I have a well known trait of not liking change. I’m perfectly happy to eat the same food every day. I also refuse to adapt when the items I like and use often are no longer available, which means I find myself scouring eBay to find the same pair of discontinued sneakers, or another purse exactly like the one I’ve been using.
But this time, the issue was my phone’s battery, which no longer held a charge. I didn’t want to be forced into buying a new phone quite yet, as I’m not excited about the new iPhones that Apple sells. So putting off the inevitable, I googled, and realized that I could replace my iPhone’s battery myself! New lithium ion batteries are around $20-$25, and most come with a kit that has all the tools you need to make the switch.
I ordered a battery kit on Amazon (the exact one I ordered is no longer available, but there are quite a few others for sale on Amazon and through other retailers)…and then I let it sit in the box for a month.
But last week my phone was struggling to stay on even when it was connected to an external battery, so I knew the time to finally try had come.
Best case scenario: My phone has a new battery and lives to see another day!
Worst case scenario: My phone still doesn’t work, and I have to buy a new phone (which is the same outcome as if I didn’t attempt replacing the battery).
Of course, I waited until 10pm to change the battery, but there’s no time like the present once I decided to commit. The directions were pretty clear and easy to follow, but I did make a few errors. First, I dropped the first screw I took out. They’re incredibly small, and I wasn’t expecting it to come out so easily. Then, I got overly excited, and rushed through removing the second adhesive strip, which meant I had to pry the battery out.
The whole operation was nerve wracking, but I kept reminding myself that people do this every day at the Apple Store and other retailers. Once everything was put back together, it was time for the moment of truth: would it turn on?
YES! It did! I was so excited I texted my brother a screenshot of my phone, along with the message “YOUR SISTER IS EFFING AWESOME”.
And then I used my newly fixed phone’s flashlight to look for the missing screw, which I was able to find! So all in all, it was a pretty great night!