Use this guide to revive your iPhone SE 2020’s battery life and performance with a new battery. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

This guide instructs you to completely detach the display assembly; this is intended to prevent accidental damage to the display cables. If you feel comfortable removing the battery without putting undue strain on the display cables, you can skip the steps for detaching the display. Additionally, while it’s possible to remove the adhesive strips securing the battery as soon as you open the phone, this guide recommends first removing the Taptic Engine. Doing so reduces the risk of breaking the lower adhesive strips accidentally, either by snagging them on the Taptic Engine, or by pulling the strips at too sharp of an angle.

For optimal performance, after completing this guide, calibrate your newly installed battery: Charge it to 100% and keep charging it for at least two more hours. Then use your iPhone until it shuts off due to low battery. Finally, charge it uninterrupted to 100%.

  1. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement, Remove the pentalobe screws: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before you begin, discharge your iPhone battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

    • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.

    • Remove the two 3.5 mm pentalobe screws on the bottom edge of the iPhone.

    • Opening the iPhone's display will compromise its waterproof seals. Have replacement seals ready before you proceed past this step, or take care to avoid liquid exposure if you reassemble your iPhone without replacing the seals.

    just how long are those screws- i turn and turn and turn and the lift off is soooo slight, seemingly insignificant…

    An. Jahnke - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I would recommend, from the very beginning, dumping all tools out of the kit (if you got it) and using that white paper tool box as a tray to organize the screws and braces in. It’s nice to work over because it catches screws well and makes it easy to see them if you drop any.

    Johnny Emrica - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    That’s a great idea thank you

    Mohamed Dekkiche -

  2. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement, Heat the display: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Heating the lower edge of the iPhone will help soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.

    • Use a hairdryer or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the lower edge of the phone for about 90 seconds in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

    No hair dryer so GENTLY heated over stove burner

    John Toth - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


    What temperature is suitable for removing the front display ? I bought i-Fixit ProTech which is not include the heating "roller" . Thanks for help

    Jiří Sítko - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Ich habe eine heiße Wärmflasche verwendet. Das hat gut funktioniert :-)

    Moritz Hartges - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I laid my phone face-down on my 3D printer’s heated bed, and set the temperature to 60 C. After a few minutes, it was ready to loosen.

    Nate B - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    If you don’t have an “iOpener” or heat gun, try using an electric heating pad. I have a small $11 pad I got at CVS for my knee. On medium heat it worked fine for removal and with the “pennies” for setting the new seal.

    Pete P - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  3. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement, Separate the display: step 3, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement, Separate the display: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Apply a suction cup to the lower half of the front panel, just above the home button.

    • Be sure the suction cup does not overlap with the home button, as this will prevent a seal from forming between the suction cup and front glass.

    • If your display is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

    Even with using high heat from a blow dryer, I had to put the suction cup over the home button or the bottom edge wouldn’t lift at all. That waterproof adhesive is incredibly strong.

    Aaron Soderholm - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    As others have said, this part really stinks, but it’ll work if you keep trying. Agree with multiple rounds of hair dryer on high (did about 60-90s each time), and with having to out the suction cup over the home button. You don’t need a big gap to pry it open - it’ll be slight …

    Johnny Emrica - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Patience is the key here. Expletives and patience. Like previous comments say, putting the suction cup over the home button (I used packing tape to maintain the seal) will allow you to apply force to the proper location to separate the screen. Good luck!

    J Rawlinson - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  4. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • The watertight adhesive holding the display in place is very strong; creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you're having a hard time opening a gap, apply more heat, and gently rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you create enough of a gap to insert your tool.

    The screen on my phone was so broken, a suction cup did not work, so I softened the adhesive with a blow dryer and used a Jimmy to carefully pry open the phone from the bottom just enough to slip a pick in.

    charguy - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Just completed a smashed screen replacement, this is probably the most time consuming part. Used packing tape to cover the screen to help create a suction surface (had to replace it a couple times because it pulls away after a purple good pulls ) Used consistent heat for about 5 minutes, then stuck a pick in the tiniest opening… and pry pry pry!

    Brian Gill - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I failed at this step. No amount of heating, pulling, and rocking opened up enough of a gap to slip in even a knife let alone the blue plastic tool. That's with a phone that has an undamaged screen - just trying to replace the battery. Apple won this round :(

    Michael Sherman - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Be really careful here. I placed a sucker to the front and rear to help lever off the screen. However, the whole thing came away much easier than I anticipated and I ripped the front part completely away from the rear, tearing all three connector cables. New iPhone required.

    Chris Wood - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Note that the opening pick they show here does not appear to come with the kit, which is a bummer! The plunger, the mini blue crowbar thing, these are too thick. I ended up using a really thin guitar pick.

