How to Replace a Dead iPad Battery

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

The iPad's battery is its most important feature. After all, your iPad won't turn on if it doesn't have power. The iPad battery generally has a life of a few years, but it will eventually start to hold less power and need to be recharged more often.

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. But that doesn't mean you need to buy a new iPad when your iPad battery starts to die. Here are four options for replacing an iPad battery that won’t hold a charge.

Battery Replacement for iPads Under Warranty (AppleCare)

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

You can check if your iPad is still under warranty by entering your iPhone's serial number into Apple's warranty checker tool.

If your warranty is still active, go to Apple's iPad Repair support page and click the Start a service request link in the "iPad battery and power" section (Search the page for "Start a service request" to find it faster). You can also set up an appointment at an Apple Store and take your iPad in.

Back up your iPad 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 your 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 also engrave the replacement iPad.

While we don't recommend buying additional insurance for your devices, you may have insured your iPad (or have a policy that covers all of your tech). If so, check your insurance policy to see if battery replacement is covered.

Battery Replacement for 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 for the battery replacement, $99 is a good price to get an iPad working again. That said, you should 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.

You can extend your iPad's battery life by disabling certain features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not in use.

iPad Battery Replacement at Authorized Repair Shops

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

DIY iPad Battery Replacement

It's possible to replace an iPad battery yourself with the right tools and skills. Only try 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. But remember: 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many years does an iPad battery last? There's no definitive answer because so many factors are involved in both your battery life and your iPad's battery lifespan. While an iPad battery often lasts years, there are tips to try to keep your iPad battery working as long as possible, such as turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 4G cellular data when not in use.
  • What iPad models are eligible for battery replacement? All iPad models are eligible, but your iPad's battery must be able to hold less than 80 percent of its original capacity to qualify for the $99 out-of-warranty battery service.
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