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Follow this guide to remove and replace a display assembly on the Pixel 3. This procedure is for replacement screens that are not pre-mounted onto a frame. Due to the Pixel’s design, this requires removing the motherboard in order to access to the screen connectors.

This procedure will destructively remove the Pixel 3’s screen. OLEDs cease to work when exposed to oxygen or moisture, and are thus sealed in an airtight encapsulation (this is also why OLED panels turn black underneath a screen crack). It is very difficult to replace the front glass alone— the Pixel’s OLED layers are laminated to the glass.

  1. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Weaken the back cover's adhesive: step 1, image 1 of 1
  2. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Create a gap in the seam: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Create a gap in the seam: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Create a gap in the seam: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a suction cup to the heated bottom edge of the back cover.

    • Make sure you did not mistake the screen side for the back cover side.

    • If your back cover is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere.

    • Lift on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap.

    • Depending on how aged your phone is, this may take significant force. If you are having trouble, apply more heat and try again.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't use metal tools to pry, or you'll mar or shatter the glass back cover. If the panel won't budge, apply more heat, either with a hair dryer or heat gun.

  3. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • When inserting an opening pick above the power button, be careful not to insert the pick too deeply, or you will damage the fingerprint sensor cable.

  4. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Slice the adhesive along the bottom edge of the phone and around the right corner.

    • Leave a pick in the bottom edge to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  5. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Heat the right edge with an iOpener and continue slicing the adhesive with an opening pick.

    • The adhesive can be very gummy. Push the pick in and out in a sawing motion to help with slicing.

  6. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Continue heating and slicing through the rest of the phone perimeter. Leave a pick in each edge to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

    • When slicing above the power button, do not insert the pick more than halfway in to avoid damaging the fingerprint sensor cable.

  7. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Lift the left edge of the back cover: step 7, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Lift the left edge of the back cover: step 7, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Lift the left edge of the back cover: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Once you have sliced around the perimeter of the phone, carefully lift the left edge of the back cover.

    • Do not attempt to remove the back cover. It is still attached to the phone by the fingerprint sensor cable.

    • Flip the back cover along its long axis and rest it so that the fingerprint sensor cable is not strained.

    • Remove the two 4.1 mm long Phillips screws securing the fingerprint connector bracket.

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

    • During reassembly, be careful not to over-tighten these screws, or you may damage your display.

  8. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the fingerprint connector bracket: step 9, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the fingerprint connector bracket: step 9, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the fingerprint connector bracket: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to slide the fingerprint connector bracket out from under the NFC coil.

    • Remove the fingerprint connector bracket.

  9. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint connector: step 10, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint connector: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the fingerprint connector from its socket.

    • When you disconnect connectors like these, be careful not to dislodge the small surface-mounted components surrounding the socket.

    • 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.

  10. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 11, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 11, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the back cover.

    • Before you install a replacement back cover, be sure to remove all adhesive residue from the phone frame. Use an opening tool to scrape and high concentration isopropyl alcohol to clean the surface.

    • If you are re-using the back cover, be sure to clean off any adhesive, and apply new back cover adhesive.

    • If you are installing a replacement back cover, be sure compare it with the original part. Transfer any remaining parts (such as the flash diffuser) over to your replacement part.

  11. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the screws: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the five Phillips screws securing the wireless charging coil:

    • Two 1.9 mm screws

    • Two 4.2 mm screws

    • One 4.3 mm screw

  12. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the charging coil: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Lift up and remove the wireless charging coil.

  13. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the battery cable: step 14, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the battery cable: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery press connector from its socket near the right edge of the phone.

  14. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the screws: step 15, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the screws: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two screws securing the camera bracket:

    • One 4.1 mm Phillips screw

    • One 4 mm standoff screw

    • Standoff screws are best removed using a standoff bit. In a pinch, a small flathead screwdriver will do the job—but use extra caution to ensure it doesn't slip and damage surrounding components.

    • Remove the camera bracket.

  15. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Identify the cameras: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • If you are replacing front-facing cameras, determine which one you need to replace:

    • Normal view camera

    • Wide-angle camera

    • If you are doing the motherboard removal procedure, you will need to remove both cameras.

  16. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the camera(s): step 17, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the camera(s): step 17, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the camera(s): step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the connector for the camera(s) you are replacing.

  17. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Loosen the camera(s): step 18, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Loosen the camera(s): step 18, image 2 of 2
    • The cameras are held in place with adhesive.

    • Insert the point of a spudger behind the edge of the camera module and pry up to loosen it from the frame.

    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to remove the camera(s).

