared to my previuos iFix-experience (swapping the motherboard of a PowerBook) this has been like a walk in the park...

balockaus - Reply

Everything went perfect. My only advise is to have a lot of light, magnifying glass, reading glasses, tweezers and good clean work area. So simple to do and took about 15 minutes. No doubt this is a do it yourself task. Great battery kit and instructions. Thanks ifixit...

toddmpire - Reply

The guide was good but I found the youtube video more helpful, especially since the piece on that got moved on the video happened to me as well, so I was able to see how to put it back. It's been so long since my battery was properly working, that I am not sure if this new one is good. When I turned on the phone it was at 76%. I let it drain completely yesterday before charging it overnight. It's only half way through the day and it's down to 32%. Is this normal? I've not used it overly today. How often should a charge last for relatively average usage (checking emails, online a bit, texting)?

Could thenew battery be bad? I'm going to give it a few more days and monitor it.

The kit itself was pretty easy to use, the biggest issue being my eyesight isn't what it used to be, so thankfully had a friend to help. Just hoping the battery is ok and I don't have to do it all again.

tskatz1313 - Reply

Excellent guide. This is so easy to follow and do. It took approximately 15 minutes. I also watched a video on youtube where a guy was replacing the battery.


I did encounter the "Searching" problem on re-start. The phone could not find my service provider, but the fix was very simple, I just re-booted the phone and it was back to normal.

Ice Froggy - Reply

I have replaced battery and it seemed to work, then i tightened down the screws and now nothing will show up on the screen like its not getting power, any ideas?

damon - Reply

Very easy to do with help of the kit. I also replaced the screws but honestly i dont see the point. The philips screws are more fragile in my opinion. And as somebody else said, if your eyesight is bad, use glasses. The screws are so tiny!

Michael Schouman - Reply

Good stuff, great. A recommenation: Take a sheet of paper, put the stuff you dismantel on it, put a circle around it for each step and add the number. This will help during reassembly, especially the 2 different screws in step 4. Greetings from an old? (>60) German.

Gerd - Reply

Instructions were great!. The pressure plate come off when removing the battery. Use fine tweezers to replace and orient. A good light and magnification are also very helpful.

vernonnesmith - Reply

Received the kit to replace a 4s battery today. After reading through the instructions and comments, the task only took about 10 minutes. Very easy.

rohrmann - Reply

Less than 5mins total. Just did it and looking forward to a longer battery life between charges.

shorelinejeff - Reply

I followed the instructions but am unable to get the phone to power on unless it is connected to a alternate power source,tried rebooting phone, I still get the same result,

When I unplug phone it loses power and goes dark,battery meter on phone says it's fully charged! Does SIM card need to be reinstalled before powering phone on?

Jeff - Reply

In general: Watch several videos before diving in. Wash your hands, and/or put on some snug fitting nitrile gloves. If your eyesight is not what it used to be, then use a magnifying light lamp or perform in a very well lit area. Re: Step 1 - At first glance, the two screwdrivers included in the kit look very similar; in order to avoid confusing the two, place a piece of colored tape on one of them. RE: Step 2 - push gently with two thumbs, but don't overdo it. The back plate will only slide forward 2mm - a very small space. Re: Steps 4 & 5 - Recommend using the kit box, or several small trays to set aside the 2 battery connector screws and pressure contact plate. These pieces are very small! The kit's screwdrivers are magnetized to hold the screws, but not the plate. Re: Step 7 - Some of the battery adhesive may come loose from the phone and battery, and ball up into a wad. An exacto knife can be used to gently excise any wadded up portions of adhesive.

pwesthelle - Reply

Just received my replacement kit for iPhone 4s in the mail. Had the new battery in and working within 20 minutes and I'm no expert. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone having issues with their iPhone 4s battery to purchase the kit and make this fix.

jim - Reply

Brilliant ... easy to follow ... had screw head strip (lower battery connector) but got it out ok in the end ... (gentle pressure)

On re starting phone it couldn't get signal ..just searching ... did "hard reset" and it was fine ... excellent !

You need good magnifying glass if your eyes aren't perfect ! (maybe even if they are)

andrewandrew - Reply

Is there a trick to get the corner screw by the headphone jack in the bezel w/o having to remove parts around it. I just cannot seem to get the screw to thread correctly

I am using the PH000 head that came with the 54 bit driver kit.

aggiphixit - Reply

Thanks for this how-to. I just replaced my battery and it started up with 56% power. How can I test this new battery to be sure it is a new battery?

measerp - Reply

Muy sencillos los pasos para realizar este cambio por una nueva batería, por ser un equipo ya viejo el iPhone 4s, me pareció muy buen precio los 25 USD por el paquete de liberación y el cambio de la batería, lo que más tarde por supuesto, fue encontrar el primer tornillo de la tapa, por más que lo quiero hacer con cuidado, se me cayó un tornillo que al final deje en el blister del paquete de liberación del cambio de los tornillos. en una semana diré si la batería me dio el performance que requiero para mi teléfono.

javiersconde - Reply

Everything went great, except the common issue, that the iPhone would not connect to the providers network (no information about locked Sim also). Setting the date and time to manual and correct information before shut-down and restart fixed that problem…

tomric - Reply

I can't believe I waited this long to swap my battery. The repair was easy using the kit with included tools. I had the phone apart and back together in about 10 minutes and I was working slowly so I didn't make a mistake. The only challenge was prying the old battery out. The plastic tool worked well, you just gently apply pressure as described in the guide. Now I am going to fix my old ipod.

gregorynowell - Reply

Ho avuto un problema di ricezione dopo la sostituzione della batteria, che ho risolto mettendo il dispositivo in modalità aereo ed estraendo la sim card.

barbigor - Reply

la durata della batteria è stata realmente aumentata?

Paolo -

Just changed out my battery in the 4s. Took about 10 minutes using the guide. I put the phone in airplane mode before doing a hard shutoff and the phone worked perfectly with no network issues. Charging it up now to see how much longer it's going to last...

andyman58 - Reply

I suspect this guide is clearest to those with a bit of experience with electronics. Crystal clear, that is. This is not a difficult fix. Just use common sense and make sure your tabletop is secure!

bryanmartin - Reply

I'm 57 and trying this without jewellers glasses was a mistake. The screws are TINY. I've worked on computers for years but never with screws THIS small! If your eyes aren't 20/20 get magnification for sure. The kit I got was from BattDepot and only came with one size of screwdriver. There are two sizes required. Dumb!! And the one screwdriver isn't magnetized so getting the screws back in has been a beggar. Good luck with your install. Mine's been more difficult than expected. (Should have bought the iFixit kit!)

Ted - Reply


My iPhone worked well except the fact that the battery was very used.

I change my battery by following these instructions and I succeed to disassemble and reassemble my iPhone without any difficulty. However, after having turned on my device, the cellular connection didn't work with the new battery. As written in the tutorial, I tried to restore the device using iTunes (in DFU mode and not). This message appear: "the iphone could not be restored: an unknown error occurred (1)".

