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This guide shows how to remove and replace the loudspeaker module for a Google Pixel 3 XL.

The loudspeaker is sealed against the frame with an adhesive gasket. If you remove the loudspeaker, the Pixel will no longer be retain its water resistance.

  1. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Heat the edge of the back panel: step 1, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Heat the edge of the back panel: step 1, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Heat the edge of the back panel: step 1, 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

  2. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Create a gap under the back panel: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Create a gap under the back panel: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Create a gap under the back panel: step 2, 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.

  3. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Loosen the right edge adhesives: step 3, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Loosen the right edge adhesives: step 3, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Loosen the right edge adhesives: step 3, 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.

  4. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Heat the bottom edge of the back panel: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the bottom of the back panel for a minute.

  5. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Slice through the bottom adhesives: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Slice through the bottom adhesives: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Slice through the bottom adhesives: step 5, 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.

  6. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Slice through the remaining edges: step 6, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Slice through the remaining edges: step 6, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Slice through the remaining edges: step 6, 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.

  7. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Slice through the leftover adhesive: step 7, 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.

  8. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Swing open the back panel: step 8, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Swing open the back panel: step 8, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Swing open the back panel: step 8, 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.

  9. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Remove the fingerprint sensor tape: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • User tweezers to carefully peel up the yellow tape over the fingerprint sensor connector.

  10. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint sensor: step 10, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint sensor: step 10, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint sensor: step 10, 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.

  11. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 11, 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.

  12. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Remove the metal cover bracket: step 13, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Remove the metal cover bracket: step 13, 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.

  13. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 14, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 14, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 14, 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.

  14. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Disconnect the loudspeaker: step 15, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Disconnect the loudspeaker: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the loudspeaker connector from its motherboard socket, near the bottom right edge of the phone.

  15. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker screws: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following four T3 screws securing the loudspeaker:

    • Three 4 mm long screws

    • One 3.9 mm long screw

  16. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Loosen the loudspeaker: step 17, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Loosen the loudspeaker: step 17, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Loosen the loudspeaker: step 17, 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.

  17. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement: step 18, 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.

  18. Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 19, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 XL Loudspeaker Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the loudspeaker out slowly and pull it away from any remaining adhesive.

    • Remove the loudspeaker.

    • Before you install a replacement loudspeaker, be sure to remove any residual adhesive from the frame.

Conclusion

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

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