    • If the adhesive holding the camera module is in good condition, you can re-use the adhesive. Otherwise, replace the adhesive with double-sided Tesa tape.

    • When installing a replacement camera module, make sure that the phone frame lens are free of adhesive residue or debris.

  18. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the loudspeaker: step 20, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the loudspeaker: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the loudspeaker connector from its motherboard socket near the right edge of the phone.

    • Be careful not to puncture the battery with the spudger.

  19. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the screws: step 21, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the screws: step 21, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the screws: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the following four Phillips screws:

    • One 1.9 mm screw

    • One 4.3 mm screw

    • Two 4.3 mm screws with thinner shanks

    • Remove the tiny grounding clip from the left screw hole. Be careful not to lose it.

    • The grounding clip installs such that the contoured edge faces the left side of the phone.

    • Remove the small plastic insert from the right side of the USB-C port.

    • Be sure to reinstall this insert before you screw down the daughterboard.

  20. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Loosen the loudspeaker: step 22, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Loosen the loudspeaker: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • The loudspeaker is still held in place by a strong adhesive gasket. Before attempting to remove it, pry it up in a few different places to break the adhesive seal.

    • Insert the point of a spudger under the bottom right corner of the loudspeaker.

    • Pry up to loosen the loudspeaker from the phone.

  21. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the point of a spudger under the top left corner of the loudspeaker.

    • Be careful not to puncture the battery with the spudger.

    • Pry up to loosen the loudspeaker.

  22. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of the spudger under the top edge of the loudspeaker, towards the left edge.

    • Pry up to loosen the loudspeaker.

  23. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 25, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the loudspeaker.

    • Before you install a replacement loudspeaker, check the adhesive gasket.

    • If it is in good condition, you can re-use the gasket. Make sure that the gasket does not cover the exit hole.

    • If the gasket is pulled out of place, remove it and replace the adhesive with a pre-cut strip or Tesa tape.

  24. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the blue antenna cable: step 26, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the blue antenna cable: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the blue antenna cable from its socket on the charging assembly.

  25. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to carefully pry up and release the blue antenna cable from its grounding clips.

    • The cable is fragile and prone to breaking. If it feels like the wire is firmly clamped in place, use the point of a spudger to push the clip open slightly, then try again.

  26. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the black antenna cable: step 28, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the black antenna cable: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the black antenna cable from its socket near the USB-C port.

  27. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, De-route the antenna cables: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully de-route both antenna cables and move them away from the charging assembly.

  28. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 30, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 30, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the charging assembly's connector from its motherboard socket, near the right edge of the phone.

    • Carefully peel the flex cable from the top of the SIM card reader.

  29. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the display connector: step 31, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the display connector: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully pry up the black tape holding the display flex cable in place, near the right edge of the phone.

    • Do not use metal tools to pry, or you may damage the flex cable.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display connector from the motherboard.

  30. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Peel the black tape away from the battery: step 32, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Peel the black tape away from the battery: step 32, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Peel the black tape away from the battery: step 32, image 3 of 3
    • Whenever you use the spudger near the battery, be very careful not to puncture the battery.

    • Slide the point of a spudger in the crevice underneath the black tape bridging across the battery and the motherboard.

    • Slide the spudger along the crevice to pry up the tape from the battery side.

    • Carefully peel the tape from the battery and fold it out of the way.

  31. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the press connectors: step 33, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the press connectors: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the following seven press-fit connectors from their motherboard sockets:

    • External buttons connector

    • Top microphone connector

    • Earpiece connector

    • Left squeeze sensor connector

    • Screen connector

    • Right squeeze sensor connector

    • SIM tray connector

  32. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Move the earpiece speaker cable away from the motherboard: step 34, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat of a spudger to carefully pry up and bend the earpiece speaker's flex cable upwards, out of the way of the motherboard.

  33. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the screws: step 35, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the screws: step 35, image 2 of 2
    • Some of these screws hold very small grounding clips in place. Be careful not to lose these clips as you remove the screws.

    • Remove the six screws securing the motherboard in place:

    • One 4.2 mm Phillips screw

    • Three 1.9 mm Phillips screws

    • One 4.3 mm Phillips screw

    • One 3.83 mm standoff screw

    • Standoff screws are best removed using a standoff bit. In a pinch, a small flathead screwdriver will do the job—but use extra caution to ensure it doesn't slip and damage surrounding components.

    • Remove and retain the three small metal grounding clips.

  34. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the antenna bracket: step 36, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the antenna bracket: step 36, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the antenna bracket: step 36, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully remove the antenna bracket from the top left edge of the phone.

    • To reinstall the small metal grounding clips:

    • Orient the clips such that the silver side is facing upwards.

