Introduction

Use this guide to correctly apply replacement battery adhesive strips in any late-model iPhone. Any time you remove the battery, these strips must be replaced. The strips are easily damaged if not applied correctly, so you may want to have a spare set of strips on hand if following this guide for the first time.

The larger iPhone "Plus" models use three strips instead of two, but the procedure is the same.

Before you begin, you should have removed the battery by following one of the guides below. Note: iPhone 5 and earlier models do not use any adhesive strips.

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If present, remove the small plastic film(s) covering the flat ends of the adhesive strips. For iPhone 5s/5c/SE adhesive strips, grab the large blue film backing instead and peel it back slightly to expose a small amount of adhesive near the flat ends of the strips. Some adhesive strip sets come with no film over the ends, some use a single film, and some use two films as shown here.
  • If present, remove the small plastic film(s) covering the flat ends of the adhesive strips.

  • For iPhone 5s/5c/SE adhesive strips, grab the large blue film backing instead and peel it back slightly to expose a small amount of adhesive near the flat ends of the strips.

    • Some adhesive strip sets come with no film over the ends, some use a single film, and some use two films as shown here.

Notice iPhone 5s/5c/SE users:

The adhesive strips for these models do not look like the current picture above (the pink-side backing extending beyond the blue-side backing). Instead, the blue-side backing extends beyond the pink-side backing.

This means that you have to fold the blue backing just below the black tab. The instructions say to remove the film covering the tabs, but I found it incredibly difficult to remove -- possibly by design -- so I ended up leaving it on, and just cutting off the blue backing below the tabs to expose some of the white adhesion, then just applying the exposed adhesion to the back (blank) side of the battery as seen on Step 5.

I left the black tabs alone, and tucking it into the phone -- not under the batter, but to the bottom of the battery -- just like the original tabs had been done.

I also suggest reviewing the differences of the two sets of strips on iFixit.

They should post separate steps/pictures for the iPhone 5s/5c/SE adhesive strips due to these differences.

Jerad Rose - Reply

Thanks for the feedback! We made some changes to the instructions to clarify the process of applying strips in the 5s/5c/SE models.

Jeff Suovanen -

With the battery facing up (battery connector on the right), carefully align the exposed portion of the adhesive strips along the lower edge of the front of the battery, and press them gently into place. Take care to line up the strips correctly the first time. Once they adhere to the battery, they can't be removed and reused—you'll have to start over with fresh strips. Take care to line up the strips correctly the first time. Once they adhere to the battery, they can't be removed and reused—you'll have to start over with fresh strips.
  • With the battery facing up (battery connector on the right), carefully align the exposed portion of the adhesive strips along the lower edge of the front of the battery, and press them gently into place.

    • Take care to line up the strips correctly the first time. Once they adhere to the battery, they can't be removed and reused—you'll have to start over with fresh strips.

I found it easy to align the exposed portion by putting the strips on a flat surface and lowering the lower edge of the battery onto the strips. Therefore I could see that the battery was adhering the correct portion.

tdroz - Reply

I agree it was easier to lay the strips on a flat surface in order to align the battery and the strips properly.

rustyherrington - Reply

I used the edge of a desk as an alignment guide. I would *not* eyeball this alignment, unless you don't mind wasting your first pair of adhesive strips.

Jeff Clayton - Reply

Ended up doing this backwards for my 5s…partially remove the pink film, flip over and completely remove pink film, stick the strip to the battery, then remove blue film.

Chris Wiley - Reply

…And now, half an hour later, I think my blue film must have been installed backwards. The adhesive strips would not separate nicely from it. I had to slowly peel it back, pinning the strips to the battery with the spudger, because they wanted badly to stay adhered to the strip. This was misery itself.

Chris Wiley -

Place the battery face down on a flat surface. Starting at the pointed end of the adhesive strips, peel off the large blue film covering the strips. Starting at the pointed end of the adhesive strips, peel off the large blue film covering the strips.
  • Place the battery face down on a flat surface.

  • Starting at the pointed end of the adhesive strips, peel off the large blue film covering the strips.

It makes more sense to start peeling from the battery end of the blue strip. I first did it according to the instructions above, and when the blue strip released, it sprung back and its back surface touched the adhesive and wouldn't release, causing the strip to be ruined. (Apparently the back surface of the blue strip is different from the front surface). Starting from the battery end prevents this from happening.

