iPhone DIY repair: Ultimate guide to replacing the battery in your iPhone
Everything you need to know to DIY (do-it-yourself) replacing a dead battery in your iPhone
If you've got an iPhone that's going on a few years old, you may notice that your battery doesn't hold a charge like it once did. That doesn't always have to mean you have to run out to buy a new iPhone. A replacement battery is actually not very costly and as luck may have it, it's one of the easiest DIY repairs when it comes to most iPhone models.
As long as you've got a little bit of patience, we can walk you through how to squeeze lots more life out of your iPhone with a brand new battery replacement.
Not comfortable with DIY repair? Leave it to the pros
If you aren't comfortable performing a DIY repair on your own, don't. It is possible to cause more damage or run into issues you aren't ready for. In this case, it's probably better to either pay the money for a replacement device from Apple or use a local or mail-in service that will handle the repair and any issues that may arise for you.
The Pod Drop has many locations in the midwest and is a rapidly growing company. You can check for a Pod Drop location near you, mail it in, or use another third party repair service. For more information on mail-in repairs or possible Pod Drop locations near you, you can visit their website.
Warning about battery replacements
When replacing a battery in your iPhone, or any electronic device for that matter, it's very important you use high quality or OEM batteries. While using aftermarket components may not be unsafe in some circumstances, a battery is a huge exception.
We recommend only using reputable suppliers for battery replacements like eTech Parts who provide not only high quality replacement parts but will warranty them against defects for at least 90 days.
You should always proceed with caution when buying replacement batteries. While a cheap price seems like a good deal, it may not be if it damages your iPhone. In this situation, you really do get what you pay for.
How to replace the battery in an iPhone 4S
The iPhone 4S is only going on over a year old but for heavy users, that's enough to start taking a toll on your battery. If you picked up an iPhone 4S fairly close to launch, you're probably out of warranty by now. If you notice your battery deteriorating and no longer holding the charge it once did, a battery replacement for the iPhone 4S only consists of about 4 screws, one clip, a few tools, and about 15 minutes of your time.
Just watch out for that tiny grounding clip underneath the battery cable. You'll need it for reassembly and it's easy to miss. Hit the link below to check out our complete guide for replacing the battery in your iPhone 4S.
How to replace the battery in an iPhone 4
While the GSM and CDMA version of the iPhone 4 are different in many repair aspects, they're actually almost the same when it comes to a battery replacement. Luckily, both battery swaps are very easy to perform as well. Not only that, they both utilize the exact same battery.
Since the iPhone 4 has only been out for a little over 2 years, a dead battery is definitely something worth replacing if your phone is in good working condition in every other aspect. If you're up to the task, hit the guide below and we'll walk you through every step of the way.
How to replace the battery in an iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS
The iPhone 3G is going on almost 5 years old now while the iPhone 3GS is about 4 years old. At this point, most people probably have one laying around that has less than stellar battery life. Perhaps you use it as a standby phone or iPod or you'd like to give it to a friend, relative, or child. Regardless the reason, a battery replacement can bring new life into both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
While a replacement involves quite a few more screws than other iPhone models, it's certainly doable for anyone mildly skilled with DIY repair. If you're willing to take the time and have just a few ninja moves up your sleeve, you shouldn't have a problem.
More DIY guides and help
Whether you have a different device or aren't finding the answer you're looking for above, we may have guides that can help you fix other issues as well. If you don't see a guide that can help or can't figure out exactly what the issue is, you can always check out our mod and DIY forums for answers to many questions. If you still can't find what you're looking for, feel free to shoot an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with guide suggestions and questions.