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Introduction

Follow this guide to remove or replace the battery in an iPad Air 3. You’ll need to remove the logic board in order to replace the battery—both are held in place by strong adhesive.

This guide shows step-by-step instructions for the Wi-Fi only model. The cellular model requires disconnecting the upper cellular antennas, which are not covered in this guide.

For your safety, discharge your battery below 25% before disassembling your device. This reduces the risk of a dangerous thermal event if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

Some photos in this guide are from a different model and may contain slight visual discrepancies, but they won't affect the guide procedure.

  1. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Prepare an iOpener: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Strong adhesive holds the screen in place. In order to separate it, you'll first need to heat and soften the adhesive using an iOpener, hair dryer, or heat gun.

    • You may need to reapply heat repeatedly throughout this process to prevent the adhesive from cooling and hardening.

    • Prepare an iOpener and place it on the bottom edge of the iPad's screen for about two minutes.

  2. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Create an opening gap: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • If your iPad's screen is badly cracked, wear skin and eye protection. Cover the screen with a smooth layer of clear packing tape to contain glass shards and help the suction cup adhere. Alternatively, use a strong piece of tape (such as duct tape) and fold it into a handle.

    • Place a suction cup next to the iPad's home button and press down to create a seal.

    • To get the most leverage, place the suction cup as close to the edge as possible without going past the edge of the display.

    • Firmly pull up on the suction cup to create a small gap between the front panel and the rear case.

    • Don't pull too hard, or you may shatter the glass. If necessary, apply more heat to further soften the adhesive.

    • Once you've opened a sufficient gap, insert an opening pick into the gap.

  3. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Slice through the bottom adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Slice through the bottom adhesive: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Slice through the adhesive under the screen by sliding the pick along the edge of the display, towards the bottom left corner.

    • Leave the pick in place temporarily to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  4. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Slice through the left adhesive: step 4, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Slice through the left adhesive: step 4, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Slice through the left adhesive: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Apply heat to the left edge of the iPad for about two minutes, or until it's slightly too hot to touch comfortably.

    • If necessary, re-heat your iOpener for a few seconds or until it's a bit too hot to touch. Be careful not to overheat the iOpener, or it may burst.

    • Insert a second opening pick at the bottom left corner of the iPad.

    • Slide the second opening pick along the left side of the display to separate the adhesive underneath.

    • Leave the opening pick inserted near the top left corner of the iPad to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  5. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Apply heat to the top edge of the iPad for about two minutes, or until it's slightly too hot to touch comfortably.

  6. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a third opening pick at the top left corner of the iPad.

    • Use the opening pick to cut the adhesive under the top edge of the iPad by sliding it to the top right corner.

    • The front-facing camera is located right in the center of the iPad's top edge and can be damaged if the pick is inserted too far. Only insert the tip of the opening pick when cutting near the camera.

  7. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Apply heat to the final, right edge of the iPad for about two minutes, or until it's slightly too hot to touch comfortably.

    • Insert a fourth opening pick at the top right corner of the iPad.

    • Slide the opening pick down to the bottom right corner to cut the adhesive.

    • Slide the opening pick around the bottom right corner—pausing to apply more heat if needed—and cut the remaining adhesive on the bottom edge, but stop before you reach the home button.

  8. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a fifth opening pick at the top of the iPad near (but not directly on) the front-facing camera.

    • Gently twist the pick to separate the display assembly from the iPad.

    • Don't try to remove the display all the way yet! It is still connected to the iPad's motherboard.

    • If needed, apply more heat and/or cut any remaining adhesive that prevents the display from separating.

  9. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the display assembly from its top edge and carefully slide it up (towards the front-facing camera and headphone jack), until the screw that secures the battery power connector is revealed at the bottom.

    • Don't lift the display more than 70° or you may damage the attached ribbon cables.

