Question from Pam: Rick, I have recently gotten a new iPhone so I’m giving my old iPhone 6 to a friend.
I have wiped it clean, so I am good there. But now the battery is not staying charged much at all.
I’ve heard that you have to take an iPhone to the Apple store to have the battery changed, or they would give you a new phone.
Well, with my experience I’m pretty sure I can change it myself if I order a battery, and it’ll be cheaper too.
With your knowledge, do you think I should to take this phone to an Apple store to have the battery changed, or can I do it myself?
Rick’s answer: Pam, changing the battery in most iPhone models isn’t all that difficult, but it does require all of the following:
1 – The proper tools for completing the job
2 – At least a little mechanical aptitude
3 – Good eyesight and a steady hand
4 – The ability to pay close attention to detail and follow instructions to the letter
This is why the above requirements are important…
The components inside any mobile device are necessarily very small and fragile. The slightest slip with a tool can cause serious damage, especially if you try to “wing it” by using tools that weren’t really designed for the job.
However, all of the above being said, it appears that you have some type of applicable experience that should help you successfully complete the task of replacing the battery in your old iPhone.
And besides, you’re literally planning to give this phone away after you have replaced the battery (which is very nice of you by the way) so it won’t be a huge loss if something ends up going wrong and damaging the phone.
Therefore, in my humble opinion, I think you should go for it!
I did a quick search on Amazon and found this replacement battery (#ad) that happens to come bundled with the tools required to replace it. Very convenient!
This kit includes everything you’ll need to perform the repair, and its cost it quite reasonable. It also appears to be a great battery based on the large number of favorable customer reviews that have been left for it.
I also took the liberty of doing a quick search on Youtube and found this fantastic video from the folks at iFixit that shows exactly how to replace the battery in your iPhone 6, step-by-step:
As you can tell from the video it isn’t all that difficult to replace the battery in most iPhones.
Bottom line: I do believe it’s worth taking a shot at replacing the old battery in your iPhone yourself. I have a feeling you’ll do just fine.
Important: The battery I linked to above only works in the iPhone 6. It does not work in the iPhone 6S, 6 Plus, 6S Plus or any other iPhone model.
That being said, you’ll likely find a battery that fits your specific phone by searching Amazon for a replacement battery for that model.
For example, if you need a battery for an iPhone 6s Plus you would type this into the Amazon search box:
Iphone 6s Plus Battery
Pretty simple, right? Just be sure to include the exact model of your phone as phones with very similar names often use completely different batteries.
Likewise, you’ll probably be able to find a video that shows how to change your phone’s battery by typing something like this into the search box on Youtube:
How to replace iPhone 6s Plus battery
Again, pretty simple as long as you search for the exact model of your phone.
I hope this helps, Pam. Good luck!
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