iPhone X battery repair guide

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

If your iPhone X doesn't last all day anymore and you have to charge it all the time, you might have to replace the battery. In this repair guide, we'll show you how to get your iPhone back to life with a new battery. 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.

Run a data backup before the repair, use a clean work surface and take enough time. If you have questions, use the live chat on our website or write a comment.

Required tools

  • Hard Plastic Picks

    Hard Plastic Picks

    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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  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

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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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  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €13.00 at the iDoc store
  • 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

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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

Our tools plus the right spare part help you fix your device easily.

Getting started with the repair of your iPhone X

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19 steps
  1. Switching off your device

    iPhone X - Switching off your device 01
    iPhone X - Switching off your device 02
    1. Turn off your iPhone X before making repairs to protect it from potential damage. To do so, press the standby button and one of the two volume buttons simultaneously for about three seconds.
    2. When the "Power Off" slider appears on the display, wipe it from left to right. Your iPhone will shut down completely within about 10 seconds.
  2. Removing the back cover screws

    iPhone X - Removing the back cover screws 01
    iPhone X - Removing the back cover screws 02
    Used tools
    • 2 × 6,8 mm Pentalob

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

    1. Remove the two pentalobe screws located to the right and left of the lightning connector. Put the detached screws in the same field of your magnetic pad to make them easier to find later.
    Used tools
  3. Removing the display

    iPhone X - Removing the display 01
    iPhone X - Removing the display 02
    iPhone X - Removing the display 03
    iPhone X - Removing the display 04
    iPhone X - Removing the display 05
    Used tools
    Heat gun
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    Once the iPhone X has been opened, no warranty can be given on the protection against dust and splashing water of the IP67 classification.

    Place your iPhone X on a soft and clean surface to avoid scratches on the back of your iPhone X when lifting the display.

    1. To lift the display, you will need a suction cup, iFlex, hard plastic plectrum and a hot air blower. If the display screen is badly broken, completely cover it with parcel tape beforehand.
    2. To make it easier to lift the display, you can heat the adhesive that is used to stick the display to the edge. To do this, use a hot-air blow-dryer or a standard hairdryer and drive along the edge of your iPhone from the outside until it has heated up to approximately 60°C.
    3. Place the suction cup on the lower edge of your device and pull it upwards to create a small gap between the stainless steel and the display frame. While lifting the display with the suction cup, simultaneously insert the iFlex or hard plastic plectrum into the gap.

    Do not insert your tool more than about 5 mm into the resulting gap to avoid damaging any components inside the iPhone.

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

    1. Move the tool one step at a time around the frame of your iPhone to completely loosen the stuck display. Press the plectrum upwards again and again to release the noses from the stainless steel frame.

    Heat the outer edge of the display repeatedly if necessary.

    1. When the display is completely detached, carefully fold it to the side towards the standby button. Lean it against a stable object so that it remains in a vertical position.
    In order not to overstretch the flexible cables that are still connected to the display inside, do not fold the display completely to the side!
    Used tools
    Heat gun
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  4. Disconnecting the battery

    iPhone X - Disconnecting the battery 01
    iPhone X - Disconnecting the battery 02
    iPhone X - Disconnecting the battery 03
    Used tools
    • 1 × 3,0 mm Y-Type
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 3,6 mm Y-Type

    To avoid a short circuit, disconnect the battery contact before starting the repair. This will ensure that you do not accidentally switch on your device during repair.

    1. Unscrew the Y-type screws with a Y-type Y000 screwdriver and remove the cover plate. Place all loose parts on a common field of the magnetic mat and arrange them as you found them in the unit. This will help you to keep track and not to lose anything.

    Note that the screws have different lengths.

    Apple introduced the so-called Y-Type screws with the iPhone 7. Use a suitable Y-Type screwdriver to loosen the screws so that the screw heads are not damaged.

    1. Now carefully disconnect the battery contact by carefully driving a plastic spudger under the plug.
    Used tools
  5. Disconnecting the display connectors

    iPhone X - Disconnecting the display connectors 01
    iPhone X - Disconnecting the display connectors 02
    • 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.
  6. Removing the speaker and taptic engine bracket plate

    iPhone X - Removing the speaker and taptic engine bracket plate 01
    iPhone X - Removing the speaker and taptic engine bracket plate 02
    iPhone X - Removing the speaker and taptic engine bracket plate 03
    • 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. Loosen the Phillips and Y-Type screws from the cover plate of the speaker. Place the screws of different lengths on your magnetic mat so that you can assign them later.
    2. Flip the cover plate up and separate the connector with a spudger.
    3. Now remove the cover plate.
  7. Removing the speaker

    iPhone X - Removing the speaker  01
    iPhone X - Removing the speaker  02
    iPhone X - Removing the speaker  03
    1. Loosen the Y-type screw of the cover plate and then remove the cover plate.
    2. Disconnect the speaker connector and lift up the connected flex cable.
    3. Loosen the heavily bonded speaker a little by carefully lifting it up with the spudger. Once the speaker is loosened, you can remove it from your machine along with the flex cable.
  8. Removing the taptic engine