What is the solution to solve this problem ?

bredin54 - Reply


I replaced the battery but the phone did not start. I plugged it, turned it on but it stayed with the apple screen, after 30 minutes, the same, black screen and white apple logo. I replaced it back with the old battery and everything worked fine. any idea?

dcantu - Reply

Ok..here we go. WHAT A SCAM "! Ordered a battery for an iPhone 4S on 3 March 2015. Received "new" battery with iPhone 4s Fix it Kit. Opened up battery...date of manufacture PRINTED on battery is 3 May 2013!!! Battery looks used and beat up. I put it in anyways...doesnt hold a charge. I call and tell them the "new" battery they promised is 2 years old and used. They send a new battery last week. I install this "new" battery, which looks just as used as the last one. It doesn't last or hold a charge longer than my 4 year old battery I initially replaced. Folks...LET ME TELL YOU, DONT ORDER FROM THIS COMPANY. THE BATTERIES ARE USED AND DONT WORK. Its a scam..save your money.

icarus2fly - Reply

Really easy. Recommendation: READ the comments! They were really helpful and gave me faith when the 4S refused to connect to the carrier. I plugged it into iTunes as stated, then hard reset it (no reset of network settings), and then it was working like a charm again.

stefanomanzini - Reply

My iPhone is about 2 1/2 years old and battery life is getting a lot poorer, drains fast on standby and shuts off at 20%. Followed the instructions and like most it went well but had no carrier signal the first time. Took advice on bending the grounding pin up more, and that fixed the issue. I suggest that the instructions be revised stressing the importance of this ground pin, and noting that not having it positioned correctly results in the no signal issue.

pbrazis - Reply

During the past year I would go to take a photo with my 4s and the battery read 45-60 %. As soon as I would take the 1st photo the battery would die! I an confident the battery replacement will eliminate this from happening. Battery has been replaced and is now recharging. What I did use was a toothpick to align the upper screw socket with the metal connections. The replacement took 20 minutes as I took my time and paid attention to the task at hand. Do read all of the help before you start.

bryanwcole - Reply

I did it! No Signal issue was fixed after rebooting once.

This was my first repair and I nailed it :)

Also, I recommend using latex gloves. ^_^

Patrick Petrovic - Reply

Just sent email to iFixit to see if they will send me another replacement battery. First thing that should be note I purchased my kit in February of 2015. Got and installed what looked to be a new battery. Very happy in with kit and installing battery was simple. Worked great for a while but less than 3 months battery died completely. Not charging and dying when phone at 21%. Just pulled old battery out of box and reinstalled since it does work and takes a charge while I wait for another replacement battery. ONE biggie new replacement battery was manufactured 01/2013 and old battery is 03/2013. Didn't realize til swapping batteries second time. BUYER BEWARE THAT REPLACEMENT BATTERIES ARE NOT NEW BUT USED BATTERIES.

massello - Reply

took out the original battery and put in the new one, phone turned on and said 'searching'. I turned it back off and took out the screws again and pushed down the signal clip more and made sure the screws and pressure clip were correct. then I put everything back; PUT THE BACK ON, and worked fine. signal and wifi both working fine. please remember that the GROUNDING clip needs to be grounding to something: there is a metallic strip on the back part of your phone, in which its grounding to. you need to have your back on to make everything work, don't turn it on without the back on to see if it works because you may have issues. easy tutorial just take your time

Brenden Carroll - Reply

Awesome instructions....clear, easy to read and great pictures! So glad you guys are in business!

grich - Reply

Noticed someone else talking about pressure contact....that was in the version of the Iphone 4S I replaced the battery. Yes you will need tweezers and it goes under the battery contact/attachment connector. So please note that before you remove battery.

grich - Reply

I was a little uncertain on the instructions but managed to remove the old one and install the new one and it works great!

joepug - Reply

Great guide! The only problem with me is that they sent me a 1.5mm star-shaped screwdriver, instead of the 1.5mm Phillip's screwdriver. I had to buy another one, which was pretty hard to find. Other than that it was great! My Iphone works like new! Thank you!

Lucas Scheibe - Reply

This was my first repair and I had no problems. Cycle count was at 1 and it took a total of 20 minutes. This video was helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJSSFZbr...

BryenTurco4 - Reply

10 minutes tops. notes:

The white towel under the work space is a great idea.

Since the Phillips screws holding the battery terminal in place are different lengths, I marked the head of one with a felt marker (Vital advice from the 5-S battery swap)

The fellow suggesting to pry the outer edge of the battery loose before unscrewing the terminal had a good idea.

The tweezers from a Swiss army knife is adequate to remove, manipulate and re-install the gold tipped ground clip.

A toothpick for alignment of the jittery and jumping gold-tip ground clip is very helpful.

Lucky I had no re-connection issues.

I was so nervous to start after all the youtube video and read-through prep that I forgot to power down the phone. Lucky that had no impact.

griffn - Reply

I bought the battery replacement kit and everything went almost smoothly. I just got the screws mentioned in step 4 mixed up. They are both really small but they are not the same size. I should have kept better track of them. The difference between the two are almost imperceptible. As suggested by others, a pair of tweezers and a white towel was really helpful.

alfredyip - Reply

I did it without any problem. You just have to really pay attention to how things are set up and be careful not to touch parts that are not involved in the replacement. The pressure contact underneath the top screw of the battery connector will come loose while prying the battery connector from its socket so you'd better remove it entirely and put it back in place after you've clipped on the new battery's connector. Was full of doubts and fear that I'd damage the phone before I started but I m happy I went on and did it by myself cause it's not worth the 60 euros one has to pay for the replacement! Get the tools and use them for all your repairs instead! Thanks for the guide folks!

Zina - Reply

Thank you IFIXIT. 4S battery replacement went well and took just 10 min. Network provider manually selected. Fitted the ground piece with the help of a toothpick ;-)

Jan M. Germany

janmeissner - Reply

Very disappointed. The battery plug to the pc board was not the same as the original so I could not complete the install. Reinstalled original battery and now I can NOT power up the phone unless connected to an external source. After that its OK. Waste of time and waste of money. Now I cant power up if I don't have a power cord like after getting off an airplane. If Ifix it reads this you can contact me at chrislaletin "at" mac "dot" com

chrismargaret - Reply

I tried today as my old battery didn't perform any more. The replacement went like a charm, done in 5 minutes. After booting and entering the SIM code, the network was not found. I plugged it to iTunes, rebooted while plugged in and then all started work as it should. Thanks for the great guide!

Jiri Srba - Reply

I bought the battery replacement kit a few weeks ago, and made the replacement today. But I had to put the old battery again, as the " new" one did not give any result : the phone was acting as without battery (was only able to put it on when connected to a charger or a computer). It is not an issue with the replacement procedure, as the guide is clear, and I had no trouble having my phone working again with the old battery (and I tried twice with the new one).