    Johnny Emrica - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Following careful methods can mostly preserve the seal and reusable. Won’t be as water tight but probably still pretty good.

    Bottom edge is pull up with suction + separating tool. Use small precision scissor to cut any tape that gets overly stretched upon initial opening.

    - For the 2 long edges, use an exacto knife to separate the seal from the screen. This keeps the tape on the chassis. Go slow along the long sides. Becareful to avoid scratching the paint on underside of the screen’s edge.

    - Top corners have a thick sealed tape. Best to just use separating tool to twist it open.

    In summary, top and bottom edge use separating tool. Side long edges can use exacto knife to gradually gently separate the seal from underside of the screen’s edge.

    Howard - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    4 picks and an exacto knife, plus 45 minutes later, I finally got it to open! Thanks tor the tip!

    Cat - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Intact screen, check. Tool kit, check. Hair dryer hot enough to make the phone too hot to touch, check. Following all instructions, check. Screen still in place and refusing to come off, check.

    I heated, reheated, pulled and pulled. I simply could not get it off. Worked at it for an hour and a half, and I’m not a small guy. Yes it is hard to hold, but could get a grip. Just could not get it to budge. Off to the iPhone repair shop tomorrow. Anybody want to buy a repair kit and replacement battery?

    Jim Meyers - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    After struggling for 30m, I looked up some alternate methods and found this helpful:

    - I used a utility knife and pried up right under the home button

    - the angle matters! I was trying to go too far down before going in. The top surface of the phone is rather thin, so you go in after barely getting under the chassis lip

    - tilt utility knife left to right once you’ve got it under to work it in

    - leave the utility knife in, and now add that pick

    Jared Wilk - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Pro-tip: don't be an idiot like me. Instead, remove the screen protector you have on the phone before applying the suction cups. Derp.

    hunter.geofizz - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  5. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick up the left edge of the phone starting at the lower edge and moving towards the volume control buttons and silent switch, breaking up the adhesive holding the display in place.

    • Stop near the top left corner of the display.

    • Do not try to pry the top edge of the display away from the rear case, as it is held in place by plastic clips that may break.

    My Plektrum worked ok, but the edges broke off a bit towards the end - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  6. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Re-insert your tool at the lower right corner of the iPhone, and slide it around the corner and up the right side of the phone to separate the adhesive.

    • Don't insert the pick very far, or you may damage the display cables along this side of the iPhone. Insert it only a few millimeters, or about the width of the display bezel.

  7. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Gently pull up on the suction cup to lift up the bottom edge of the display.

    • Do not raise the display more than 15º or you'll risk straining or tearing the ribbon cables connecting the display.

    • Pull on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.

  8. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Slide an opening pick underneath the display around the top left corner and along the top edge of the phone to loosen the last of the adhesive.

    I did end up using just a smidge of IFIXIT adhesive remover along the edge before opening and that seemed to really help

    Karen Flowers - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  9. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the display assembly slightly down (away from the top edge of the phone) to disengage the clips holding it to the rear case.

  10. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Open the iPhone by swinging the display up from the left side, like the back cover of a book.

    • Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone's logic board.

    • Lean the display against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    Nach RECHTS klappen - nicht nach links!

    Manfred Wachtel - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Als ich das Flachbandkabel auf der rechten Seite sah, hab ich mich auch gefragt, ob die das mit nach Links klappen ernst meinen, und das „Buch“ lieber auf japanische Art nach rechts aufgeklappt. Das sollte dringend in der Anleitung korrigiert werden!

    Sebastian Plickert - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    “Up from the left” means lift up the left side.

    Which is the same as folding to the right.

    “Like the back cover of a book” explains it even more clearly.

    Maybe it gets lost in translation?

    Nick Shtangey -

    Fold to THE RIGHT - not to the left!

    Jim Glenys - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    When I saw the ribbon cable on the right side, I also wondered if they were serious about folding it to the left, and the "book" would rather be opened to the right in the Japanese way.This should be corrected urgently in the manual!

    Jim Glenys - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hi Jim, the display opens from the left side, toward the right side. It should look like the back cover of a book. Hope this helps. Good luck with the repair!

    Adam O'Camb -

    • Remove four Phillips screws securing the lower display cable bracket to the logic board, of the following lengths:

    • Two 1.3 mm screws

    • Two 2.8 mm screws

    • Throughout this guide, keep careful track of your screws so that each one goes back where it came from during reassembly. Installing a screw in the wrong place can cause permanent damage.

    • Remove the bracket.

    can same length screws mixed up?

    Brook布魯克 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    It is not ideal, but possible for these screws.

