Gadget Review – How to replace iPhone 7 Battery in 3 minutes
Today Im going to quickly show you how
the battery is replaced in a regular sized iPhone 7. The biggest problem people will have with
this repair is damaging the screen in the removal process so be very careful. Always attempt any repair at your own risk. Turn off the phone and there are 2 pentalobe
screws at the bottom.
These are the same type of screw that Apple
has used in previous versions of the iPhone. I will include all the tools youll need
for this project right below this video in the video description. Now because of all the waterproofing adhesive
around the edge of the screen, a suction cup isnt going to help out a whole lot. Plus there are a few ribbon cables you have
to watch out for and Ill show you those in a second.
So to remove this screen Im taking a thin
metal pry tool and going between the metal frame of the phone and the plastic frame of
the screen and gently lifting it away from the edge, slicing through any remaining adhesives
on the side. Lift up gently; we want to make sure not to
damage any parts of the screen as we do this. Here are those sensitive ribbon cables I was
talking about earlier. Do not damage this.
There is adhesive on the top of the screen
as well; cut through that with a metal pry tool and slide the screen down a little and
it opens up like an 800 dollar book. Remember it is excruciatingly important that
you do not damage or put any stress along these ribbon cables along the side. They are for the screen and if they get damaged
your screen might stop working and will need to be replaced. Apple cant seem to use normal screws so
whip out your Y000 tri-point bit to remove all four of these screws.
Since most normal people dont have one
of these lying around Ill include a good, inexpensive tool kit in the video description. Keep your screws organized. One screw is longer than the others and we
dont want that going in the wrong hole later on. This ribbon is for the battery itself so were
going to unsnap that just like a little Lego.
Some people would suggest removing this oversized
taptic motor down here at the bottom to get better access to the pull tabs. Its just 3 screws and a ribbon cable, but
I prefer to just grab the pull tabs without removing extra components. These pull tabs are magical but very fragile. As they are pulled the adhesive stretches
out right from underneath the battery, no heat or prying required as long as the
adhesive doesnt break on you.
Mine did break once but I was able to salvage
the broken end and pull it the rest of the way out. If you are unable to reach your broken pull
tab, you must commence the pry of shame. If you end up prying out your battery, do
not puncture or bend it, it will start on fire just like what you saw with my Note
7 battery explosion video. Now that both pull tabs are out, the battery
is completely free and ready to be swapped.
Replacement batteries are usually pretty inexpensive,
especially a year or so after the release of the phone. The iPhone 6 batteries are only about 5 or
10 dollars right now. Thumbs up for these beautiful aluminum machining
marks on the inside. I actually do think this is really cool.
I will link the current iPhone 7 battery pricing
in the video description along with everything else. Plug the new battery in and then plop your
metal plate into place, getting these 4 little tri-point screws back in. Then gently lift up your screen and gently
tuck the top of the screen into the metal frame of the phone before gently pressing
down the sides and clicking it into place. I said gently three times just barely.
Press too hard and you might crack your screen,
so go easy on your phone, its had a rough day. Everything should be working at this point. If your phone doesnt turn on try charging
it up for a bit. Sometimes new batteries dont arrive with
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