    iPhone X - Removing the taptic engine 01
    iPhone X - Removing the taptic engine 02
    iPhone X - Removing the taptic engine 03
    • 1 × 2,2 mm Phillips
    1. First unscrew the Phillips screws that hold the taptic engine in place.
    2. Carefully separate the connector of the taptic engine with a spudger.
    3. Take the taptic engine out of your device.
  9. Removing the battery

    iPhone X - Removing the battery 01

    The battery is glued to the case with four adhesive strips that have black taps. 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, so that they do not tear apart.
    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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  11. Preparing the battery

    iPhone X - Preparing the battery 01
    iPhone X - Preparing the battery 02
    iPhone X - Preparing the battery 03

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

    1. Pull off the large blue protective film and stick the adhesive strips to the bottom of the battery.
    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. Now, pull off the large pink protective film from the adhesive strips.
  12. Inserting the battery

    iPhone X - Inserting the battery 01
    iPhone X - Inserting the battery 02
    iPhone X - Inserting the battery 03
    1. Place the battery back in the rear case and press it in to make it stick.

    Take care to position the battery correctly! Use the connector for orientation, for it has to fit exactly on the contact on the main board!

  13. Installing the taptic engine

    iPhone X - Installing the taptic engine 01
    iPhone X - Installing the taptic engine 02
    • 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 are located correctly.
    2. Attach the taptic engine’s connector.
    3. Screw the taptic engine tight.
  14. Inserting the speaker

    iPhone X - Inserting the speaker 01
    iPhone X - Inserting the speaker 02
    iPhone X - Inserting the speaker 03
    • Connector
    • 1 × 2,2 mm Y-Type
    1. Place the speaker back in its original position and press it in.
    2. Attach the connector of the speaker.
    3. Put the cover plate on the connector and screw it in using the Y-type screw.
  15. Installing the cover plate for speaker and taptic engine

    iPhone X - Installing the cover plate for speaker and taptic engine 01
    iPhone X - Installing the cover plate for speaker and taptic engine 02
    iPhone X - Installing the cover plate for speaker and taptic engine 03
    iPhone X - Installing the cover plate for speaker and taptic engine 04
    • Connector
    1. Place the cover plate vertically on the lower edge of the display to connect the square connector.
    2. Then fold the cover plate over. Align it so that the screw openings are exactly above the threads.
    3. Screw the cover plate with the Phillips and Y-type screws.
  16. Attaching a new adhesive frame

    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 01
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 02
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 03
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 04
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 05
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 06
    1. First remove all remaining adhesive residues on the stainless steel frame and display, so that the new adhesive frame fits correctly.
    2. Now remove the first protective foil of the adhesive frame.
    3. First place the adhesive frame on one edge of the frame only and press it firmly little by little. You can use the plastic spudger to press it on so that it fits as smoothly as possible.
    4. Pull out the next large protective foil from the middle.
    5. You can leave the remaining protective foil on the edge of your device until you have connected the display and attached the cover plates. This prevents anything from sticking to the adhesive frame beforehand.

    Make sure that the adhesive frame is correctly positioned. The corners are different and will help you align it correctly with the frame of your device.
    An iPhone repaired with a frame sticker will be protected against dust and spray water, but it will not be 100% waterproof!

  17. Connecting the display

    iPhone X - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone X - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone X - Connecting the display 03
    iPhone X - Connecting the display 04
    iPhone X - Connecting the display 05
    iPhone X - Connecting the display 06
    • Display Connector
    • Earpiece Connector
    1. Place the display on the side of your iPhone X frame and lean it against a stable object.
      This prevents the sensitive flex cables from being overstretched during connection.

    Be careful not to let your device slip away!

    1. Connect the two display connectors. You may have to press the lower connector with the spudger to make sure that it is correctly seated.

    Take care not to slide over the main board with the Spudger, so that you don't damage the contacts!

    1. Position the earpiece connector over the slot on the main board. You can use a pair of tweezers to help you.
    2. Carefully press the connector firmly into its slot until you feel it click into place.

    Make sure that the connectors are correctly seated!


  18. Connecting the battery

    iPhone X - Connecting the battery 01
    iPhone X - Connecting the battery 02
    iPhone X - Connecting the battery 03
    iPhone X - Connecting the battery 04
    • Battery Connector
    • 1 × 3,0 mm Y-Type
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 3,6 mm Y-Type
    1. Attach the battery connector.
    2. Then put on the cover plate and fix it with the Y-Type screws.
  19. Installing the display

    iPhone X - Installing the display 01
    iPhone X - Installing the display 02
    1. Take the display in both hands and carefully fold it over.
    2. Press it down along the frame one by one.

    Test the display and other functions of your iPhone before gluing it in place.

  20. Fastening the back cover screws

    iPhone X - Fastening the back cover screws 01
    • 2 × 6,8 mm Pentalob
    1. Screw the two pentalobe screws to the left and right of the lightning connector tight.
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