How to replace the battery in an iPhone 5c

How to replace the battery in an iPhone 5c

If the battery in your iPhone 5c just isn't what it used to be, it may be time for a new battery. If you aren't under warranty for some reason or you didn't opt for AppleCare, a battery replacement is one of the easier DIY repairs where the iPhone 5c is concerned. Not only can we walk you through every step of the way, we can link you to quality parts and tools we've tested and used ourselves.

What you need to replace your iPhone 5c's battery

You'll need some tools and parts in order to repair your iPhone 5c. If you're in the United States or Canada, we highly recommend checking out eTech Parts as we've had lots of good experiences with them and know their customer service is out of this world. All the links below will route you to the direct item you need on eTech's site.

  • Replacement battery - Buy now
  • Suction cup - Buy now
  • 5-point security screwdriver - Buy now
  • Standard #000 Phillips screwdriver - Buy now
  • Spudger tool - Buy now
  • Razor blade - Buy Now
  • iSesamo Opening tool (not necessary but awesome for prying up cables and getting under adhesive) - Buy Now

1. Power off your iPhone 5c

Before performing any repair on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you should always remember to power it off. Simply hold down on the Power button until you see Slide to Power off. One you're sure your iPhone is turned off, proceed to the next section.

2. Remove the two security screws on both sides of the dock connector

There are two security screws that secure the screen to the frame and they sit on each side of the dock connector. Use your 5-point security screwdriver to remove them. They are both the same size so it's okay if you mix them up.

3. Remove the display assembly

  1. Place your suction cup slightly above the Home button assembly and secure it to the screen.
  2. Holding the iPhone in place with one hand, gently pull upwards on the suction cup until you free the bottom of the screen. You should now be able to use your fingers to slowly raise up the screen and expose where the front assembly is connected to the logic board.
  3. Remove the four screws holding down the shield that covers the display cables. To do this, use your #000 screwdriver. These screws are different sizes so make sure you keep them organized in a way you can remember for re-assembly.
  4. Once all four screws are removed, carefully remove the shield and set it aside.
  5. Now use your spudger tool in order to remove the three cables shown in the image below.
  6. The display assembly should now be free from the body of the phone. Go ahead and set the display assembly aside.

4. Replace the battery

  1. Remove the two screws holding down the battery cable using your #000 Phillips screwdriver.
  2. Gently lift the battery shield out of your iPhone 5c and carefully set it aside.
  3. Use your spudger tool to carefully pry up the battery cable.
  4. Along the bottom of the battery above the dock, there is an adhesive tab. Use the pointed end of your spudger tool to unfold it.
  5. Pull on the tab at both sides just enough to where you can use scissors to put a cut in the center.
  6. Starting on the left side of the iPhone 5c battery, carefully start pulling the adhesive. It should start coming loose from underneath the battery. You'll hear a creaking/cracking noise. This is normal and is just the adhesive pulling up from the casing.
  7. Slowly and carefully pull sideways and along the left hand side of the battery. Take care not to tear any components. At the same time, don't pull too quickly or the adhesive tab will tear, making it hard to get the rest of it out.
  8. Perform the same action along the right side of the iPhone 5c battery. Take tremendous care not to snag cables or the logic board. Pull away from the logic board.
  9. Keep a finger or two over the battery as it may come with the adhesive when you're done removing it.
  10. Once both sides of the adhesive strip are removed, simply lift the old battery out of your iPhone 5c. How to replace the battery in an iPhone 5c
  11. Your new replacement battery should have adhesive pre-installed on the back of the battery. If it doesn't, use two strips of double-sided tape that are a little shorter than the length of the battery. This will work just fine.
  12. Place the new battery in your iPhone 5c.
  13. Replace the battery cable on the logic board.
  14. Replace the battery shield and the two screws you removed earlier.

5. Re-connect the display assembly

  1. Carefully reconnect the three cables running from the display assembly to the logic board.
  2. Reposition the metal shield that sits over the three cables and replace the four screws that hold it in place, remembering where each one came from — they are all different sizes.
  3. Line up the top of the screen carefully and make note of the teeth that line up to the top of your iPhone 5c's frame. Once the top of the display is lined up, carefully snap down the remainder by moving your fingers along the edge.