    Arthur Shi -

    using the repair kit i purchased with my screen replacement, i am currently having issues removing these screws with the PH000. please help

    Mark Ordaz - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I was too, thankfully I had another set that contained the PH00 bit, that worked great for me.

    William Mitchell -

    Ok. My screw is stuck. How do I remove it? Philips head is stripped.

    Kristina Graham - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Solved it myself. Firm pressure did the trick.

    Kristina Graham -

    Takes a little pressure with the Philips head

    John Toth - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Upon this step, I noticed I had no bracket or screws. I had my screen replaced previously and I’m disappointed to find out the repairperson made no effort to replace these parts. I’ll start trusting myself more to do my own repairs.

    O D - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    took me awhile to figure out I needed to use PHOO bit for the 2 -1.3 screws

    Karen Flowers - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  11. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the battery connector out of its socket in the logic board.

    • Bend the battery connector cable slightly away from the logic board to prevent it from accidentally making contact with the socket and providing power to the phone during your repair.

    Make sure you pry the battery connector off from the right hand side as shown in the picture. Theres a delicate component on the logicboard near the battery connector called a Mosfet which is linked to the battery charging software. If you knock it off accidently you’ll loose battery charging and the phone will boot loop and youll need to have it re-soldered back on.

    Gareth - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    So this is it. You don’t have to go any further removing the screen. You can replace the battery right from this point.

    John M - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I wish I saw this comment 2 hours ago

    Kenneth Moore -

    This is where I broke my phone, a phone that was working quite well, paid for in full. Just because I had a cracked screen. Be super careful when connecting the cables. I was in a hurry and not paying attention, used too much force when re-connecting and broke those teeny little pins that could not be repaired. A tech tried for an hour to no avail. cautionary tale. Good luck

    Karen Flowers - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  12. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the display and digitizer: step 13, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement, Disconnect the display and digitizer: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the lower display connector out of its socket.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is even slightly misaligned, the connector can bend, causing permanent damage.

  13. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the second lower display cable.

  14. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the three 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the bracket over the front panel sensor assembly connector.

    • Remove the bracket.

    If you are replacing the adhesive liner, the remaining release liner strips will interfere with the two outer screws. I had to cut a working section out of the liner at each location and move it aside with the spudger.

    Thomas Tritt - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    This part is throwing me for a loop. Having difficulty finding the read head for these screws. Is it the same size as the two small 1.3mm screws in step 12?

    Jared Hensley - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    ended up getting it with the PH000, I must of just been rushing it.

    Jared Hensley - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    My bracket looks different and none of the screw heads I have fits.

    Ray Rushing - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Mine too? Any help?

    George Waller -

    These screws did not stick to the magnetic screwdriver. Extremely difficult to get them back in place - but with some patience i succeeded :)

    Niklas Brammer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  15. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the front panel sensor assembly connector.

  16. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement, Remove the display assembly: step 17, image 1 of 1

    Hi ifixit, if you find my method dangerous, please remove it.

    After Step 17, I skipped Step 18 to Step 28.

    At Step 29, I lifted up the four adhesive black pull-tabs to expose the white adhesive side. Next, I use hot air gun and blow on the back cover of the iphone for about a minute (maybe a hairdryer will work too) .

    Warning: Don't overheat the iPhone, or you may accidentally ignite the battery.

    I think the temperature was around 60 DegC.

    Extreme Caution: Do Not overheat. I use my hand to gauge the hotness. Careful not to burn yourself or the board.

    I was able to pull out all the white adhesive tapes easily as the adhesive soften.

    DO NOT TRY this method if you are a novice or inexperience! I am not responsible if you hurt yourself or damage your iphone!

    John - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hey John! I’m glad the repair worked out for you!

    From our research, applying heat does soften the adhesive strips, but it also causes them to lose structural integrity and break more easily. That’s why we normally suggest using heat after the strips are already broken. Removing the Taptic Engine definitely takes a few extra steps, but we feel that it gives fixers the best chance of pulling out the adhesive strips intact.

    Arthur Shi -

    I agree with John, skip 18 through 27. These are to make it easier to remove the battery adhesive. I replaced the batteries on two IPhone 8s. The first one I did all that stuff and the adhesive still broken and I had to carefully pry the battery out anyway. When I reassembled the phone the Home button no longer worked. Looking it up, this is apparently fairly common due to all the fragile wires involved in these steps. The second I skipped these steps and when I reassembled it everything worked fine. Not one of the eight (both phones) adhesive strips came out properly. I fully drained the batteries before doing the repairs. By the way, I use the virtual home button on the one phone, it’s a little annoying, but the phone is still usable if you’re not ready to shell out for a new phone.

