iPhone 5 battery replacement process (iFixit 001)

Teardown experts over at iFixit know a thing or two about repairing consumer electronics and just yesterday they posted a nice video walkthrough explaining the process of replacing your iPhone 5’s battery. So, if your battery died on you and you’re eager to bring life back yourself to the device with a new one, block out your next hour, grab your screwdrivers and prying tools and arm yourself with patience and a steady hand…

The process starts with removing the front panel assembly from the rear case, which requires removing the two 3.6 mm Pentalobe screws next to the Lightning connector prior to pressing a suction cup onto the screen.

I’ll just let the video do the talking.


The step-by-step guide is available on the iFixit website.

Everything you need – a Pentalobe screwdriver, a Phillips #01 screwdriver, a suction cup, and some tiny tools to detach the screen and battery connections – is included in iFixit’s $100 Liberation Kit (and then some more).

Speaking of which, iFixit is currently offering some notable savings on the iPhone Liberation Kits (currently over $30 off) as part of its Liberation Week, which ends tomorrow, July 5.

You may also want to get an iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4/4S Liberation Kit (includes a Pentalobe screwdriver and replacement screws), now available for $0 (normally a $19.95 value) with free shipping, while supplies last.

iFixit how-to videos on replacing your iPhone 5’s Home button and display assembly are also available. By the way, a replacement battery for the iPhone 5 can be found for a few bucks on eBay and elsewhere.

Should you not feel confident enough to go through the process yourself, remember that Apple’s standard one-year iPhone warranty includes a free replacement for a battery that no longer holds enough energy to power your device.

Specifically, Apple will replace your battery if it drops below 50 percent of its original capacity during the plan’s coverage period. If it’s out of warranty, the company will happily sell you a battery replacement for $79, plus $6.95 shipping, subject to local tax.

  • Dien Agustin

    This looks scary for me.

    • Hash

      Try replacing a S4 screen lol. Tried watching a video on how to replace the screen for a friend and I was scared for my life just watching someone do it in a video.

      • Falk M.

        iPhone 4 home button replacements aren’t a walk through the park either haha…

      • JT

        Replaced a lightning connector for iphone 5 at work today. That one bugged me. Specially when its not my phone. But a customers

      • m3nphls

        Replacing samsung screens are harder because all its used is glue and plastic and it takes a lot longer than any iphone repair.

      • Yunsar

        Except for iPod touch they also are glued

      • Tigerlily

        S4 is awesome!!! A better screen deserves more glue just take care and it will all be for you !

  • anasiatka

    Christian – please proof read your articles. I mean I value what you say, but every article you write is littered with either with either (this is an example of a mistake you commonly make) mistakes, spelling or typos. This article you wrote June instead of July…

    • Falk M.

      Not wanting to dismiss your message, but you yourself could try a little more punctuation… Things like quotation marks are commonly forgotten by many, but they add a lot to readability of a comment if people quote examples or short phrases.
      Don’t wanna sound like an ass, but seeing how you felt free to mention spelling etc I thought I’d point out your or generally a lot of people’s mistakes.

      People are invited to do the same with me by the way, I don’t take offense 🙂

      • iosPixel

        What should be taken from our learned friend is that he isn’t required to be grammatically or factually correct.

        However I’ve up voted you both the same for valid arguments.

      • Dominik Odobašić

        I don’t think @anasiatka:disqus makes money from these articles.

        If you write (type) articles to make money, and you can’t write properly, I think we can agree that you’re doing a pretty shitty job.

      • anasiatka

        Haha. So I respect your comment, and you’re right – a lot of people make spelling and grammatical mistakes. However, as a professional member of the press I expect iDB’s articles to have been proofed for any such mistakes BEFORE publishing. Btw, I was leaving out the quotes on purpose because I felt without quotes it did a better job of making my point. I find I have to read his sentences twice far too often to understand them. Again, as in any profession: I believe professionals are considered professionals for a reason. You take an English class at college expecting that professor to be able to write proper sentences.

      • Zaidan Umar

        Go sue him for a typo 😛

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        No offence here but regardless of any mistakes that have been made in any iDB articles usually the point has still been illustrated quite well. Yes there may be the odd one or two typos here and there but this is after all the Internet.

        If this were a professional magazine publication or an article for a newspaper then yes maybe I’d be a little bit pissed off by the mistakes made, considering I probably would have paid to read the article.

        iDB goes way above and beyond what is expected or required of any blog (especially when it comes to jailbreaking and jailbreak news), so don’t you think us as readers should give the authors of such wonderful articles some slack now and again?

    • Fixed June…

  • Damian W

    I do this stuff but on iphone 4 and iphone 4s. Right now I am replacing LCD screen in iphone 4. From the way it looks, It is much much easier than iphone 5. iPhone 5 seems to have more screws all over the place and tighter space to work around.

    Replacing battery in iphone 4/4s takes about 3 min.

    • I actually liked this architecture better, even if its a little more tedious replacing the battery than on my 4.

      Everything is a give and take. While you can change the battery faster on the iPhone 4, to replace the screen would be an uber pain in the patience… While with the iPhone 5, everything (or both cases at least) seems to be way more realizable(not to mention less precision is required).

      • Damian W

        Screen and home button replacement in iPhone 4 are horrible.
        I actually damaged my LCD cable because I thought I had enough room. Hopefully iPhone 5 in this aspect is a bit better.

      • iosPixel

        If its a screen and digitiser replacement, then I can say wihout hesitation its easier with the 5.

        However the prices for those parts are where the headache begins…

      • JT

        Iphone 5 screen change is the easiest of 4, 4s and 5 imo. No need to remove logicboard

  • wow

  • klouud

    If there is a way to “replace” the battery, is there an option to upgrade?

    • leart za jmi

      I would be nice, but i dont think so, all the hardware is calibrated to fit with that battery

  • Mattaeusball

    Don’t do this ever!!!!! I followed this step by step and when it came to removing the battery, the plastic tool accidentally damaged the battery. These thing are really stuck down. As a result the battery burst into flames leaving me with 2nd degree burns an a fried iPhone.
    It might have been a good idea to mention how dangerous this job and be.