iPad owners are all too familiar with the feeling of watching their device’s battery life dwindle as time goes on.
In some cases, our iPad battery may even completely fail—this is something I’ve personally experienced.
Is it necessary to purchase a new iPad if your iPad battery dies, or will Apple replace your faulty iPad battery if your iPad battery fails?
Is It Possible for Apple to Replace an iPad Battery?
Apple can replace iPad batteries with or without a warranty, depending on the situation. If your warranty is still in effect, the replacement will almost certainly be free of charge. Otherwise, we’ll be forced to shell out $99 for a new iPad battery, plus any applicable taxes and shipping fees.
I’ll show you how to replace an iPad battery whether or not the device is covered by a warranty. If you’re not sure when it’s time to replace your iPad battery, my advice will clear up any confusion at the end of this article.
How to Replace an iPad Battery If You Have a Warranty
All iPads come with a one-year limited warranty at the time of purchase.
The fact that a battery dies during this time is a red flag that we are dealing with a faulty battery, however, due to the short duration of the test.
Additionally, we have the option of signing up for AppleCare, which is a warranty extension.
Such a warranty is ideal for replacing iPad batteries because, like any electronic device, they will eventually need to be replaced.
Apple will replace the battery for free if our iPad is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
To be more specific, they will even replace the entire iPad if necessary to get us back on our device.
Follow the steps outlined below to submit a request for a battery replacement under our warranty.
Step 1: Submit a Service Request.
Go to the Apple iPad Repair page and select “Start a Service Request” to begin the process. In the “iPad battery and power” section of the website, we’ll find the link to the link.
Alternatively, we can call and schedule an appointment to bring the iPad to an Apple store near us.
Step 2: Make a backup of your data.
The majority of us, without a doubt, keep important photos and documents on our iPads.
So put that Apple Pencil down and double-check to make sure everything on the iPad is backed up to the iCloud properly.
To do so, navigate to the settings menu. Then, select “iCloud,” “Manage Storage,” and “Backups” from the drop-down menu that appears. There, we can see if the toggle switch for “iCloud Backup” is turned on or off.
Step 3: Engage in the Art of Waiting
Apple will need three to five business days to repair our iPad, so we should plan on waiting three to five days.
Apple might need to replace this as well. If the iPad has a personal engraving, it could take up to two weeks longer to get it back in working order.
It is possible that Apple will put the iPad through some testing during this period to ensure that the dead or dying battery is truly a situation that falls under the terms of their warranty.
The Following Situations Do Not Qualify for Full Warranty Coverage
If Apple discovers that the iPad battery isn’t working for a reason that isn’t covered by their warranty, they will be required to cover a portion of the cost of the repair.
The good news is that even if our iPad battery is accidentally damaged, we will only be required to pay a fraction of the cost of a replacement, provided that the iPad is still covered by its manufacturer’s warranty.
Battery issues that arise as a result of unauthorised modifications are another instance in which we will be required to partially reimburse you for the cost of a battery replacement.
Apple does not make it simple for non-technical users to remove iPad covers.
As a result, doing so almost always results in negative consequences.
Replacing the iPad battery in the absence of a warranty
If we don’t have an iPad that is covered by a warranty, we’ll have to pay Apple a one-time fee of $99 to have it repaired.
Furthermore, we’ll have to pay tax and $6.95 for shipping on top of everything else.
Paying $99 for a new battery on an iPad can seem like a great deal when you consider the price of the device.
However, we should take into consideration the iPad’s age as well.
Is there anything else wrong with it besides the short battery life? Alternatively, is the screen cracked, making it difficult for us to navigate through the interface?
If this is the case, it may be more prudent to use the $99 toward the purchase of a new iPad rather than replacing the battery.
Regardless, our iPad’s battery capacity must be less than 80% of its original capacity in order for us to be eligible for this $99 battery repair.
If we decide to go ahead and pay to have our iPad battery replaced, we can either mail it in or schedule an appointment at our local Apple store, according to Apple’s website.
Taking the Battle to the Ground on Our Own
We can replace our iPad battery on our own, despite the fact that I do not recommend it. However, for the sake of full disclosure, I will state that it is technically possible.
We should only attempt to do so if we are skilled in computer repair and already have the tools necessary to open an iPad in the first place.
Otherwise, we would have to spend upwards of $90 to obtain all of the materials, making the risk hardly worthwhile.
What exactly is the risk, you might wonder?
We could completely destroy our iPad, rendering it unusable.
Furthermore, if the iPad is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, tampering with it may result in the loss of our right to receive free replacements.
Naturally, this is a high-risk endeavour that we would be better off delegating to the qualified professionals at Apple.
How Long Does an iPad’s Battery Hold a Charge?
When fully charged, a new iPad battery should provide approximately 10 hours of usage time without the need to be plugged in.
This excellent charge duration is attributed to the lightweight lithium-ion polymer battery used in the device.
For the first time since the introduction of Nickel-Cadmium batteries, we can leave our iPad plugged in overnight without worrying about it draining the battery.
Over time, however, we’ll notice that the battery life of our iPad begins to deteriorate.
As a general rule, a battery replacement for an iPad with consistent use is required after four or five years.
How to Increase the Battery Life of an iPad
Our iPad’s battery will not last indefinitely due to its design.
We can, however, help it last longer by turning off the WiFi and Bluetooth when it isn’t in use.
Turning off cellular data can also help to extend the life of the device.
Apart from that, exiting out of any apps that we aren’t currently using will allow us to salvage some extra iPad time before we have to find a power outlet.
What’s the bottom line?
Replacing our iPad battery while it is still under warranty is the best option because we will almost never have to pay anything. If the product does not come with a warranty, we’ll be required to pay $99, plus taxes and shipping (if we mail in the iPad).
To replace the battery in our iPad, we will typically need to wait until the battery has less than 80 percent capacity, assuming that it is not completely dead.