10 - 30 minuten
I recently purchased a used iPhone 4S off of eBay, making the switch from Android to iPhone. Lately though, the battery has been totally weird - phone shutting off at random, my phone telling me I had 50% battery left and then dying. I was on the verge of making an appointment with the Apple dudes and then my boyfriend stopped me, saying, "Hey, why don't you just replace the battery yourself?" It had literally never occurred to me to replace it, because Apple does such a good job at making you think you can't or you shouldn't open up an iPhone. I'm trying to get more comfortable at fixing things myself, and iFixit provided all of the tools.
The process...was a process. This was an exercise in patience and I am not a patient person. Screws kept falling on the floor, a piece of the battery connector actually fell off at one point, and I started to think that maybe I couldn't do it...but then I realized I was sitting in my living room with an iPhone split in half and couldn't just GIVE UP. So, I kept going. Incidentally, I'm also having a problem with my volume button, so while the battery was out, and since I had the tools, I decided to investigate that and ID the problem!
This was such a cool experience: I've never been good at fixing technology; in fact, I'm really good at breaking it. iFixit gave me the tools and the guidance I needed to get through this process and by the end, it didn't feel like a "process" anymore. I was having fun! I think having patience and being willing to take things SLOOOOW is key...and remember that you're being a total badass by taking control of your phone. So often, we just use these amazing little devices and have no idea how they work...I still don't really know how mine works, but at least NOW I have a better idea. :)