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-[* black] Insert wisdom here.
+[* black] If any of the adhesive strips broke off and the battery remains stuck to the rear case, [guide|11677|prepare an iOpener|new_window=true] or use a hair dryer to heat the rear case directly behind the battery. This will help soften the adhesive.
+ [* icon_caution] Heat the iPhone until the rear case is slightly too hot to comfortably touch. Don't overheat the iPhone, or you may accidentally ignite the battery.
+[* black] Flip the iPhone back over and thread a strong piece of string (such as dental floss or a length of thin guitar string) underneath the battery.
+[* black] Pull the string from side to side and work it all along the length of the battery to separate the adhesive. ***Do not deform or damage the battery.***
+[* icon_caution] Using pry tools to lift the battery out is not recommended, as it may damage the ribbon cables or the wireless charging coil directly underneath the battery.