If your iPhone is outside the original warranty period or AppleCare has run out, changing the battery can seem like a daunting task. Relax, it’s really not that complicated. Once you do some research on your particular model, you’ll see it’s a simple task that could possibly save you some money and you won’t have to extend your cellular contract by upgrading your smartphone.
If you read my post about changing out my MacBook Pro hard drive, you probably know what my first step is, research. Search YouTube for videos about replacing iPhone batteries to learn the basics and what tools you will need. Just make sure you lookup videos for your exact model. For me, I just looked up “iPhone 5 battery replacement” and I got numerous results.
It’s always a good idea to watch more than just one video on the steps required. Are they all going to be relatively the same, probably. Another video might have a different tip or trick to add to what you already know. Taking the extra time to make sure it’s done right will also allow you to save time and money if this new information helped you avoid a pitfall.
If you’re wondering how or why your battery seems to kick the bucket so soon, it all depends on the charge cycles your battery goes through. Generally speaking, your iPhone lithium-ion battery is good for around 400 charge cycles. A charge cycle is used when your battery is fully charged and then exhausted. A charge cycle is not only counted when you fully exhaust the battery. For example, if you use half of your battery one day, recharge it at night, then use half the battery the next day and recharge it, that equates to a charge cycle.
Establish good habits to help keep your battery healthy. It is not a good practice to always exhaust all the power in your battery. Essentially you are shaving more time off your batteries life expectancy than if you were to charge it prior to your phone shutting off. Once a month I let my iPhone go completely dead before recharging it. I learned this tip from a trip to the Apple store. From what I was told, there is a chip on the battery that talks back and forth with the device and completely exhausting the battery and recharging it will keep communication and information strong and accurate. Also, using your iPhone in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above 95 degrees can weaken your battery faster too.
If you’re starting to notice your battery is not holding a charge quite as well as it did in the past, you might want to start doing some legwork to replace it. Last check, replacing a iPhone battery was around $100 at the Apple store. You can get this done for much cheaper if you’re willing to take on a small DIY project. Use the resources I have included in this post to decide whether or not changing your iPhone battery is a right fit for you. Make sure you click the picture of the tools to be taken to Amazon where you can buy the kit in the photo. A must have!