iPhone Replacing Battery and Maintaining Jailbreak

mrmister

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My iPhone 5 has been getting worse and worse battery life. I just thought I had a faulty jailbreak app, or used it so much that this is why it didn't seem to last, but after using a couple of diagnostic tools it is clear it only holds 77% charge!

Obviously I need to get the battery replaced. But I don't want the phone replaced, as it is jailbroken. Advice? Anyone had a battery replaced yet on an iPhone 5?
 

Prof.

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Aug 17, 2007
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Battery replacement is now done in-store and takes about 20 mins. You'll get the same phone back.

source: I inquired about getting my battery replaced at the Naperville, IL Apple Store and that's what I was told me.
 

lukejc1

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Feb 6, 2013
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Battery replacement is now done in-store and takes about 20 mins. You'll get the same phone back.

source: I inquired about getting my battery replaced at the Naperville, IL Apple Store and that's what I was told me.
How closely will they check to see if the phone is jailbroken? Do they (for lack of a better term) black mark your phone if they learned it was jailbroken?
 

Prof.

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How closely will they check to see if the phone is jailbroken? Do they (for lack of a better term) black mark your phone if they learned it was jailbroken?
That is a question I cannot answer, I don't know. If jailbreaking your phone does indeed void any warranty you have on your iPhone, I wouldn't put it past apples to refuse service to you once they found out your phone is jailbroken. I mean, they have to turn the phone on to make sure the battery works once a new one has been installed.
 

quietstormSD

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Mar 2, 2010
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Honestly I have never heard of a story beinging their device into an Apple store for an issue and having a jailbroken iPhone and getting their warranty voided. To the contrary I've heard of people having jailbreaks and bringing their iphone into an apple store to get serviced without being questioned.

I would just say hide/remove all signs of the jailbreak and tweaks (delete mobilesubstrate, themes, hide the cydia app in a folder on page 4 of springboard). If you make it blatant that your phone is jailbroken then you're asking for it.

If comes down to them black marking it as jailbroken and forever voiding your warranty, just act dumb and tell them your little brother tinkers with the phone sometimes and you had no idea about it, and be like "jailbreak? What is that? I wasn't aware I had that game installed". They'll most likely tell you to restore the device and being it back. Which then there is no harm to your jailbreak and you can get a replacement at some third party.
 

Ent

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Jun 24, 2009
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I'm having the exact same problem. I need a new battery but don't want to lose my jailbreak. Are you sure the apple store replaces the battery and doesn't just give a new phone?
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
Some Apple stores do their own in house part repairs instead of taking your phone and giving you a replacement.
Like power buttons, screens, batteries, home button replacement, bad speaker replacement etc..
You get you own phone back, they just repair it on the spot and you're done in 10-20 minutes.
 

Ent

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Jun 24, 2009
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Some Apple stores do their own in house part repairs instead of taking your phone and giving you a replacement.
Like power buttons, screens, batteries, home button replacement, bad speaker replacement etc..
You get you own phone back, they just repair it on the spot and you're done in 10-20 minutes.
I just realized that I'm still on 6.1. So if they update my firmware ill lose the jailbreak anyway..hmm.
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
I just realized that I'm still on 6.1. So if they update my firmware ill lose the jailbreak anyway..hmm.
They don't usually update or do anything with your firmware.
If its just a hardware issue they will just enter your phones serial in their system and take it from there.
I never had them update my software before.
 

Ent

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Jun 24, 2009
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They don't usually update or do anything with your firmware.
If its just a hardware issue they will just enter your phones serial in their system and take it from there.
I never had them update my software before.
Thank you! I just set up an appointment for tomorrow - ill let you know what they say..
 

Ent

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Jun 24, 2009
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Removed all traces of a jailbreak before and had them replace the battery. He did the diagnostics and the battery was one of the worst he's ever seen apparently. I told him I didn't know how to backup and acted like I knew nothing about the phones..haha
 

charlituna

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Jun 11, 2008
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I'm having the exact same problem. I need a new battery but don't want to lose my jailbreak. Are you sure the apple store replaces the battery and doesn't just give a new phone?
Yes they replace the battery. If the battery reports failure or worn out.

However if it reports good no they won't, not even if you are willing to pay. Double if they see very clearly that you are jailbroken. So remove anything way obvious, at least from lock screen and first page. And make sure settings and safari are front and center

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How closely will they check to see if the phone is jailbroken? Do they (for lack of a better term) black mark your phone if they learned it was jailbroken?
Jailbroken no. Unlocked, hell yes.

If they will replace it depends on their diags report. If it says good nope. If it says bad they aren't likely to care about the software issue