I’m one of those who argue that an iPhone should last as many years as possible, which, depending on our needs, can last three, five years, or even more. The longer this lasts, the more we will take care of our economies and the environment. But if we set ourselves the goal of maximizing the lifespan of an iPhone, we will probably have to change the battery at least once.
This process may be unfamiliar to many, but the reality is that it is a simple procedure that, in the long run, can mean savings. We will see what to consider before making this battery change for an iPhone.
Before you do anything, three points to be clear
First of all: it is preferable to carry out this modification at an authorized service. It is an Apple Store, an Apple Premium Reseller or an Apple Center. Only consider changing your iPhone’s battery through an unauthorized service when your iPhone model has been listed as outdated, as doing so with a newer model (even if it’s out of warranty) may prevent you from any other official assistance you may need from Manzana. You can try to do it yourself at home… but we have already seen that the economic effort is almost the same and that you have to use delicate instruments.
Which iPhone models are outdated? Since June 2022, the iPhone 4S and all previous generations are. Some authorized centers, depending on the availability of spare batteries, may also give you problems with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C. You can check the list of vintage and obsolete Apple products at any time on its support website.
Second, changing an iPhone’s battery isn’t going to bring you a drastic improvement. It’s not uncommon for its total range to not be shortened as much as one might think, the system simply indicates that it runs out faster in certain percentages and then slows down due to its deterioration. The main thing you will notice is that this battery charge indicator will be more homogeneous.
This brings me to the third point, which is check if you really need to change iPhone battery. In Settings > Battery > Battery Health you have the Max Capacity Percentage and Performance Capacity. If this performance capacity is maximum, changing the battery is not strictly necessary. If you are told that the performance is below normal due to battery deterioration, then it is advisable to change.
How to make an appointment for an iPhone battery change
Having an iPhone battery changed by a technician can take more or less hours depending on the model you have and the workload they have in the establishment at the time, but so that you don’t stay only a few hours without a phone, Apple has set up a time booking system through the Support app. Make sure you have it installed and signed in with your Apple ID.
From this application, you can request an iPhone battery change by clicking on it in the list of your devices which will appear in the main section. The option to check the battery and request a change is in the section “Device Performance”and from there you can access a list of authorized establishments where you can choose a day and time to change the battery.
It’s possible, but unlikely, that you can drive directly to an Apple Authorized Service Center and request a walk-in battery replacement. If they are lightly loaded with work, it is possible that they agree to change on the spot. In any case, Apple will favor the regulation of requests via reservations.
What to expect when you go to your appointment
Once you arrive at the store or at the technical service on the agreed day and time, they will ask you to deactivate certain services on your iPhone before disassembling it. You will be without a phone for a few hours, so let your family, friends and colleagues know in advance that you will not be reachable. You can take this opportunity to reminisce (or discover) what life was like before 2008. disclose: not bad at all without all the distractions of today.
Once the repair is complete, the terminal will be returned to you. The bill, depending on the model, will vary between 60 and 90 dollars (old models are easier to repair). It may seem like money, but a new battery in your iPhone can give you two or three more years of life. Before you jump into a new iPhone that may cost you over $1,000, think about it.