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How to Replace the Battery on an iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s


Apple has stated that the way their batteries are designed, they will continue to retain a minimum of 80% of their original capacity after recharging it 500 times. What this means is, after charging it hundreds of times, it won’t hold as much charge as it did when it was new. If you find that your battery is draining quickly and it won’t last you the average day, it’s likely time to replace it with a new one. Here we are going to explain how to go about changing the battery yourself, rather than spending money on the Apple battery replacement. Everybody loves to save money.


Although the iPhone may appear to be tough to open, it actually only has a few screws in order to remove the battery. If you can operate a screwdriver, it’s about a ten minute job. You can purchase the Apple battery replacements on our eBay store fairly cheap. When ordering the battery, you want to ensure that the model number is correct, below is a list of iPhones and their battery part numbers:


  • iPhone 5: 616-0610, 616-0611, 616-0613, 616-0579
  • iPhone 5S: 616-0718, 616-0719, 616-0721, 616-0728
  • iPhone 5C: 616-0667, 616-0721, 616-8300


In addition to the battery, you will need the following tools:


  • Standard Philips size 00
  • Pentalobe screwdriver
  • pry tool
  • Suction cup


The only special tool required is the screwdriver which is used for removing the proprietary Pentalobe screws that are located at the bottom of the iPhone. You can get  these in tool kits sold for this purpose, however buying a battery with the tool kit already with it could be less expensive.


Disclaimer: As with any repair, Quality Cellular can not be held responsible for any damage you may do to your device. It’s also worth considering that opening up your device to perform any repair or modification can and will void your Apple warranty. If you don’t feel comfortable opening your device, don’t. Use extreme care and caution when performing a repair on any device.


1.) Turn off the phone – Hold the power button down and slide the button on the screen to the right.

slide-to-power-off-2902.) Use the Pentalobe Screwdriver to take out two screws located on the bottom of the iPhone, place screws somewhere safe.


3.) Use the suction cup to apply a strong, but not quick pressure right above or on the sides of the home button. This allows you to create a small gap, but big enough to get your pry tool in and begin prying the screen open. Note: If you’re replacing the battery on an iPhone 5S, take extra caution at this point as the TouchID cable is connected near the bottom of the phone and it can be easy to damage by prying the screen up too much.


4.) Using the pry tool, begin making your way from bottom up the side, do this on each side to release the clips which releases the screen.


5.) It is possible to switch out the battery without having to disconnect the screen, but if you must, be careful. You will have to hold the screen at a 90 degree slant during the whole process. If removing the screen is preferred, use the Philips screwdriver to remove the metal plate from the cable. From here you can continue to pry the screen off.


6.) Now you want to remove the two screws that are holding the battery connections to the motherboard. This is where each model is a bit different, but the main position remains the same as on the iPhone 5 pictured here. If the metal plate gets stuck to the battery, it is simple to pry off.


7.) Attempt to release the battery by pulling on the plastic battery tab, it’s common for this alone not to work as the glue is some strong stuff. This is when the consistent pressure is important as you may hear the battery slowly becoming unstuck. A good method is using the pry tool to carefully leverage against the motherboard. Note: don’t apply to much pressure or you could damage the motherboard.


8.) Now that you have the battery out, you may begin aligning the new one, but be careful to ensure the cable connector is positioned correctly, and lined up on the motherboard. Apply gentle pressure to get the battery in place the metal plate and replace the screws to make sure it’s secure.

 9.) If you had decided to remove the whole screen, make sure to reconnect the cables so they click back in place, then continue to put the metal plate back.

10.) You should now be able to hook the top of the screen into the iPhone’s body. Ensure that it’s not sticking out more than half a millimeter, if it does then you haven’t replaced it correctly. To correct this, gently apply pressure from the top of the screen down, you should notice the clips click into place and you shouldn’t have any resistance as you replace the two Pentalobe screws.

11.) If you go to turn the phone on and nothing happens, don’t stress out. The battery was probably fully discharged as a safety precaution. Simply put your iPhone on the charger.

If your iPhone reboots constantly after the replacement, you need to do a “Hard Reset” by holding down the Home and Sleep Button simultaneously for about 10 seconds (until the device restarts).

If you have WiFi and/or Cellular connection problems with the new battery, try restoring the device using iTunes.