Can the battery I received be malfunctionning ? (using a multimeter, I see a voltage bias of 3V approx. between some of the pins, so it is not totally dead)

Any other idea at what might be the problem ?

tuabihtucl - Reply

easy breezy lemon squeezy :). changed the battery no glitch. Even though i am not very good with these kind of things, the step by step guide made it really simple. Thankyou.

saharazizahmad - Reply

I thought iphone is so sophisticated and changing battery will be a pain in the @%^, it turned out so easy following the picture instructions. Great! Thanks a lot!

savershen - Reply

Actually ordered the battery because it was time and because there was a rattling sound in my 4s.

I did some researching and saw that it could be the lock/power button screw. I opened up the phone and saw a screw sitting in the top corner of the phone. I took it out but didn't replace this as I wasn't up for a major teardown. I just didn't want to short something out. Anyway, the whole thing took 10 minutes and the phillips screwdriver from the liberation kit fit all the screws inside. Not mentioned anywhere but everything was there w/o any synch/restore afterwards.

It's actually easier than the guide would lead you to believe! Thank you iFixit!

NedW - Reply

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. For $24, buy this kit and fix the battery yourself. The kit showed up at my house within 3 days of ordering it (from CA to the east coast) and the instructions couldn't be simpler. Included in the package is a liberation kit, which replaces the screws so that special tools are not needed to fix the phone in the future. Overall, a great purchase. This probably saved me close to $100 with quality parts and easy instructions.

shotthebreeze - Reply

can anyone tell me what happens if the ground contact is not reinstalled. Like so many others of you, the screws on my phone were stripped by the screwdriver provided, and the ground contact had been left out

peter edwards - Reply

Excellent guide. I'd bought the iPhone toolkit, which is absolutely essential. The screws are so tiny I placed them on a strip of sticky tape, carefully labelled, so they wouldn't get lost. The best news is the new battery worked. Like someone earlier I had to restart the iPhone for it to recognise my phone network. I used iBackupbot to find that my old battery's full capacity had become 900 mAh after 343 charge cycles. That's just 63% of the design capacity. Not good. I also found lots of online stores selling cheap iPhone replacement batteries. Feedback from many customers indicates these are used batteries (lots of charge cycles!) and should be avoided like the plague.

Robert Grindley - Reply

I am so thankful to ifixit for boldly going where no on has gone before on these procedures, greatly appreciated! I followed the steps and all seems to work well. that ground wire referred to did not seem to move in mine and stayed in place when i removed the battery connector. There was no adhesive left to use on new battery so i just put it in and the case seems to hold in place tightly nothing loose when I move it around. And I did use a dab of 91% alcohol on any of the metal of battery connector i touched and also the inside back of the case which looked like it has some fingerprints and not sure if that metal is part of the antenna system. And yes the slightly magnetized screwdrivers work great to position the screws! The battery had a 47% charge and seems to be charging nicely right now. Crossing fingers!

macdaddybill - Reply

It took about 5 minutes :D

mak22223 - Reply

I had The "Searching" Issue. I gave it ten minutes and nothing. So I reset the network settings via Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings and the problem persisted. However plugging it into my PC seemed to work and it found the network (thank god since this is my work phone). However I do have the problem of the phone resetting itself every minute (quite literally, every minute). I don't know what this could be I've taken another look inside but nothing looks out of the ordinary. Any help would be appreciated.

Harry Hall - Reply

This kit worked great. The battery swap took a total of 4 minutes. The internal screws that need to be removed are ridiculously small, so it was great to have the magnetic tipped screwdrivers! They makes all of the difference for an easy peasy installation.

george - Reply

The tools are right and the install was flawless, minus the tediousness of putting the ground clip back, but it's all part of the game. I didn't bother with the replacement screws which wasn't an issue.

20thme - Reply

If mobile network doesn't work remember to set up right date and time, and after this to reboot device!!!

Stefano Laudati - Reply

Hi, I changed today for a new battery. It took me about 1 hour. You need good light and very good eyes or a magnifyer.

My most difficult part was getting the tiny black switch under the metal and fix both with the tiny screw. Fortunately the supplied screwdriver had a magnetic tip.

helmutabel - Reply

after replace my batteries on iphone 4s with guide from ifixit

when im turn iphone on , i've got no signal

i dont know whats wrong

im carefully follow the guide step by step, i not go to any step further before make sure that my step is exactly same as ifixit explained

im googling over and over to know what make my iphone no signal after replacing battery

and then finnaly i found it

thats becouse every iphone 4s that have changed the battery , the setting time and date are roll back to jan 1900. thats why iphone cannot get any signal from provider

after setting time and date back to the future.. voilaaaa my signal is back

conclusion is. if you guys get problem with no signal after replace battery. go check your time setting.

thats my story. sorry for bad english

dodyadityamobile - Reply

I give the product an A (so far; it has just reached 93% charge after starting at 50 an hour or so ago, but it seems to be fine), but the instructions above a C at best (I think I am being a pushover; a real teacher would make it a C- or D+). The only difficult part (really the only part that is not obvious) is the tiny connector (black on one side, gold colored on the other), which falls out and then one has to look at the comments, and then look further on the Internet, to figure out what to do with it. Really, not to even mention this critical item (with its critical orientation), and/or show a picture of it even, is bizarre. Why?????

So kudos for making it possible, but please rectify this omission!

jsheats - Reply

That was super easy

Omer Katzir - Reply

I just did it for the second time - and it took me only a few seconds! Okay - to be honest a few minutes.

It's much easier than one might think.

You just have to lose the fear of the apple! It´s not poisoned!

BlackSenator - Reply

Easy. Did need tweezers for the little ground clip. A better detail shot of that in the guide would be helpful. Most pleasing was having ordered late Friday night and selecting standard USPS shipping to Iowa, battery arrived Monday three day ahead of schedule. Thanks.

archive - Reply

iPhone 4s Battery Kit = AWESOME!

I'm a computer tech but have never really worked on phones... Read through the instructions (with pictures) on the ifixit website and decided I would give it a shot and I'm glad I did because it was stupid simple and straightforward!

Thanks ifixit!

mattmurphy - Reply

To install the battery it is not true that you do exactly the reverse.

One thing I struggled with was getting the battery connector back on. The trick I saw later on a video was to:

- First attach the connector, and after that

- Place the battery in the phone

The advantage of this is that the flat cable does not "work against" the connector when trying to click it back on. Would have saved me quiet some time.

Daniel - Reply

Worked perfectly. iFixit: Really great job on the guide ... the parts ... and the tools. I like how iFixit provided replacement phillips head screws to replace the pentalope screws. When you have it back together, a hard reset does the trick to bring back cellular signal. I also did network reset for good measure.

hepmac - Reply

Good guide but left out that it is hard to put the back of the phone back on after the new battery was put in. But beside that it was a quick and easy repair.

miloasoc - Reply

Kit worked great. My old eyes were at about their limit with those tiny screws but it all went good. The biggest issue I had was the battery was really stuck down and took a lot of playing to get it loose.

