iPhone SE Battery Replacement
iPhone SE Battery Replacement

The iPhone SE 2016 – Apple’s nostalgic nod to smaller, more compact phones. But even classics can experience wear and tear, especially when it comes to the battery.

– The Lifespan of a Battery

Generally speaking, iPhone batteries are designed to retain up to 80% of their original capacity after 500 complete charge cycles. However, no battery lasts forever. So, when should you think about replacing it?

Signs Your Battery Needs Replacement

– Sudden Shutdowns

If your iPhone SE turns off unexpectedly, even when the battery percentage indicates otherwise, you’ve got a problem. It’s like your car running out of gas when the gauge shows half full!

– Reduced Performance

Ever felt your iPhone struggling to keep up? Apps taking forever to load, or the camera taking its sweet time? This could be due to an aged battery affecting performance.

Battery Health Check

– Built-in iOS Features

Did you know iOS has built-in battery health features? They can tell you if your battery is still in its prime or if it’s time to say goodbye.

– Third-Party Apps

If you want a second opinion, there are third-party apps designed to assess battery health. It’s like getting a second doctor’s opinion on a medical condition.

DIY Battery Replacement

– Risks

Attempting to replace the battery yourself? Hold on! Doing so without proper tools or knowledge can risk damaging the phone even more.

– Tools Required

You’d need specialized screwdrivers, plastic pry tools, and a lot of patience.

– Steps for Replacement

  1. Turn off your iPhone SE.
  2. Open the screws next to the charging port.
  3. Carefully remove the battery connector.
  4. Insert the new battery and reconnect.
  5. Close up and power on to test.

Professional Battery Replacement

– Benefits

Taking your iPhone SE to a professional ensures a quality replacement with minimal risks. Moreover, it’s a speedy process compared to the DIY approach.

– Where to Find a Professional

Apple authorized service providers are a safe bet, but there are also reputable third-party service providers. Always look for reviews and recommendations.

Cost Implications

– DIY vs. Professional Costs

Though DIY may be cheaper, professional replacement offers a guarantee and peace of mind. It’s like cooking at home vs. dining at a 5-star restaurant. Both fill you up, but the experiences are different.

– Warranties

Remember, unauthorized DIY attempts can void your warranty. It’s like jumping a red light; you may get where you’re going faster, but at what cost?

Issues With Generic / Larger Battery Replacements

The battery in the iPhone SE is 1600mAH. If you find a replacement unit that claims to provide a higher capacity, etc. you might get lucky and it may work for you – but sometimes these parts can backfire. They are usually grey-market goods or knock offs that the iPhone SE may or may not be able to properly utilize and charge. Some people have had success with these batteries but others have reported issues like the battery never charging, the phone dying and not turning on, etc. Your phone may trigger a battery protection for its own safety if the battery is not detected as a compatible unit inside it so beware when going into the realm of non-standard / generic / grey market parts.


The iPhone SE 2016 may be a classic, but its battery isn’t eternal. Whether you decide to replace it yourself or opt for professional help, the key is to act before it’s too late. After all, you wouldn’t drive on a flat tire, would you?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How long does it take to replace an iPhone SE 2016 battery professionally?
    • Usually under an hour, but it can vary.
  2. Is the iPhone SE 2016 still supported by Apple for repairs?
    • Yes, but availability may vary by location.
  3. Can I upgrade to a higher capacity battery?
    • It’s best to stick with Apple’s recommended specifications.
  4. What affects battery lifespan?
    • Factors include charge cycles, usage, and even temperature.
  5. Does the new battery come with a warranty?
    • If replaced by an authorized provider, yes. Usually, it’s a 30-90-day warranty.

Eric Chan

Hi! I’m Eric and I work on the knowledge base at GadgetMates.com.  You can see some of my writings about technology, cellphone repair, and computer repair here.

When I’m not writing about tech I’m playing with my dog or hanging out with my girlfriend.

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