If you postponed a battery replacement for your iPhone, you should prioritize getting this done in December 2018. You pay a flat USD $29 battery replacement fee–but it’s only good through 2018!
For our friends in the UK, the savings is even more significant, with a new iPhone battery running about 75 pounds and the replacement program charging about one-third of that, or 25 pounds!
Apple’s battery replacement program provides a new battery for affected iPhones (Model 6 and higher.)
That’s less than 30 days!
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- How To Check your iPhone for Battery Problems
- What’s To Look For in the Battery Health Report
- How to Make an Appointment with Apple to get the Battery Replacement
All About the Out-of-Warranty iPhone Battery Replacement Program
In December 2017, Apple announced a price reduction for an out-of-warranty battery replacement on iPhone 6 or later. Apple made this offer effective through the end of 2018.
With the Holidays around, you get busier and may totally miss this offer. But don’t!
So do this now!
After December 31, 2018, the fee changes to $49 for older model iPhones except for the iPhone X Series phones, costing between $69-$79 to replace a battery. In the UK, the price jumps back to around 75 pounds.
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iPhone Still Under Apple Care+ Warranty?
If your iPhone issue is covered by warranty, AppleCare+, or consumer law, Apple must replace your battery at no charge.
Not sure if you’re covered with Apple Care?
Check this link to see if you have AppleCare+ by entering your iPhone’s serial number.
Previously Replaced a Battery? Apply for a Credit!
$50 Battery Replacement Credit Runs out on Dec 31st2018
If you replaced the battery prior to the announcement of the program, apply for a $50 credit.
Apple is offering a $50 credit to customers who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement for iPhone 6 or later devices between January 1, 2017, and December 28, 2017.
Any in-warranty iPhone battery replacements are not eligible for this credit.
Eligible battery replacements must have been completed at an Apple authorized service location — Apple Store, Apple Repair Center, or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
If you think you missed the opportunity or missed the email from Apple, you can still contact them before Dec 31st, 2018 for the $50 credit.
Free Battery Replacement for some iPhone 6S users
Unexpected shutdown issues also impacted a small number of iPhone 6S users a while back and Apple was offering these customers a free battery replacement.
You can check your serial number at this Apple’s link to find out if your device qualifies for the free battery replacement.
How To Check your iPhone for Battery Problems
A normal battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles when operating under normal conditions.
If your iPhone is running an iOS version older than iOS 11.3, you see the battery replacement notification when you tap on Settings > Battery.
If your iPhone is running iOS versions iOS 11.3 or later, you will be able to find out the details of your battery health by tapping on Settings > Battery > Battery Health.
The battery health message appears in the Peak Performance capability section of the Battery health report.
What’s To Look For in the Battery Health Report
To check whether your iPhone’s battery is still viable, go to your phone’s Settings > Battery > Battery Health.
Look at the statistics to see if your phone is working at maximum capacity.
New phones should function at or close to 100 percent. Older iPhones should be in the range of 81-100 percent, indicating it’s working but just not holding a charge as long as it once did.
If you see anything at or below 80 percent, consider replacing the battery!
See any of the following messages? It’s time for a battery replacement
How to Make an Appointment with Apple to get the Battery Replacement
Start by making an Appointment with the Apple Genius Folks.
You can also directly chat with Apple Support to find out answers to any additional questions that you may have.
Making an Appointment with Apple Genius is easy and the battery replacement program requires that you make an appointment as opposed to walk-in into the nearest store. The replacement process does not take more than an hour usually.
3 Important Things That You Must do before iPhone Battery Replacement
Before you take your iPhone to Apple Genius store or authorized center for a battery replacement, you should follow Apple’s Guidance and do the following three actions:
- Make sure to take a complete backup of your iPhone (iCloud or iTunes)
- Turn off Find my iPhone
- Erase data and settings in Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings
When you complete the appointment with the Apple Tech Support, they will be able to guide you through any necessary pre-requisites.
Once again, Remember that the $29 battery Replacement is only available through the end of 2018.
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.