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iPad Pro 9.7" Battery Replacement

Remove and replace a worn out battery in the iPad Pro 9.7".

  • Author: Arthur Shi
  • Time estimate: 1 - 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Follow this guide to remove and replace the battery for the iPad Pro 9.7”.

If your iPad is not the cellular enabled model, skip the first step.

Because there are steps in this guide where the battery may remain connected to the logic board, leave the iPad on until the battery is completely discharged (the iPad turns itself off) before attempting this guide.

Have plenty of high concentration (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol to help make residue cleanup easier.

If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

For optimal performance, calibrate your newly installed battery after completing this guide: Charge it to 100% and keep charging it for at least 2 more hours. Then use your device until it shuts off due to low battery. Finally, charge it uninterrupted to 100%.

Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the two antenna cables which connect the logic board to the lower antennas. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the two antenna cables which connect the logic board to the lower antennas. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the two antenna cables which connect the logic board to the lower antennas.

Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the two antenna cables which connect the logic board to the lower antennas.

Step 2  ¶ 

Use the point of a spudger to pry up and loosen the adhesive holding the two disconnected antenna cables in place. Be careful not to puncture the battery with the spudger. Carefully route the cables out from between the battery and the logic board.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and loosen the adhesive holding the two disconnected antenna cables in place.

  • Be careful not to puncture the battery with the spudger.

  • Carefully route the cables out from between the battery and the logic board.

  • Push the cables away from the battery.

Step 3  ¶ 

Use tweezers or a spudger to gently pull up the end of the black tape nearest the Smart Connector. It covers the mid-battery circuit board residing between the two battery cells. You only need to peel the tape back enough to reveal the connector underneath.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers or a spudger to gently pull up the end of the black tape nearest the Smart Connector. It covers the mid-battery circuit board residing between the two battery cells.

  • You only need to peel the tape back enough to reveal the connector underneath.

Step 4  ¶ 

Remove the 1.7 mm Phillips screw holding the Smart Connector cable cover in place. Remove the Smart Connector cable cover.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the 1.7 mm Phillips screw holding the Smart Connector cable cover in place.

  • Remove the Smart Connector cable cover.

Step 5  ¶ 

Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the Smart Connector's connector from its socket between the battery cells. Push the Smart Connector flex cable up and out of the way. Push the Smart Connector flex cable up and out of the way.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the Smart Connector's connector from its socket between the battery cells.

  • Push the Smart Connector flex cable up and out of the way.

Step 6  ¶ 

The next four steps detail how to mask off the iPad in preparation for the liquid adhesive remover. The tape will help block and absorb excess liquids, keeping major components safe. Apply a piece of masking or painter's tape to the top speaker assembly. The tape should bridge the gap between the battery and the speaker assembly.

Step 6  ¶ 

  • The next four steps detail how to mask off the iPad in preparation for the liquid adhesive remover. The tape will help block and absorb excess liquids, keeping major components safe.

  • Apply a piece of masking or painter's tape to the top speaker assembly. The tape should bridge the gap between the battery and the speaker assembly.

Step 7  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to push the edge of the tape down into the crevice between the battery and the speaker. This creates a tape "wall" which will help prevent any liquid adhesive from pooling behind it. Slide the spudger across the entire length of the crevice, pushing tape down to create a boundary.

Step 7  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to push the edge of the tape down into the crevice between the battery and the speaker.

  • This creates a tape "wall" which will help prevent any liquid adhesive from pooling behind it.

  • Slide the spudger across the entire length of the crevice, pushing tape down to create a boundary.

Step 8  ¶ 

Repeat the same procedure on the logic board side and the bottom side of the iPad. Use two pieces of tape for the logic board side. Leave a gap over the Battery Blocker.

Step 8  ¶ 

  • Repeat the same procedure on the logic board side and the bottom side of the iPad.

  • Use two pieces of tape for the logic board side. Leave a gap over the Battery Blocker.

Step 9  ¶ 

Once complete, the masking should look like the first image. The adhesive remover may discolor and eventually damage certain plastic components, such as the speaker housings—so check your work and take care not to spill.

Step 9  ¶ 

  • Once complete, the masking should look like the first image.

  • The adhesive remover may discolor and eventually damage certain plastic components, such as the speaker housings—so check your work and take care not to spill.

  • Four strips of strong adhesive hold the battery in place.