Great instructions

Chet - Reply

I have just replaced the battery for my phone today. It works well.

If there is a "no signal" problem, just go to Setting -> General -> Reset -> Reset network

Thank IFIXIT. :D

Thanh Chau Nguyen - Reply

Received it quickly and perfet. Super easy to change, took me top 15min. No problem at all after 48h. Thanks iFixit

Francois SILVA RAMOS - Reply

well done, took me 5 minutes. thanks!!!

Stefan Prager - Reply

I just changed the battery on my 4s, but it is stuck on the apple logo on start up. Any suggestions?

Melissa Sweeney - Reply

~ ~ SUCCESS ~~

Avoided the cheap batteries after several warnings and got the toolkit as recommended.

I flattened the old battery and followed the instructions.

Kept the two battery clip screws separate and the tiny black clip in a safe place.

Lots of gentle prying to get the battery out ~ patience not brute force needed here ~ don't lever against fragile bits!!

Battery out, new battery clip attached and battery in place, bottom screw fitted loosely then little black clip sipped under the battery clip and screw put in and both tightened.

Pressed new battery down to try to attach to glue left behind.

Case on and screws in. Plug into Mac and see the Apple appear and then the whole thing came back to life. It went on and off twice and then settled down,

Did a reset with the two buttons and now I'm cleaning out the Apps I don't use any more and changing some of the settings to make certain Apps are using up my new battery.


brucewburn - Reply

I'v replace my Battery in Iphone 4S now it will not charge in the car what did I do wrong?

can any one help


Stanley obrien - Reply

I have changed my battery, now when I charge it every couple of minutes it vibrates and comes up with the apple start up sign, also when it gets to 100% charged it doesn't count backwards to 1% so have no idea how much charge is left and then it turns off when if runs our of charge? Any ideas how to fix this problem please?

Janeen - Reply

If you are getting issues with your cellular service no connecting, follow these steps.

1) Turn off the phone.

2) Remove SIM card using tool.

3) Replace SIM card (just slides back in)

4) Turn phone back on.

If problem persists, try a hard reset. Then from there try a restore.

Anything past that is most likely a hardware issue. You may have broken a cable or damaged the board in some way.

Creplav - Reply

Very Useful Instruction with good pics.I Followed the steps and replaced the Battery within 10 min. Thanks!

Stefan Mostert - Reply

that i want to know that How Much is the replacement batter thanks

crystal dick - Reply

Ok, I thought, I'm up for a challenge to change my 4s battery. It was harder than I thought. The tutorial and comments were helpful but it took me forever to get the screws back in the silver plate! After some time and frustration I figured out you need to " click" it back in! Once I got that the little gold thingy slipped right under the plate and voila! I got the screws in. Now I've done it once it should be easy next time! Word of warning; keep light pressure when handling screws until it gets matched with hole they kept flying off. Recommend putting white sheet/towel on floor way easier to find that way.

maria titko - Reply

Awesome instructions! I fixed my girlfriend's phone in a manner of minutes.

Steve Wells - Reply

If your signal says "Searching..." do not panic! Just go to settings->general->reset->reset network settings. That fixed it for me. If that doesn't help, maybe then start to panic.

napiern14 - Reply

IPhone 4s Battery Replacement worked fine, Documentation that describes the steps is good. The Phillips screwdriver that came aus Part of the Kit does not fit to anything, not to the 2 screws in the iphone and not to the liberation screws.

Christina Fuchs - Reply

iPhone 4s battery replacement worked fine. The Phillips screwdriver that comes as part of the kit does not fit, not to the liberation screws and not to the 2 screws within the iPhone.

Christina Fuchs - Reply

The Liberation Kit just stripped the screw. Now what.

nimpsy - Reply

Had local iPhone repair shop remove the screw. Repair complete!

nimpsy -

I left the battery in and everything above the middle, using a pen knife to flex the logic board, I had plenty of room to else the old out and the new in.

Worked well and saved a lot of time.

Keith M - Reply

After reviewing the steps I decided to follow this guy's advice and left the battery in.....one less item to possibly foul up. I don't know if it made it any faster (first time to open my phone, so nothing to compare it to) but I can say that my phone is charging for the first time in 6 months :D

Jennifer -


1) This is doable but not easy, quick or without risk.

2) If this is your 1st time, the whole process can take >2 hours (half of it reading this fixit manual and notes, which I highly recommend!)

3) I highly recommend placing a large, thin clean white cloth on the table. This prevents screws from rolling around and you will clearly see anything falling out.

4) If you have them, use tight surgical (latex) gloves. This prevents you from greasing up contacts.

5) Have e.g. a big old egg box ready, so you can place the screws in order (and maybe write step/screw size on the side).

6) I bought my display from "Generic" on Amazon ($20.36). Screen works fine and tools were ok but not great (screw drivers do not withstand force needed to unscrew some).

7) I had my own 2mm Phillips screw driver and a 2.4mm flat (for the big screws).

8) Have a nice cold beer by your side! Good luck!

superedu111 - Reply

Sounds like this comment relates to a screen replacement, not a rear panel replacement. No way a rear panel replacement would take 2 hours - can be done in 2 minutes!

Jonathan Deamer -

I was paranoid about stripping the pentalobes - I used the ifixit pentalobe screwdriver TOGETHER with a layer of Glad Wrap (cling film or saran wrap for the non-Aussies) over the pentalobe holes - absolutely no problems. Guess it helps the driver head gain purchase?

Anyway hat tip to this guy:


jimforbes - Reply

It's also called glad wrap in the US as well. :)

Scorppio500 Webmaster -

After seeing the comments about trouble finding the carrier, I shut down the phone, did a soft reset (by holding the power and home buttons until it started and then shut down and stayed off), and removed the SIM. After the repair, I replaced the SIM and plugged it in to the charger. It started up and found the carrier (Verizon, as it happens) immediately. I would guess that only the soft reset made a difference, but I did both.

DavidLewis - Reply

Thank you David, will I need to reload operating system if I replace thr logic board? I'm hoping to use a 32gb boards from a locked but working phone to place in my 8gb device. Thanks for your advice,


Sharif Bagnulo -

I pried one end of the back off only to find 2 funny little screws holding the other end on so I took my Dremel, like Jack said, and ground those suckers out. Once I had the back off I loosened all the screws then turned it upside down and shook the crap out of it. The screws went flying everywhere and fell on the floor. Its my moms house so of course she's got gross brown carpet. How am I supposed to find my screws in that? I get the vacuum out and go over every inch of the floor to suck up all them screws. Then I dump the bag on the table and all I find is a bunch of hair and gods knows what else, but no screws. When I look for my phone I see its covered in all that stuff that came out of the vacuum. I mean, what's up with that? How can I work on my phone if its covered in dirt? Nobody said anything about that, did they? The average guy's gonna screw up his phone big time if he follows these instructions and nobody warns him about all the dirt that's gonna end up in his phone. Are you kidding me!! Now what?

