Apple admits iPhone 5 battery fault and sets up replacement scheme

A number of iPhone 5 handsets were shipped with faulty batteries, Apple has said. Fortunately, those affected can get their battery replaced - here’s how to do it if yours is screwy.

If you have an iPhone 5, and think the battery drains a lot faster than it should, then you may be due a replacement.

Apple has admitted that some iPhone 5 handsets out there have defective batteries, which means they "may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently".

Apparently it only a "very small percentage" are affected, but if you're one of the afflicted, there's some good news - Apple will replace your faulty battery.

At the moment, the replacement scheme is only active in the US and China, but it launches here in the UK on 29 August - that's Friday in case you were wondering.

To find out if your phone is eligible, enter the serial number on Apple's product recall page. You can find your serial number in the Settings Menu, under General > About.

If your handset is eligible, you can take it to an Apple Store, or call technical support, who'll advise you on how to send it back.

Apple recommends you backup your data - to iCloud or iTunes - and turn off Find My Phone before handing it over for repair. If you have a cracked screen - not an uncommon problem with iPhones - Apple may charge you to fix it, so consider yourself forewarned.

If that's the case with your iPhone 5, you might just want to wait and upgrade to the iPhone 6, which is expected to launch in a couple of weeks, instead. Reports suggest it'll have a sapphire glass screen, so those cracks may be a thing of the past. Hopefully the batteries will work too.

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