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Introduction

Follow this guide to replace a broken or cracked screen on a Google Pixel 5.

Unlike previous Google Pixels models, the Pixel 5’s screen is reinforced with a metal frame. The earpiece speaker is also glued onto the back side of the screen.

  1. Heat an iOpener and apply it to the bottom edge of the screen for one minute.
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the bottom edge of the screen for one 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.

  2. Apply a suction cup to the screen, as close to the heated edge as possible. If your screen is badly cracked, follow this guide  to tape over the cracked screen. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen. Pull up on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap.
    • Apply a suction cup to the screen, as close to the heated edge as possible.

    • If your screen is badly cracked, follow this guide to tape over the cracked screen. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

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

    • Depending on the age of your device, this may be difficult. If you have trouble, apply more heat and try again.

    • Insert the opening pick into the gap.

  3. Slide the opening pick back and forth along the bottom of the screen to slice the adhesive. Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing. Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.
    • Slide the opening pick back and forth along the bottom of the screen to slice the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  4. Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for one minute.
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for one minute.

  5. Insert another opening pick into the bottom left corner of the screen. Slide the opening pick around the left corner. Do not insert the pick more than 1/4 inch (6 mm)  or you may damage the screen's flex cable located in the middle of the left edge.
    • Insert another opening pick into the bottom left corner of the screen.

    • Slide the opening pick around the left corner.

    • Do not insert the pick more than 1/4 inch (6 mm) or you may damage the screen's flex cable located in the middle of the left edge.

    • Continue to slide the pick up towards the front camera to slice the adhesive on the left edge of the screen.

    • Leave the pick inserted to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  6. Insert another opening pick into the top left corner of the screen. Slide the pick around the front camera and across the top edge of the phone. If the adhesive is difficult to slice, apply heat to the area for one minute and try again.
    • Insert another opening pick into the top left corner of the screen.

    • Slide the pick around the front camera and across the top edge of the phone.

    • If the adhesive is difficult to slice, apply heat to the area for one minute and try again.

    • Slide the pick to the top right corner of the phone and leave the pick inserted.

  7. Insert an opening pick into the bottom right corner of the screen. Slide the pick up to the top right corner to slice the last edge of adhesive. You may need to run an opening pick around the edges again to ensure all the adhesive is cut. It is applied the thickest on the four corners.
    • Insert an opening pick into the bottom right corner of the screen.

    • Slide the pick up to the top right corner to slice the last edge of adhesive.

    • You may need to run an opening pick around the edges again to ensure all the adhesive is cut. It is applied the thickest on the four corners.

  8. Use the opening pick from the top left corner to lift up the left edge of the screen a few millimeters. This will keep the clips from snapping back down into the case. Lift up on the right side of the screen and open up the phone like a book.
    • Use the opening pick from the top left corner to lift up the left edge of the screen a few millimeters. This will keep the clips from snapping back down into the case.

    • Lift up on the right side of the screen and open up the phone like a book.

    • Do not open the screen more than 90 degrees to prevent damaging the screen flex cable.

  9. Use tweezers to grip the screen connector cover securing the screen flex cable. Push the clip in towards the connector to unlatch it.
    • Use tweezers to grip the screen connector cover securing the screen flex cable.

    • Push the clip in towards the connector to unlatch it.

  10. Remove the screen connector cover. Remove the screen connector cover.
    • Remove the screen connector cover.

  11. Use the tip of the spudger to pry up and disconnect the screen flex cable. 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
    • Use the tip of the spudger to pry up and disconnect the screen flex cable.

    • 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

  12. Remove the screen. Use tweezers to pick off the remaining adhesive on the case.
    • Remove the screen.

    • Use tweezers to pick off the remaining adhesive on the case.

    • Be sure to test your repairs before you affix the screen with new adhesive.

    • If you are using a custom-cut adhesive, follow this guide for instructions on how to apply adhesive to the replacement screen.

    • If you are using Tesa tape to reattach the screen, follow this guide.

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.

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

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