Marv - Reply

Here's a little vacuum trick for anything small: put nylons/panty hose over the end of the hose and then you don't have to dig thru the bag contents.

paul -

Marv you a first class pleb! Please don't try and fix anything again. Tool

ticklejahfancy -

my screws are stipped and i am going though the front glass to get to the logic board could some one give me a guide on how to get to the board please... thanks

Caleb Croft - Reply

all you need to do is remove the clip over the wifi antenna and the one that actually attaches the wifi antenna to the iphone two steps to do this job...

Ray Leahy - Reply

The physical battery replacement went off without a hitch, and saw that the phone had no network connection, but also had no way to unlock. The slide lock said "Slide for Emergency Call" over my custom wallpaper and sliding would give the passcode screen, but it would reject the 6 digit passcode (it would buzz and go dark after the 4th digit, re-awakening and putting in the last 2 would indicate bad passcode). Very frustrating! I get it into recovery mode and convinced iTunes to "update" the OS, but it still didn't let me in. I performed a restore to fully factory reset the phone, and it worked! Sort of... the start screen kept being replaced by "Temperature - phone needs to cool down" but it's cold. Temp sensor is on the battery and returning to old battery fixed it. New battery is bad, and phone is wiped. Fun night.

I'm going to guess that disabling the password might save you from a similar fate. So, I'll suggest BEFORE YOU START, backup your phone and disable the passcode. Good luck.

Ian Epperson - Reply

Same here.. Going through that terrible night myself! Guess you had to return your battery right?

Nuno Alves -

how can i take out the screw if it is stripped

Manny Chaidez - Reply

with a small driller, but I guess it is very difficult. Never attempted that myself on an iPhone.

lantzero -

There is no screw in Step 2?

Is the screw stripped or the head stripped?

I have used superglue on the screwdriver to remove a stripped screw, it would turn but not come out, with superglue I could turn and pull the screw out. May also work on a stripped head.

Trevor -

If you are careful, use a Dremel tool and a micro drill bit (sold where Dremel tools are purchased) to drill it out. Last resort kind of thing, good luck.

Jack - Reply

Why isn't it moving? I removed my screws.

Thomas The Train - Reply

I pried one end of the back off only to find 2 funny little screws holding the other end on so I took my Dremel, like Jack said, and ground those suckers out. Once I had the back off I loosened all the screws then turned it upside down and shook the crap out of it. The screws went flying everywhere and fell on the floor. Its my moms house so of course she's got gross brown carpet. How am I supposed to find my screws in that? I get the vacuum out and go over every inch of the floor to suck up all them screws. Then I dump the bag on the table and all I find is a bunch of hair and gods knows what else, but no screws. When I look for my phone I see its covered in all that stuff that came out of the vacuum. I mean, what's up with that? How can I work on my phone if its covered in dirt? Nobody said anything about that, did they? The average guy's gonna screw up his phone big time if he follows these instructions and nobody warns him about all the dirt that's gonna end up in his phone. Are you kidding me!! Now what?

Marv - Reply

I didn't see any extra screws holding the back in place. I had to use the included pry tool to get the back off. Just start at the bottom and pry gently...if you just "pull" like the guide says it won't work.

Brian - Reply

Don't use too much force to slide the back -- the back on my phone was hard to slide, and I bent and broke a silver metal contact tab at the top of the back (on the inside).

perryskeath - Reply

On reassembly, be sure to clean the metal plate at the place of contact with the tiny pressure contact mentioned in step 4.

Harald Brandt - Reply

I pried one end of the back off only to find 2 funny little screws holding the other end on so I took my Dremel, like Jack said, and ground those suckers out. Once I had the back off I loosened all the screws then turned it upside down and shook the crap out of it. The screws went flying everywhere and fell on the floor. Its my moms house so of course she's got gross brown carpet. How am I supposed to find my screws in that? I get the vacuum out and go over every inch of the floor to suck up all them screws. Then I dump the bag on the table and all I find is a bunch of hair and gods knows what else, but no screws. When I look for my phone I see its covered in all that stuff that came out of the vacuum. I mean, what's up with that? How can I work on my phone if its covered in dirt? Nobody said anything about that, did they? The average guy's gonna screw up his phone big time if he follows these instructions and nobody warns him about all the dirt that's gonna end up in his phone. Are you kidding me!! Now what?

Marv - Reply

The replacement panel I got had two sheets of protective plastic on the inside and one on the outside. I used a toothpick to carefully lift and peel the two inside sheets off. One small one was over the lens on the inside. The other was over some large brown sheet of unknown function (though I think it goes over the battery). When I peel that away, some of the brown material tried to lift of with it, so be very careful.

dhein - Reply

From this point go to step ?? Just peel off the tape from the chip. Take some aluminium foil and cut a hole the size of the chip (Use a second layer of foil if you don't thrust it). Heat the chip as described at temperature 300 deg C for 5 minutes. Let it cool down. Reassemble and ..... hura WIFI is on again.

Lucasa Clearman - Reply

On my phone at least, there is a small gold and black part held down under the top screw. It goes black side up with the pressure contact touching the back of the phone when the cover is in place. Keep an eye out for correct orientation as you dismantle.

James Molyneux - Reply

I also had a small black and gold connector held down by the top screw on this step.

Kevin Keenan - Reply

While the text refers to the pressure contact, the pictures do not show it clearly. The closet one that does has the yellow circle covering much of it. I was not sure if it was under or on top of the cover when re-installing. It's under.

gregsrow - Reply

This step needs a few more caveats.

The bottom screw on my phone was locked with some thread adhesive, and required more force to loosen it than I expected.

Even after removing the screws, the battery connector was rather firmly seated, and required a fair bit of persistent gentle prying with the opening tool before it came loose.

The ground clip came loose and nearly flew off while loosening the connector, so it would really help people if there were a warning on this step to watch out for the ground clip and make sure it doesn't bounce away.

threephi - Reply

Despite putting a large amount of pressure on the screw I can't get the blades of the 00 to take. Has anyone tried with a 000 and does it work better?

abeardsa - Reply

The 00 didn't work much for me but I had more success with a Phillips #0

DMcG -

I find the #00 doesn't work either. I use the #000 and it works better for me.

Keith -

The battery connector is attached to the battery. You're not going to completely lift it out and remove it. It pulls out from the socket you can see in step 5 picture 3. The pressure contact (little black and gold thing) will probably just slide out from under the connector. Not a problem.

DMcG - Reply

Which screwdriver works best then. I got the #00 philips from ifixit. I agree - it strips the screw and does not work. I don't recommend it.