Robert Watkins - Reply

First time I tried this - it was near impossible to remove the plastic cover from the adhesive strip without damaging (i.e. - stretching the adhesive strip) - effectively, the adhesive strip was ruined, and I'll have to order another hoping better luck the 2nd time

Jean-Paul Eberle - Reply

I wish I had read Robert Watkins' comment before proceeding. I had the same problem, with the blue strip removal springing back and then sticking to it's back surface, ruining the adhesive.

Brian Parent - Reply

The blue film would NOT remove from my strips. It was permanently adhered to the strips. I now wonder if the manufacturer messed up and put the blue film on upside down.

kwschnautz - Reply

I agree with ++kwschnautz++. It took me about 30 minutes of painstaking scraping to get the backing off.

martin chisholm - Reply

Same problem, I couldn’t get the strips off the blue backing film. Manufacturing fault? Have ordered some more but will now be without phone for the next couple of days.

David Simpson - Reply

I had exactly the same thing happen: The blue strip is firmly attached to the adhesive strip. It will not come off. The pink side came off just fine. I want to order more, but if they all have the same problem, what do I do? Now my daughter’s iPhone 5c will be in pieces until I get one that works!

Engel Sanchez - Reply

Yah me too. I was totally unable to remove the blue strip.

By closely inspecting the blue strip I noticed, that its both sides feel differently (as Robert Watkins noted also). One side felt smooth and a bit oily and the other was dry and a little bit ruff.

The ruff side was attached to the strips an I have the feeling it should have been the other way around.

I am a litte bit frustrated now, since my phone is now bricked even though I did nothing wrong and I couldn’t have anticipated this, before I started. And it’s a sunday so it will be some time until I can get my hands on some new strips.

:(

Bernhard Schmidt-Hackenberg - Reply

I can’t speak to the problem with the strips, but it’s perfectly fine to use a little double-sided tape on the back of the battery to temporarily secure it while you wait for a replacement strip. Just make sure it’s not jiggling around, then close your phone up and use it normally. I probably wouldn’t recommend doing this long-term, but it should be fine for a few days.

Jeff Suovanen -

I am running into the same problems as others have described above. The pink strip pulls free from the adhesive without issue but the blue strip is seemingly permanently adhered. The strips came from the battery kit for the 5C and I have two kits exhibiting the same problem. Another clue: in following the video above, in order to maintain the orientation of the hole in the tag (toward the cable side), the pink strip must be removed first, then the blue strip as the final step. I think there is a manufacturing issue here! Worse still, it is my wife’s phone that is taken apart now!!

Larry Fahnoe - Reply

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Using your fingertip, gently roll the adhesive strips over the bottom edge of the battery, toward the back. Don't pull or stretch the strips when applying them.
  • Using your fingertip, gently roll the adhesive strips over the bottom edge of the battery, toward the back.

    • Don't pull or stretch the strips when applying them.

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Lay the strips down flat and let them stick to the back of the battery. Lay the strips down flat and let them stick to the back of the battery.
  • Lay the strips down flat and let them stick to the back of the battery.

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Use your fingers or a cloth to gently press the strips into place along the back of the battery. Use your fingers or a cloth to gently press the strips into place along the back of the battery. Use your fingers or a cloth to gently press the strips into place along the back of the battery.
  • Use your fingers or a cloth to gently press the strips into place along the back of the battery.

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Peel away the remaining piece of film, fully exposing the adhesive strips. Peel away the remaining piece of film, fully exposing the adhesive strips. Peel away the remaining piece of film, fully exposing the adhesive strips.
  • Peel away the remaining piece of film, fully exposing the adhesive strips.

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With the strips facing down, set the top edge of the battery into the iPhone, and position the battery so that its connector lines up with the socket on the logic board.
  • With the strips facing down, set the top edge of the battery into the iPhone, and position the battery so that its connector lines up with the socket on the logic board.

    • Since the top edge has no adhesive, you can move the battery freely until it is correctly positioned in the rear case.

It's really important to make sure the battery is flush with the TOP edge of the area it goes into. I read the instructions and noted it said that, but since the photo shows the phone upside down, for some stupid reason, my brain made me lay it flush with the bottom edge, which is the "top" in the photo. When it was time to connect it before closing the phone, the ribbon cable and connector almost did not reach. I had to stretch it a bit, praying that it didn't break.

Mike Yagi - Reply

In my case aligning with the top of the case actually made the connecter just a tad to high and I had to bend the connector wire a bit to get it to connect properly. If I had placed the battery just a bit further down it likely would have fit fine. It might be best to place the battery in without the strips to get a feel for the alignment before adding the strips.