    Gary Berman -

    I also skipped these steps. I won’t say it was entirely successful - two of the four adhesive strips broke and could not be grabbed with tweezers. But I had gotten most of the adhesive out already and the battery was quite loose, so I used a warmer under the phone, then gently slid a flat plastic blade under one end of the battery and slowly worked it up the phone. (Dental floss would have been safer-don’t do what I did, kids!)

    Matt D - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Likely can skip step 18-28 and all the risks. Battery tape is relatively removable by the following method

    - use a tweezer to pull up a corner of each tape. Then use fingers to peel back all the black tab on top of battery

    - use 2 hands. Index and thumb on both. Pull about 1/4” with one hand, hold the tension and pull 1/4” with the other hand. Alternate, go slow. Pull out all 4 tape completely. I think the pause after each 1/4” while holding the stretched tape firmly prevents the tape from over stretching to become too thin and break.

    - Don’t apply heat, I would guess that makes tape softer and break easier.

    Have tried other methods and failed in the past. Pulling too fast (tape will snap) or use a tweezer to twist/roll (sharp edges will cut tape) Anyway, just use index/thumb on both hands and alternately pull slowly

    I did do 2 iPhone 8 battery change this way. One removed all tape without breaking. Another broken all 4 tape after about 1/3 pulled so likely some factory assembly differeces.

    Howard - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I second this, this method works well in most cases. Removing the haptics helps to keep the angle low and pulling the tape as straight as possible

    Hein Blöd -

    Howards method for removing the adhesive works like a charm. The only addition I made was to slightly warm the back of the iphone on a rice pack (used for sore neck muscles—haha). Going back and forth between hands is really crucial. While on hand gives a gentle pull, the other holds the phone from moving. Slow back and forth. Thanks.

    Lynn Thomas - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  17. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi diversity antenna: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three screws securing the bracket next to the Taptic Engine:

    • One 1.3 mm Y000 screw

    • One 2.7 mm Phillips screw

    • One 2.9 mm Phillips screw

    My phone had Phillips screws in all three places, so I did not need the Y000 screwdriver bit.

    Daryl Maunder - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I don’t see the point in steps 18-27 if we’re only changing the battery. I pulled out the sticky tape with taptic and all this other jazz still intact. Am I missing something? Reconnecting that taptic connection cost me 5 years off my life, needlessly.

    William Mitchell - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hey William!

    We instruct people to remove the Taptic Engine in order to minimize the chance that the battery adhesive will tear when you try to pull it out. The steep angle you have to pull the adhesive with the Taptic Engine installed dramatically increases the chance that the adhesive will break under the battery.

    Arthur Shi -

    since the sticky tape will usually tear anyway and it is no big deal, I agree stop at this point and take the battery out. Too many things can go wrong removing more screws and connecting/disconnecting all the connectors. Go to video instructions at this point. Wish I did.

    Bob McCall - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    My tape tore away and now my home button does not work, which from what I see is to do with the tapic engine. It seems to be more dangerous to do that than to use heat and pry the battery out (which I had to do anyway). You should at least put in an warning/option for users.

    Gary Berman - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hi Gary,

    The Home button connector is not related to the Taptic Engine and should not be affected by anything close to the battery adhesive. I would suggest carefully disconnecting and reconnecting the screen connectors, and make sure that there is no debris on the contacts. Be sure to disconnect the battery before you do this, or you will risk damaging the screen.

    Arthur Shi -

    Glad I stopped and watched the video at this point and skipped this step. Totally unnecessary, I used the iopener and heated the back of the phone before removing the battery with a pick and “ifixit card” came out easily. Not my first battery replacement.

    Rick Collins - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Kompletter bullshit!! Im Video wird es anders gezeigt und die Schritte 18-27 werden komplett ausgelassen. Ist auch viel besser so, da so das Risiko, dass man die Taptic Engine schrottet, wie es mir jetzt beim ausbauen passiert ist, einfach nicht vorhanden ist. Ich kann auch nicht nachvollziehen, warum man in einer schriftlichen Anleitung zum Akku Wechsel komplett andere Schritte schildert als im Video. An der Stelle hat iFixit deutlich versagt. Ein Haufen Splasher…

    Maximilian Ament - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hallo Maximilian, du hast Recht, im Video wird die kürzere Methode gezeigt. Der Ausbau des Akkus ist für viele Menschen jedoch sehr schwer, wenn die Taptic Engine noch verbaut ist. Deshalb empfiehlt die Anleitung den Ausbau der Taptic Engine.

    Fabian Neidhardt -

    I can’t get the 2.7mm screw to tighten down the bracket.. not sure what i did wrong? the 2.9 will tighten in either place but the 2.7mm wont tighten anywhere.

    cb brooks - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  18. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the bracket.

