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Flip the iPhone back over and insert a plastic card between the left side of the battery and the rear case.

Don't pry under the topmost section of the battery, near the volume up button and mute switch, or you may damage the audio controls cable, which is adhered to the rear case just beneath the battery.

Do not pry against the logic board, or you may permanently damage your iPhone.

Be careful to keep the card as flat as possible to avoid bending the battery, which may damage it and cause it to release dangerous chemicals.

Press the card in farther to break up the adhesive behind the battery.

Alternatively, a piece of dental floss may be used to separate the battery from the rear case. A stronger alternative to dental floss is an unwound guitar string, such as a 0.009 E string from a 12-string set.

Thread the floss or string underneath one end of the battery and pull side to side in a sawing motion to separate the adhesive.

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