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Follow this guide to remove and replace the charging assembly on a Google Pixel 3 XL.

The charging assembly includes the USB-C port and the SIM card reader.

For your safety, discharge the battery below 25% before disassembling your phone. This reduces the risk of fire if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

Note: The motherboard and loudspeaker can be removed in either order. This guide removes the motherboard before the loudspeaker so there are a few visual discrepancies, but the repair procedure is not affected.
Note: You don't need to remove the rear-facing camera from the motherboard for this repair.

  1. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Eject the SIM tray: step 1, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Eject the SIM tray: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a SIM eject tool, bit, or a straightened paper clip into the small hole, located at the bottom edge of the phone.

    • Press firmly to eject the tray.

  2. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the SIM tray: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the SIM tray from the phone.

  3. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Heat the edge of the back panel: step 3, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Heat the edge of the back panel: step 3, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Heat the edge of the back panel: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the back panel for a minute.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

    • While you wait, note the following areas on the back panel:

    • Strong adhesive—there are large patches of adhesive near the bottom of the phone.

    • Fingerprint sensor cable—be careful not to slice through the cable as you pry

  4. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Create a gap under the back panel: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Create a gap under the back panel: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Create a gap under the back panel: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a suction cup to the heated edge of the back panel, as close to the edge as possible.

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

    • Depending on the age of your phone, this may be difficult. If you are having trouble, apply heat to the edge and try again.

    • Insert the point of an opening pick into the gap.

  5. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the right edge adhesives: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the right edge adhesives: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the right edge adhesives: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick along the right edge to slice through the adhesive.

    • The adhesive gums up and becomes hard to slice once it cools. If that happens, re-apply heat to the edge to make slicing easier.

    • Once you have sliced through the edge, leave an opening pick in the seam to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  6. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Heat the bottom edge of the back panel: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the bottom of the back panel for a minute.

  7. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice through the bottom adhesives: step 7, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice through the bottom adhesives: step 7, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice through the bottom adhesives: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Use an opening pick to slice around the bottom right corner and continue along the bottom edge of the phone.

    • Work slowly as you slice around the corner to prevent the panel from cracking. If the slicing becomes hard, re-apply heat.

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

  8. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice through the remaining edges: step 8, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice through the remaining edges: step 8, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice through the remaining edges: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Continue heating and slicing the remaining edges of the phone.

    • Be careful as you slice along the left edge of the phone. If your pick feels like it's stuck near the top, you may have snagged the fingerprint sensor. Retract the pick out of the seam slightly and try again.

    • Be sure to cut through the thick portions of adhesive near the bottom and right edge of the phone.

  9. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice through the leftover adhesive: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Gently pry up the right edge of the back panel.

    • Use an opening pick to slice through any remaining adhesive along the edges.

  10. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Swing open the back panel: step 10, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Swing open the back panel: step 10, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Swing open the back panel: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Swing the right edge of the back panel upwards and rest the flipped panel along the left side of the phone.

    • Be sure to maintain slack on the fingerprint sensor cable and prevent it from being pinched.

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to power on your phone and test all functions before sealing it up. Be sure to power your phone back down completely before you continue working.

    • During reassembly, follow this guide to install custom-cut adhesives for your back panel.

    • If you replaced the fingerprint sensor, you'll need to use this software tool to make the phone recognize the new sensor.

  11. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the fingerprint sensor tape: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • User tweezers to carefully peel up the yellow tape over the fingerprint sensor connector.

  12. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint sensor: step 12, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint sensor: step 12, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint sensor: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to carefully flip up the black lock bar on the fingerprint sensor's ZIF socket.

    • Grasp the cable's tab with your fingers or tweezers and gently walk the flex cable out of the socket.

    • To prevent shorting, be careful not to touch the metal contacts on the flex cable with your tweezers.

  13. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the back panel.

    • Remove the following four T3 screws securing the metal cover bracket:

    • Three 4 mm long screws

    • One 3 mm long screw

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

  14. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the metal cover bracket: step 15, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the metal cover bracket: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the top right edge of the metal bracket and pry up to loosen it.

    • Remove the metal cover bracket.

  15. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 16, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 16, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from its socket.

    • Do not use metal tools to to disconnect the battery, or you will risk shorting the battery.

    • Bend the battery cable such that the connector will not accidentally touch the socket.

  16. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the motherboard shield screws: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the five T3 screws securing the motherboard shield:

    • Three 4 mm long screws

    • Two 3 mm long screws

  17. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the motherboard shield: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the motherboard shield.

  18. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the front camera bracket: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three 3 mm long T3 screws securing the front camera bracket.

  19. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the front camera bracket: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the front camera bracket.

  20. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the front cameras: step 21, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the front cameras: step 21, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the front cameras: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to carefully pry up and disconnect the cameras from their motherboard sockets.

    • Be very careful not to dislodge the small surface-mounted components surrounding the sockets.

  21. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the front cameras: step 22, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the front cameras: step 22, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the front cameras: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • The cameras are lightly adhered in place.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and loosen the camera modules from their recess.

  22. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the front-facing cameras: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the front-facing cameras.

  23. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove one loudspeaker screw: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 4 mm long T3 screw securing the top-right corner of the loudspeaker.

    • Removing this screw will give you slightly more wiggle room when removing the motherboard.