    • Remove the 1.9 mm Phillips screw that secures the battery power connector.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

  10. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Battery connector information: step 11, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Battery connector information: step 11, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Battery connector information: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • These photos show what the battery connector looks like underneath the logic board. Use these photos as a reference while you safely disconnect the battery.

    • Notice that the battery connector has cantilever springs on the logic board that press against the battery contact pads. Since both the logic board and battery are glued down, you'll need to slide something thin and flexible between the contact points to disconnect the battery.

  11. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Be careful when you isolate the battery using a battery blocker. The battery contacts are easily bent or broken, resulting in irreversible damage.

    • To disconnect the battery, slide one prong of a battery blocker or the tip of an opening pick under the battery power connector to ensure the power circuit is interrupted.

    • Don't push the battery blocker underneath the connector with excessive force. If you're having trouble fitting the battery blocker underneath the logic board, you can try using a playing card to disconnect the battery instead.

    • The battery blocker or playing card ideally should slide under the logic board without encountering any blockages.

    • Leave the battery blocker in place as you work.

  12. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Slowly lift the display from its top edge, being careful not to strain the attached ribbon cables.

    • Remove the two 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the display connector cover bracket.

    • You may need to angle the driver slightly in order to avoid straining the ribbon cables.

    • Remove the display connector cover bracket.

  13. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the two visible display flex connectors by gently prying them straight up from their sockets.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  14. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Underneath, you'll find two additional display cable connectors.

    • Use your spudger to gently pry them up and disconnect them.

  15. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the display assembly.

    • During reassembly, before installing a display, remove any remaining adhesive from the iPad, and clean the glued areas with high concentration isopropyl alcohol (90% or greater) and a lint-free cloth. This helps prep the iPad for fresh adhesive and ensures that it will bond properly.

    • If you plan to reinstall your existing display, remove any remaining adhesive from the back and clean the adhered areas with isopropyl alcohol.

    • Test your iPad's functions and install pre-cut adhesive strips to the back of the display using our display adhesive application guide before sealing it up.

  16. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the upper component bracket screws: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the five screws securing the upper component bracket:

    • Three 1.4 mm-long screws

    • Two 2.4 mm-long screws

  17. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Free the upper component bracket: step 18, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Free the upper component bracket: step 18, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Free the upper component bracket: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to push the upper component bracket towards the upper edge and off of the clips located near the rear camera.

  18. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the upper component bracket: step 19, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the upper component bracket: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the upper component bracket.

    • During reassembly, make sure that the upper component bracket slides under the clips near the rear camera.

  19. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the antennas: step 20, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the antennas: step 20, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the antennas: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect a logic board antenna cable by lifting up on the cable as close to the connector as possible.

    • Take care not to puncture or bend the battery with your tool—a punctured or bent battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a thermal event.

    • Repeat for the other logic board antenna cable.

  20. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Separate the antenna cables: step 21, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Separate the antenna cables: step 21, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Separate the antenna cables: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to lift the antenna cables away from the logic board.

  21. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to unwrap the tape securing the two antenna cables together.

  22. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to unwrap the lower tape strip securing the antenna cables together.

    • Separate the two antenna cables.

  23. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Peel up the right antenna cable: step 24, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Peel up the right antenna cable: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel the right antenna cable away from the logic board.

    • Fold both the left and right antenna cables out of the way.

  24. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 25, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 25, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the tape covering the right speaker connector.

    • The right speaker connector will disconnect when you pull up on the tape.

    • Repeat for the left speaker connector.

  25. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the tape from the speaker connectors: step 26, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the tape from the speaker connectors: step 26, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the tape from the speaker connectors: step 26, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the tape from the back of both speaker connectors.

  26. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the upper components: step 27, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the upper components: step 27, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the upper components: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the headphone jack cable by lifting straight up on the press connector.

    • Repeat to disconnect the front camera and microphone assembly cables.

  27. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 28, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 28, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the volume button cable by lifting straight up on the press connector.

    • Repeat to disconnect the rear camera and power button assembly cables.

