23 Dec Can you change and iphone battery, or do you need a pro?
A typical cell phone battery lasts one to two years, which begs the question, when it’s time for your next battery change, can you do it yourself, or should you hire a pro?
A great deal of confusion over Apple and iPhone batteries
First understand that there is a great deal of confusion concerning iPhone batteries.
Back in 2018, Apple was accused and later acknowledged that deliberately slowed down the CPUs of some phones, to prevent the phones from unexpectedly shutting down in the middle of operations.
As a consequence of this “batterygate”, Apple turned around and temporarily reduced the price of battery replacement from $79 to $29.
Secondly, third-party companies report that Apple has been deliberately shutting them out of battery replacement, by locking the operating system. The unique Texas Instrument chip attempts to authenticate every battery replacement, and if the authentication does not take place, a service message is generated in the Battery Health sub-menu, about the lack of authentication.
Your iPhone will still work, but you won’t be able to check your batteries health.
In addition, the stated policy, which may be changing, is that Apple itself would refuse to work on your iPhone for any reason if you didn’t get the battery and change it directly from apple.
Finally, as a consequence of the Apple partial lockdown, many state legislatures are taking up bills that would give their citizens a right to choose when doing repairs outside of warranty.
Doing it yourself
There are mixed signals too across the internet as to how hard it is to replace a battery yourself. For example, Digital Trends warns that because Apple uses a lot of
glue and other materials, replacing a battery is not for the faint of heart. And the worst part is, you’ll wind up removing the waterproofing while doing it yourself.
On the other hand, Ifixit, which sells do it yourself kits, says it’s not so hard and sells countless iPhone 6, 7 and 8 repair kits for $30 bucks a pop.
According to Ifixit, there are 29 steps to replacing the battery, and a reasonably patient person can do it within 2 hours or less.
That being said, you’ll need a suction cup, a pick, screwdrivers, tweezers, and specialized tools to get the job done. Most people probably could do it themselves if they had three iPhones to practice on, but who really has that advantage.
Let Apple Do or a pro do it
The alternative is to hire a pro to do it or let Apple do it, by either emailing their iPhone to a service center or taking it to the genius bar.
The advantage of a third-party like Breakfixnow.com.sg is that you can probably get the job done in the time it takes to watch a movie. On the other hand, Apple will guarantee their work, and also you won’t have the battery health measurements blocked.