Replacing the battery

The battery life is low. Your iPhone X keeps crashing or won’t charge.

  • iPhone X
  • 19 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 60 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace a defective battery in your iPhone X on your own. This repair can help if your iPhone X crashes during heavy use because the voltage temporarily drops, you can no longer charge it or turn it on, or the battery life is very low.
Back up all your data before the repair, and touch something like a radiator to get rid of any static charges.

Required tools

  • Hard Plastic Pick

    Hard Plastic Pick

    You need a flat but stable tool such as a pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

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  • Heat gun

    Heat gun

    You can use a heat gun to heat parts that are glued on so they’re easier to remove. In most cases, you can also use a hairdryer.

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  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

    We recommend storing your screws so you don’t mix up the various screws and small parts.

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  • iFlex opening tool

    iFlex opening tool

    Taking apart the little pieces in your smartphone can be a big pain. The iFlex is tough but compact with a blade thickness of just 0.15 mm so it fits into even the smallest spaces, like the gap between the display and frame or under the logic board. The iFlex is made of stainless steel and designed for a good grip, making this convenient tool the perfect assistant for every smartphone repair.

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  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

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  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

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  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

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  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

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  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

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  • Y-type Y000 screwdriver

    Y-type Y000 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing Y-type screws.

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Required replacement part

  • iPhone X Battery

    iPhone X Battery

    This new battery can help if your iPhone X crashes because the voltage drops, your phone switches off when it gets cold, you can no longer charge it or turn it on, or the battery life is very low.

    €45.00 at the iDoc store
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Getting started

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment for each step. We’d be happy to help.

19 steps
  1. Switching off your device

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    1. Turn your iPhone off completely to avoid damaging it during the repair. Press and hold the Standby button and one of the two volume keys for three seconds, until the "Power off" slider appears.
    2. Swipe the slider from left to right. Now your iPhone will shut down completely, which can take about ten seconds.
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  2. Removing the back cover screws

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    • 2 × 6,8 mm Pentalob

    You need a pentalobe screwdriver (PL1) to open the iPhone X.

    1. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom edge of the back cover. They’re to the right and left of the Lightning connector. Put the screws in the same box of your magnetic pad.
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  3. Removing the display

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    1. Put your iPhone X on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. To lift the front panel, you need a suction cup, a hard plastic pick and a heat gun. If the screen is severely cracked, cover all of it with packing tape before you continue.
    3. The screen is glued to the frame. Use a heat gun to heat the outer edges of the display to about 60°C (140°F).
    4. Place the suction cup over the Home button (if possible) or next to it. While lifting the screen with the suction cup, insert the hard plastic pick between the aluminum frame and the display frame and press down the aluminum frame.
    Do not insert your tool more than 5 mm into the gap, so you don't damage small parts inside the iPhone.

    If you are using an iFlex, switch to a plastic pick as soon as possible to avoid scratching the frame.

    1. Because the display’s glued on, you have to slide the pick all around the iPhone between the aluminum frame and the display frame. Don’t stick the pick in too far on the side where the Sleep/Wake button is because that could damage the display flex cables.
    2. Now use the pick to push up the display so the tabs disengage from the aluminum frame. Then you can fold the display over to the side.
    3. Rest the display on a stable object to avoid straining the sensitive flex cables.

    Heat the outer edge of the frame several times if necessary.

    After being opened, your iPhone X loses its guarantee for dust and spray water protection (IP 67 rating).


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  4. Disconnecting the battery

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    • 1 × 3,0 mm Y-Type
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 3,6 mm Y-Type
    • Battery Connector

    Before starting the repair, disconnect the battery contact to prevent short circuits and avoid accidentally turning on your device during the repair.

    1. Use a Y-Type screwdriver (Y000) to remove the Y-Type screws. Then take off the bracket plate. Put all the parts in the same box of your magnetic pad.
    2. Note that the screws have different lengths

      Apple introduced Y-Type screws with the iPhone 7. They are often wrongly called Tri-Point or Tri-Wing. Use a matching Y-Type screwdriver for these screws so you don't strip the screw heads.

    3. Now very carefully pry off the battery contact by inserting a spudger under the connector.
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  5. Disconnecting the display connectors

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    • Display Connector
    • Earpiece Connector
    1. The display unit is connected by three connectors.
    2. Use a spudger to separate the connectors for the display and the earpiece one by one.
    3. Be very careful when prying off the connectors using the spudger to prevent damaging anything.
    4. If all connectors are off, you can remove the display. There may still be glue residue on the frame and display.
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  6. Removing the speaker / taptic engine bracket plate

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    • 1 × 1,5 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,4 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1,8 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,5 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2,2 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. Remove the Phillips and Y-type screws on the bracket plate of the speaker. The screws have different lengths. Place them on your magnetic pad in a way so you can assign them later.
    2. First fold up the bracket plate and then unplug the connector using a spudger.
    3. Remove the bracket plate.
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  7. Removing the speaker

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    • 1 × 2,2 mm Y-Type
    • Connector
    1. Unscrew the Y-typescrew of the bracket plate over the flex cable leading to the speaker.
    2. Then remove the bracket plate.
    3. Now disconnect the flex cable and lift out the flex cable a bit.
    4. You can now remove the speaker with the flex cable. First pry out the speaker a bit using a spudger and then pull it out.

