How To Change or Remove the Canon EOS 1D-X Clock / Backup Battery

You know about the big battery in your Canon 1D-X, but did you know all modern cameras also have a small watch battery that keeps the clock and other settings  while the main battery is removed?

While it typically would take many years, sometimes this battery goes dead, causing your camera to lose all its settings while the main battery is out and charging.  Or perhaps you’ve had some kind of technical issue with your camera for which doing a full factory reset would be useful.

** WARNING: IF IT’S NOT ALREADY OBVIOUS, DOING THIS WILL COMPLETELY ELIMINATE ALL CUSTOMIZATIONS AND SETTINGS FROM YOUR CAMERA.  USE THE 1DX’S ABILITY TO BACK THEM UP TO A FILE BEFORE PERFORMING THIS OPERATION. FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS AT YOUR OWN RISK. **

Edit to above warning – So that’s not true.  Previous 1D series cameras will lose all settings, but the 1D-X stores many of the settings in flash memory, so they persist even after pulling the backup battery.  To reset back to factory, you’ll also need to visit two menus.  The first is the yellow Wrench menu, page 4, then select “Clear all camera settings.”  This poorly named menu item clears some camera settings.  The next place to visit is the orange Camera menu page 7, and select “Clear all Custom Func.”  These two menu items plus removing the backup battery will put the camera back to factory.

Here are the steps to remove your 1D-X’s backup battery.  The only tool you’ll need is a PH00 or Philips-head 00 size screwdriver.  If you need to replace the battery, look for a 3V CR2025.

The first step to replacing the backup / clock battery in the Canon 1D-X, is to remove the main battery.
The first step to replacing the backup / clock battery in the Canon 1D-X, is to remove the main battery.
The first step to replacing the backup / clock battery in the Canon 1D-X, is to remove the main battery.
Turn the camera upside down.

Now you'll be able to see an exposed area of the camera body that the battery normally covers.
Now you’ll be able to see an exposed area of the camera body that the battery normally covers.
Use your phillips head #00 screwdriver to loosen the screw shown in the photograph.
Use your phillips head #00 screwdriver to loosen the screw shown in the photograph.
Carefully lift out the covering plate with the screw.
Carefully lift out the covering plate with the screw.
Be careful, these are not hinged or permanently affixed in any way, so use a steady hand.
Be careful, these are not hinged or permanently affixed in any way, so use a steady hand.
Carefully lift out the CR2025 battery. Always try to handle watch batteries by the edges.
Carefully lift out the CR2025 battery. Always try to handle watch batteries by the edges.
The camera with the battery removed. Let it sit this way for at least 30 minutes to flush the camera completely back to factory.
The camera with the battery removed. Let it sit this way for at least 30 minutes to flush the camera completely back to factory.
All parts and tools.
All parts and tools.

Did this help?  Why did you need to locate the clock battery in your 1DX?  Share in the comments below!

I also have instructions for replacing the backup battery in your Canon EOS 5d mk III.

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