    • The teardrop shaped clips should have their points facing towards the phone edge.

    • The double-holed clip dips downwards towards the frame's top-right screw hole.

  35. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Check the motherboard: step 37, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Check the motherboard: step 37, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the point of a spudger near the top left corner of the motherboard, right below the rear-facing camera.

    • Pry up gently to loosen the motherboard, bending all flex cables away to accommodate for the movement.

    • If the motherboard feels firmly seated, check for any flex cables or screws that may still be connected.

  36. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Loosen the motherboard: step 38, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Loosen the motherboard: step 38, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the spudger underneath the top edge of the motherboard and carefully pry up to loosen the motherboard.

    • The earpiece speaker's flex cable will press tightly against the motherboard. Take your time and carefully guide the motherboard around the flex cable.

  37. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Start removing the motherboard: step 39, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Start removing the motherboard: step 39, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the left edge of the motherboard and carefully swing upwards it towards the right. Carefully push any press connectors snagging the motherboard out of the way.

  38. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 40, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 40, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 40, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully lift the top end of the motherboard away from the frame.

    • Remove the motherboard.

    • When you reinstall the motherboard, be careful not to trap any flex cable connectors underneath it.

    • It may be difficult to reposition the motherboard around the earpiece flex cable. You can gently pry up the earpiece speaker, install the motherboard, and reinstall the earpiece speaker.

  39. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Weaken the display assembly's adhesive: step 41, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Weaken the display assembly's adhesive: step 41, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Weaken the display assembly's adhesive: step 41, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the bottom edge of the screen for a minute.

    • Place a suction cup near the bottom edge of the screen, near the USB-C port.

    • Lift on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap.

    • Depending on how aged your phone is, this may take significant force. If you are having trouble, apply more heat and try again.

    • You can also try heating and pulling up a long edge of the phone to gain access.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

  40. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 42, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 42, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the pick along the bezel to slice through the adhesive.

  41. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 43, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement: step 43, image 2 of 2
    • Continue heating edges with an iOpener and slicing the adhesive with an opening pick, until you've sliced through all of the adhesive.

  42. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the front glass cover: step 44, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the front glass cover: step 44, image 2 of 2
    • Lift up and remove the front glass from the phone.

  43. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 45, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 45, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 45, image 3 of 3
    • The remaining part of the screen is affixed to the phone frame by a large patch of adhesive.

    • Insert an opening pick into the seam between the phone frame and the bottom edge of the screen remains.

    • Pry along the edge to loosen the screen from the frame.

    • If you are having trouble, apply a heated iOpener over the screen to help loosen the adhesive.

  44. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Begin removing the display assembly: step 46, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Begin removing the display assembly: step 46, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Begin removing the display assembly: step 46, image 3 of 3
    • Continue applying heat and slicing along a screen edge until you've loosened enough material to be grasped with your fingers.

    • Grasp the edge with your fingers and slowly pull the screen remains away from the phone frame.

  45. Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the display assembly: step 47, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the display assembly: step 47, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Display Assembly Replacement, Remove the display assembly: step 47, image 3 of 3
    • Thread the screen cable and digitizer cable out of their cutouts, then remove the display.

    • To install a replacement display assembly:

    • Clean all adhesive residue from the phone frame. Adhesive that's left behind may apply uneven pressure against the replacement screen and potentially damage it.

    • Apply a pre-cut adhesive, or double-sided tape to the phone frame's perimeter.

    • Peel all plastic liners from the back of the replacement screen to expose the adhesive.

    • Carefully thread the screen cable and the digitizer cable through the phone frame's cutouts.

    • Lay the screen onto the frame and place some books on top for an hour to help the screen adhesive bond to the frame.

    • During the boot-up process after reassembly, the screen will go through a calibration sequence. Do not touch the screen during this process, as it could result in improper touch calibration and create touch issues.

Conclusion

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

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

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27 Comments

To change only the screen glass… Do you have to disassemble the whole phone or just steps 39 to 42?

Thanks

Adrián García Estaún - Reply

Hi Adrián,

The OLED is bonded to the screen glass. Unlike LCDs, trying to remove the glass only will most likely destroy the OLED screen.

Arthur Shi -

How to differentiate between a pre-mounted and a non pre-mounted display? I don’t want to order the wrong part, hence the question.

Sid Mankad - Reply

The pre-mounted part will come with the frame, which is the majority of the phone body. The screen is already stuck affixed to the frame, but you would have to transfer everything else onto it. The display only part looks like a thin panel with adhesive on the back. It would look like this part.

Arthur Shi -

When buying a replacement screen do I need to buy it with a frame?

Abby Andam - Reply

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