  28. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board shield screw: step 29, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board shield screw: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 1.3 mm-long screw securing the logic board shield.

  29. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Pry up the logic board shield: step 30, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Pry up the logic board shield: step 30, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Pry up the logic board shield: step 30, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the tips of a pair of tweezers into the gaps under the the logic board shield on the upper right corner.

    • Take care not to puncture or bend the battery with your tool—a punctured or bent battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a thermal event.

    • Pry up slightly to loosen the logic board shield.

    • Pivot the tweezers on the screw boss to avoid damaging the press connectors.

  30. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 31, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the tips of a pair of tweezers into the gaps under the logic board shield on the upper left corner.

    • Pry up slightly to loosen the logic board shield.

    • Pivot the tweezers on the screw boss to avoid damaging the press connectors.

  31. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 32, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 32, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the edge of an opening tool under the top edge of the logic board shield.

    • Pry up to loosen the shield.

    • Continue prying until you've loosened the entire top edge of the shield.

  32. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board shield: step 33, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board shield: step 33, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board shield: step 33, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the logic board shield with your fingers.

    • Slowly lift the shield up and remove it.

    • Try to keep the logic board shield as straight as possible. You will be putting the shield back on later.

  33. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the Smart Connector cable: step 34, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the Smart Connector cable: step 34, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the Smart Connector cable: step 34, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the Smart Connector cable by lifting straight up on the press connector.

  34. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the charging port screws: step 35, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four screws securing the charging port to the rear case:

    • Two 2.4 mm-long screws

    • Two 1.7 mm-long screws

  35. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Loosen the adhesive: step 36, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the top edge of the rear case for a minute.

  36. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Pry up the logic board arm: step 37, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Pry up the logic board arm: step 37, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Pry up the logic board arm: step 37, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening tool underneath the logic board arm near the rear camera.

    • Pry up the arm until you can slide in an opening pick underneath it.

  37. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 38, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 38, image 2 of 2
    • Push the opening pick up towards the rear camera to slice the adhesive under the logic board arm.

  38. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 39, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 39, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 39, image 3 of 3
    • Insert another opening pick underneath the logic board arm.

    • Slide the opening pick towards the front camera to slice the adhesive underneath the arm.

  39. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 40, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener lengthwise down the center of the rear case to soften the logic board adhesive.

  40. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 41, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 41, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 41, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening tool under the logic board next to the front camera.

    • Pry up the logic board until you can slide an opening pick underneath the logic board.

    • Take care to not slice the headphone jack cable.

  41. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 42, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 42, image 2 of 2
    • Push the opening pick underneath the logic board to slice the adhesive.

  42. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 43, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 43, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 43, image 3 of 3
    • Insert another opening pick under the upper left corner of the logic board.

    • Slide the pick down towards the bottom of the iPad to slice the adhesive.

  43. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 44, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 44, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening pick down the left edge of the logic board until you get near the Smart Connector cable.

    • Take care not to slice through the Smart Connector cable.

  44. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Shift the Smart Connector cable: step 45, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Shift the Smart Connector cable: step 45, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Shift the Smart Connector cable: step 45, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to move the Smart Connector cable behind the opening pick.

  45. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 46, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 46, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening pick past the Smart Connector cable and down to the antenna connectors.

    • If you have trouble, apply a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to the edge of the logic board, wait a minute, and try again.

  46. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 47, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 47, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 47, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick under the upper right edge of the logic board.

    • If you have trouble, apply a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to the edge of the logic board, wait a minute, and try again.

    • Slide the pick down towards the bottom of the iPad to slice the adhesive.

  47. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 48, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 48, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 48, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick down the right edge until you encounter the battery connector.

  48. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the battery blocker: step 49, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the battery blocker: step 49, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the battery blocker.

  49. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 50, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 50, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 50, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the left opening pick down the left edge to the speaker connectors.

  50. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 51, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 51, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 51, image 3 of 3
    • Slowly lift the logic board up and pull the charging port out of its recess.

