When it comes to battery life, iPhone is not the best smartphone. Last Friday, Apple lauched a battery replacement program for iPhone 5 users who have found their devices have problems regarding recharging and battery life, free of charge.
However, the battery swap is not applicable to everyone, only those iPhone 5 units are affected which were “sold between September 2012 and January 2013”.
Apple says the issue affects a “very small percentage” of handsets and that they fall within a limited serial number range. Apple has set up a dedicated webpage where you can check your serial number to see if your phone qualifies for the free battery replacement. If it matches, you can take the affected phone to an Apple authorized service provider or to the closest Apple retail store, or have it changed remotely via Apple’s technical support service.
Keep one thing in mind, Apple won’t replace broken screens, cracked backs, or other physical problems free of charge, because under this program, affected devices will only get a battery replacement, no more, no less.
The battery replacement program began on August 22 for iPhone users in the U.S. and China. Other countries will start seeing a replacement program this upcoming Friday, August 29.
Once your battery is replaced, Apple will guarantee the battery for two years after the device’s initial retail sale or March 1, 2015, whichever is longer. The battery replacement will not extend your iPhone 5 warranty.
If you’re not eligible for a replacement, and are stuck with an iPhone 5 with a busted battery, then be sure to carry an iPhone 5 external battery with you everyday.