4 Options for Replacing a Dead iPad Battery

iPad Battery Replacement

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The iPad's battery is arguably its most important feature. After all, if your iPad doesn't have any power, it won't work and then all the other features are irrelevant. The iPad's battery generally lasts for years, but if your battery is starting to fail, you've got a problem. And you can't easily replace a failing battery with a new one because Apple designs its products with solid cases that end users can't get into without some real effort and skill.

But that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do. Here are four options for what to do when your iPad battery won’t hold a charge any longer and needs battery replacement.

Battery Replacement for iPads Under Warranty or AppleCare

If your iPad is still under its original warranty, or you purchased an AppleCare extended warranty and that's still in effect, you're going to be pretty happy. Apple will replace the battery (actually the entire iPad!) for free.

Read this article to learn how to check if your iPad is still under warranty (the article is about the iPhone, but everything in it applies to the iPad, too).

If it is, just go to this Apple website and click the Start a service request button and fill out the required form. You can also set up an appointment at an Apple Store and take your iPad in directly. Remember to back up your data before handing over your iPad — otherwise, you might lose all your data. Your repaired or replaced iPad should arrive 3-5 business days after you give yours to Apple. 

There is some fine print, of course: Apple may test your iPad to see if the problem was caused by something not covered by the warranty (in so, your replacement likely won't be free anymore). Also, if your iPad had engraving on it, the turnaround time can be up to 2 weeks, since they'll need to engrave your replacement iPad, too.

iPad Battery Replacement Without a Warranty

If your iPad is out of warranty, the news is still pretty good, though a bit more expensive. In that case, Apple will repair your battery or replace the iPad for US$99 (plus $6.95 shipping, and tax). The process for initiating this repair is the same as for iPads under warranty: start a service request on Apple's site or go to an Apple Store.

Even if you have to pay, $99 is a good price for getting your iPad working again. That said, you should consider that cost versus the cost of getting an entirely new iPad. If the iPad whose battery has failed is pretty old, it may be better to use that $106 towards the cost of buying a new iPad rather than repairing an old one.

Authorized Repair Shops

There are lots of shops that repair iPad screens and batteries. They're so numerous you can even find them in kiosks in many malls. They may charge less for a repair than Apple, but be careful. If you want to use one of these places, look for one that is Apple authorized to provide repairs. That means they're trained and experienced. Otherwise, you might try to save money on a repair but end up with an inexperienced repairperson who causes more problems than they solve. And if you get a repair from an unauthorized source that causes a problem, Apple may not help you fix it.

DIY iPad Battery Replacement

We strongly recommend against this option ​unless you're really handy and don't care if you totally destroy your iPad. That said, with the right tools and skills, it's possible to replace an iPad battery yourself.

For about $50-90, you can buy all the tools and parts needed to replace your iPad battery yourself. We're not sure that's worth the risk, considering that Apple's replacement only costs $99, but that's up to you. Just keep in mind that trying to repair your own iPad voids its warranty (if it's still under warranty). If you ruin your iPad, Apple will not help you. You're truly on your own.

If you still want to replace your own iPad battery, check out this tutorial from iFixit.