6. Replace the security screws on each side of the dock connector

Once you are confident that the display is seated correctly again, use your security screwdriver in order to replace the two screws on either side of the dock connector.

7. Test the new battery

It's now safe to turn your iPhone 5c back on. If all went well, you should see an Apple logo. Once your iPhone finishes booting up, make sure you check the following functions to test the new battery:

  • Fully charge your iPhone 5c and make sure it doesn't get any warmer than usual, as that could be a sign of a defective battery
  • Monitor usage over the first few days with the replacement battery to make sure your battery life has improved

If all of the above checked out okay, you're good to go!

See also:

iPhone 5c

iPhone 5c
Apple's first popular iPhone with a 4-inch in-cell display, LTE 4G, and BT 4.0 LE. Fun features include:

Complete review >

Released
September, 2013

Alternatives
iPhone 5s, iPhone 4s

Replacements
iPhone 6 (rumored)
Fall, 2014

Resources
Buyers guide
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How to replace the battery in an iPhone 5c

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Who are you showing people how to void any type if service if they break their device? If you're having bad battery life take it in to the apple store and have them do it. Wouldn't that be the most reasonable thing to do?

You do understand warranty only lasts for 1 year without AppleCare and that the 5c is almost exactly 1 year old? And did you read the first paragraph? I clearly stated if you are not covered for some reason. And don't have AppleCare.

Also, not everyone lives in an area that has an Apple Store close by. Not to mention I've seen countless people that have voided warranties due to a drop, triggered water sensors, etc. those folks are on their own.

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Not in every country. And what happens if you did not get AppleCare and your battery goes bad? Buy a new iPhone? that's not realistic for a lot of people. If you didn't get it within 30 days, you can't just walk in and get it.

I know it says that but it not only voids warranty it voids service all together. So no matter what if that device is taken to an Apple retail store then Apple can't even replace or service the device. This happened to my sister in law. You can call apple and I'm sure if your having bad battery life they can figure out an option for you. I just don't see why you would want to void warranties because your a "do it your own" kind of person.

No 5C is out of warranty. And if anyone that is close to be out of warranty can call apple and extend their warranty for $69 and get another year of the limited warranty that covers everything even batteries. What I'm saying is if you replace or open your own phone you void service, if you replace anything. Just warning people who read the comments. I like what ally writes and read a lot of iMore. Just warning people

Yes, or anyone who has voided their warranty for any other reason. Sometimes humidity can trigger sensors and Apple won't touch it - even though the iPhone works perfectly. Those people greatly benefit from these guides. As do folks who don't live anywhere near an Apple Store and can't afford going without a phone for several days to send it in.

Lol go without a phone and revert back to an old phone or do it yourself and potentially ruin your phone for good so you have to go back to an old phone anyways?! Let's weigh my options? I see where you are coming from but I just don't get why you would want to void service altogether. Doesn't make sense

A lot of people are DIY people - for many reasons. One of which is that is it MUCH more kind to the environment to fix than replace. Apple doesn't fix in most cases, they simply replace. That doesn't solve the problem. We write for all kinds of people here at iMore, and DIYers shouldn't be excluded just because it isn't your style.

It's funny you're getting worked up about this and thinking im saying my style is the only way. Plus how do you repair a battery? You have to replace it, you can't repair it.

I'm not getting worked up about anything. You keep insisting for some reason that replacing a battery is pointless. I was speaking of DIY in general. Let's not also forget that Apple charges $79 out of warranty to replace a part that costs less than $20. Repair isn't for you, and that's fine. Some people really don't care about warranties, aren't covered by one for some reason or another, or don't live in a convenient location to an Apple Store. Those people benefit from these guides. As do ones who want to save some cash, or can't afford an Apple repair.

This is just awesome. A second hand iPhone 5c off of Swappa just became more attractive to me. Thank you.