Sean Kane - Reply

I agree with Sean Kane's recommendation. I ran into the same problem. The instructions make you place it too high.

bvc7g - Reply

agree with Sean and bvc7g. I suggest connecting the connector before laying down the battery, and then laying down the right edge first. This should ensure a neutral position for the ribbon cable.

Howard Bales - Reply

Leave an equal sliver of empty space on all 4 sides of the battery. My original installation had this. I suspect it helps reduce transfer of vibration and shock from the battery to the rest of the internals.

Jeff Clayton - Reply

READ THIS BEFORE PUTTING IN THE BATTERY!!!

Like mentioned above by Sean, bvc7g, Howeard, and Jeff, placing the battery against the top edge would make the connecter about 0.7-1mm higher than where it’s supposed to be, which is what happened to me. I had to bend the cable quite a bit to fit the connecter in place. Should I have read these comments before placing the battery, it would have been a much smoother operation. As Howard suggested, try connecting the battery connecter and adjusting the angle of the cable right near the connecter where necessary BEFORE putting the adhesive strips on and placing the battery.

SimonZX - Reply

I’m glad I read the comments above first!! I decided after I attached the adhesive strips to the back of the new battery to leave the plastic backing on the sticky side of the tape that faces down and first attach the cable. I then pulled of the plastic backing and carefully centered the battery leaving room all around before pushing down to stick to the back of the case. I then disconnected the battery from the connector to complete the front panel re-connections. Good to go at that point and no bad alignment of the battery and its connector with respect to the case and surrounding components.

calvord - Reply

When the battery is correctly positioned, lay it down in the iPhone and press it firmly into place, allowing the adhesive strips to stick to the rear case. When the battery is correctly positioned, lay it down in the iPhone and press it firmly into place, allowing the adhesive strips to stick to the rear case.
  • When the battery is correctly positioned, lay it down in the iPhone and press it firmly into place, allowing the adhesive strips to stick to the rear case.

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Conclusion

Follow your iPhone's battery replacement guide in reverse to reconnect the battery and reassemble your iPhone.

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I had to read these directions thoroughly three times before proceeding as I didn't want to screw it up on the adhesive. Went slow and it worked just fine

patrick knaggs - Reply

I second Mike's comment about placing the battery at the TOP. If you don't, you'll not only have the problem he describes but also there won't be a place to fold the end of the adhesive strip (the pull-tab for next time). You don't want to crowd the home-button/TouchID sensor cable which is right next to it.

plovell - Reply

Need to possibly redo or add instruction that match what is actually shipped now. The adhesive strips that came with the battery did not look like the one in these directions.

Richard - Reply

I would say jus watch out as you go from step 4 to step 5 - the white adhesive can become slightly detached from the backing as you push it onto the edge of the battery and then around to the back side. Extreme care here! Very good guide and equipment. Galaxy class!

Steve Cottrell - Reply

All was good, aside from the adhesive bunched up when I removed the blue backing and it started to separate from the pink backing. I had to just gingerly make sure it was all straight and kept steady like a heart surgeon until I had it smoothed down as best as possible. It all went well, but I was worried I'd end up with a big stuck ball of white adhesive in the middle of the battery plate, making it all uneven and stupid looking.

DiscoDan74 - Reply

What happens if I use a different adhesive than this one?

gleeglee217 - Reply

The iPhone adhesive strips we sell (and the original Apple ones) are special since they have very strong adhesion, but they can be removed easily by pulling on the tabs on the lower edge of the battery. People have had success with our 3M double-sided sticky tape (aka sticker tape), but standard plastic double-sided tape may not have enough strength to hold the battery in place. If you want the strongest adhesive possible, you should use iPhone adhesive strips mentioned above, but if your phone isn't subject to lots of movement, you could get by with some sticker tape.

Evan Noronha -

Thanks for this Jeff! I had a small problem after I followed Step8 and 9 because the battery connector attached to the replacement battery was about 1mm too long and thus aligning the top of the battery caused the connector to be 1mm too high for the socket. I had to bend the 'neck' between the connector and the battery just to align the connector with the socket.

patrickczar - Reply

Are the adhesive strips necessary? Mine broke and i put in the battery anyway. Should i purchase a new set and add them in?

dsesnovich - Reply

DO not follow their directions! The color of the film is wrong. Which ever film pulls off the easiest without wrinkling is the one you pull off first then apply it to the battery. Then pull the hardest plastic off next and push the battery to the phone case.

craigmatherly - Reply

If you've wrinkled the strips, it's too late—you'll have to start over with new strips. This guide uses the strips you'll get from iFixit; if you bought different colored strips from somewhere else, you can likely still use the guide, but you'll have to be a little more alert about which side is which.

