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Introduction

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Use this guide to remove or replace the front or selfie camera assembly in your Google Pixel 6.

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

You’ll need replacement adhesive to reattach components when reassembling the device.

  1. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Loosen the display adhesive: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the screen to loosen the adhesive underneath. Apply the iOpener for at least 3 minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the device.

  2. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Once the screen is warm to the touch, apply a suction handle to the bottom edge of the screen.

    • If your screen is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction handle to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction handle. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction handle to the screen.

    • Lift the screen, including its safety frame, with the suction handle to create a small gap between the screen and the phone assembly.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap between the screen frame and the phone assembly.

    • Make sure to insert your opening pick in the right position to avoid separating the screen from its safety frame instead of the phone assembly.

    • Slide the opening pick to the bottom right corner of the screen to slice its adhesive.

    • Leave the opening pick in place to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  3. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Slice the adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Slice the adhesive: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a second opening pick at the bottom edge and slide it to the bottom left corner of the screen to slice the adhesive.

    • Leave the opening pick in place to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  4. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • The screen of the Google Pixel 6 is not only held in place by adhesive but also small plastic clips. If your opening pick gets blocked during the screen removal procedure, it means you inserted your pick too deep underneath the screen. Only insert the tip of the opening pick (3-4 mm) when slicing the display adhesive.

    • Insert a third opening pick underneath the bottom left corner of the screen.

    • Slide the opening pick along the left edge of the screen to slice the adhesive.

    • Leave the opening pick in the top left corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  5. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • If the adhesive becomes hard to cut, it has most likely cooled down. Use your iOpener or heat gun for 1-2 minutes to reheat it.

    • When you slice near the front facing camera, insert only the tip of the opening pick (2-3 mm) to avoid damaging or smearing the camera.

    • Insert a fourth opening pick at the top left corner of the screen.

    • Slide the opening pick along the top edge of the phone to slice the adhesive.

    • Leave the opening pick in the top right corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  6. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a fifth opening pick and slide it along the right edge of the phone to slice the remaining adhesive.

    • Do not try to remove the display all the way yet, the screen is still connected to the phone assembly.

  7. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Open up the phone assembly: step 7, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Open up the phone assembly: step 7, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Open up the phone assembly: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Avoid straining the display cable during the following procedure.

    • Carefully open the right side of the screen to the left side of the phone assembly like you would open a book.

  8. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 8, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 8, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully unhinge and remove the metal bracket sitting on top of the display cable connector.

    • Make sure to keep this component to reinstall it during reassembly.

  9. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 9, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the display flex cable by prying the connector straight up from its socket.

  10. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Remove the screen: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the screen.

    • During reassembly, apply new adhesive where it's necessary after cleaning the relevant areas with isopropyl alcohol (>90%).

    • Follow this guide if you're using custom-cut adhesives for your device.

    • Follow this guide if you're using a pre-cut adhesive card.

    • 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.

  11. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Loosen the graphite film adhesive: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener or a heat gun to the rear glass to loosen the adhesive underneath the graphite films on top of the battery. Apply the iOpener for at least two minutes.

    • Don't apply heat directly onto the battery. It is susceptible to heat damage and could cause a thermal event.

  12. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Remove the graphite films: step 12, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Remove the graphite films: step 12, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Remove the graphite films: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Take care not to puncture or bend the battery with your tool—a punctured or bent battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a thermal event.

    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers or a clean fingernail to carefully peel the black graphite film off the top edge of the battery and the motherboard shield.

    • Remove the graphite film.

  13. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • If the graphite film is hard to peel off, it has most likely cooled down. Reapply your iOpener or heat gun to the rear glass for 1-2 minutes to reheat it.

    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers or a clean fingernail to carefully peel the black graphite film off the left edge of the battery and the motherboard shield.

  14. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • The graphite film at the bottom edge of the battery only needs to be removed when replacing the battery or the loudspeaker.

    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers or a clean fingernail to carefully peel the black graphite film off the bottom edge of the battery and the loudspeaker assembly.

    • Remove the graphite film.

    • Use a Torx T3 screwdriver to remove the screws securing the motherboard cover:

    • Eight 4.8 mm-long screws

    • One 2.4 mm-long screw

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

  15. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully lift up the motherboard cover and remove it.

  16. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the battery cable: step 17, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the battery cable: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the battery cable by prying the connector straight up from its socket.

  17. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the front camera cable: step 18, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the front camera cable: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the front camera cable by prying the connector straight up from its sockets.

  18. Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 19, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6 Front Camera Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to carefully lift the front camera out of its recess and remove it.

Conclusion

If possible, turn on your device and test your repair before installing new adhesive and resealing.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. During reassembly apply new adhesive where necessary after cleaning the relevant areas with isopropyl alcohol (>90%).

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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