  24. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the button array connector bracket: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 3 mm long T3 screws securing the button array connector bracket.

  25. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the button array connector bracket.

  26. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the earpiece speaker: step 27, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the earpiece speaker: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the earpiece connector from its motherboard socket.

    • Carefully remove the connector pad surrounding the earpiece socket.

  27. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the motherboard connectors: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the following:

    • Microphone connector

    • Button array connector

    • Earpiece connector (should already be disconnected)

  28. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the following:

    • Charging coil connector

    • Left squeeze sensor connector

    • Display connector

    • Right squeeze sensor connector

    • Loudspeaker connector

    • USB-C port connector

  29. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the motherboard screws: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 3 mm long T3 screws securing the motherboard.

  30. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the motherboard: step 31, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the motherboard: step 31, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the motherboard: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the point of a spudger underneath the motherboard, near the rear-facing camera module.

    • Pry up gently to loosen the motherboard from its recess.

    • If the motherboard is not budging, make sure you have disconnected all the connectors.

    • The motherboard has to squeeze past the earpiece speaker cable. If too much pressure is put on the earpiece cable, the earpiece speaker will pop open. You can prevent this by pressing on the earpiece module with a finger while you maneuver the motherboard out.

    • If the earpiece speaker pops open (as shown in the third photo of this step), carefully align and press the module back in place.

  31. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 32, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 32, image 3 of 3
    • Don't attempt to remove the motherboard from the phone. It's still attached to the phone.

    • While you perform this step, take care to keep slack on the antenna cables attached to the bottom leg of the motherboard.

    • Lift the top half of the motherboard slightly to clear the board from its recess.

    • Twist the left edge of the board over and out of the phone and rest the board on the right edge of the phone.

  32. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the antenna cables: step 33, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the antenna cables: step 33, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the antenna cables: step 33, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat of a spudger to gently pry up and loosen the black and white antenna cables from their motherboard clips.

    • The cables are fragile and the clips hold onto them tightly. Be patient and pry as close to the base of the clips as possible.

  33. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 34, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the motherboard.

  34. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Transfer the rear-facing camera: step 35, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Transfer the rear-facing camera: step 35, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Transfer the rear-facing camera: step 35, image 3 of 3
    • If you are installing a new motherboard, follow these instructions to transfer the rear-facing camera:

    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the rear-facing camera from its motherboard socket.

    • Remove the rear-facing camera and transfer it to your replacement motherboard.

    • 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.

  35. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker screws: step 36, image 1 of 1
    • If you have already removed the motherboard, the top right loudspeaker screw will already be removed.

    • Remove the following four T3 screws securing the loudspeaker:

    • Three 4 mm long screws

    • One 3.9 mm long screw

  36. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the loudspeaker: step 37, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the loudspeaker: step 37, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Loosen the loudspeaker: step 37, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the point of an opening pick under the bottom right corner of the loudspeaker.

    • Slide the pick in to loosen the right side of the loudspeaker.

  37. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 38, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 38, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the point of an opening pick under the top edge of the loudspeaker, below the battery.

    • Slide the opening pick in to slice through the adhesive gasket under the loudspeaker.

  38. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 39, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 39, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the loudspeaker out slowly and pull it away from any remaining adhesive.

    • Remove the loudspeaker.

    • Before you reinstall the loudspeaker, you may want to remove any residual adhesive from the frame and place new adhesive.

  39. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the white coaxial cable: step 40, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the white coaxial cable: step 40, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the white coaxial cable connector from the charging assembly.

  40. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the white coaxial cable: step 41, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the white coaxial cable from the phone.

  41. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Detach the black coaxial cable: step 42, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Detach the black coaxial cable: step 42, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and detach the black coaxial cable from its clip on the charging assembly.

  42. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the black coaxial cable: step 43, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the black coaxial cable: step 43, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the black coaxial cable connector from the charging assembly.

  43. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the black coaxial cable: step 44, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the black coaxial cable from the phone.

  44. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the charging assembly screws: step 45, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the three 2.4 mm screws securing the charging assembly to the frame.

  45. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 46, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the 3.9 mm screw securing the USB-C port bracket to the frame.

  46. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Detach the charging assembly: step 47, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Detach the charging assembly: step 47, image 2 of 2
    • If you haven't removed the SIM card tray from the phone, do so now. The charging assembly cannot be removed without removing the tray.

    • The right side of the charging assembly is secured to the frame by a peg adjacent to the SIM card reader.

    • Slide the flat end of a spudger under the right side of the charging assembly to detach it from the frame.

  47. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 48, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 48, image 2 of 2
    • The left side of the charging assembly is secured to the frame by a peg and light adhesive.

    • Insert the flat end of a spudger under the left side of the charging assembly.

    • Pry up and detach the left side of the charging assembly from the frame.

  48. Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the charging assembly: step 49, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the charging assembly: step 49, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the charging assembly: step 49, image 3 of 3
    • The USB-C port is secured to the frame by a red gasket. You may need to move the charging assembly back and forth to detach the assembly from the frame.

    • Remove the charging assembly from the frame.

    • During reassembly, make sure the right squeeze sensor cable is situated above the USB-C port cable.

    • The right squeeze sensor cable is adjacent to the bottom right corner of the battery.

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 these instructions in reverse order.

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

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Google Pixel 3 XL Answers community for help.

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