Jeff Suovanen -

The strips come with a single piece of plastic covering both strips ("double strip cover") on one side, and single pieces of plastic covering each strip individually on the other side ("single strip covers"). If you pull off the single strip covers first, the double strip cover holds the two strips aligned. This makes it easy to position them.

If instead you pull off the double strip cover first, you are left with two individual strips, and have a harder job attaching them. So I think it's clear that you pull off the single strip covers first, regardless of the color of the plastic covering.

Winston -

I completed this in about 25 minutes it was very straightforward I think of anybody has a problem with any of the instructions or videos they really shouldn't attempt it! You just need to take it slow and don't force anything.

Greg Stevens - Reply

Hi all,

I found an alternative method which, IMHO, works much better than the instructions outlined here. It's also a lot less hassle, worry and problems with lining up things just right. Consider this:

http://cdn.cultofmac.com/wp-content/uplo...

I found it in a November 2013 article on "Cult of Mac" titled "These Are The Secret Little Tools Apple Uses To Repair The iPhone 5s" (http://www.cultofmac.com/252956/genius-b...). As the animation above suggests, you put the adhesive sticky side down first on the iPhone frame where the battery is supposed to go, and then place the battery on top.

The advantage of this method is being able to properly place your battery so that the battery connector lines up perfectly with the logic board. You can also lift/set down your battery in the case multiple times, provided you don't push the battery down on the adhesive. YMMV.

Good luck!

rskrobe - Reply

One last note: Folding the pull tabs on the battery in half and trying to get them to fit like the original battery (if you're replacing the old one) is a biatch. If you try the adhesive strip method mentioned above where you put the adhesive down in the iPhone case first, you can lay them flat on the bottom of the case (onto the adhesive) and put the battery over the pull tabs.

You don't get the luxury of pull tabs when you have to change out the battery again, but you have a nice wedge to pry the battery off once you heat the bottom of the case (with a hair dryer or something related).

rskrobe - Reply

Just my opinion, but this method defeats the purpose of buying replacement strips in the first place. If you're going to bury the pull tabs under the battery, you might as well just use regular glue.

Jeff Suovanen -

It's reduculous to charge for these strips. Ifixit should include them with their premium priced batteries.

Mike734 - Reply

We currently include them with all our battery fix kits.

Evan Noronha -

Many of us don't need the kit as we already have all the tools. But everyone ordering a new battery needs the adhesive.

Mike734 -

Fair point. I'll ask our product team what they think of including them.

Evan Noronha -

i changed the battery every things ok now but i have problem whith charg it , 7 hours and the battery got 50% of charg ! its not full

newstyle - Reply

I don't want to put anything sticky and troublesome for replacing anything as I may want to tinker around with it.

Just want to ask if there are any problems if one is not to stick it back on.

Xavier Jiang - Reply

Without adhesive, the battery will be free to rattle around inside the phone. In the short-term it probably won't hurt anything—but if it's a phone you carry with you every day, it could cause issues over time. Maybe try a milder tape or adhesive if you plan to open it up again in the near future. A little double-sided Scotch tape works reasonably well.

Jeff Suovanen -

1. Be very careful not to pry near the top of the battery if the adhesive breaks during removal. It's tempting to use a long plastic probe/spudger at the top of the battery: there is more space there than on the side. Don't. The upper component cable is under the top of the battery. It's easy to catch with whatever you use to pry. I damaged mine, and now the power button, video microphone, flash, and mute switch don't work. (Luckily the volume buttons still do.) Even from the side, be careful not to pry near the top.

2. I put the adhesive on the case first. This left plenty of tab at the end of the adhesive strips, but this didn't help when I found I had a defective replacement. The adhesive tore. It's possible the adhesive is directional, and meant to go on the battery first.

3. Pulling the adhesive to the side is not recommended by 3M for their Command hooks, which use similar adhesive.

http://www.command.com/3M/en_US/command/...

4. Replacement adhesive I got was thicker than the original.

Winston - Reply

Some posts suggest putting the adhesive in the case first. This defeats the black plastic tabs on the adhesive. Note Steps 1 & 2 in the instructions. A bit of adhesive above the black plastic strips on one side adheres to the TOP side of the battery. This positions the black plastic strips at the foot of the battery. If you put the adhesive in the case first, the black plastic tabs will be upside down, and you'll have the tabs sticking up.

Look at the black plastic tabs to see which side of the plastic coverings to remove first, Remove the side which has the bit of adhesive first.

