Nexus 4 Back Cover Replacement

Student-Created Guide

Student-Created Guide

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This guide shows how to remove the back case from the Nexus 4.

This guide shows how to remove the back case from the Nexus 4, giving access to the internal features of the phone. This will take a couple of minutes.

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Edit Step 1 Back Cover  ¶ 

  • Remove the SIM tray using the SIM Card Eject Tool

  • The SIM tray with the SIM card needs to be removed to remove the back case

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  • Gently open the back case by prying along the edge of the cover, starting at a corner of the phone and circling around the phone using a plastic opening tool. This can take a few minutes.

  • Notice that as you are opening it, the plastic will make a light snapping noise as the back cover separates from the rest of the phone.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Nexus 4 device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

I have made some rearrangement at this guide:

It more logic to remove the tray before removing the screws.

I have used some pictures from the teardown to clarify, particularly for showing the inside of the Nexus 4 showing the battery installed. The original picture did not show the battery. I have also made better reference to the tools.

Gaetan, · Reply

Remove Sim Tray before opening the case, chance to broke the case with sim tray inserted.

sajishv, · Reply

Tried using the smaller opening tool first, but the tip broke off quite violently. Switched over to the bigger one and that worked a bit better.

Just be very patient especially around the corners.

coolspongebob92, · Reply

Definitely need patience for this. Unfortunately, I broke one end of the plastic opening where the SIM card tray goes. Quite fragile right there, especially as you wrestle with the corner. I think it broke as one of the corners popped off.

Ahmad, · Reply

Seriously, you can use your nails to get a better grip and feel the snap before you break anything. My plastic opening tool didn't work as expected and left pieces of plastic inside the case.

castanedamiguel, · Reply

Sorry for my poor english, i'm french ;-). I change my N4 backdoor. I agree with the fact that you must be patient to remove the whole backdoor. At the beginning, it's easy to open a breach, but to remove the entire backdoor, i take less than 10 minutes. I break an opening tool, i use my nails, and with my last plastic opening tool, i turn around the phone and i finally full open it. So be patient and do not force. Thx I fix it !

Siegfried Akougna, · Reply

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