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Use this guide to replace the primary loudspeaker in your Pixel 2 XL.

  1. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, SIM Card: step 1, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, SIM Card: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a SIM card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray, located on the left edge of the phone, opposite of the power and volume buttons.

    • Press firmly to eject the tray.

  2. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the SIM card tray from the phone.

    • The SIM card will fall out of the tray easily.

    • When reinserting the SIM card, ensure that it is in the proper orientation relative to the tray.

  3. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Opening Procedure: step 3, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Opening Procedure: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • If your display glass is cracked, tape over the glass to prevent bodily harm and further breakage. This also makes a smooth surface allowing the suction cup to bond.

    • Apply a suction cup as close to the SIM slot edge of the phone as you can while avoiding the curved edge.

    • The suction cup will not make a good seal on the curved portion of the glass.

    Shouldn’t this be “As close as possible to the volume rocker”?

    Mihai Turdean - Reply

    Forget about the tiny toy suction cup they provide to battery replacement kits. I used a dent puller from an automotive shop. The smallest they had was just small enough for the Pixel's screen. I still needed to heat the edges with a heat gun.

    Tamás Polgár - Reply

  4. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure and insert an opening pick between the front panel and rear case.

    • This requires a significant amount of force and patience. If you have trouble, rock the suction cup and screen to weaken the adhesive, or apply heat with an iOpener, heat gun, or hair dryer.

    Whatever happened to “Do not heat your phone. If needed, you can use a dropper or syringe to inject isopropyl alcohol (90+%) around the edges of the back cover to weaken the adhesive.”?

    Mike Trieu - Reply

    It is in concern with swollen batteries.

    Fernando Granco -

    I spent an hour trying to get the glass screen apart from the body. I tried the hairdryer etc but made no progress. However, when I used a sucker to gently pull on the glass it was easy.

    Ronald Morrison - Reply

    I used a heat gun, and the metal spatula in the iFixit kit. I broke the screen. Then, continuing with a blue plastic triangle, the screen continued to break. It seems to be quite brittle.

    Rolf Kirby - Reply

    Never use metal tools on glass component

    p43j77 -

    Just broke the screen as well. I’d say heat gun is a must, otherwise it’s really hard to slide pick at the top and bottom without breaking the screen. It’s a very thin line of glass over there.

    Vitaliy Kurokhtin - Reply

    I thought I did this perfectly. I used the iOpener to heat the glue, and the picks to slide around the screen to release the adhesive. I preformed the rest of the repair (charging assembly and the battery) with little issue. Just reassembled and the volume rocker side of the screen is white. I took less care on this side since the instructions said that you didn’t need to worry about how far the pick went in. NOT TRUE! There is a curvature to that edge that will push your pick up into the back of the unprotected display. It clearly doesn’t take much to damage it. I was so careful! F&CK!! I should have just created the e-waste and bought a new device. So mad!

    Eric Marcot - Reply

  5. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • In the following steps, extra caution is required in certain areas to avoid damage to the phone:

    • Do not insert the pick more than 0.25 inches (6 mm) into the bottom edge of the phone. If the pick contacts the folded portion of the OLED panel, it can damage the display.

    • Do not cut along the left edge; there are delicate display cables that can be damaged.

    • Only make very shallow cuts in the upper left corner; prying deeply can damage the front-facing camera.

  6. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening pick down the right side of the phone to separate the display adhesive.

  7. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • In the following steps, use the flat edge of the opening pick, rather than a corner, to cut. This will help prevent inserting the pick too deeply.

    • Slide the opening pick around the lower-right corner and along the bottom edge of the phone.

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    • Reinsert the flat edge of the pick at the top-right corner of the phone, and slide it around the corner and the top edge of the phone.

  9. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Gently lift the display from the right side of the phone, opening it like a book.

    • If the display doesn't readily lift, do some extra prying to separate the last of the adhesive.

    • Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the phone's motherboard.