  19. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Gently slide an opening pick between the antenna flex cable and the top of the speaker.

    • This portion of the flex cable is lightly adhered in place. If necessary, apply a little heat from an iOpener or hair dryer to soften the adhesive. This will make it easier to separate the flex cable safely.

  20. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the diversity antenna flex cable from the logic board.

  21. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Slide an opening pick under the antenna flex cable to hold the socket down.

    • Use the point of your spudger to pry up and disconnect the antenna flex cable from its socket, using the opening pick to hold the socket down.

    • Reconnecting this cable can be tricky. Make it easier by using your tweezers to hold the flex cable so the connector aligns with its socket. Then, gently press straight down on the connector with the flat of your spudger until it clicks into place.

    Don’t worry if the socket lifts up a bit as you get it out. You’ll need to lift it up later (Step 25) so don’t push it back into place yet.

    Daryl Maunder - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Every instruction online (including your YouTube video) leaves the Taptic Engine in place. This added step did not help with battery replacement, and led to an hour of frustration trying to get the connector back in place.

    jgrsf - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I noticed the same thing and wondered if it was necessary. Thanks

    Laura Bernal -

    Yeah, I broke the connector off of my taptic engine trying to get it to reconnect to the lighting connector plate….freaking nightmare with that and the co-axe wifi connector……..I now have a working phone without haptics

    dave -

    I was glad I had the Taptic Engine removed when I failed to remove the battery adhesives. It leaves more room to work around the battery.

    Alexandre Deloffre - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I agree. And when reassembling the wifi antenna, I connected the two plugs first, which worked fine, and only after that stuck the antenna back to its sticky place.

    dl7utx -

    I was following this for replacing the loud speaker. I found that during reconnecting the antenna flex, I slightly rocked the taptic connector and it came lose. I was frustrated because my pre-close up test had everything working, then I shut it down, made sure everything was connected and put it all together (including a bang-on job on the display adhesive!!) and wham - no taptic responses.

    Just finishing reseating it, fought with the antenna flex, then ensured the taptic connector was seated properly underneath. All good now.

    Bill Shannon - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    i cant get the small screw to tighten to hold the bracket in place. it just spins. the 2.7mm screw that is supposed to go into the lower left bottom. the 2.9mm screw that goes in lower right bottom will also snug down on lower left. I somehow messed up the hole I guess. can i use an extra 2.9mm instead of 2.7 mm ? if i can find one ? thank you

    cb brooks - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  22. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the Wi-Fi diversity antenna.

    • Remove the two screws securing the Taptic Engine:

    • One 2.1 mm Phillips screw

    • One 2.1 mm standoff screw

    • Standoff screws are best removed using a standoff screwdriver or bit.

    • In a pinch, a small flathead screwdriver will do the job—but use extra caution to ensure it doesn't slip and damage surrounding components.

    Tiene que ser una broma que en el kit no te venga el destornillador plano para abrir el tornillo separador. Me habeis dejado a mitad

    Charlie - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Why is this screwdriver bit not included in the fix kit?

    It’s more important to get this unusual piece than a common Phillips head.

    Daryl Maunder - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    When reinstalling the standoff that connects to the Taptic Engine, I found that the pointy tip of the spudger fits really well into the little hole at the top of the standoff, and helps with getting it into place and screwing it down if you don’t have a screwdriver bit for the standoff. Hope this is helpful!

    Daniel Timothy Case - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Be sure to look through all the packaging if you bought the iFixit replacement battery - the Standoff Screwdriver bit was in the package with the battery and screen adhesive (the box labeled “Repair Part”) rather than in with the tools (the box labeled “Repair Tools”).

    Owen Edwards - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I just used a sharp knife for the orange one

    jackjaggermanjanson - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I broke (twice) the ribbon cable on the tapic engine while trying to reinstall the taptic engine. I ended up taking the loudspeaker out which gave my finger a bit more room to press down and connect the cable to the phone. It was a royal PIA.

    johnoconna - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Such a nice kit, great instructions, and then not include the standoff bit…what a miss…

    Martijn Smits - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  23. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of your spudger to pry the antenna cable socket up and away from the connector below it.

    Just a heads up, I found a small bit of adhesive tape between the antenna cable socket and the connector below.

    Nic Giannandrea - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Yep, I did find it too. Thanks

    Stefano Restuccia -


    Se me ha roto ese conector pequeño de la antena y no encuentro donde puedo comprar un repuesto. ¿Alguna idea?