Step 10  ¶ 

Prepare a work area where the iPad can rest in a tilted position, to allow adhesive remover to trickle down to the adhesive strips. You can use books, boxes, etc. as long as they will not move.

Step 10  ¶ 

  • Prepare a work area where the iPad can rest in a tilted position, to allow adhesive remover to trickle down to the adhesive strips.

  • You can use books, boxes, etc. as long as they will not move.

Step 11  ¶ 

iFixit adhesive remover contains acetone, a mild skin and eye irritant. Wear eye protection when handling and applying the adhesive remover. (Eye protection is included in your kit.)

Step 11  ¶ 

  • iFixit adhesive remover contains acetone, a mild skin and eye irritant.

  • Wear eye protection when handling and applying the adhesive remover. (Eye protection is included in your kit.)

  • Do not wear contact lenses without eye protection.

  • Protective gloves are highly recommended beyond this step, as the dissolved adhesive will be very tacky and hard to wash off.

Step 12  ¶ 

Pull off the black rubber stopper from your bottle of adhesive remover. Twist to loosen or remove the bottle cap before you cut the applicator tip. This unseals the bottle and allows the pressure to equalize before you cut the applicator tip. If you skip this step, the adhesive remover may spray out unexpectedly when the tip is cut.

Step 12  ¶ 

  • Pull off the black rubber stopper from your bottle of adhesive remover.

  • Twist to loosen or remove the bottle cap before you cut the applicator tip.

  • This unseals the bottle and allows the pressure to equalize before you cut the applicator tip. If you skip this step, the adhesive remover may spray out unexpectedly when the tip is cut.

  • Use scissors to cut off the sealed tip of the applicator.

  • Cutting close to the narrow tip will give you better control so you can apply the adhesive remover in small amounts.

  • Twist and close the bottle cap securely before you proceed further.

Step 13  ¶ 

Carefully insert a plastic card under the bottom right corner of the battery. Slowly slide the plastic card across the bottom edge of the battery to make a gap for the liquid adhesive remover. At this point, you do not need to push the card very deep under the battery. 0.5 inches (13 mm) is more than sufficient.

Step 13  ¶ 

  • Carefully insert a plastic card under the bottom right corner of the battery.

  • Slowly slide the plastic card across the bottom edge of the battery to make a gap for the liquid adhesive remover.

  • At this point, you do not need to push the card very deep under the battery. 0.5 inches (13 mm) is more than sufficient.

  • While some bending of the battery pack will be inevitable, try not to form any sharp creases, which will compromise the battery structure and potentially trigger a fire hazard.

Step 14  ¶ 

Tilt the bottom of the iPad up. Apply a few drops of adhesive remover evenly along the elevated edge of the battery. A little bit goes a long way, so start with a very small amount. You can always add more later if needed. Applying the solvent in small amounts helps prevent unwanted leaks.

Step 14  ¶ 

  • Tilt the bottom of the iPad up.

  • Apply a few drops of adhesive remover evenly along the elevated edge of the battery.

  • A little bit goes a long way, so start with a very small amount. You can always add more later if needed. Applying the solvent in small amounts helps prevent unwanted leaks.

Step 15  ¶ 

Rest the iPad in a slanted position, bottom edge up, and wait 2-3 minutes to allow the adhesive remover to penetrate and soften the first adhesive strip.

Step 15  ¶ 

  • Rest the iPad in a slanted position, bottom edge up, and wait 2-3 minutes to allow the adhesive remover to penetrate and soften the first adhesive strip.

Step 16  ¶ 

Slide a plastic card into the bottom edge of the battery. Push slowly and firmly. Gently wiggle and twist the card to help it slice through the adhesive. If you are struggling, tilt the iPad, apply a few more drops of adhesive remover and wait a minute before trying again.

Step 16  ¶ 

  • Slide a plastic card into the bottom edge of the battery.

  • Push slowly and firmly. Gently wiggle and twist the card to help it slice through the adhesive.

  • If you are struggling, tilt the iPad, apply a few more drops of adhesive remover and wait a minute before trying again.

  • As you are slicing, the Battery Blocker may fall out of position. If that happens, reposition the Battery Blocker before continuing with your work.

Step 17  ¶ 

You can also approach the adhesive strip with the plastic card from battery's other bottom corner. Continue slicing until you have separated the battery from the first adhesive strip. Continue slicing until you have separated the battery from the first adhesive strip.

Step 17  ¶ 

  • You can also approach the adhesive strip with the plastic card from battery's other bottom corner.