    • If you can't lift up the logic board, identify where it is stuck and use an opening pick to slice the adhesive there.

    • You can also apply a few drops of high concentration (90% or higher) isopropyl alcohol where it's extra stuck.

  51. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 52, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the logic board.

    • During reassembly, follow this guide if you are using a pre-cut adhesive card to reattach the logic board to the rear case.

  52. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Apply protective tape: step 53, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Apply protective tape: step 53, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Apply protective tape: step 53, image 3 of 3
    • While iFixit's adhesive remover is generally safe to use on electronics, it contains a slight amount of acetone, which may discolor black plastic components. Protect these components with masking tape.

    • Cut a strip of painter's tape or masking tape to the width of the iPad.

    • Press the bottom edge of the tape strip onto the rear case below the upper components.

    • Run your finger along the bottom edge of tape strip to ensure a good seal.

    • Press the top edge of the tape strip over the upper components.

  53. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 54, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 54, image 2 of 2
    • Cover the lower components with a strip of tape.

  54. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the battery tape: step 55, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the battery tape: step 55, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Remove the battery tape: step 55, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the two pieces of tape securing the battery to the lower buffer blocks.

    • Be careful not to puncture the battery.

  55. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Protect your eyes and skin: step 56, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Protect your eyes and skin: step 56, image 2 of 2
    • iFixit adhesive remover contains acetone, a mild skin and eye irritant.

    • Wear eye protection when handling and applying the adhesive remover.

    • Do not wear contact lenses without eye protection.

    • Protective gloves are included in your kit. If you are concerned about possible skin irritation, put your gloves on now.

  56. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Open the adhesive remover: step 57, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Open the adhesive remover: step 57, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Open the adhesive remover: step 57, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  57. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Adhesive information: step 58, image 1 of 1
    • The red boxes show the locations of the adhesive strips that secure the battery to the rear case.

    • The orange box shows the location of the Smart Connector cable that runs underneath the left battery cell. Be careful not to damage this cable when you pry up the battery.

  58. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 59, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 59, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 59, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a few drops of adhesive remover along the perimeter of each battery pack.

    • A little adhesive remover goes a long way! It's better to apply more adhesive remover as needed later, when the battery is partially loosened.

    • Wait for a minute to allow the adhesive remover to work.

  59. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Slice through the battery adhesive: step 60, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Slice through the battery adhesive: step 60, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement, Slice through the battery adhesive: step 60, image 3 of 3
    • As you pry the battery, take care not to puncture or bend the battery with your tool—a punctured or bent battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a thermal event.

    • Insert a plastic card under the top of the left battery cell.

    • Slide the plastic card as far as you can under the battery to cut the adhesive.

    • If the adhesive becomes difficult to cut through, apply a few more drops of adhesive remover to the crevice, wait a minute, and try again.

    • Leave the plastic card inserted.

  60. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 61, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 61, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 61, image 3 of 3
    • Insert another plastic card under the top of the right battery cell.

    • Slide the plastic card as far as you can under the battery to cut the adhesive.

    • Leave the plastic card inserted.

  61. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 62, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 62, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 62, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the plastic card from under the left battery cell.

    • Insert it under the battery above the Smart Connector cable.

    • Take care not to touch the Smart Connector cable to avoid ripping it.

    • Slide the plastic card as far as you can under the battery to cut the adhesive.

  62. iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 63, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 63, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 3 Battery Replacement: step 63, image 3 of 3
    • Use the adhesive remover and the opening cards to loosen the remaining battery adhesive strips.

    • Remove the battery.

    • Do not reuse the battery after it has been removed, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

    • Use high concentration (>90%) isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth to remove all traces of adhesive residue from the rear case.

    • If your battery doesn't come with preinstalled adhesive, use Tesa tape to reattach the battery to the rear case.

Conclusion

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

For optimal performance, calibrate your newly installed battery after completing this guide.

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

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our iPad Air 3 Answers community for help.


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