IPhone 4s Battery/Back Bloated?

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  1. pauly1 macrumors regular

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    I no longer use my iphone 4s mainly due to having the iphone SE. The thing is i have issues recharging the battery on it etc so i just no longer use it.


    I recently took a look at my iphone 4s, and i noticed the back of it is like popped.


    It looks like this except its on the back of the iphone and not the front.

    http://www.noelboyd.com/2014/11/bloated-iphone-5-battery-bulging-screen.html



    Does anyone have tips on what i can do here?
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    So is it safe to even put it in the apartment? I bought this phone a long time ago on ebay used when it was in great condition. It worked great, then had battery issues etc.

    I also do not know how this happened. I basically had put the iphone 4s on a folding table... that is near my monitor/laptop etc. I have no idea how this happened.
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Batterys swell over time.

    It's safe because Apple encases their batteries in a sleeve but the phone needs to be replaced (Apple does not replace swelling batteries in store because it's dangerous). Take it to Apple and they will give you a new 4s for the price of a new battery.
     
  3. pauly1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    There is an apple store around here. But im out of the USA but there is one here. Also my warranty obviously is expired. The iphone 4s was bought on ebay many years ago used but when i got it, it was excellent condition.


    The thing is right now i no longer use this iphone 4s. I also didnt even get a new battery charger for it so i left it like it is etc. Then i noticed it has these huge bulge on the back of the iphone. I googled and read its bloated battery etc...


    The thing is i dont want to throw away this iphone. I do want to use it as a backup later on. So could an iphone repair shop look at it and then fix it? Where im located at, there are some iphone places but there is a language barrier here as i dont speak the language here. If i go to the apple store here, im pretty certain they speak english here but what are my options if i go there. Would they say only way is to repair it? But how much would that cost? The thing is this iphone 4s is pretty old and well obviously not worth that much. Its an unlocked phone though. I dont have any use of it now... but i wouldnt mind fixing it here. Could an iphone repair shop fix this? Or could something like this be not fixed unless done with apple store etc? The thing is i dont mind a repair shop looking at it and then removing whatever is there that might possibly cause an explosion? Could an iphone explode if it already looks like this? In that link i posted, someone mentioned thats how an iphone llooks like if its bloated battery and doesnt explode etc...
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    So if you are in the US, then you just show this to them and they basically replace the iphone 4s for the cost of the battery and thats it? But how much does the battery cost though? The thing is assuming outside the us/canada, even if theres an apple store, i obviously cannot do this right?


    Could this issue be fixed at an iphone or phone repair shop etc?


    The thing is i dont need to use this iphone 4s at the moment. I am using my iphone SE. The only thing i want to make sure is this doesn't explode etc. Thus i would not mind them removing the battery or whatever and i just keep it like that and just store it somewhere in the apartment until later on when i want it fixed. Obviously i wouldnt mind just having it fixed etc but can a regular phone repair shop do this? If so, this requires them opening it up and then just putting a new battery? Or its much more complicated and something like this can only be fixed by going to an apple store etc?
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Try the Apple store. If they tell you different wait until you get home. Warranty does not matter.

    I replaced two iPhone 5's in March for swelling batteries. Both out of warranty. All I paid was the price of the battery. That was $80 with tax (per phone).

    The 4s battery cost will probably be cheaper.

    Apple uses a special device in a special facility to remove bloated batteries. I don't know if I'd trust a third party repair shop for that. They might even refuse themselves to do it.
     
  5. pauly1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the response. But is there anything i should worry about if just keeping that iphone 4s in my apartment?
    I just want to make sure it doesn't explode etc.


    The thing is im curious if some third party repair shop would look at it and then repair it or not at all etc. Does anyone else know?
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    It's safe to keep. I had that same question when Apple took a week to replace one of my 5's. That's when they told me that there is a protective sleeve around the battery. It won't explode on you.

    It's when they begin to REMOVE it that it becomes dangerous.

    No idea about third partys. I speculated in the last post though.
     
  7. pauly1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    hi there thanks for that information. im curious but where was that battery bloated in your iphone? Was it around the screen area like in that phone in the link, or was it on back of the iphone? The opening i have on the iphone 4s is below the lock and the + and - button. On the phone in the link of someone elses iphone, its above it etc.


    So you suggest me to just go to that apple store here to ask to see what they can do? Assuming there is no option, then should i even bother going to a phone repair shop to ask?


    Should i keep this iphone 4s in some type of thing etc? Im looking for a place to put that is a bit far from me etc.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Both of mine pushed the screen up from the top left.

    Yes. Take it to a local Apple store and see what they say. Won't hurt

    Going to a third party store if they don't help is up to you. It can be replaced for the cost of the battery in the US.

    As to where to put it, I'd leave it off the charger somewhere where the temperature and humidity don't vary too much.
     
  9. pauly1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for that information. But if a third party store is willing to fix it, should i just do that instead? Again i have no use for this phone 4s at the moment. Basically i dont mind just putting it in my apt and just leaving it there untouched.
    But could a third party store actually damage this iphone more? Also so its pretty close to 100 percent they would replace the iphone 4s for a new one by just paying for the new battery? The thing however though is i gotten the battery replaced multiple times while in the us... however... the battery replacement was done at those iphone and phone repair shops where they used those cheap battery replacements. I know this because i paid like 25 and 35 dollars each time to do this but after everytime, i still had battery issues.


    So would that mean i wont be able to get a new iphone 4s for the price of the new battery in the future etc?


    But yes i would not mind just leaving the iphone like it is now as long as it doesn't explode or anything like that.
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I've never used a third party service or battery so I can't tell you.

    As to Apple, I don't know if a third party battery will change anything. My advice assumed any prior battery replacements had been done by Apple.

    All you can do is see what Apple says.
     
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  12. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    AFAIK, it applies to all iPhones as it is a known safety issue.
     
  13. Debel macrumors regular

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    Thanks for info
     
  14. pauly1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey guys have a question on this.


    I just left the phone in my apartment. Now my question is this. My google hangouts, email with yahoo and gmail is logged on. For example when the phone didn't had this issue, i could view my emails with the mail app on both yahoo and gmail. And on google hangouts, i receive messages etc. So if i bring this to a repair shop for them to fix it on the spot, when they fix it if they could, wouldn't that mean they have access to my google hangouts and email account?


    So right now would you say its a good idea to change the password on my gmail and yahoo accounts? Because that way, whenever that phone gets looked at, if they were to fix the issue, then i wont be signed into my gmail and yahoo accounts since i changed my password? Thanks.
     

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