  • Continue slicing until you have separated the battery from the first adhesive strip.

Step 18  ¶ 

Tilt the bottom of the iPad up. Reapply adhesive remover into the gap for the second adhesive strip, located deeper underneath the bottom battery cell. Repeat the application, waiting, and slicing process until the second adhesive strip is separated from the battery.

Step 18  ¶ 

  • Tilt the bottom of the iPad up.

  • Reapply adhesive remover into the gap for the second adhesive strip, located deeper underneath the bottom battery cell.

  • Repeat the application, waiting, and slicing process until the second adhesive strip is separated from the battery.

Step 19  ¶ 

Slide an opening pick under the top edge of the battery, creating a gap large enough for a plastic card. Insert a plastic card under the top edge and slide it across the entire length, creating a gap for the adhesive remover. Insert a plastic card under the top edge and slide it across the entire length, creating a gap for the adhesive remover.

Step 19  ¶ 

  • Slide an opening pick under the top edge of the battery, creating a gap large enough for a plastic card.

  • Insert a plastic card under the top edge and slide it across the entire length, creating a gap for the adhesive remover.

Step 20  ¶ 

Apply adhesive remover into the gap to help weaken the third adhesive strip. Apply adhesive remover into the gap to help weaken the third adhesive strip. Apply adhesive remover into the gap to help weaken the third adhesive strip.

Step 20  ¶ 

  • Apply adhesive remover into the gap to help weaken the third adhesive strip.

Step 21  ¶ 

Rest the iPad in a slanted position, top edge up, for 2-3 minutes to allow the adhesive remover to weaken the third strip.

Step 21  ¶ 

  • Rest the iPad in a slanted position, top edge up, for 2-3 minutes to allow the adhesive remover to weaken the third strip.

Step 22  ¶ 

Use a plastic card to slice through the third adhesive strip. If you are struggling, tilt the iPad, apply a few more drops of adhesive remover and wait a minute before trying again. If you are struggling, tilt the iPad, apply a few more drops of adhesive remover and wait a minute before trying again.

Step 22  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic card to slice through the third adhesive strip.

  • If you are struggling, tilt the iPad, apply a few more drops of adhesive remover and wait a minute before trying again.

Step 23  ¶ 

Repeat the application, waiting, and slicing process to release the last adhesive strip located deeper underneath the top battery cell. Repeat the application, waiting, and slicing process to release the last adhesive strip located deeper underneath the top battery cell. Repeat the application, waiting, and slicing process to release the last adhesive strip located deeper underneath the top battery cell.

Step 23  ¶ 

  • Repeat the application, waiting, and slicing process to release the last adhesive strip located deeper underneath the top battery cell.

Step 24  ¶ 

Slide the Battery Blocker out of its position and remove it. Slide the Battery Blocker out of its position and remove it.

Step 24  ¶ 

  • Slide the Battery Blocker out of its position and remove it.

Step 25  ¶ 

Use the plastic card or your fingers to flip the bottom half of the battery over so that it rests on top of the upper half. Use the plastic card or your fingers to flip the bottom half of the battery over so that it rests on top of the upper half. Use the plastic card or your fingers to flip the bottom half of the battery over so that it rests on top of the upper half.

Step 25  ¶ 

  • Use the plastic card or your fingers to flip the bottom half of the battery over so that it rests on top of the upper half.

Step 26  ¶ 

The end of the mid-battery circuit board closer to the Smart Connector is held down with adhesive. Slide an opening pick underneath the mid-battery circuit board, near the Smart Connector. Carefully slice underneath the board around the post to release the board from the rear case.

Step 26  ¶ 

  • The end of the mid-battery circuit board closer to the Smart Connector is held down with adhesive.

  • Slide an opening pick underneath the mid-battery circuit board, near the Smart Connector.

  • Carefully slice underneath the board around the post to release the board from the rear case.

Step 27  ¶ 

Use this step to create an optional extended Battery Blocker to help remove the battery from the case. Place the Battery Blocker on top of the plastic card such that the top half of the Battery Blocker extends past the top of the card. Wrap tape around the plastic card so that the Battery Blocker is held in place.

Step 27  ¶ 

  • Use this step to create an optional extended Battery Blocker to help remove the battery from the case.

  • Place the Battery Blocker on top of the plastic card such that the top half of the Battery Blocker extends past the top of the card.

