How to Remove the Battery from the iPhone
To remove the iPhone battery, you should open the case, take the battery out, and that’s it. Of course, this is a joke. Since their inception, iPhones have been designed not to allow for battery removal. To be exact, all the internals are neatly screwed, glued, or soldered together and you cannot take them apart just like that.
But you are surely one of the hardware enthusiasts who wants to disassemble an iPhone and put it back together without any damage. This is why we’ve created a step-by-step guide that takes you through the process. But then, you proceed at your own risk.
Words of Caution
Removing the iPhone battery is not something everybody can do. You need good knowledge of the device’s internals and hardware architecture. You will also need a pair of steady hands, patience, and great attention to detail.
Then there are the tools for the job. We won’t recommend any particular kit (you can find a bunch of them online). And unauthorized disassembly is against the iPhone warranty.
Based on the iPhone model, the battery removal methods may vary. The following sections outline general guidelines that apply to newer models. And again, if you are not sure what you are doing it is best to leave it to the professionals.
Tools You Need
- Pry tool/spudger (must be plastic)
- P2 Pentalobe Screwdriver (for iPhone)
- Phillips #000 Screwdriver
- Suction cup/handle
- Blunt-angled tweezers
- iPhone opening picks (must be plastic)
- Warming pad
Note: The following steps apply to iPhone 6 and later models. If there something special you should know about a particular model, there’ll be an annotation along the way.
Before you proceed, the iPhone battery must be lower than 25% – it’s best to drain it completely. Turn off your iPhone and proceed to remove the two pentalobe screws next to the Lightning port. For this, you should use the P2 screw.
Position the heating pad on top or below your iPhone. The placement depends on the iPhone model and the type of pad you have. When you apply the heating pad, a minute or so is enough to loosen the adhesive.
Take the suction cup/handle and place it at the bottom of the screen. If your iPhone has a Home button, position the cup above the button. Hold the bottom of the iPhone and gently pull the suction cup up.
The screen should move only a little and if it doesn’t budge, feel free to put the phone back on the heating pad for another minute.
Once you’ve released the screen, carefully place the spudger underneath it. You only need to insert a fraction of the spudger’s head. Now, gently move the tool right and up and repeat that on the left side.
You can move the spudger up and down as you go along. But you mustn’t work it in the top section of the screen. Otherwise, you might damage the connection or the clips that hold the screen. This is where plastic clips come in; it’s okay to use them to release the top section of the screen.
Note: Some models have a rubber gasket just under the screen, be careful not to break it. Or get a replacement just in case.
When you release the screen, opening depends on the iPhone model. For example, models 6, 6+, 6S, and 6S+ swing up and from iPhone 7 onwards, you need to release the clips and open the screen to the right (like a book). To release the clips, just pull the screen down with your fingers.
Now, you need to remove the screws on the battery connector bracket. This step differs based on the model you got. For example, there are four screws on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (three 1.2mm and one 2.6mm).
Newer models usually have only three Y000 1.2mm screws and there are 2 Phillips screws on earlier iPhones. Either way, keep close track of the screws you remove.
Take the spudger or blunt-angled tweezers and carefully remove the connectors around the battery. There are usually more screws you’ll need to take out and be mindful to not to damage the connectors.
You need to remove the battery connector, digitizer cable, and the display connector before removing the battery. These are located on the right side, just next to the battery.
Move onto the top side of the phone and remove the connectors there. You need to unscrew the bracket that holds the logic board connectors and the number of screws depends on the particular iPhone model.
There are only two screws on iPhone 7 and 7+, but there are five on some newer, as well as earlier models. with the screws out of the way, remove the bracket out and slowly disconnect the remaining flat cables with a spudger. Afterward, the screen just comes off.
At this point, you need to remove the screws at the bottom of the iPhone to release another bracket. They are below the Taptic Engine. Plus there might be adhesive tabs that hold the battery, remove them as well.
You are almost done. Newer models require you to remove the Taptic Engine and the speakers before you can get the battery out. This is not the case with some earlier iPhones, but there is a catch.
For example, you need to put newer iPhones back on the heater because the battery is glued. Then there are two adhesive strips that should be peeled away before the battery is free.
Note: The iPhone 6 battery is completely glued and you’ll need to use a string to remove it.
Much Ado About Battery
As you can see, removing iPhone battery is no easy task and putting it all back together is a completely different ballgame. But why do you want to do it yourself? Did our guide help? Give us your two cents in the comment section below.