Every year, Apple seems to be designing its devices to make it harder for owners to repair themselves. So, if an iPhone breaks down, it's most likely a trip to the Genius Bar or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. But if you have an iPhone X that needs a new battery, then a video that has leaked has just spilled the beans over how to replace the battery just like Apple.
The video seems to be an internal Apple repair manual for the iPhone X to remove and replace an aged or defective battery. The video was uploaded to YouTube by Arman Haji on June 18, 2018, but it's not clear how he got the guide. While leaks at Apple are not uncommon today, internal repair manuals like this are rarely shown to the public.
While this video on YouTube will not last long when Apple issues a DMCA deactivation, it's undoubtedly downloaded and re-uploaded elsewhere in the world. And if you want to keep it in case you need to fix your battery if you do not have AppleCare coverage, it's a good idea to save this video as well.
Removing and Replacing an iPhone X Battery
The quick four and a half minute video guides Apple repair technicians through the right path to removing and replacing an iPhone X battery. Unfortunately, Apple does not provide instructions for removing the screen, which is a necessary first step, and it does not seem to include all the steps required for a complete repair.
However, sites like iFixit provide guidance to fill in the gaps left by Apple's official video. Make sure you have one of these external guides handy if you follow Apple's instructions if you want to try it yourself.
A giant step Apple is omitting from its video is removing the Taptic Engine and Speaker Assembly. Otherwise, it will be extremely difficult to remove the adhesive in the following steps. You should familiarize yourself with your third-party advisor here, as many screws must be removed before you can remove them.
Pull the display away and the battery releases the exposed adhesive strips on the bottom of the battery with tweezers. Next, pull the tape around the tweezers until the white glue is visible. Then remove the adhesive from the battery until the glue is free. Repeat this process for the other two tabs and for the adhesive on the top of the battery.
Step 3: Lift the Battery and Clean the Surface
Remove the battery connector from the motherboard, and then carefully lift the cover to the bottom of the battery with a black stick. Apple warns that if the battery does not move, stop the repair and replace the device, so consider buying a new iPhone
Clean the inside of the phone with isopropyl alcohol wipes. Do not touch the pad in the center of the device.
Step 4: Add the new battery
Before inserting the new battery into the iPhone, check for loose screws. Otherwise the battery could be punctured. If your new iPhone X battery has a colored case, remove it now. Insert the battery into your device and connect it to the motherboard.
While Apple's video uses a role to attach the new battery, you do not have to do the same thing. You can simply use a flat surface to gently push the battery to attach it to the iPhone X. Then remove the tabs from below while pressing down the battery. Finally, remove the battery cover.
That's as far as Apple's video goes as far as the battery is concerned, but it seems to do more work. Because the additional materials Apple references refer to do not appear to be readily available online, be sure to follow a third-party guide, such as [ifixit's as previously mentioned.