Smartphones keep on getting more powerful with every passing year. These highly functional devices have practically taken over our lives and we simply cannot imagine living without them now. Pretty much everyone owns a smartphone nowadays. And pretty much everyone is aware about the mortality of these devices. Smartphones are known for being easy to damage. And when they get damaged, most people don’t even consider having them repaired. Sure, spending your hard-earned money on the latest flagship is tempting, but it is not always worth it. Unless your phone ends up sustaining heavy damage, we would suggest that you try to get it repaired.
If carried out correctly, repairs can drastically extend your phone’s lifespan. Today, we are going to talk about a rather common problem in smartphones; battery life. As our phones grow older, their battery’s performance begins to decline rapidly. Fortunately, battery problems are one of the easiest to fix. You can replace a phone’s battery in a very short amount of time. Or if you don’t prefer to get your hands dirty, you can simply turn to repair labs like BreakFixNow.
Replacing your phone battery can increase the overall lifespan of your device. It can also help you save money since a battery replacement costs very little. If you are considering carrying out this repair at home, then make sure that you prepare yourself correctly.
A Guide to Replacing Your Phone’s Battery
Diagnosing The Problem
Smartphones are powered by Lithium ion batteries that are quite efficient and also compact. However, these batteries have a limited lifespan that gets consumed with their use. As these batteries grow old, their ability to hold charges diminishes. An old or faulty lithium ion battery is quite easy to spot:
- Your phone will begin to run out of battery a lot faster.
- Your battery will charge a lot slower
- Sometimes, your battery’s percentage will decline rapidly.
- In extreme cases, your battery will “bloat” and push against your phone’s back panel.
A dying lithium ion battery should be swapped out as soon as possible. Lithium ion batteries are highly flammable should not be overused. A dying battery will gradually bloat, this increases its chances of getting punctured and catching fire.
Before you begin opening your phone, you should prepare yourself for the repairing process. Make sure that you have all the right tools on hand. You will need:
- Screwdrivers that fit into the screws holding your phone shut.
- A plastic pry tool.
- A heat gun and suction cup (if your phone has a glass back panel).
- The right replacement battery.
You should always double check before you order a replacement battery online. The last thing you want is to end up buying a battery that won’t fit into your phone. Once you have everything in place, you can begin with the replacement.
Replacing Your Battery
- You will start by shutting off your phone. It is recommended that you bring the battery to a charge if 25% of less before you shut off the phone.
- Once the phone is switched off, you can begin removing its back panel. This step will vary from phone to phone. If you have not opened your phone before, you should look online for a disassembling guide.
- Once the back panel has been removed, you will locate the battery and its connecting cable. Take your plastic pry tool and use it to gently disconnect the cable from the phone. Once the battery has been disconnected, you can begin removing it from the phone.
- Make sure that you do not apply too much force on the battery while removing it. Remember, the last thing you want is for the battery to get punctured and go up in flames. Most phones have magic tabs under their battery that remove the glue holding the battery to the phone. If your phone does not have these, you may have to use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat up the glue holding your battery.
- After the adhesive has been dealt with, the battery should separate from the phone. Take your new battery, set it into place with double sided tape and then reconnect it to the phone.
- Now, before reassembling your phone, turn on the device to make sure that everything is in working order. After you are satisfied, shut off the device and reassemble it.
The difficulty of replacing your battery will depend on what phone you are working on. Some phones are really easy to open while others are tough. If you feel unsure about whether you can tackle your device or not, you should consider turning to a professional. DIY approaches can sometimes end up in flames, so make sure you know what you are doing.