Three months left to get your iPhone battery replaced for $29

Last year in response to criticism about their communication regarding iPhones running slower when your battery is wearing out, Apple reduced the cost of replacements on iPhone 6 and later to $29. If you need to get your battery replaced, you may want to do it before the end of the year, at which point the price goes back up to $49 (and $69 for iPhone X).

Apple now has a far more detailed article explaining the situation.

How do I know if I need to get my battery replaced?

First, make sure you are running at least iOS 11.3. On your iPhone go to the Settings app > Battery > Battery Health. Under the heading “Peak Performance Capability” it will say whether it’s operating normally.  If peak performance management is on you should definitely get the battery replaced. If it is operating normally but your Maximum Capacity is getting down near 80% you may want to get the battery replaced anyway because it’s around 80% that the problem usually gets triggered.

This iPhone has a battery that is in good health, but by the end of the year, a battery replacement may need to be considered since at that point the Maximum Capacity will probably be closer to 82 or 83%.

How do I get the battery replaced?

You will need to schedule an appointment on Apple’s website. For most people, the option to bring it to the store for repair is preferable since you’ll be without your iPhone for less time. Depending on their workload you may have to leave your iPhone for an hour or sometimes for a day.

Additionally, if your screen is damaged it will need to be replaced, which is an additional cost. And if the body of your iPhone is heavily damaged they may require you to pay for a full replacement, which typically runs around half the full cost of the iPhone. Pricing details can be found here.

What do I do to prepare?

  1. Back up your iPhone. If using iCloud for your backup the Genius can help you make sure it’s backed up when you drop your iPhone off. It’s rare but if they accidentally damage your iPhone they will give you a blank replacement.
  2. Have your iCloud/Apple ID password handy. You will need to turn off Find My iPhone which requires the use of your password. The Genius will show you how to do that.

What do I do after?

When Apple returns your iPhone you will need to make sure that you turn Find My iPhone back on. Go to the Settings app > tap your name > iCloud > Find My iPhone. I recommend turning on both options (the second option will appear after you turn the first one on).