iPhone Xr Battery replacement repair guide

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

  • iPhone Xr
  • 20 Steps
  • Medium
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

If your iPhone Xr 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 Xr 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

  • Hartplastik-Plektren

    Hartplastik-Plektren

    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

    Die kleinen Teile in deinem Smartphone auseinanderzukriegen kann eine sehr große Arbeit bedeuten. Die Klinge des kompakten aber stabilen iFlex hat eine Dicke von nur 0,15 mm, sodass es auch in den kleinsten Spalten reinpasst, beispielsweise zwischen dem Display und dem Rahmen oder unter dem Logicboard. Das praktische iFlex ist aus hochwertigem rostfreiem Stahl und liegt gut in der Hand. Damit ist es der perfekte Helfer bei jeder Smartphone-Reparatur.

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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.

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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 Xr Akku

    iPhone Xr Akku

    Du kennst das sicherlich: Wenn man sein Smartphone eine Weile nutzt, lässt die Leistung des Akkus allmählich nach. Das ist normal, mit jedem Ladezyklus wird die Batterie etwas schwächer. Auch wenn das nicht ungewöhnlich ist, ist das natürlich kein Trost dafür, dass du dein iPhone Xr ständig laden musst und immer dein Ladekabel und eine Steckdose in der Nähe brauchst. Zum Glück musst du das nicht akzeptieren! Ersetze deinen Akku durch ein neues Ersatzteil. So schenkst du deinem iPhone Xr wieder neue Energie - und dir mehr Komfort in der Nutzung.

    €49.00 at the iDoc store
  • iPhone Xr Kleberahmen für Display

    iPhone Xr Kleberahmen für Display

    Das Display deines iPhone Xr ist gebrochen und du hast dich entschlossen, dies selbst auszubessern? Sehr gut! Es ist durch Schrauben fest am Back Cover deines iPhone Xr angebracht. Wenn du aber auf Nummer Sicher gehen möchtest und willst, das dein Display perfekt verbaut ist, kannst du es mit einem zusätzlichen Kleberahmen fixieren und dein Reparaturergebnis weiter optimieren! Bitte beachte, dass der Kleberahmen keine Wasserfestigkeit garantiert.

    €3.00 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.

20 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.
  2. Removing the back cover screws

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    • 2 × 6,8 mm Pentalobe

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

    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 field of your magnetic pad.

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

  3. Removing the display

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    1. Put your iPhone Xr 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 at the bottom of the display. While lifting the screen with the suction cup, insert the hard plastic pick between the frame and the display and press down the 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 steel frame. Then you can fold the display over to the side. 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.


  4. Disconnecting the battery

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    • 3 × 1,2 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 on the same field of your magnetic pad.
    2. 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.
  5. Disconnecting the display connectors

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    • 2 × 1,2 mm Y-Type
    • Display connector
    • 3 × 1,2 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,5 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1,3 mm Phillips
    • Earpiece connector
    1. The display unit is connected to a total of three connectors which are located under two cover plates.
    2. Use a spudger to separate the connectors for display and earpiece one by one.
    Be very careful to prevent damaging anything when prying off the connectors using the spudger.
    Hold the display in place so it won't slip away when you disconnect the connectors.

    Once you've disconnected the two lower connectors, you can place the display flat next to the device because the earpiece cable is long enough.

    1. 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

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    • 1 × 1,9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1,4 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1,6 mm Phillips
    • 3 × 1,2 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. Remove the Phillips screws of different lengths from the cover plate of the speaker and the Taptic Engine. Place the screws on your magnet mat so that you can reassign them correctly later.

    There is a short flex cable attached to the cover, which is connected to a contact underneath.

    1. Fold the cover plate to the side and separate the small square connector with a spudger.
    2. Finally, remove the cover plate.
  7. Removing the speaker

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    • 1 × 1,2 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2,1 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2,4 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2,1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1,8 mm Phillips

    The loudspeaker is secured with several screws. One of the screws also attaches a cover plate over the Taptic Engine contact. A rubber cover is glued to the plate.

    1. First remove the black rubber cover.
    2. Loosen the screw of the metal cover plate and all the other screws of the speaker.

    A small metal bracket is attached to one of the screws. Memorize the orientation of the bracket to put it back in the right direction later.

