Carly was having huge battery issues with her iPhone 4S. It would run down in a matter of hours and, as a result, it was pretty much useless. That’s when she went out and picked up her Nokia Lumia 928. (Read her first impressions.) I asked Carly what she planned to do with the almost-non-functional iPhone now that she had a new super phone. That’s when it took up residence in my home. I put iOS 7.0 Beta on it, and while I have been rather impressed by the upcoming iOS update, I have found the same battery life issues Carly had.
I ordered a replacement battery and tool kit from Amazon and set out to do some surgery. To be clear, if this were my work phone I would never open it up. This was a demo device for me, so I was willing to take the risk. Let’s take a look at the process of taking an almost useless iPhone 4S and giving it a new lease on life.
I unscrewed the two screws on the bottom; I then attached the suction cup I received as part of the battery replacement kit, and I used it to slide the glass back up and off the phone.
The total elapsed time took just a few seconds. It is important however to be VERY careful with the screws. They are tiny and rather important.
With the back now off the phone, I was able to see the battery and all of the other internal components. At this point the phone was more than a bit vulnerable, and I took my time and proceeded as slowly and carefully as possible.
Not only is the battery glued down but there are two small screws holding the connector in place. I carefully removed the screws and placed them aside. It is worth noting that they are even smaller than the first two screws and, as a result, as even easier to lose.
I should know, I lost one within seconds.
I then used the plastic pry bar to slowly loosen the adhesive holding the battery in place. It took a while, because I wanted to make sure I didn’t damage the phone’s internals.
It eventually came free, and I slowly lifted it out.
Once the original battery was removed, I set out to put the new battery in place. I placed the connector in position and screwed it down. I then eased the new battery into the cavity vacated by the original one, and then I replaced the back cover.
From there it was as easy as charging the phone and turning it back on. Not only does it work, but the phone now gets a day’s worth of use on a single charge. That means I was able to save this iPhone 4S for under $10!
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