How to replace battery on iPhone 3GS?

pcaulfield

How hard is it to replace the battery on an iPhone 3GS? The phone is pretty old, but I don't want to spend the money to replace my 3GS and get locked into a new 2 year contract. The battery has gotten to the point where I really have to keep a charger nearby if I want to make it through the day. It this something that an average person can do for themselves? Any good tutorials?

Answer this Question

Answers

4 total
jack12
Vote Up (31)

It isn't very difficult if you decide to do it. Here is a nice step by step with photos of how to open up a 3GS. You should be able to do it in 10-15 minutes, and that is taking your time at it.

 

One thing I would mention is to be very, very careful if you use an exacto knife to open up the case - one slip and OUCH! Don't ask how I know. :-(

Christopher Nerney
Vote Up (31)

Here are some video tutorials that should help...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIEdIxRpU3g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEmlPK9R6Og

Protos Heis
Vote Up (30)

I would advise against voiding any warranty you may have for your iPhone 3GS. If the conetns are indeed mission critical to your life or job I would suggest you use iTunes to backup your iPhone's data. Then upgrade to the latest iPhone.

 

Replacing a component in an iPhone may seem like a good idea, though considering the overall lifetime of a gadget it is often times beneficial to upgrade. I myself have been mulling over the idea to replace a hard disk in an iPod Video, though with the iPhone 5 64gb I have in my hands it merely turned into a fleeting thought, as access to all my music, video, notes, and apps are now in the cloud and backed up on a weekly basis.

 

If the phone has say a personalized engraving, I would recommend purchasing a new phone with the same engraving, if not then upgrading will get you all the bells and whistles of the new iPhone 5.  If you still plan on replacing the battery you will be saving a few bucks in the long run, but sacrificing what the newer versions of iOS will bring.

 

Ultimately the choice is yours, keep tossing cash at an old model keeping it going, or entering into a new contract with a shiny new iPhone. I've been hopping from the iPhone 3G (no voice functions), to iPhone 4 (limited voice functions), to iPhone 5 (full voice functions) with full functionality of Siri with the latest iOS.

 

Still the overalll decision lies with you.

jimlynch
Vote Up (25)

Have you considered taking it to an Apple store? That's probably your best bet to easily get it fixed or replaced.

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
Bloomberg says Apple will super-size the iPad in 2015. Let's speculate on why they might do that.
Use your coding powers to raise money for a worthy cause, no ice water involved
Instagram on Tuesday released Hyperlapse, a stand-alone app that will let people record longer videos and then speed them up for a time-lapse effect.
An unknown Android app took down the National Weather service site yesterday. Plus: Android's march to mobile dominance continues, and how can smartphones get better?
High-definition voice calls are now available on all four major U.S. carriers after a nationwide launch by Verizon on Tuesday, though there's a long way to go before all those systems all work together and run over LTE.
Microsoft has considered making development boards for Windows Phone or Windows RT in addition to the x86 boards it already makes, but the company isn't saying if it would ever release such products.
Google's Slides presentation app can now be used without an Internet connection on iOS devices, joining the two other core office productivity tools in the company's suite, the Docs word processor and Sheets spreadsheet software.
Samsung's mobile operating system Tizen may have already been killed by Android. Plus: Lemon Meringue Pie might be the official codename for Android L, and are mobile carriers clogging up Android with bloatware?
Widely accepted projections of a shortage of mobile spectrum may not be as dire as many analysts in the mobile and tech sectors are making it out to be, according to a new study.
Find out which manufacturers provide speedy updates to Android. Plus: See how the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is made in the factory, and should a journalist dump Android for iOS?
Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

randomness