iPhone 5s Battery Replacement Guide

iphone 5s user imageThe iPhone 5s was Apple’s first smartphone with a fingerprint scanner, not to mention a top-notch 64-bit processor and improved 8 MP camera. With so many advanced features, it’s no wonder the phone’s battery life can’t always keep up. If you’re looking for solutions to your iPhone 5s battery problems, take advantage of CPR Cell Phone Repair’s step-by-step iPhone 5s Battery Replacement Guide!

iPhone 5s Battery Recall

Due to a glitch in manufacturing, several thousand iPhone 5s batteries experienced shortened battery life or longer charging periods. When Apple became aware of this issue back in 2013, they issued an iPhone 5s battery recall for all iPhone 5s devices with affected serial numbers. Owners of the affected iPhone 5s devices were contacted directly to have their device replaced.

If you feel that your iPhone 5s battery is malfunctioning but you have not received a call from Apple, contact AppleCare. AppleCare’s support can look up your device’s serial number and inform you if your unit may have been impacted by the manufacturing defect.

If your iPhone 5s is not part of the battery recall, it may simply be time for a battery replacement. Continue reading for more information on replacement options and do-it-yourself repair instructions.

iPhone 5s Battery Replacement Cost

Depending on where you take your iPhone 5s for battery replacement, costs, level of expertise, and repair times will vary. Browse several of iPhone users’ most popular repair options below.


For iPhone 5s users without a warranty or AppleCare+, iPhone battery replacement is $79. If your iPhone 5s battery holds less than 80 percent of its original capacity and you have AppleCare+, your battery replacement will be free of charge!

CPR Cell Phone Repair

CPR Cell Phone Repair is another fantastic repair option for iPhone users all around the world. CPR stores have years of experience performing battery replacements and other repairs on iPhones of all generations. Plus, with a large stock of iPhone replacement parts, CPR is able to offer same day battery replacements. iPhone 5s battery replacement costs at CPR vary by location, but most stores charge somewhere between $60 and $70. For an accurate estimate on iPhone 5s battery price, contact your local CPR store today!

iPhone 5s Battery Replacement Kit

If you choose to perform the battery replacement on your own, there are a number of sites that sell iPhone 5s battery replacement kits. In the kit, you’ll find everything from tools to replacement parts. Discover where to buy an iPhone 5s battery or iPhone battery replacement kit below:

How to Replace iPhone 5s Battery – DIY Guide

With a number of delicate display cables and small parts, replacing the battery on your iPhone 5s is moderately difficult. In order to complete the replacement, you’ll need the proper replacement parts and tools. If you’re a tech-savvy individual with patience and attention to detail, take advantage of our DIY Guide to iPhone 5s battery replacement.

image of iphone 5s battery being replacediPhone 5s Battery Replacement Specs

Before you begin your repair, be sure you have the correct replacement battery. You’ll need a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is about 1560 mAh, 3.8 V, and specifically fit for the iPhone 5s. With the proper battery installed, your iPhone 5s should provide approximately 10 hours of talk time on 3G, up to 10 hours of internet usage on Wi-Fi, and about 10 days in standby time.

Step-by-Step Guide to iPhone 5s Battery Replacement

Follow the below instructions step-by-step to ensure proper installation of your new iPhone 5s battery. Be sure you have all of the following tools and parts prior to replacement.

Tools and Parts Needed:

  • Phillips #000 Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Suction cup
  • Spudger
  • Plastic cards or guitar pick
  • Tweezers
  • Replacement battery
  • Replacement battery adhesive strips

Once you’ve gathered all of the required tools, carefully follow the following instructions to replace your iPhone 5s battery. Please keep in mind that if punctured or swollen, lithium-ion batteries can be very dangerous. Exercise caution when dealing with your iPhone battery.

  1. Power down your iPhone 5s.
  2. Using your Phillips #000 screwdriver, remove the pentablobe screws on either side of the charging port.
  3. Place a suction cup on the front screen just above the home button.
  4. Holding the edges of the screen, pull up gently on the suction cup.
  5. Once you see a slight gap between the screen and panels, insert a plastic spudger or opening tool into the bottom of the device near the home button.
  6. Being sure you don’t open the phone too far, use the plastic spudger to gently pry open the bottom of the front assembly from the rear casing. NOTE: Be very careful not to completely disconnect the front assembly from the rear casing. Doing so will tear the home button cables and could potentially ruin Touch ID.
  7. When you have the bottom of the front assembly lifted just slightly, look for the metal bracket that is covering the home button cable. Using tweezers, gently push up on the metal bracket and free it.
  8. With the spudger, pry the home button cable out of its socket.
  9. Now that the home button cable is free, you can lift the entire front assembly away from the back casing, and leave it hinged at a 90-degree angle.
  10. Using the screwdriver, remove the two screws that are fastening the metal battery connector bracket to the logic board.
  11. Once the screws are removed, take out the battery connector bracket.
  12. With the flat edge of the spudger, gently separate the battery connector from its socket.
  13. Keeping track of which screw was removed from which hole, remove the four screws that are securing the front assembly cable bracket to the logic board.
  14. Once the screws have been removed, extract the metal cable bracket.
  15. Using the flat edge of the spudger, detach the sensor and front facing camera cables.
  16. Using the spudger, disconnect the LCD cable.
  17. Utilizing the spudger, disconnect the digitizer cable.
  18. Now that all of the cables are disconnected, completely remove the front assembly from the rear casing.
  19. Using the spudger, release the adhesive tab between the battery and headphone jack.
  20. Pull up the battery adhesive tab and using your scissors, cut the tab between the two white strips.
  21. Steadily pull downwards on each of the strips one at a tip until they are released.
  22. Once the strips are removed, gently slide a plastic card or thin guitar pick in-between the side of the battery and the rear casing. Gently remove the battery, being careful not to puncture it. NOTE: Puncturing the battery will release harmful chemicals and potentially cause a fire.
  23. Once the battery is removed, you’ll need to prepare the new battery for placement. Be sure you have placed new adhesive strips on the replacement battery.
  24. Follow steps 1-18 in reverse order to reassemble the device. NOTE: Be sure to carefully reconnect all of the cables and place all of the screws in their proper place.

Would you rather leave your iPhone 5s battery replacement to the professionals? Visit your local CPR Cell Phone Repair for fast, affordable iPhone 5s repair service that you can depend on. You’ll receive a free estimate on your battery replacement, as well as a limited lifetime warranty on all parts and labor associated with your repair.

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