If you’re still using an iPhone 6 Plus, chances are your battery life is pretty terrible. The lithium batteries that power almost all our technology wear down over time, leaving most people with three options: replace the battery, buy a new device, or suffer.
Apple’s Offering Cheap iPhone Battery Replacements
The good news is that Apple is offering discounted iPhone battery replacements this year for just $29—sure, it might be because of some bad PR, but it’s still great for anyone with an old phone. The bad news, however, is that if have an iPhone 6 Plus you’ll have to wait a few extra months for your new battery.
MacRumors reports that Apple won’t have any iPhone 6 Plus batteries in stock until late March or early April. The news comes from a leaked internal document, but it’s also supported by several iPhone owners who were told the same thing by Apple.
If you can wait a little longer that’s fine, but if you’re feeling impatient (or your iPhone battery can’t hold on that long) you have other options.
Replace Your iPhone Battery On Your Own
Apple doesn’t exactly make it easy to tinker around inside its devices, but it’s not impossible. iFixit has a great guide to replacing the iPhone 6 Plus battery, which it says is only moderately difficult and should take about 15-45 minutes.
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You’ll need a new battery (of course), which you can buy from iFixit for $25, along with adhesive strips ($4) and a connector bracket ($10). You’ll also need a few basic tools, plus a special pentalobe screwdriver required to open Apple products.
The actual repair process involves prying off the display with a suction cup and carefully removing the old battery so you can swap in a new one. Just make sure you power the device down to 25% or less before you start, or you could cause a fire and injure yourself.
If you don’t have any tools on hand, you might want to consider an all-in-one replacement kit. This one from Yontex includes the battery, pentalobe screwdriver, adhesive and more. All for just $26.
Can’t Someone Else Do It?
If you don’t want to wait for Apple and you also don’t want to replace the battery yourself, you still have options. There are tons of third-party services that will replace your iPhone battery for a decent price (usually around $50-$80, according to CNET).
One popular option is iCracked, which offers speedy on-site repairs. They also fix cracked screens and buy used devices. You can check here to see if they operate in your area.
If not, do some quick Googling to see if there any other local smartphone repair shops nearby. Chances are there’s a business in your area that can replace your iPhone 6 Plus battery more quickly than Apple, and for a decent price.