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iPhone 3G Battery Replacement

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  1. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Broken Glass: paso 1, imagen 1 de 3 iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Broken Glass: paso 1, imagen 2 de 3 iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Broken Glass: paso 1, imagen 3 de 3
    • If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass.

    • Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPhone's display until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.

    • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any glass shaken free during the repair.

  2. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Remove the bottom screws: paso 2, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the two 3.7mm Phillips #00 screws from the dock-connector end of the iPhone.

  3. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Loosen the display: paso 3, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the metal handle from the suction cup. It's easier and safer to grip the suction cup's base instead of the metal handle.

    • Be very careful when opening the iPhone so that the cables under the display are not severed.

    • There is a rubber gasket between the silver front bezel and black display assembly. A bit of force is required in this step to separate the iPhone's display assembly. It may help to rock the suction cup back and forth to remove the display assembly.

    • Use a small suction cup near the Home button to gently pull up the bottom portion of the iPhone's display assembly.

    • If the display assembly is too damaged to allow the suction cup to adhere, tape with a strong adhesive such as duct tape or packing tape may be used.

  4. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Pull up the display: paso 4, imagen 1 de 1
    • The display assembly is still connected to the iPhone by several cables, so don't try to remove it entirely just yet.

    • Rotate the display assembly up until it is at an angle of approximately 45 degrees.

  5. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Disconnect cable 1: paso 5, imagen 1 de 1
    • Continue to hold the display assembly with one hand, and use your other hand and a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "1". (Cable 1 is for the display)

    • Be careful to insert the spudger from the left, as shown in the picture (UNDER THE RIBBON). If you try to pry up the ribbon from the right, you could damage the ribbon connector and need to replace the display!

    • All connectors except the ribbon connector "3" mentioned in step 7 release upwards.

  6. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Disconnect cable 2: paso 6, imagen 1 de 1
    • Rotate the display assembly up until it is roughly vertical. This will allow easier access for disconnecting the remaining cables.

    • Use a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "2". (Cable 2 is for the capacitative touch panel)

  7. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Disconnect cable 3: paso 7, imagen 1 de 1
    • Please note: You may find on some non-American (Chinese, European) versions of the 3G that the flip up plastic tab does not exist. In this case you would slide the ribbon cable towards the screen until it is removed. When you assemble it, you would apply pressure to the ribbon to insert it back into the ribbon "socket."

    • Some iPhones may have the connector colors reversed (black plastic tab, white connector) for connector "3". Make sure you're flipping up the tab properly, otherwise you may damage the connector.

    • Use a spudger to flip up the white plastic tab holding the ribbon cable "3" in place. The white tab will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable.

    • Slide the black ribbon cable out of its connector, and remove the display assembly from the iPhone.

  8. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Remove the SIM card tray: paso 8, imagen 1 de 1
    • Insert your SIM eject tool or a paper clip into the hole next to the headphone jack.

    • Press down on the tool until the SIM card tray pops out.

    • Grasp the SIM card tray and slide it out of the iPhone.

  9. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Disconnect cable 4: paso 9, imagen 1 de 1
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "4."

  10. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Disconnect cable 5: paso 10, imagen 1 de 1
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "5."

  11. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Disconnect cables 6 and 7: paso 11, imagen 1 de 2 iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Disconnect cables 6 and 7: paso 11, imagen 2 de 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "6."

    • If you have an iPhone 3GS, refer to the second picture and use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "7."

    • Be certain that the connectors on the ribbon cables are perfectly aligned with the sockets on the mother board before applying pressure. This may require a magnifying glass or jewelers' loupe.

  12. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board screws: paso 12, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the following 8 screws:

    • Five 2.3 mm Phillips #00 screws with partial threads securing the logic board to the rear case.

    • Two 2.3 mm Phillips #00 screws with full threads securing the logic board and camera.

    • One 2.9 mm Phillips #00 screw from beneath the "Do not remove" sticker.

    • Note for re-assembly:

    • The screw that goes next to the camera (bottom right orange highlighted screw) also has a metal strip that holds the camera in place.

    • Remember to put this strip back in place before you insert the 2.3 mm Phillips #00 screw with full thread next to the camera

  13. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Loosen the camera: paso 13, imagen 1 de 1
    • Use a spudger to gently pry the camera up and out of its housing in the rear case.

    • The camera cannot be removed entirely yet because it's connected to the bottom of the logic board.