    The speaker is strongly glued to the frame.

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  8. Removing the Taptic Engine

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    • 1 × 2,2 mm Phillips
    1. Remove the Phillips screw fastening the Taptic Engine.
    2. Use a spudger to disconnect the Taptic Engine’s connector.
    3. Now remove the Taptic Engine.
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  9. Removing the battery

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    The battery is glued to the case with four adhesive strips. The adhesive strips have tabs to pull them out. Three tabs are glued to the bottom edge and one strip to the top edge of the battery.

    1. Use tweezers or a spatula to peel off the black tabs. Underneath are the white adhesive strips.
    2. Now pull out the adhesive strips very slowly. Keep the strips as flat as possible at the level of the iPhone.
    3. Make sure not to damage any of the two flex cables at the bottom and top edge of the battery.

      If one of the adhesive strips tears, you have to pry out the battery carefully using a wide Spudger. Try to bend the battery as little as possible.

      Firmly hold the battery and iPhone while pulling out the last adhesive strip to prevent the battery from falling out of the device.

    4. Once all the adhesive strips are off, you can remove the battery.
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  10. Preparing the battery

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    Place the adhesive strips with protective films attached in the device to make sure that they point in the right direction.

    1. Remove the large blue protective film and stick the adhesive strips to the bottom of the battery. Make sure they are straight.
    2. When attaching the adhesive strips, leave enough space on both sides to fold over the tabs.

    3. Turn the battery over, fold over the tabs. and paste them to the edges of the battery.
    4. Remove the large pink protective film from the adhesive strips.
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  11. Inserting the battery

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    1. Place the battery back in the rear case and press it in to make it stick.
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  12. Installing the Taptic Engine

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    • 1 × 2,2 mm Phillips
    1. Put the Taptic Engine back between the battery and the Lightning connector. Make sure the screw holes of the Taptic Engine sit correctly.
    2. Connect the Taptic Engine’s connector.
    3. Fasten the Taptic Engine with the phillips screw.
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  13. Inserting the speaker

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    • Connector
    • 1 × 2,2 mm Y-Type
    1. Place the speaker back in its original position and press it in.
    2. Press in the connector of the speaker.
    3. Put the bracket plate over the connector and screw it in using the Y-type screw.
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  14. Installing the speaker / taptic engine bracket plate

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    • Connector
    • 1 × 1,5 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,4 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1,8 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,5 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2,2 mm Phillips
    1. First connect the square-shaped connector of the bracket plate.
    2. Fold down the bracket plate so the screw holes are over the threads.
    3. Screw in the bracket plate using the Phillips and Y-type screws.
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  15. Attaching a new frame sticker

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    1. To make sure that the new frame sticker will really stick, remove all glue residue and dirt from the metal frame.
    2. Remove the first protective film layer of the frame sticker.
    3. Position the frame sticker carefully on one edge of the frame and attach it gradually. Make sure the frame sticker is positioned evenly and press it on. You can use the plastic spudger to press the adhesive on.
    4. Remove the next large protective film.
    5. You can leave the small protective films on for now and remove them when you've connected the display and attached the bracket plates. This prevents anything from sticking to the frame sticker before you install it. But you can also remove the films right away.

    Please make sure the frame sticker is positioned correctly. Each corner has a different shape, which you can use for orientation.An iPhone repaired with a frame sticker will be protected against dust and spray water, but it will not be 100% waterproof!

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  16. Connecting the display

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    • Display Connector
    • Earpiece Connector
    1. Place the display unit on the edge of the frame and rest it against a stable object, in order not to overstretch the sensitive flex cables. Make sure your device doesn't slide away.
    2. Connect the two display connectors.
    3. You might need to press down the lower of the two connectors with a spudger to make it sit properly.
    4. Make sure the connectors attach properly. Don't slip and bend the socket contacts on the logic board.
    5. Use tweezers to position the earpiece connector over its socket on the logic board.
    6. Carefully press to attach the connector to its socket.
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  17. Connecting the battery

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    • Battery Connector
    • 1 × 3,0 mm Y-Type
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 3,6 mm Y-Type
    1. Now you can connect the battery connector.
    2. Then insert the bracket plate and fasten with Y-Type screws.
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  18. Installing the display

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    1. Take the display with both hands and slowly fold it down.
    2. Place it flush on the frame and gradually press it on until it sits firmly.
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  19. Fastening the back cover screws

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    • 2 × 6,8 mm Pentalob
    1. Screw the two pentalobe screws to the left and right of the Lightning connector into the enclosure.
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