I am now trying to buy another screwdriver - but which one. #0 or #000. Anyone done this. Please help!

andrepoon - Reply

I lost the screws securing the battery connector to the logic board, what happens when I turn on my iphone without securing screws, as shown in step 4, please solution. thank you

Afriyadi - Reply

The iFixit screwdriver that is recommended and provided will strip the screws here. HOLD OFF. I bought a ph000 screwdriver off the internet. Worked fine. Don't be tempted to proceed with the ph00 from iFixit. IT WILL STRIP!!

andrepoon - Reply

seconded. after shipping (to spain, plus surprise import taxes) and nearly $100, the 1.7 mm screw would not budge and ended up stripped. uncool.

jejerez -

I completed this repair without removing the battery. I think the guide should be edited to note that battery removal is not necessary.

M C - Reply

A little late to ask but how did you do this without taking the battery out? My screws are a pain to get out and if there is a better way of doing this then I'd like to try.

josephcon1998 -

I completed this successfully, but this step gave me the most trouble. The pressure contact is really difficult to reseat. So much so that it should probably be called out more clearly in it's own step.

Greg Fulco - Reply

If your pressure contact pops out you might find the video at http://www.hightechdad.com/2013/05/07/ho... helpful

Martin Cleaver - Reply

When reinstalling the position of pressure contact must be explained better! It took me about 5 min to understand how it fit!

Jorge - Reply

In french: attention avant de retirer le contacteur de la batterie. La vis du haut tient "en sandwich" une petite pièce métallique noire et dorée. Cette pièce a pour but de faire contact de masse avec le dos de l'iphone quand il est refermé. Donc il ne faut pas la tordre. Quand les deux vis du contacteur sont retirée, attention au moment de débrancher le contacteur: cela va faire bouger cette pièce qui ne doit pas être abîmée ni tordue. Au remontage, il faut bien la remettre en place sous le contacteur de batterie: il est tout à fait possible de mettre d'abord le contacteur, puis de glisser la petite pièce au dessous pour qu'elle soit bien à sa place, le trou en face du trou de vis et du trou du contacteur. En remettant la vis, la pièce tient bien en place. Elle doit bien continuer à dépasser de manière a faire contact avec le dos de l'iphone.

stephane lecreux - Reply

Top screw didn’t move with iFixit Philips #000 driver. The metal is too soft and in the result the screw was damaged while still in place. Having nothing to lose I also tried #00 and #0. Any way to remove the stuck screw? I would gladly saw it off if I could.

viktorcode - Reply

Ok, I had to drill the screw to break it. It was very delicate and time consuming operation. But in the end the screw cap finally broke off and I was able to remove the battery!

viktorcode -

The Liberation Kit Philips head screwdriver strips the battery connector screws! It stripped the ne 1.7 mm Phillips screw circled in red in the photo above. I was able to remove the other screw, then I lifted the battery connector off while the red screw was still in position and wound the connector around in circles while lifting upwards and managed to unscrew the stripped screw. Advice, find a decent philips heard screwdriver for the internal screws like the two found on the battery connector.

remsta - Reply

When reassembling, use EST tweezers to get align the pressure contact over the top screw hole. using the pointy end of a spudger to assist: put the point through top screw-hole on the battery connector, then through the pressure contact and into the screw-hole. this will help to keep the small piece in place while re-seating the battery connector. Leave the top hole spiked as such until the screw in the bottom hole is gently fastened. Remove the spudger and replace the top screw.

tallismanproductions - Reply

Pressure contact needs to be remain EXACTLY in the same position if you remove/replace battery. I had to re-open my iPhone 4S after a battery replacement (the mobile connectivity was lost) and tweak the position of the Pressure to restore functionality.

Peter Schoeman - Reply

Why do I have to remove the battery for disassembling the rear camera? Any idea?

Andreas Suck - Reply

Hi, I have a problem with that small piece which connect gsm antenna with the back cover. I missed that part and have a weak signal gsm, so I buy it and now when I put it there the Iphone wont turn on when the back cover is puted on. I know that somewhere is short-circuit but dont know how to solve it. Sorry for my english.

jurajtomecek7 - Reply

I used my 16x magnifier loupe to be certain I had the pressure sensor aligned with the screw hole - no problem, no stripping. I consider it indispensable for tricky steps like this, and IFixit sells a similar tool for just $14.

Jen Morris - Reply

The pressure connector is the battery connector under the silver plate. BE CAREFUL. It seems like it'd be really easy to tear that pressure connector out without meaning to. The bronze and black thing is the ground, *not* the pressure connector. If you remove it just keep track of it and re-install it.

Brian - Reply

this help me a lot, i just don't know how to fix it(bought it from http://www.laimarket.com/red-replacement...)

Dean - Reply

The phillips head screwdriver provided in the ifixit repair kit does not work well this these two screws after my first attempt at unscrewing the screws became stripped. The 1.7 mm phillips screw gave me the most trouble. It took an hour to unscrew after the screwdriver from the kit stripped the screw. I used a piece of masking tape over the screw for grip to loosen it, then used finger nail clippers as pliers to unscrew. I would recommend investing in a better screwdriver for this one step. Assembly is otherwise simple and easy.

teeteebaby5 - Reply

Here's a tip if you're having trouble removing the 1.7 mm screw. I had real problems removing it – the 1.5 mm screw came out easily using a Phillips #000 screwdriver but I almost stripped the 1.7 mm screw using the same screwdriver. What I did instead was use a flathead screwdriver from the iFixit pro tech toolkit I got, the one with a "–" sign and 1.0 size. That worked perfectly!

Lars - Reply

There's only one Philips screwdriver with the kit but it failed to unscrew the top 1.7mm one off the connector unfortunately. Is the kit supposed to come with both the 1.7 and 1.5mm Philips screwdrivers?

yanchou - Reply

When disconnecting the battery make sure to use a plastic tool not a metal tool that could short out the battery

Ethan Chow - Reply

I did not manage to get the screws out with a Phillips #000 Screwdriver; I used instead the J1000 head of the all-new pro tech toolkit

Jean Wallemacq - Reply

If I did accidentally remove the pressure contact point from the logic board...what do I do?

Samuel Z - Reply

I also did this. Not sure what its for? My phone appears to be fine now without it.

Ian Booth -

This picture needs to be greatly enlarged! The pressure plate sits directly underneath the battery connector, but cannot be seen here. It is also flat but about half the size of the battery connector, so you won't know you've ripped it up until you have! Picture two slices of bread but not the same size, stuck together.

S Byers - Reply

What if you pop off that pressure contact point?? What is its function? Is it impossible to re-attach?

Ian Booth - Reply

No idea what exactly this step means. I just pulled the battery connector without trying to move the pressure contact. Installed new battery, plugged in connector and aligned the pressure contact slightly for the screw to fit.