    1. Now you can lift out the speaker. First lift the loudspeaker a little with a Spudger at the top and then pull the loudspeaker out.

    The loudspeaker is strongly glued to the frame. You can use hot air again to loosen the foam frame properly.


  8. Removing the Taptic Engine

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    iPhone Xr - Removing the Taptic Engine 02
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    • 2 × 1,4 mm Phillips
    • Taptic Engine Connector
    1. Use a spudger to disconnect the Taptic Engine’s connector.
    2. Remove the Phillips screws that fasten the Taptic Engine.
    3. Now remove the Taptic Engine.
  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. Two tabs are glued to the bottom edge and two strips 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.
    1. You can pull out the adhesive strips with your fingers or wrap them on the tweezers. How to do this is best seen in the video (play button in the upper right corner of the first picture).
    2. 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.

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

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    iPhone Xr - Preparing the battery 02
    iPhone Xr - Preparing the battery 03
    iPhone Xr - Preparing the battery 04
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    In the pictures you can see the battery of the iPhone 8 Plus. But the procedure is the same for iPhone Xr.

    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.

    It is possible that a replacement battery has already attached adhesive strips. Then you can skip this step.

  11. Inserting the battery

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

    Pay attention to the positioning of the battery! Orient yourself on the connector, which should be directly above the contact on the logic board. Leave some space at all edges of the battery to other components and the frame so that the battery is not jammed.

    You can also insert the battery after you have installed the speaker and taptic engine. Then the positioning is a bit easier.

  12. Installing the Taptic Engine

    iPhone Xr - Installing the Taptic Engine 01
    iPhone Xr - Installing the Taptic Engine 02
    iPhone Xr - Installing the Taptic Engine 03
    • 2 × 1,4 mm Phillips
    • Taptic Engine Connector
    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 screws.
  13. Inserting the speaker

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    iPhone Xr - Inserting the speaker 02
    iPhone Xr - Inserting the speaker 03
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    • 1 × 1,2 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2,1 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2,4 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2,1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1,8 mm Phillips
    1. Place the speaker back in its original position and press it in.
    2. Put the bracket plate over the connector and screw it in.
    3. Also screw the metal bracket at the top of the speaker.
    4. Finally glue on the rubber cover.

    Make sure that no foam or glue enters the speaker opening.

  14. Installing the speaker and taptic engine bracket plate

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    • 1 × 1,9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1,4 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1,6 mm Phillips
    • 3 × 1,2 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 various screws.
  15. Attaching a new frame sticker (optional)

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    In the pictures you can see iPhone X. The iPhone Xr is built very similar and is re-glued in the same way.

    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!

  16. Connecting the display

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    • Earpiece connector
    • 3 × 1,2 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,5 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1,3 mm Phillips
    • Display connector
    • 2 × 1,2 mm Y-Type
    1. Put the display next to the device in place.

    When connecting the connectors, make sure the connectors are seated correctly and don't slide them over the sockets on the logic board to avoid damaging the contacts.

    1. Connect the earpiece connector, put the cover plate on and screw it on.

    To connect the other connectors, lean the display against a stable object. In this way you avoid stretching the sensitive flex cables too far.

    1. Connect the two display connectors.
    2. Put on the small cover plate and screw it on.
  17. Connecting the battery

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    iPhone Xr - Connecting the battery 02
    iPhone Xr - Connecting the battery 03
    • Battery connector
    • 3 × 1,2 mm Y-Type
    1. Now you can connect the battery connector.
    2. Then insert the bracket plate and fasten it with the Y-Type screws.
  18. Testing the device

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    Before you finally close the device, you should test it to make sure that all functions work.

    1. Test the brightness of the display.
    2. Test the touchscreen. Select an app and drag it all around the display. If the app follows your finger everywhere, the touchscreen is working correctly.
    3. You can use the voice memo app to test the microphone, speakers, earpiece and proximity sensor.
  19. Installing the display

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    iPhone Xr - Installing the display 03
    1. Take the display in both hands and slowly press it down.
    2. Make sure it sits properly everywhere in the frame and gradually press it down all over.

    In the pictures the iPhone X is shown again, but the procedure for the iPhone Xr is the same


  20. Fastening the back cover screws

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