    • Carefully lay the display flat on the table next to the rest of the phone, keeping it close to the phone to avoid straining the display and digitizer cables.

  10. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use the corner of an opening tool to pry up the digitizer cable connector cover.

    • Pry carefully to avoid damaging the cable underneath, or losing the cover itself.

    • Remove the connector cover.

    • Make sure to keep this component so you can reinstall it during reassembly.

    when it comes out, it can pop with some force and go flying. Ensure you have a clear desk/floor so you can find it after it flies away

    hamiltont - Reply

    Lol mine shot off and Ricocheted off the ceiling! Then landed on my shoulder haha

    john murfin - Reply

    It literally popped me right in the middle of the forehead. My wife is still making fun of me.

    Jordan Toews - Reply

    Mine flew off while I was laughing you guys, never too be seen again: (

    Shane Hadley - Reply

    I decided to work outdoors, didn't read any comments first, so when mine flew off I found it five cursing minutes later in a crack on the driveway. Should have read the comments first! Thanks hamiltont. Will now read every comment BEFORE attempting step.

    Loose Drag - Reply

    Confirmed, this $@$* can fly!

    Tamás Polgár - Reply

  11. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the digitizer cable connector up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

    • If any part of your screen doesn't respond to touch after your repair, re-seat this connector, making sure it clicks fully into place and that there's no dust or other obstruction in the socket.

    This small connector gave me fits getting it located correctly, is there a trick to getting it aligned since it’s difficult to see around edge of the connector?

    Dennis Whitsitt - Reply

  12. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Use tweezers to remove any tape from the display connector cover.

  13. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the point of a spudger into the small hole on the edge of the display connector cover.

    • Use the spudger to pry the cover out of its recess.

    • Remove the connector cover.

    • Make sure to keep this component so you can reinstall it during reassembly.

  14. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2

    BE EXTRA CAREFUL HERE, and during reassembly! There are 2 itty bitty parts directly under this ribbon cable connector that, if damaged, will render your loudspeaker unusable. The only sure way to fix it if you break it is to replace the motherboard. There are some reports of people being able to solder the spots and shorting it to make it work, and that worked for me for a time, but they’re really tiny (about 0.5 mm) and if you don’t get a secure solder, or if you bleed over, it will also mess up your top speaker.

    Joshua Parnell - Reply

    Saw this comment after I’ve done replacing and sure enough, the loud speaker was broken. The resistor was knocked over but still hanging in place so I just stuck it back and it works for now.

    They are 2 black resistors at the end of the cable’s connector. So follow the above photo exactly and pry the connector from the side, not from the end of the connector like I did

    Tri Nguyễn -

    What wasn't clear to me here (because I didn't put Step 13 together with Step 12, I suppose?) is that if your replacement part came with speaker grills and camera gasket, Step 12 is your final step. You are done, except for replacing the cables and covers, then placing the adhesive strips onto the replacement part and sticking the phone back together. [br]

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    I ordered my screen from iFixit and it came with new grills and camera gasket already installed. I was able to use the thinnest strips on the supplied Tesa patch to line the entire screen perimeter piecemeal, then stick it back together like new.

    Loose Drag - Reply

    • Remove eleven 3.8 mm Phillips screws securing the midframe.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

  15. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening tool into the notch in the midframe near the volume buttons and pry the midframe up and away from the rest of the phone.

    • Remove the midframe.

    How do I reattach the midframe? it seems like there are a lot of tabs that need to be reinserted carefully

    Evan G - Reply

    Slide in the bottom part at an angle in first since it has some tabs. Otherwise it will get stuck halfway on top

    Tri Nguyễn -

  16. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Battery Connector: step 17, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Battery Connector: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the battery connector.

  17. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Motherboard: step 18, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Motherboard: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the front-facing camera connector.

    • During reassembly, it's easiest to attach the front camera to the motherboard, then insert the motherboard.

