Is the screen on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch popping out? Is the trackpad or another part of your MacBook case expanding? Follow along for how to handle an Apple device with a swollen battery.
As mentioned above, the most common signs of a swollen battery include your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch screen popping out. On a MacBook, you’ll usually notice the swollen battery pressing up on the trackpad and surrounding bottom casing.
A swollen battery can present a fire safety risk, so it’s important to take caution with any device that has an expanded battery. It’s also important to note that swollen batteries can’t be fixed or healed, just recycled and replaced.
How to handle an iPhone, Mac, or Apple Watch with a swollen battery
- Don’t press on the swollen battery (or screen or casing that’s popping up)
- Stop charging the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or other device that has a swollen battery
- Power down your device
- Take it to your local Apple Store or nearest AASP (all Best Buy locations are AASPs) for replacement or proper recycling (appointments for the Genius Bar are a good idea if possible)
iFixit has a great explainer on what happens when a battery becomes swollen, and how to take better care of your devices’ batteries to help prevent swelling.
For more help with getting the most out of your Apple devices, check out our how-to guide as well as the following articles:
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- How to check if your Apple Watch is eligible for a free screen replacement
- How to find a lost iPhone, iPad or Mac – even if it’s offline
- How to downgrade from the iOS 13.1 beta
- How to remove a broken headphone plug from your iPhone
- How to read SD and microSD memory cards on iPhone and iPad
- How to extend Apple Watch battery life while traveling
- How to conserve your cellular data use on iPhone and iPad
- Apple Card: How to opt out of the arbitration agreement
- How to add an Infrared remote-controlled accessory to your HomeKit smart home
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