Alterations to instructions:

1. Put long part of adhesive on the battery first, then do the black plastic tabs. Alignment of the adhesive is easier.

2. Align the side of the battery with the side of the iPhone case, leaving 1/16"/1mm at bottom, then fold the battery down into the phone. This allows for easy top and bottom alignment. Check that the adhesive will not touch the Upper Component Cable before folding the battery down.

Winston - Reply

Easy Peasy! Lemon Squeezy! Thanks for the great tutorial, it went off without a hitch!

Patrick Burnett - Reply

Thoroughly read the directions prior to installation to ensure how to install the adhesive strips properly. Was able to remove the old battery adhesive with very little problems. Just took my time and removed it by pulling it out slowly. If you follow the directions you shouldn't have a problem. Took 7 minutes to remove the old battery and install the new one.

ronjon40 - Reply

Very helpful instructions for the adhesive strips. The most challenging part is lining up that tiny battery connector PRIOR to sticking the battery in place. It is very helpful to line the battery/connector up BEFORE removing the last pink strip. This way you know exactly where the top of the battery needs to be BEFORE you stick it to the bottom of the case. Hope this helps!

Ryan - Reply

A piece of the plastic case that the rubber adhesives came with ended up sticking to the adhesive strips when i was not being careful. Because I don't have another set of strips, and the plastic was only blocking a portion of the adhesive, i trimmed around the plastic, and installed the battery.

If there is a small piece of plastic between the adhesive and the back of the phone, will this cause future problems? Thanks in advance!

srdisciullo - Reply

I wonder if it'd be ok to maybe use less of the adhesive strips. I guess their function is to keep the battery from sliding around. I was thinking in hindsight since I had such a hard time getting the battery out, why not just use minimal stripping to keep it from sliding? Maybe little squares on the corners. This would make the battery easier to get free when the strips break because there would be less sticky surface area holding it in but enough to keep that light weight battery from sliding. I did the full stripping and I'm hoping I never have to do this again as my experience of taking off the strips almost resulted in a calamity. Next time though I may just heat the back up to melt the strips without even trying to take them out like described.

Garret Gray - Reply

i used any Double-sided adhesive tape and had never issues.

Mandala Fris - Reply

Very straight forward.. very simple and easy to apply.

Dennis Burgos - Reply

The blue backing won’t peel away from the adhesive!! What kind of crap design is this?!?!

Nathan Crane - Reply

All went well until removing the old adhesive tape as it broke off close to the tab end. Not having a warming pad, I used my wife’s hairdryer to heat the underside of the phone. Being mindful not to overheat the phone, it took several attempts with the hairdryer on full heat, to build up enough heat to soften the tapes. I was surprised at just how much heat was needed! Not also having the plastic card tool, I improvised with cutting out my own from an empty ice cream tub lid. This worked well together with the spunge tools and eventually lifted the battery from the case side.

The phone is now reassembled and being charged up so fingers crossed that it works without any problem when it reaches full charge!

Dave Pym - Reply

I tried it and it worked the first time. I had trouble getting the left adhesive out, but once I got a second ‘grip’ of it I got it out. On reassemble I lost one of the tiny screws for the ribbon cable cover plate. But phone works great again. Thanks for the excellent step-by-step.

Kent Kersey - Reply

Worked as planned. The adhesive strips are really stiiiicky. It’s a little tricky making sure they lay flat on the back of the battery. Once they touch they are stuck. Had a little trouble deciding how to and then positioning the very stiff part of the new battery lead. Worked out OK. I have an optivisor loop. It was really helpful for seeing and replacing the tiniest of the screws. I’d recommend some kind of magnification aid if you have older eyes like mine.

Claude Rightmire - Reply

Excellent guide, this battery replacement went perfectly for me.

mikeatkinson - Reply

Great guide with lots of details. I ended up skipping removal of the display and leaving it rubber-banded to a soda can while I pulled the adhesive tabs loose. The adhesive came right out and I was done in less than 10 minutes.

dllamond - Reply

Blue side adhesive was beyond stuck to the plastic backing. Either was old/defect or… something… The adhesive tab was not the same as shown in video. kinda disappointing but this is the first time its happened out of all the ifixit jobs I have done.

Sean Tobeler - Reply

Hi Sean! Thank you for your comment. We’re sorry to hear your adhesive strips arrived unusable. Our Support team would be happy to send you a new set of adhesives if you like! If it’s not too much trouble, please contact them through our help page so that they can get you all fixed up.

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