Got a big scare as the phone would not connect to the cell network at first boot, only WiFi. Shut it off and when it rebooted it seemed to work. WIll probably know in a day or so if everything works fine or if there are interference issues, etc.

andries - Reply

This is normal ... removing the battery resets internal clock to start value and your provider doesn't accept that, hence no network.

Going online through wifi or manually setting date right corrects this after a reboot.

Dreetn -

I also accidentally removed the pressure contact. I put it back in place as best I could during reassembly and so far haven't ran into any problems.

Maynard Stevens - Reply

The black & copper contact piece is missing from my iPhone. Does that explain why my phone won't restore and keeps re-booting? I have tried every kind of restore with no luck. Any ideas?

ozarkana - Reply

After reassembling the iPhone I the GSM connection wasn't working. After cleaning all parts with isopropyl alcohol it still didn't work. What solved my problem was to turn on WiFi and then synchronizing the date and time which was set to 1970-01-01. After a reboot everything worked just fine. :)

Florian - Reply

I had the same problem. Thanks for the solution!!

Manolis Mylonakis -

thanks for this!

Bill McNamara -

The black ground contact needs still more "flagging." This is a simple metal strip that is attached ONLY by the 1.5mm (upper) screw. It will help if you look at it before you remove the upper screw. Notice the gold contact arm and point. That contact point must be in a plane above every other surface inside the device when you replace the battery connector, because it makes a ground contact with the metallic inner surface of the device back plate.

When I replaced it, I used the Pentalobe driver to line up battery connector and ground contact with the screw socket post. I then attached the 1.7mm (lower) screw loosely, removed the Pentalobe driver gently, and inserted the 1.5mm (upper) screw into the assembly. There is a tab on the ground contact that helps it align properly once pressure begins to applied. I completed driving the upper screw, pressing lightly with the spudger on the battery connector plate to make sure it was seated on the pressure contacts. Finally, I completed driving the lower screw.

Matt McCaffrey - Reply

This is a hard step because the directions and pictures are not very clear. This might help:

1) Here you HAVE TO disconnect the battery connecter (the language is confusing).

2) This is easier than it looks, as you can simply lift the connector upwards from any angle (I rested my plastic tool on the antenna and gently lifted it up).

The photo suggests you have to pull the connector backwards (which would be hard), this is not true, it can be lifted up towards you (the pins go out backwards and upwards, you'll see).

Finally, don't confuse the "pressure contact" with the "pressure contact point". You remove the contact, the contact point (underneath) sits on the board. No need to worry about this.

superedu111 - Reply

Very ambiguous instructions for amateurs like me. eg. "pressure contact" & "pressure contact point". Some labelling in the photos would be a great help.

Stephen Shaw - Reply

Wish the instructions had the warnings about the pressure contact before getting started. I removed it from the logic board because the warning was after the instructions. I managed to get it back in place and reassemble the phone. Nothing happened when I turned it on. Here I wrongly assumed the battery came pre-charged but it wasn't. I decided to plug it in to recharge it and was elated to see the empty battery symbol. I'm sending this from the phone!

jfksdca - Reply

I didn't find any need to remove the pressure contact. I just pried the battery connector up (gently) with a spudger and left the pressure contact in place. Connected the new battery and aligned the pressure contact screw hole. Replaced the screws, finished reassembly and all was good.

Roger Mercer - Reply

After reassembly, the CELL CONNECTION WASN'T WORKING. You might need to slightly bend the contact in step 5 up just a little, so it will make contact with the metal back plate. Did that and it worked perfectly.

Great kit, great instructions, thanks!

AirPhonesApp - Reply

all those teeny screws...and the world is so...well...BIG!

go slow and put those parts INTO something...

putting them "on" something will just cause heartache and and an infected bladder...


after a lot of froofroo and very errant iphone behaviour problems, i concluded that that tiny grounding piece must be being lazy as hello. i spread it out a bit to ensure a better contact with the back plate and everything appears to be working smoothly.

did this repair, as well as the battery replacement...GTG!!!

spoke too soon, i 'spect...random reboots persist.

richard - Reply

Just went through the replacement and the battery "plug" (step 5) on my replacement battery was slightly misaligned relative to the metal plate used to screw it onto the board. The plastic and "gold" "plug" was slightly askew on the metal plate, which meant that when the plug was inserted, the screw holes (step 4) were poorly aligned.

I managed to pull everything back into line using the screws, but the QC on these replacement batteries is a bit suspect.

cvdwl - Reply

Guess what happens when you rotate that ground connector 180 degrees...it grounds what I deduced to be the heat sink of the power amplifier for the speaker! So it is silent. It took me a couple of attempts to discover this as I was distracted by the new speaker not sitting down properly and a little dot of stuff under the main connector stuck to the pins. The latter was cleaned-off with a pin under 5x magnification followed by some isopropyl alcohol.

I suggest that Step 5 is more explicit about the orientation of this ground connector. It's only obvious after a really close look and if one has a lot to do like I did, it's a long time before one comes back to this step so the correct orientation is not obvious.

Michael Scollay - Reply

This can be very tricky because sometimes theres just too many glue on the back of the battery, and eventually the battery will be deformed.

Carlos Lopes - Reply

Yes, there did seem to be a lot of glue holding my battery in. At first I was afraid of breaking it, but after reading up on the subject I've learned that it is okay if the battery gets a little deformed. Due to the nature of the battery it will still work if slightly deformed.

djlogic26 - Reply

I found the plastic pull tab to be useless. Peeled pretty much the whole battery out from the left side. Used a probe to "break" a few strands of glue to help. Just watch the connector and ribbon cable in the lower left corner as you pry up so you don't crimp them or damage them.

gregsrow - Reply

DO NOT remove the battery unless absolutely necessary. If the battery is removed from the phone, DO NOT reuse it, ifixit does not seem to understand the importance of safely handling the battery

Tom Chai - Reply

Tom you have never been so wrong. Removing the battery is the FIRST step ANYONE should do before repairing or attempting repairs on their phone. The iPhone has many different grounding points in the phone and having electrical current running to it poses a massive risk, especially with ESD (ElectroStatic Discharge). People, PLEASE make sure you remove your phone's battery FIRST before doing any repairs. Use a plastic, not metal, spudger, after unhooking the battery from the logic board, place the spudger along the right side of the battery NOT under the volume buttons, about an inch and a half lower (two roughly if a sim card is present) and start prying it up using the frame as the fulcrum, as you start to lift the battery from the adhesive make sure you slide the spudger farther under to get even contact so you do not damage the battery.

Prestige Computer Solutions -

Try a used plastic credit/gift card to apply gentle pressure to lift the battery out of the phone, the short edge of the card fits within the gap on the logic board side between the battery and video cables. You can also use it on the opposite side if there is room between the battery and iPhone frame. This has worked on all of the 4 and 4s models I've replaced screens on.

I offer an alternative image if interested.

Wallace Karraker - Reply

Hello! My clients iphone 4s:n battery connector broke, when i tried accidentally take the battery out with a plastic tool from the wrong side.

