Good afternoon, colleagues! Is there any kind of detailed guide for changing the battery of iPhones for people who can't see? I am asking this because the tutorials we find on the internet, mostly in video format, do not explain in much detail what should be done based on someone who is not seeing anything. I'm trying to change the battery of my iPhone 4s, for example, because it's not possible to take it to Apple due to the age of the device, but I can't even find some of the screws needed to remove the component, lol! I just wanted to know if any of you have already made the exchange and if there is any guide focused on blind people to help, because I believe that it is possible to do the procedure, in the same way that I know blind people who set up computers on their own. It is worth mentioning that I do not want to encourage anyone to do this procedure alone, and may even lose the warranty of their devices or their functionality.
Even if you had the right tools, I imagine this would be very difficult if not impossible for most blind people. You need a heat gun to take the adhesive holding the screen off and I think there are also really small screws that must be taken out with a tri-point screwdriver. Blame Apple for being so anti-repair, but more importantly, blame the masses that either don't know and/or care they can't repair their own devices.
I Wouldn't Want to...
My mother offered a little while back to take my iPhone 7 in to get a new battery but we ended up not going that route because while my battery has degraded somewhat, I don't think it was an emergency situation. Several years ago at a rehab-training facility here in the Chicago area, my computer instructor actually took apart a few computers running Windows, just so that he could show us the motherboards. It was pretty cool. Keep in mind this was in the late-90s so I think Macs were still in their infancy. All that said, I wouldn't trust myself to take apart an iPhone. This coming from somebody with only light perception. A lot of moving parts would be damaged otherwise, and I don't want that. There've been a few times when my iPhone almost fell to the ground, but luckily it never did.
very very risky
I used to build talking devices for blind users using point to point wiring on breadboards. You place the components where you want them, then bend the leads or wrap them around each other, then use a soldering iron and electronic solder th connect them. Then you put the finished boards into a bakelite cabinet along with the batteries, and screw the cabinet together. Having said this, I think that it would be extremely difficult to replace an iPhone battery. You have to find a safe way to melt the glue that holds the case closed without overehating the case or internal components. The screws that are used are hard to work with. The battery is soldered in place, so you have to remove the solder, then solder the new battery in place, apply glue to the case pieces, line it up correctly and quickly, then screw it back together. Do not apply too much glue, or quickly and neatly remove excess. Are you sure you want to try this project with an expensive piece of equipment?
RE: very very risky
Yeah, that's exactly why I'm trying to do the process on an old iPhone 4s, which will only make me miss if everything goes wrong lol! Anyway, I'm looking for brave blind people to help me with this, to give me a light, with the pardon of the pun! Too bad I don't have a box with one or two old phones, in which I can work without fear of making mistakes, because it's by making mistakes that you learn
Ya, I've watched a few videos of people accidentally starting smartphone batteries on fire while repairing them, but I was watching them because my iPhone 6 battery was swelling.
Not much else I can say. I've only dabbled, and nothing anywhere that tiny. Soldering is a pain, but sometimes you can set up a moving, third hand with a piece of solder to swing down and touch the leads after you heat them. A circuit that small and crammed would be horrible to work with. Desoldering can also be a pain, like when you don't realize the components are epoxied to the board and end up frying them trying to get that phantom dab of solder that seems to not want to let go.
I have replaced my kids digitiser many many times and the process as smooth as butter. My thought on this if you have the right tools and if you are willing to do then you can. However, in all instances I replaced with my my wife watching over the process, so that I won’t screw up the whole thing. So if you have someone around let them watch with you some videos on how to to do it, then proceed with care. The battery is glued not soldered, there is a flex cable running along the top and it is screwed into the top right of the device I believe. If you order a new battery, probably they will ship the required tools along with the replacement battery. Also do not forget to dispose the dead battery properly.
Again, if you have the right tools and some sighted assistance then go for it.
RÉ: DIfferent opinion
Thank you very much, my friend! I believe you can visualize the correct path that I should take. I'll see if I ask for help from a friendly eye to guide me in relation to the positioning of the pieces, I think it will work...