  • Wrap tape around the plastic card so that the Battery Blocker is held in place.

Step 28  ¶ 

Slide the extended Battery Blocker under the battery where it contacts the logic board. When positioned correctly, the Battery Blocker's prongs should rest under both the logic board and the battery contacts. They should also surround a screw post. When positioned correctly, the Battery Blocker's prongs should rest under both the logic board and the battery contacts. They should also surround a screw post.

Step 28  ¶ 

  • Slide the extended Battery Blocker under the battery where it contacts the logic board.

  • When positioned correctly, the Battery Blocker's prongs should rest under both the logic board and the battery contacts. They should also surround a screw post.

Step 29  ¶ 

The goal is to lift the battery contacts high enough such that they clear the screw post underneath the logic board. Slowly lever the extended Battery Blocker upwards, pushing the battery contacts and the logic board up. The logic board is held to the rear case with strong adhesive. Try to lift just enough to loosen the adhesive surrounding the connector.

Step 29  ¶ 

  • The goal is to lift the battery contacts high enough such that they clear the screw post underneath the logic board.

  • Slowly lever the extended Battery Blocker upwards, pushing the battery contacts and the logic board up.

  • The logic board is held to the rear case with strong adhesive. Try to lift just enough to loosen the adhesive surrounding the connector.

  • Do not lift the logic board up to the point where the top and bottom edge of the logic board separates from the case.

  • Once the extended Battery Blocker has lifted the battery contacts high enough to clear the screw post, pull the battery out of its position.

  • Remove the battery and the Battery Blocker.

Step 30  ¶ 

The next four steps detail how to install a new battery. Never reinstall a used battery. Thoroughly clean the back case of all adhesive residue.

Step 30  ¶ 

  • The next four steps detail how to install a new battery. Never reinstall a used battery.

  • Thoroughly clean the back case of all adhesive residue.

  • Apply adhesive remover or high concentration (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol to the residue.

  • Use an opening tool to scrape and loosen the residue.

  • Be sure to wipe the residue away in one direction to prevent smearing.

  • It is easier to wipe off the residue when it is sufficiently soaked. Once it starts drying up, the residue becomes incredibly tacky.

  • If you used adhesive remover, be sure to wipe the surface down with isopropyl alcohol to remove any adhesive remover residue.

  • You can remove the masking tape as well as any protective gear once you are done cleaning.

Step 31  ¶ 

Insert the extended Battery Blocker under the logic board. Lever the tool so that the the Battery Blocker's prongs barely push the logic board above the screw post. Lever the tool so that the the Battery Blocker's prongs barely push the logic board above the screw post.

Step 31  ¶ 

  • Insert the extended Battery Blocker under the logic board.

  • Lever the tool so that the the Battery Blocker's prongs barely push the logic board above the screw post.

Step 32  ¶ 

Lay the replacement battery pack on top of the extended Battery Blocker. Allow the battery pack to slide in place underneath the logic board as the battery's contacts clear the screw post. Remove the Battery Blocker.

Step 32  ¶ 

  • Lay the replacement battery pack on top of the extended Battery Blocker.

  • Allow the battery pack to slide in place underneath the logic board as the battery's contacts clear the screw post.

  • Remove the Battery Blocker.

Step 33  ¶ 

Lift the bottom edge of the battery up slightly. Do not hinge the battery beyond 45 degrees, or you risk damaging the inter-cell connectors. Use tweezers or your fingers to peel the single clear plastic covering off of the entire bottom side of the battery.

Step 33  ¶ 

  • Lift the bottom edge of the battery up slightly.

  • Do not hinge the battery beyond 45 degrees, or you risk damaging the inter-cell connectors.

  • Use tweezers or your fingers to peel the single clear plastic covering off of the entire bottom side of the battery.

  • At this point, the battery's four adhesive strips are exposed. Be careful handling the battery and try not to touch the strips.

  • Align the battery such that it falls in place with the screw post near the Smart Connector.

  • Be sure not to trap the Smart Connector cable underneath the battery.

  • Gently lay the battery down into its recess.

  • Press the battery firmly into place.

Step 34  ¶ 

Separate the Battery Blocker from the plastic card if it is still taped together. Reinsert the Battery Blocker between the logic board and the battery contacts.

Step 34  ¶ 

  • Separate the Battery Blocker from the plastic card if it is still taped together.

  • Reinsert the Battery Blocker between the logic board and the battery contacts.

  • Resume reassembly.