Time has come to repair my main phone, the LG Nexus 5, again. Where I last year needed to replace the power button, it is now the battery’s turn to be replaced. The battery is 6 years old already and it has gotten to a point where it gives so little screen-on-time that I need to keep an external battery pack on me at all times.
The battery replacement procedure for the Nexus 5 is relatively simple and does not require a lot of tools. There are many replacement batteries available on the market as well. That said, many of the replacement batteries for sale (especially on eBay) are Chinese clones. These don’t have the best reputation and can at times even be dangerous. The genuine LG battery is a bit harder to find, I found mine at an official LG parts reseller.
To help you extend the life of your Nexus 5 phone, I have described below how to replace the battery of the Nexus 5, as well as the materials and tools that are required.
After confirming that the phone powers up the steps above can be done in reverse to reassemble the phone. When placing the rear cover back onto the phone, make sure to apply pressure all over the cover to ensure that the NFC circuit makes a solid connection. Please dispose of the old battery appropriately.
As expected, after replacing the battery the phone lasts a lot longer again. I am happy with having spent €20 for a new battery instead of buying a new phone. Hopefully the phone will last me a couple more years like this.
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