Does My Cell Phone Need a New Battery?

Remember the days when cell phone batteries could last almost a full week on a single charge? That may not be the case in the modern world, but most people can still go a full day before having to recharge. If you are not able to go more than a couple hours without charging your battery, it may be time for you to get a new one. Here are some things to look for when asking yourself, “Does my cell phone need a new battery?”

Check the Charge

Even a battery in high use should last for a few hours without having to be recharged. If yours comes off the charger and immediately turns orange or red, you may need a new battery. Try turning off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when this happens and see if the problem persists. Those programs search for signals even when that may not be needed. This eats up a great deal of your battery.

Feel the Phone

Does your phone feel hot to the touch? This may be the case when your battery needs to be replaced. Most phones will warm up when you use them a lot, much like laptops do. If yours gets excessively hot though, it’s time to consider getting a replacement battery. This will be most apparent when you are playing a game or browsing the Internet on the device. The battery is working much harder than it should have to just to make sure your phone stays running.

Look for a Bulge

Some cell phone batteries will bulge out when they need to be replaced. This is due to the overheating and the poor connection they establish with your phone. If you cannot visibly see a bulge on your phone battery, try taking your battery out and putting it down on a table. If it has a bulge, it will spin like a top. Check both sides to be safe.

Test Another Battery

If you know someone else who has your same phone, ask that person if you can borrow his or her battery for a test. If the phone works fine with this replacement, you probably need to get a new battery. Some small cell phone stores may allow you to check our phone like this, so you may call around to see what your options are. They can tell you what you might need to buy.

Reset Your Phone

You could perform a soft or hard reset on your phone to make sure it is the device or software, rather than just the battery. The process for conducting a soft or hard reset will vary by phone, so you will need to make sure you take the right steps for your specific device. Here are some examples of steps to take for both options.

Soft Reset

A soft reset on a smartphone clears basic information on the phone without wiping off your data. Some phones can be reset simply by removing the battery, waiting a few seconds, and then putting it back in. Others have to go through steps similar to this:

  1. Remove the battery.
  2. Plug the phone into a charger.
  3. Hold the power key and one of the volume keys for several seconds, until the screen pops up.
  4. Replace the battery when you are ready to remove the phone from the charger.

Hard Reset

A hard reset will return your phone to factory settings. You will need to back up any photos, videos, music or contacts you have on your phone before completing a hard reset. After that, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Go to your phone’s settings dashboard.
  2. Look for something that mentions privacy, reset, device basics, or something along those lines. You may have to consult with your instruction manual for this because it varies by phone.
  3. Select the option for factory data restore.
  4. Approve of the reset, only after you have backed up your files.
  5. Let the phone restart.

If a soft or hard reset keeps your phone working the way it is supposed to, your battery isn’t the problem. If it does not fix anything, get a replacement battery so you can continue using your phone in the future.

About Natalie Rutledge

Natalie Rutledge majored in Communications at Mississippi State University. She was in sales for a number of businesses and spent nine years working as a communications advisor. Natalie can be contacted at [email protected]