    Eduardo Moral - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I also found adhesive between the antenna cable socket and the connector below. I was not able to separate the two (mediocre middle-aged vision and lack of leverage to create the separation), and therefore was not able to fully disconnect the haptic engine. Instead, I gently wriggled the haptic engine out and, leaving it connected, rotated it 180 degrees and out of the way toward the bottom right corner of the phone. I am hoping that I have not damaged the thin ribbon cable. On the up side, for the first time ever I was able to remove the adhesive strips from under the battery (they didn’t break).

    John Weise - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I just want to follow up to say that I did not damage the thin ribbon cable connecting the Taptic Engine. I did forget to reconnect it, though. Once I got that straight, it worked fine.

    John Weise -

    I found that the Antenna cable socket is best to remain attached to the taptic engine cable has i find that it is very easy to brake.

    I have in the past also broking the Taptic engine cable when trying to fit it to its sockets. the Taptic engine cable is very easy to brake so would advise that great care is taking when both fitting and removing.

    Jake Hearle - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Yep, broke my cable…hoping i can order a replacement taptic engine,,,,phone works without it, but no vibrator or haptics

    dave -

  24. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of your spudger to pry up and disconnect the Taptic Engine flex cable.

    I found that this cable was glued down with similar adhesive to the screen. It pulled away as I removed the taptic engine from the phone (next step).

    Daryl Maunder - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    My taptic engine had two screws on the lh side. still worked the same.

    Chris Rainone - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Be really careful here in the reassembly. I managed to rip the cable here, and now best case I won’t have any haptic feedback. :(

    Nick Cox - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I’m sorry to hear that! If you’d like to get that fixed sometime, we do sell a replacement part!

    Arthur Shi -

    On re-assembly, the taptic engine might not work. Before panicking, ensure that the taptic engine connector didn’t get dislodged when fighting to get the antenna flex reconnected.

    Bill Shannon - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    on my A1905 iphone 8 - This is not correct!

    There is an extra leg coming off the taptic engine’s flex cable with a micro-coax antenna connector going underneath the speaker!

    You can’t take the engine off yet!!

    Jason Minahan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I have the same issue and confirm the coax connector under the speaker …. can you buy this Taptic Engine anywhere? The one with the extra leg ?

    James -

    A hint for reassembly: carefully crease the ribbon cable upwards along the edge of the connector so the stiff ribbon doesn’t touch the engine, pushing the upper connector too far away from the engine to line up with the lower connector. Once the cable isn’t interfering, you don’t have to worry as much about breaking it or having it get in the way. It’s still tricky to get the connectors lined up. I had luck by using one set of tweezers to hold and stabilize the short sides of the upper connector (silver rectangle). I used another set of tweezers (spudger would also work) in my other hand to finesse the connector alignment and push the connectors together. Look carefully at the first photo in this step: the connector is almost exactly centered below the taptic engine screw.

    jeffreyknicholson - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    my phone is doing a squeeking sound everytime i press the home button and sometimes if i press long on the screen.

    something is off with the taptic engine i think.

    any idea how to fix it?

    Rita H - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Any suggestion on why the 2.7 mm screw no longer holds down the bracket. 2.9 mm screw works in either hole .but the 2.7 mm no longer secures the bracket, can I swap it out with another 2.9 mm screw?. And where do I find one. Will it work if it’s missing that screw? Space. I have an old iPhone SE maybe I can find 2.9 screw in that . Thanks

    cb brooks - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Re-assembling the Taptic Engine connector is difficult. After struggling unsuccessfully for 45 minutes I ended up bending up the metal tab on the right side of the phone with tweezers, then with the Taptic Engine tipped on end (not positioned in phone) I could get the cables connected. With the tab on the phone bent upward I was able to slide the mounting tab on the left side of the Taptic Engine under the tab on the left side of the phone case and then bend it back down. This needs to be done carefully to avoid damaging the cable on the Taptic Engine.

    Mark Dige - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  25. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the Taptic Engine.

    Where there is the 2,1mm philips srew holding the taptic engine (left), there is a tiny piece of metal under the srewhead. Note its orientation, take it out and dont't lose it taking out the taptic engine, then reinstall it when reassembling. When reassembling, the said fixing hole of the taptic engine is not on top, but has to be pushed under a little metal piece, it won't even fit on top. Then reinstall the tiny metal piece and put the screw in.

    dl7utx - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  26. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement, Remove the battery adhesive: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • The iPhone's battery is secured by four pieces of stretch-release adhesive—two at the top, and two at the bottom.

    • Each piece of adhesive has a black pull-tab at the end, which is lightly adhered to the front surface of the battery.

    Be careful prying around the side button connector when trying to remove the top tabs. There is very little room to maneuverer

    Tom Millard - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    £ Tapes broke on me so I applied iISOPROPYL ALCOHOL using an Eye Dropper waited 30 seconds tHen heated up some oil in the bag rice for 2 minutes on 700W and the applied the unopened packet to the back of the iPhone for 90 seconds.

