The iPad’s battery is its most important feature. After all, if an iPad doesn’t have power, its other features won’t work. The iPad battery usually has a lifespan of a few years and then after that it will start to hold less and less power and need to be recharged more often.
It is not easy to replace an iPad battery because Apple designs its products with sturdy cases that cannot be opened with effort and skill. But that doesn’t mean you need to buy a new iPad when your battery starts to die. Here are four options for what to do with an iPad battery that won’t hold a charge and needs to be replaced.
IPad battery replacement under warranty (AppleCare)
If your iPad is under its original warranty, or if you purchased an AppleCare extended warranty that is still in effect, Apple will replace the battery (actually the entire iPad) for free.
You can check if your iPad is still under warranty here. This control is technically for the iPhone, but it also applies to the iPad.
If your warranty is still active, go to this Apple Support webpage, clickthe Start a request button service (near the bottom) and complete the form. You can also make an appointment at an Apple Store and pick up your iPad.
Back up your data before putting your iPad back to avoid losing your data. The repaired or replaced iPad should arrive three to five business days after you give yours to Apple.
Apple can test the iPad to see if the problem was caused by something that is not covered by the warranty (if so, your replacement probably won’t be free). Also, if the iPad has an engraving on it, the turnaround time can be up to two weeks, as Apple will need to burn the replacement iPad.
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, plus taxes). To initiate a repair, start a service request on the Apple site or go to an Apple Store.
Even if you have to pay for the battery replacement, $ 99 is a good price to get a working iPad again. Consider the cost of the 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.
IPad battery replacement at authorized repair shops
There are stores that repair iPad screens and batteries. These repair shops can even be found at kiosks in many shopping malls. These stores may charge less for a repair than Apple. If you plan to use one of these repair shops, find one that is authorized by Apple to provide repairs. This means that they are trained and experienced. An inexperienced repair person can cause more problems than they solve, and Apple cannot fix these issues if they were done by an unauthorized supplier.
Diy iPad Battery Replacement
It is possible to replace an iPad battery yourself with the right tools and skills. Only try this DIY option if you are tech savvy and willing to risk destroying your iPad. It will cost between $ 50 and $ 90 to purchase 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 won’t fix the device.