    Please add picture to disconnect the top speaker and microphone connector next to the front facing camera. I missed this one during re-assembly twice and could not get it to work properly.

    Don Orin - Reply

  18. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the right Active Edge sensor connector.

    • Disconnect the antenna cable.

    Also disconnect the antenna cable just to the right of the right Active Edge sensor connector

    Mark Clear - Reply

    How do I disconnect the antenna cable? it doesn’t come out as easily as the other press fit connectors

    Evan G - Reply

  19. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the fingerprint sensor connector.

  20. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the left Active Edge sensor connector.

  21. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the charging assembly connector.

  22. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the front-facing sensor assembly connector.

  23. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 24, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Make sure all the cables and connectors are clear of the board, and use the flat edge of a spudger to gently lift the bottom of the motherboard.

    • The narrow part of the motherboard is very fragile. If it starts to bend when you lift, stop and make sure there isn't anything holding the board down. The board should lift up without any resistance.

    • Holding the wide part of the motherboard near the SIM card slot, carefully slide the board toward the bottom of the phone while lifting it out of the phone.

    • Remove the motherboard.

    • Try to keep the phone flat with the battery facing up after you remove the motherboard, as the front-facing camera can fall out of the phone case very easily.

    • When reinstalling the motherboard, move all the cables and connectors out of the way of the board and make sure all connectors are aligned with their respective sockets.

    Need to take antenna connector off first, picture shows cable disconnected

    michael - Reply

    Agreed. No mention of the antenna cable.

    Michael Weiss - Reply

  24. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Loudspeaker: step 25, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Loudspeaker: step 25, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Loudspeaker: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the point of a spudger under the lower left side of the loudspeaker and slowly pry the speaker assembly up from the phone.

    • If you're having trouble, try inserting the flat end of a spudger into the gap at the base of the phone and slowly pry up.

    This step was very difficult, I believe I just snapped the loudspeaker to the left of silver oval piece

    C Grzymala - Reply

    I was just able to remove the loud speaker using the directions provided. The piece sprung out of the phone. The bottom of the piece is flat with pieces of metal and it appears to be slightly bent from my prying. We will see if it still works.

    C Grzymala - Reply

    I ended up using my metal silver spudger. It goes in farther without prying on the fragile plastic. I’m replacing the charging circuit anyway, so not too worried about minor damage

    Matthew Hilbert -

    This is a difficult step. Pictures indicating other safe pry points would be helpful.

    Matthew Riechman-Bennett - Reply

    Most stubborn component to remove.

    Michael Weiss - Reply

    I was able to remove this without great stress on the part by inserting my right thumbnail (thumbprint facing the battery / top of the phone) in between the loudspeaker and the phone body above the silver oval, while at the same time using my left index fingernail to gently lift the long left side protrusion of the loudspeaker. Note that the plastic opening picks were too thick for this. Took twenty minutes or more to figure this out, but about two minutes or less to do it. The fundamental problem seems to be that this part is friction-fit into place, and you won’t get it out all in one motion without risk of breaking it, you have to work at it alternately from every angle. I also added a few drops of everclear (95% ethanol, isopropyl was hard to come by because of COVID), which may or may not have mattered (I have no control for this experiment). I believe there was no damage to the part.

    Jeremy Viehland - Reply

  25. Google Pixel 2 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the loudspeaker from the phone.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

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Does this method work with the earpiece one as well?

KENGKAN EUNGUMPORN - Reply

We don’t have official instructions out for the earpiece speaker, but it’s only accessible underneath the glass panel and antenna assembly on the back of the phone so removing it is a bit different. After removing the motherboard you would have to lift this flex cable from the back of the phone, just enough to separate it from the adhesive holding it down. Then you can carefully pry up the glass panel, and remove antenna assembly and the earpiece speaker underneath. You’ll probably need an iOpener, suction cup, and opening picks to remove the panel and everything underneath—they’re all glued down pretty solidly.

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