I got online and ordered a battery from iFixit.com. The battery, along with all the necessary tools for installation, cost just $19.95.
Lithium-ion batteries can’t be shipped via air, so you need to factor in ground shipping time.
The phone was much easier to open than I expected.
I’m comfortable taking things apart, and I’m Apple-certified in Mac repair, so this was a fun project for me.
The entire operation took about 5 minutes from start to finish, and I’m happy to report my mother-in-law’s phone now runs all day again.
If you’re not technically savvy, you can pay $60 for a place like Batteries + Bulbs to replace the battery for you, which is a pretty good deal.
But I encourage you to try it yourself.
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Jim Rossman writes for The Dallas Morning News. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.