    Themn I used an out of date credit card with the raised numbers facing down to easily release the battery.

    David Howard

    David Howard - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Great tip! Worked perfectly and easy. Thanks.

    Stephen Smith -

    It should read heated up some boil in the bag rice

    David Howard

    David Howard - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Very difficult. be very careful on the limited space end that you don't puncture the battery!

    Carl Schultz - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  27. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 29, image 3 of 3
    • Peel back the first battery adhesive tab from the bottom right edge of the battery.

    • If possible, use your fingernails or blunt tweezers. Be careful not to poke the battery with any sharp tools.

    Vor Schritt 30 umbedingt die Rückseite des iPhone erwärmen. Ich habe das iPhone 10 Minuten auf eine heiße Wärmflasche gelegt.

    Moritz Hartges - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Strongly suggest you remove the display. Also the picture shows the "perfect world" it is far ore difficult to remove and get to those white adhesive pull strips. be very careful!!!

    Carl Schultz - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  28. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 30, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 30, image 3 of 3
    • Try to keep the adhesive strips flat and unwrinkled during this procedure; twisted or wrinkled strips will stick together and break instead of pulling out cleanly.

    • Additionally, do not press down on the battery as you pull the strips. Pressing on the battery creates pressure points that can snag and break the adhesive.

    • Slowly pull one battery adhesive tab away from the battery, towards the bottom of the iPhone.

    • Pull steadily, maintaining constant tension on the strip until it slips out from between the battery and the rear case. For best results, pull the strip at as low an angle as possible, without snagging it on any of the iPhone's other components.

    • The strip will stretch to many times its original length. Continue pulling and re-grab the strip near the battery if necessary.

    • If the battery adhesive tabs break during the removal process, use your fingers or blunt tweezers to retrieve the remaining length of adhesive, and continue pulling.

    • If any of the adhesive strips break underneath the battery and cannot be retrieved, try to remove the remaining strips, and then proceed as instructed below.

    This was the most frustrating step of the process. I found that if you pull steadily and slowly while continuing to grip the adhesive as close to the battery as you can there is a much smaller chance of breaking the adhesive strip and losing it under the battery.

    Benjamin Boldt - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I did not have replacement adhesive tabs for my battery so I needed to re-use the old ones. First, I pulled back the black tabs from the top and sides of the battery (Steps 28 and 29). Then I laid the phone on a hot water bottle (Wärmeflasche for our German friends) while I very, very, very slowly prised the battery out of the body using the flat end of a spudger, starting at the corner closest to the volume buttons. The battery did deform somewhat during the process, but it was fully discharged and I had no combustion problems. After a few minutes of gentle pressure on the battery corner, it started to release from the adhesive. Full removal took about 5 minutes and the adhesive tabs were not damaged in any way and happily re-adhered to the new battery.

    I did all this after skipping over steps 18 to 27 and put the new battery in place after connecting it first to the circuit board to ensure correct alignment.

    jnbruin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    All 4 strips tore after just removing a small portion… even though I took great care to pull slowly and at a small angle. Could not imagine how anyone could have managed this with my phone. Had to heat and pry out. - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  29. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 31, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Repeat the above steps to remove the remaining three adhesive strips.

    • Be sure to hold onto the battery as you remove the final strip, or it may fling out of the iPhone unexpectedly.

    • If you removed all of the adhesive strips successfully, skip the next step.

    • If any of the adhesive strips broke off underneath the battery and could not be retrieved, continue with the next step below.

    If you have a thin flexible plastic shim shaped like a letter opener, you can slip it under the battery and take it off the adhesive.

    Spencer Chan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  30. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • If any of the adhesive strips broke off and the battery remains stuck to the rear case, remove it by adding a few drops of isopropyl alcohol (90% or greater) underneath the battery near the stuck strip(s). After about a minute, gently lift the battery.

    • Don't try to forcefully lever the battery out. If needed, apply a few more drops of alcohol to further weaken the adhesive. Never deform or puncture the battery with your pry tool.

    • If you choose to use pry tools to lift the battery out of the iPhone, use extreme caution or you may damage the ribbon cables or the wireless charging coil directly underneath the battery.

    • If the battery remains stuck to the rear case, prepare an iOpener or use a hair dryer to heat the rear case directly behind the battery. This will help soften the adhesive.

    • Heat the iPhone until the rear case is slightly too hot to comfortably touch. Don't overheat the iPhone, or you may accidentally ignite the battery.

    • Alternatively, thread a strong piece of string (such as dental floss or a length of thin guitar string) underneath the battery.

