Repair Stories

Fix Your iPhone Battery Yourself (All the Cool Kids Are Doing It)

Thanks to Batterygate, it seems like everyone with an older iPhone is looking to swap out their battery. A little birdy told us that the wait times at Apple are awful—so a lot of folks have been going DIY. That’s fantastic! Replacing your battery yourself is a great option for folks who don’t have AppleCare. And it’s especially attractive to those who don’t live near an Apple store and don’t want to mail away their iPhone for a few weeks.

We’ve been hearing from first-time fixers from all over the world that are successfully swapping out their batteries using our iPhone Battery Fix Kits. But doing anything for the first time can be daunting—so we gathered up all your questions and put together this FAQ and video that tell you everything you need to know about replacing your iPhone battery yourself.

Fixing a bad iPhone batteryWe get it. Tackling a battery replacement for the first time is scary—no matter how many videos you watch or guides you read. Your phone is your baby, your life rests inside of it—but you don’t need to be afraid. In December, iFixit helped more than 500,000 people learn how to replace their battery. If you need some courage before attempting your own replacement, check out these battery replacement success stories—sent to us by real people just like you! We wouldn’t want to peer pressure you into fixing your phone—but seriously, all the cool kids are doing it:

When in doubt, heat it out.

“Repair went great. The instructions were very clear and the toolkit provided was awesome. The only snag was that one of the adhesive tape strips under the old battery did not come out cleanly, so I had to use a hair dryer to heat up the back of the phone and loosen the adhesive tape. Other than that it was easy peasy. It was really fun to open the iPhone and see the internals and how things are connected. I missed my calling! :)”

Really? That’s it?

“As with any task, the project is always easier when you’ve done your homework. So, spend a few minutes on the instructions/videos just to familiarize yourself with your device. You won’t be sorry ;-)”

Geezers can too!

“Living in a rural community has challenges when it comes to purchasing repair parts for almost any household item, much less cell phone parts, but iFixit was easy to use.”

Who says repairs can’t be perfect?

“Everything went perfectly. The battery was a perfect fit and electrical connection was solid. I have no complaints. The phone performs as well as it did on the very first day. Take that, Apple!”

Don’t let this repair frenzy die out! This type of fix-it mindset is just what we need in 2018, don’t ya think? If you’re still not convinced to DIY, check out our battery replacement FAQ. You’ll get all the details on how to swap out your iPhone battery without Apple’s help.