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  1. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Remove adhesive residue from the frame: step 1, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Remove adhesive residue from the frame: step 1, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Remove adhesive residue from the frame: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Pick and scrape away the old adhesive from the frame.

    • Use a spudger to scrape away any lingering adhesive.

    • Don't use metal tools to scrape away adhesive as this will damage the frame.

    • For best results, clean the area underneath the removed adhesive with 90% or greater isopropyl alcohol to prep the surface for the new adhesive.

  2. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Remove adhesive residue from the back cover: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Remove adhesive residue from the back cover: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Remove adhesive residue from the back cover: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Repeat the previous step for the back cover adhesive.

    • Don't use metal tools to scrape away adhesive as this will damage the back cover coating.

    • Don't use isopropyl alcohol near the rear camera bracket as it will damage its adhesive and foam.

  3. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Prepare the replacement adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Peel away the clear plastic lining to expose the frame side of the replacement adhesive.

  4. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Apply the adhesive: step 4, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Apply the adhesive: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Be very careful during this step! The adhesive is very sticky and can't be repositioned once it sticks. Misaligned adhesive can lead to an improper seal.

    • Lower the adhesive onto the frame.

    • Use the rear camera and corners to properly align the adhesive.

  5. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Secure the adhesive to the frame: step 5, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Secure the adhesive to the frame: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to press down on the adhesive.

    • Slide along the perimeter to secure the adhesive to the frame.

  6. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Peel away the outer plastic lining: step 6, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Peel away the outer plastic lining: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Peel away the blue outer plastic lining on the back cover side of the adhesive.

  7. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Connect the fingerprint sensor cable: step 7, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Connect the fingerprint sensor cable: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers or your fingers to position the fingerprint sensor cable over its connector on the motherboard.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your finger to press down on the connector to secure it to the motherboard.

  8. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation: step 8, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation: step 8, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers or your fingers to place the bracket over the fingerprint sensor cable.

  9. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation: step 9, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips PH00 screwdriver to install the two 4.1 mm screws securing the bracket to the frame.

  10. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Peel away the remaining plastic lining: step 10, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Peel away the remaining plastic lining: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Peel away the red plastic lining to expose the back cover side of the adhesive.

  11. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Secure the back cover to the frame: step 11, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Adhesive Installation, Secure the back cover to the frame: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Lower the back cover onto the frame.

    • Press down on all edges of the back cover to secure it to the frame.

    • To help the adhesive bond more securely, heat the perimeter of the back cover and then place the phone face-down under a heavy stack of books for 30 minutes.

Conclusion

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