4 Options for Replacing a Dead iPad Battery

You don't have to buy a new iPad if your battery is failing

Customer talking about an iPad with a service agent at a repair shop

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The iPad's battery is its most important feature. If an iPad doesn't have power, its other features won't work. The iPad battery generally has a life of a few years, then after this, it will start to fail and have problems. It's not easy to replace an iPad battery because Apple designs its products with solid cases that can only be opened with effort and skill. This doesn't mean you'll need to buy a new iPad. Here are four options for an iPad battery that won’t hold a charge and needs to be replaced.

iPads Under Warranty or AppleCare

If your iPad is under its original warranty, or you purchased an AppleCare extended warranty that's in effect, Apple will replace the battery (actually the entire iPad) for free. Apple offers a way to check if your iPad is still under warranty (this check is for the iPhone, but it also applies to the iPad).

If your warranty is still active, go to this Apple website, click the Start a service request button, and fill in the form. Or, set up an appointment at an Apple Store and take your iPad in. Back up your data before handing over your iPad to avoid losing your data. The repaired or replaced iPad should arrive three to five business days after you give yours to Apple. 

Apple may test the iPad to see if the problem was caused by something not covered by the warranty (if so, your replacement likely won't be free). Also, if the iPad has an engraving on it, the turnaround time can be up to two weeks, since Apple will need to engrave the replacement iPad.

iPads With Expired Warranty

If your iPad is out of warranty, Apple will repair the battery for $99 (plus $6.95 shipping, and tax). To initiate a repair, 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 to get an iPad working again. Consider the cost of repair versus the cost of getting a new iPad. If the iPad with the failed battery is old, it may be better to put that money toward the cost of buying a new iPad.

Authorized Repair Shops

There are shops that repair iPad screens and batteries. These repair shops may even be found in kiosks in many malls. These shops may charge less for a repair than Apple. If you plan to use one of these repair shops, look for one that is Apple authorized to provide repairs. That means they're trained and experienced. An inexperienced repair person may cause more problems than they solve, and Apple may not fix these problems.

DIY iPad Battery Replacement

It's possible to replace an iPad battery with the right tools and skills. Only attempt this do-it-yourself option ​if you're tech-savvy and willing to risk destroying your iPad. It will cost between $50 and $90 to buy the tools and parts needed to replace the iPad battery. Repairing your own iPad voids its warranty (if it's still under warranty). If you ruin your iPad, Apple will not fix the device.

If you are still set on replacing your own iPad battery, iFixit has a tutorial on replacing an iPad battery that can help guide you.