Nexus 7 Battery Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Replace the battery in your Nexus 7.

This guide will help you replace the battery.

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Edit Step 1 Rear Panel  ¶ 

  • In the following steps you will release the clips (highlighted in red) along the perimeter of the Nexus 7's rear panel.

  • Do not use excessive force while prying the clips. They can be easily broken.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Gently insert a plastic opening tool near the top of the Nexus 7 between the rear panel and the front panel assembly.

  • Carefully run the plastic opening tool along the top edge to pry the rear panel away from the front panel assembly of the Nexus 7.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the front panel assembly near the power button and pry up at several points along the right edge of the Nexus 7.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Pry up the rear panel along the left edge using the method described in previous steps.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Gently lift and remove the rear panel up off the front panel assembly.

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Edit Step 6 Battery Cable  ¶ 

  • Using the tip of a spudger, push first on one side then the other to "walk" the battery cable straight out of its socket on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 7 Battery  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger inbetween the battery and the front panel assembly.

  • Run the flat end of a spudger along the top edge of the battery to separate it from the adhesive securing it to the front panel assembly.

  • Do not excessively bend the battery connector board. Be especially careful when prying up around the top left edge of the battery.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger between the bottom right corner of the battery and the front panel assembly.

  • Carefully run the spudger along the bottom edge of the battery while slowly lifting the battery to completely separate it from the adhesive securing it to the front panel assembly.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Grasp the lower right corner of the battery and rotate it upwards to remove it from the front panel assembly.

  • If you encounter any resistance from the remaining adhesive, simply use the flat end of a spudger to remove the excess adhesive.

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

For more information, check out the Nexus 7 device page.

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Will you guys be making the Nexus 7 battery available through your site?

gabances, · Reply

Thank you so much for this! I had dropped my nexus from about 2 feet onto a carpet and knocked the battery cable loose ( a know problem) but your set by step directions encouraged me to fix it myself instead of sending the whole thing back to Google.

Donald McAtee, · Reply

is it possible to add qi charging by replacing the stock battery with a different one? if so, which battery?

Mabel Xu, · Reply

On the scale of iFixits I've done, this ranks as nearly trivial.

I had success by pushing against the adhesive from the right edges of the battery rather than trying to run the spudger around all the edges.

Total fix-it time: 5 mins.

armadilo, · Reply

I can't get anything between the rear and front panels... plastic nor metal. What's the secret to getting it started?

paddymariposa, · Reply

never mind, finally got in by taking out the sim card slot filler (I don't have a sim card, but got the option just in case)

paddymariposa, · Reply

After battery is taken out of Nexus 7 is how can it be checked using a stand alone battery tester? Specifically, which pins on cable should be pinged? Coming out of battery there are 2 black leads, 2 red leads, one white and one yellow lead? Also, please make an article to check confirm Nexus 7 charging system is working or not. Thank you.

Anthony Alvarez, · Reply

I have a Nexus 7, My daughter forced the charger plug and now not recognized. The card is integrated on the motherboard? You can not change?

Hugo Geo, · Reply

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