Connector detached completely, so that the two middle ironcensors came with it and was stuck to the connector. When i screw the whole connector back to phone, it works with battery power, but the batterys downloading doesnt work. Are these two middle censors that are stuck in the connector exactly the ones that should be charging the battery? Do you know how i can fix this? I have already bought electrical conductor glue, but should the parts be cleaned somehow first? And how can i fix it, when the center metal sensors on the system board is also attached to the battery?

How can i clean out thiskind of part with windex? I have purchased almost all of the possible tools from iFixit and the electrical conductor glue i bought somewhere else. (http://www.ebay.com/itm/300915727408?ssP...)

SebastianK - Reply

Removing the battery wasn't necessary. I attempted the removal but decided not to in the end. It didn't get in the way at all.

BigFatCat - Reply

i also skipped the battery removal step. the battery didn't get in the way, but it did make it difficult to see if the wifi grounding fingers (step 14) were underneath the case lip. everything worked in the end though so i don't think removing the battery is a strict requirement.

rippergirl - Reply

How can you not remove the battery in a battery replacement fix? Step 14, there are only 7 steps. Me thinks these comments are getting mixed up between different fixes!

bluezzer -

I did not remove the battery to do a Speaker replacement and had no issues with getting the Speaker out/in. So, steps 4 and 5 are required but not step 6.

rcrodriguez2 - Reply

The plastic tab is not attached to the battery. I just pried from the right and slid tools under until I broke all the adhesive.

DMcG - Reply

I found it easier to start by pulling the plastic lip to loosen the battery, then, if needed, use the plastic tool to pry from the side.

superedu111 - Reply

I tried to get the battery out as depicted in the first picture. It deformed and is now broken. Not happy. It seems better to leave it or get it out by gently pulling the tab.

Paul Baars - Reply

Please, Please, PLEASE avoid using probing elements to try remove batteries. I have had dozens handed in to me with punctures and two that actually started smoking due to people trying to prise the battery out. DO NOT DO IT.

The best way I have found to remove the battery is this process;

1) Try remove it with the pull tab directly, some will come out, some will not. Do NOT use excessive pull force else it'll deform the battery and reduce the capacity.

2) If the pull test didn't work, then get a hot air gun on medium and warm up the area around the battery for about 30 seconds, focusing on the perimeter of the battery. If you see ANY popcorn'ing then you're too hot, you don't want to cook the battery.

2.1) Wait about 30 seconds for the heat to now wick underneath the battery to soften the adhesive.

2.2) Now try pull the battery up, the extra heat should have softened the glue that you can remove the battery without excessive force and without sticking objects under the battery.

Paul L Daniels - Reply

Be VERY careful NOT to pull off the part of the connector that is on the logic board! Mine now has only contact but no solder until I can get a small enough soldering iron and a less shaky pair of hands!

Rob Hendricks - Reply

I lost the 1.5mm and 1.7mm screws when replacing my 4s battery. Is there a place that sells just these two screws? I bought a 4s screw kit from Zeeton.com but figuring out which screw out the of 39 screws were the the 1.5mm and 1.7mm was impossible.

admin - Reply

Buy a cheap pair of digital callipers ($20 -$30) and it will be clear. You can then use them to measure all kinds of things instead of squinting with a ruler.

bluezzer -

I bent the wire of the silent button on right top of the battery. Now the silent botton don't work. The wire on the bent is half-cut. BE CAREFUL when you put the new battery inside!

orzo - Reply

Was having a hard time getting the screws back into the battery connector. Read another tip online that helped - pushed the end of my phillips screwdriver into some soft candle wax which gave it just enough stickyness to have the screw stay attached to the screwdriver while I was moving it toward the hole. Thought I'd pass that along.

bill - Reply

I did as wazzamagu did (and stated above), "My Pentalobe tool was slightly magnetized so I used that to bring the screws in for tightening with the Philips screwdriver." That made replacing the screws fairly easy. Thanks for all the advice on this page. It was not hard at all. Go slow and carefully, everything is smaller in there than I expected. The "searching" thing came up as it seems for most people, but just took a reboot and all is fine.

amorteguy - Reply


I had the same issue with "searching network". After resetting the network settings in settings it did work perfectly!

Klemt - Reply

Took about 15 minutes. The only thing that was confusing was the reference to parts, using the partname, and I didn't know what they were referring to. So I had to figure it out by the photos. Slightly frustrating. Got it in and it worked. My problem then, was it kept SEARCHING and couldn't find my carrier. I followed everyones advice on here, plugged phone into my computer to itunes. then turned off network settings in settings, then turned them back on, and I got 3 bars. good to go.

sally -

Instructions were good and everything works fine after replacement. Needed to use a tweezer on the pressure contact on the top screw of the battery. Thanks

jeff - Reply

I swapped out the battery today. No real issues. Pretty easy task.

ddbbsr - Reply

For the past couple of months, my phone had been dying very fast. I knew that my phone's battery capacity was getting quite low as this phone is older now, and is out of warranty. So I ordered a replacement battery about a week ago, and just installed it yesterday. The install was pretty easy, if you pay attention to where everything belongs. But my draining issue has not gone away. It stays charged a bit longer, my capacity is at almost 100%, yet it can't even hold a charge over night. I'm not sure what is causing this and would love any tips or stories from someone else!! Please help!!

loucksls92 - Reply

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Andreas Richter - Reply

OMG thank you iFIXIT, the apple store wanted 3 times the cost of this repair kit. It took less than 5 minutes with most of the time spent trying to prise out the battery as it was glued in nice and tight but steady pressure from the spudger did the trick.

I think the best advice would be to touch nothing with your fingers as with careful use of the spudger I was able to position the tensioner point no problem. Everything else was nice 'n' easy.

Finally there was no cell connection only Wifi when I powered up so I simply powered down and up again and all is well in the world!

Thanks again.

Yvonne Frankl - Reply

The battery was incredibly hard to remove. I slid the spudger underneath the battery from the right side as far as it would go. Then, I worked it from the bottom to the top. The battery still was adhered and wouldn't budge using the pull tab. I wound up leaving the spudger underneath the battery at the top and then pressing down on the bottom of the battery to get leverage. After a few strong pushes, and then swapping the top and bottom in the last sentence, the old battery came loose.

I used tweezers to hold the tiny screws and align them with the screwdriver head before taking the screw to the destination hole.

One more tip.. if you don't have any other cartons or containers convenient, use the box that the product comes in as a workspace for holding the tiny screws while you work.

Steve B - Reply

good tips, i took a couple of photos so i knew what it should look like and removed the screws and placed them in the order i removed them pretty easy if you take your time and be gentle

Sam B -

Be VERY careful not to pull on the plastic tab before you fully detach the adhesive or else you will rip the tab clean off. If you did this it is still possible to remove the battery. I just used the guitar pick tool things to slowly work it through the adhesive and under the battery

Zach Mangs - Reply