    • Pull the string from side to side in a sawing motion all along the length of the battery to separate the adhesive. Do not deform or damage the battery.

    • To protect your fingers, wear gloves or wrap the string ends around a tool (such as the two screwdriver handles shown in the image).

    In my case the floss caught on the sharp edge of the wireless charging coil pulling up the edge of the coil, butane cutting off the floss. I think the coil had been damaged by some previous repair, but be careful. After you pull past the first two adhesive strips, peek under the battery to make sure the floss is sliding over not under the coil. The coil doesn't look like a coil – more like a paper thin pad.

    Joel - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Soaking the floss in rubbing alcohol helped also. It took some doing, but eventually came through without issue.

    Trever Knie - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    the wireless coil accidently got a little tear just to the right middle area. I put the new battery in and everything seems fine. I wonder if I should change the coil? anyone have any suggestions of what symptoms to look for if there were to be an issue ? thank you

    cb brooks - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I ended up heating the back of the phone for 30-60 seconds (don't do anymore than that) and used the opening tool as a fulcrum to lift the battery. As long as you're careful it should work!

    Vladimir Stanev - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  31. iPhone SE 2020 Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 33, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery from the iPhone.

    • If your replacement battery came in a plastic sleeve, slide off and remove the sleeve before installation.

    • If there's any alcohol solution remaining in the phone, carefully wipe it off or allow it to air dry before installing your new battery.

    • If your new battery doesn’t have adhesive preinstalled, refer to this guide to replace the adhesive strips.

    • Perform a force restart after reassembly. This can prevent several issues and simplify troubleshooting.

    • Before you adhere the replacement battery, temporarily reconnect the battery connector to the logic board socket. This ensures that the battery is properly aligned in its recess.

    • Adhere the battery, disconnect it, and continue reassembling your device.

    Having received a replacement battery from CE Store, the phone is now OK with top battery performance. The one received earlier was just a scrap, not chargeable. Now, I’m quite satisfied.

    Miklos Barton - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I made the mistake of powering the phone on once the new battery was connected to make sure it was working, before I put the screen back on. Now my home button doesn’t work, even after two hard resets. Anyone know how I can get it working again? Note I didn’t disconnect the screen or taptic engine or anything else. I just left the screen hinged 90°, the only connector I touched was the battery connector.

    John M - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Same issue. Home button is dead. No cables were damaged. Everything else works. Any ideas?

    Aaron Soderholm -

    I had the same issue with the Home button, I turned on Virtual Home Button, which makes the phone usable. Shutting the power off off and restarting the phone bring you to the login screen. go to Settings, Accessibility, Touch, Assistive Touch.

    Gary Berman -

    I recommend making sure the battery connector is lined up with the socket before setting it down on in the compartment, mine was very close, but a little too high and it made getting it connected a little more difficult than it needed to be.

    Benjamin Boldt - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Performing a force restart at this point makes no sense. Shouldn’t it be performed after the display is installed?

    Richard Dempsey - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. Don't forget to reapply the display adhesive before reinstalling the display.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our iPhone SE 2020 Answers community for troubleshooting help.


Adam O'Camb


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Quick question on this guide, and maybe I missed the listing on this one, but like the iPhone 11, will this give you that message regarding the battery not being an apple part if you replace the battery?

Bryant Alvarez - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

It might considering Apple is stooping to these antics.

Imagine that. Your display breaks, by accident or by carelessness - no matter, you want to fix your own display or take it someplace that isn’t “Apple Authorized” and because you don’t go directly to Apple’s den of thieves, they pull this on you. You don’t want to pay out the yingyang? I guess you’ve got a faulty display then!

(Look, I get it. They do this to save their own butts legally. That does not make it right.)

Jesse -

I’ve looked at both the original SE and this next generation SE and I’m wondering if it’s really necessary to remove the entire display. I realize if the phone has its original battery in it that it likely is but if you’ve replaced it once before I don’t see why it’d be necessary to remove the display, just remove the battery itself and then you have less work. Maybe I’m missing something?

Jesse - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

You would run the risk of tearing the flexes. It is totally worth the time removing the screen.

Daniel Allen -

if i put another new battery in se 2020, is this message come “non genuine battery warning”

Imran Khan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

You will get this.

Aiden Reeve -

I think not because apple now lets 3rd party repairs, which is great :)

Bruno M - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


Official 3rd party repairs have access to apple software and to original parts, iFixit battery si not an official one.[br]



Apple just released the repair program website and you can buy some original parts but still only for iphone 12, 13 and SE(2022).. for example they dont even sell the home button for the SE(2022), so you still got to buy a non official and lose the touch id feature

Tomas Caetano -



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