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How to Replace Cell Phone Batteries

Though rechargeable cell phone batteries are meant to stand the test of time, they can become worn out and require replacement following charge after charge. When your Motorola phone battery has seen its last charge, it's time for a replacement to extend the lifespan of your phone. Fortunately, buying batteries isn't difficult after you know what you are looking for.

When Do You Need to Replace Your Battery?

Since there are many small components and parts that make up a cell phone, it's difficult to know what might be wrong when there's a problem; however, there are some telltale signs to keep an eye out for that let you know when your cell phone requires a new battery.

  • You keep plugging your phone into the charger, but it won't hold its juice. You may even only be able to use your phone when it's actually connected to the charger. It also won't even show a full charge after it's been plugged in for an extended period.
  • You may notice your phone doesn't stay charged for as long as it used to, and the battery life is simply degrading. You used to be able to go all day without plugging it into the charger, but now you must power it up every few hours.
  • When you touch the back of your phone, it feels hot, misshapen, or bulging. These are signs of a bad phone battery that requires replacement as soon as possible. 

How Do You Select the Right Battery?

Now that you know that your original battery needs to be swapped for a new cell phone battery, you need to make sure you get the correct type. Looking at batteries can seem confusing, but it's not that difficult when you know exactly what you're looking for.

  • Select your phone's model. Whether you have a Moto X or a Motorola Razr V3, there is a specific replacement battery for every type of mobile phone. When you shop for batteries, just match up the battery to your phone model.
  • Each battery has an identification number, like BH5X or BT-50. This number is on the battery itself, and you can probably find it in your manual as well.
  • Buy an OEM battery. OEM stands for "original equipment manufacturer," so this was made by the same company that created your original battery, which means that it should work properly.

Which Tools Do You Need for Battery Installation?

You have your battery, so now what do you need to insert it into your Motorola phone? Mobile phone repairs require a few special tools that not everyone has in their toolboxes, and there are a few that may help you get the job done.

  • A Philips screwdriver can help you get to many components inside a phone.
  • A suction cup can sometimes help to separate phone parts safely without causing any damage.
  • A pry tool, also called a spudger, is necessary for prying small components apart when repairing just about any type of device.

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