  14. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board: paso 14, imagen 1 de 1
    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the end of the logic board closest to the dock connector.

    • There is a small golden grounding tab on logic board adjacent to the 'do not remove sticker'. Be VERY careful this does not snag on the side of the case when prying up the logic board; it breaks easily. If you have signal problems after removing the logic board, check this ground tab.

    • If the board won't lift up, double check to make sure all the screws securing the logic board have been removed.

  15. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement: paso 15, imagen 1 de 1
    • Slide the logic board towards the dock connector and out of the iPhone.

    • When replacing the logic board after installing battery, connect the camera to the logic board before inserting it into the case. Then make sure to set the top section of the logic board (where the SIM tray is) in place before settling the rest of the board in place. This is important, as sometimes the SIM card slot will not align into place. Once the top section is in place, the bottom section can be maneuvered into place. You will know the logic board is correctly installed when the SIM tray is aligned with the opening in the iPhone case and the camera module seats neatly into its place.

  16. iPhone 3G Battery Replacement, Loosen the battery: paso 16, imagen 1 de 1
    • Use a spudger to pry the battery up from the rear case. The battery is attached with an adhesive strip around the perimeter of the battery.

    • To prevent the battery from bending during the removal process, we recommend against using just the plastic pull-tab.

    • Removing the battery is NOT necessary for replacing the GPS antenna. It merely gives you more space for removing the headphone assembly (which is also unnecessary to completely remove).

    • The iPhone's battery is attached to the rear case with a mild adhesive. This adhesive usually comes out attached to the battery. If your replacement battery already includes an adhesive backing, you're all set. If your replacement battery doesn't have an adhesive backing, you'll want to transfer the adhesive from your old battery to the new one.

    • If the battery isn't detaching from the rear case, apply a few drops of high concentration (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol under the edge of the battery. Wait about one minute for the alcohol solution to weaken the adhesive. Use the flat end of a spudger to gently lift the battery. Allow the alcohol to air dry before installing your new battery.

    • Don't try to forcefully lever the battery out. If needed, apply a few more drops of alcohol to further weaken the adhesive. Never deform or puncture the battery with your pry tool.

    • You can use a hair dryer or heat gun on its lowest setting to heat the back of the case. This will help loosen the adhesive bond before using the spudger to separate the battery from the case back.

    • Caution: Overheating the iPhone may ignite the battery.


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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If you do not have a suction cup, duck tape is strong enough to remove the screen as well. Position it in a similar place as the picture shows the suction cup.

Aaron - Contestar

I replaced the battery in both my iPhone and my wife's in the same session. Using the slideshow and directions I was able to successfully do the replacement. Of course my iPhone was the first one done so as to gain some experience before tackling my wife's iPhone. I had two minor issues in reassembling mine. Firstly, I completely missed re-installing the number 3 cable. It wasn't till I was reassembling my wife's iPhone that I realized I'd missed it. Not sure what it supports as I had my phone up and running, checked the GPS, etc while it wasn't connected. Secondly, my camera wasn't seated properly and I got the strangest imagery when I launched it. All green and black, looking like one of those ghost buster reality shows using night vision. Fortunately, both issues were easy to correct. Outstanding directions and slides! Oh yeah finally, the kits for the battery comes with both a #00 Phillips screwdriver and a spudge, however, I ordered the extra spudge and got one that is better suited for prying the battery up.

dheady - Contestar


first of all - BIG UPS AND THX for everything.

That means FAST shipping to germany and the great tutorials, manuals etc.

I did change the battery in less than 15 minutes whit ur manual this was easy as.... dunno :).

the "hardest part" was to remove the battery from the cover - but with a bit of tact it works fine.

So thx :)

princeC - Contestar

Incredibly easy to make the swap. Thanks for the great writeup. I was able to complete the battery replacement within about 20 minutes. I've swapped an iPod battery before and although this was a bit more complex it really wasn't that tough. Anyone who's a bit handy should be able to complete it with no trouble at all. Thanks.

twulf - Contestar

Great instructions, very clear. A couple points:

1) The screwdriver I had wasn't working that well, so I had to use a different one. I found that a 0# worked fine (although I suspect a 00# would work better.0

2) When I reassembled the phone, the home button didn't work. You really need to press down on the bottom of the screen when you screw the bottom screws (by the dock connector) back in. Otherwise, the contacts for the home button won't reliably hit.

dlinsalata - Contestar

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