iFixit Walks Us Through An iPhone 5 Battery Replacement [Video]

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Battery life on the iPhone 5 is pretty good when you compare it to other high-end devices with LTE connectivity, so if you’re having to charge yours more than normal, then you may need a new battery. But don’t worry — battery replacements are relatively cheap, and they’re so easy, you can probably do them yourself.

Teardown specialists iFixit show you how in a new five-minute walkthrough video.

As you’ll see from the walkthrough, replacing the battery inside your iPhone 5 is simple. You need to remove just two screws from the bottom of your device, a couple inside it to disconnect the display, and then the battery itself. It takes just a few minutes, and a replacement battery will cost you less than $10 on eBay.

Remember, though, that faulty batteries are covered by your iPhone’s warranty, so if yours isn’t holding a charge, Apple will deal with the problem for free. If for any reason you don’t want to go through Apple, however — you don’t want to remove your jailbreak, for example — then doing it yourself is a great alternative.

You will need a few tools, which iFixit covers in the video below, plus about 10 minutes of spare time.

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  • technochick

    Define ‘than normal’. Because Apple gives an ‘up to’ time but no minimum guarantee. So depending on usage what is norm for you might be different than me.

    And it’s really not worth the money or the risk of getting discovered having opened your phone and thus voided your warranty over some vague idea of how many times you should be changing your battery. Particularly when it might be incorrect

  • MrsCleaver

    And it’s really not worth the money or the risk of getting discovered having opened your phone and thus voided your warranty over some vague idea of how many times you should be changing your battery. Particularly when it might be incorrect

    Sounds a liiiitle paranoid to me. Opening the phone is a snap, putting in a new battery is a snap, and it’s doubtful anyone would ever know. But if one’s battery is either defective or for some reason will no longer hold a charge for a reasonable period (as compared to when new), then switching a DIY battery swap is the best alternative for those of us who do not wish to turn in our jailbroken phones. Unless you have a jailbroken iPhone, it’s hard to appreciate why you wouldn’t want to give it up. Even if my battery life was poor (which it isn’t), I’d gladly charge more often in order to keep my jailbreak. Simple decision for me.

    Thanks to Killian Bell for this good tip via iFixit.

  • SarcasticMisanthrope

    iFixit is just using this to sell their toolkits, in my opinion. I’d much rather have Apple fix my device.

  • Sayed_Ahmed123

    Some iFixit crap to sell their tools and kits, and I like the title :) , as if they suddenly figured an easy way to replace the battery after the entire poor world was digging around to find away to do so :) and of course using a chick to perform the repair was an extra credit to iFixit :)

  • bdkennedy

    After having washed my iPhone 5, I had to replace the microphone. Fixing this phone is NOT easy. The screws inside are the size of a pencil tip and trying to screw them back in is harder than threading a needle. I think this is going to be that last iPhone that is reparable by a normal human being.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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