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  1. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Heat the right edge: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Completely power off your phone before you begin.

    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • 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. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Screen removal information: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Screen removal information: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Screen removal information: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • While you're waiting for the adhesive to loosen, take note of the following:

    • Screen seam: This seam separates the screen from the rest of the phone. Do not pry at this seam.

    • Bezel seam: This is where the plastic bezel designed to protect the screen meets the frame. It's held in place by plastic clips. This is where you should pry.

  3. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • The next two steps demonstrate the Anti-Clamp, a tool we designed to make the opening procedure easier. If you aren't using the Anti-Clamp, skip down two steps for an alternate method.

    • For complete instructions on how to use the Anti-Clamp, check out this guide.

    • Pull the blue handle towards the hinge to disengage opening mode.

    • Position the suction cups near the middle of the right edge of the screen—one on the front, and one on the back.

    • Push down on the cups to apply suction to the desired area.

    • If you find that the surface of your device is too slippery for the Anti-Clamp to hold onto, you can use packing tape to create a grippier surface.

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    • Push the blue handle away from the hinge to engage opening mode.

    • Turn the handle clockwise until you see the cups start to stretch.

    • Make sure the suction cups remain aligned to each other. If they begin to slip out of alignment, loosen the suction cups slightly and realign the arms.

    • Wait one minute to give the adhesive a chance to release and present an opening gap.

    • Insert an opening pick under the bezel seam when the Anti-Clamp creates a large enough gap.

    • If the Anti-Clamp doesn't create a sufficient gap, apply more heat to the area and rotate the handle clockwise half a turn.

    • Don't crank more than a half a turn at a time, and wait one minute between turns. Let the Anti-Clamp and time do the work for you.

    • Skip the next two steps.

  5. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a suction cup to the screen, as close to the center of the right edge as possible.

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

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

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

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

  6. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Reposition the opening pick: step 6, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Reposition the opening pick: step 6, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Reposition the opening pick: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • While still applying suction, pivot the pick upwards to a steep angle.

    • Carefully push the pick in while prying to reposition the opening pick into the bezel seam.

    • Only insert the pick up to 3.5 mm to avoid damaging the internals.

  7. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the right clips: step 7, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the right clips: step 7, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the right clips: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the pick along the right edge to release the plastic clips securing the bezel to the frame.

    • Position the pick at the top-right edge before moving to the next step.

  8. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the top right clips: step 8, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the top right clips: step 8, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the top right clips: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Rotate the opening pick around the top-right corner of the phone to release the clips.

    • Leave the opening pick in the top-right corner to prevent the clips from re-locking.

    • Only insert the pick up to 4 mm to avoid damaging the internals.

  9. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the top clips: step 9, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the top clips: step 9, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the top clips: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a new opening pick into the gap you just created.

    • Slide the pick along the top edge to release the clips.

    • When slicing around the front camera, only insert the pick up to 3 mm to avoid damaging the lens.

  10. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the top left clips: step 10, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the top left clips: step 10, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the top left clips: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Rotate the opening pick around the top-left corner of the phone to release the clips.

    • Leave the opening pick in the top-left corner to prevent the clips from re-locking.

  11. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the left clips: step 11, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the left clips: step 11, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the left clips: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a new opening pick into the gap you just created.

    • Slide the pick along the left edge to release the clips.

    • Only insert the pick up to 3 mm to avoid damaging the internals.

    • Repeat the rotating and sliding procedure for the remaining edge.

    • At this point, the screen should be separated from the frame. If there's still resistance around the edges of the screen, use an opening pick to release any remaining clips.

  12. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 12, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 12, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Don't try to remove the screen all the way yet. It's still connected to the frame by a flex cable.

    • Lift the right edge of the screen up and towards the left side of the device, like opening a book.

    • Rest the screen upside down and parallel to the frame before continuing.

    • Don't twist the screen or move it too far away from the frame to avoid damaging the flex cable.

  13. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 13, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 13, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • The display cable bracket is secured with metal clips.

    • Use tweezers to bend the left side of the bracket upwards, releasing the metal clip.

    • Remove the display cable bracket.

  14. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 14, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display cable's press connector.

    • 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.

  15. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Reassembly information: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • If you're reusing your screen, follow this guide to reapply adhesive to the screen.

    • If you're replacing the screen, follow these instructions:

    • Follow this guide to reapply adhesive to the screen

    • Be sure to remove all adhesive liners from your replacement screen, including the front-facing camera recess

    • Perform a fingerprint sensor calibration

    • If you're having trouble performing the calibration, you might need to download the Google USB Driver

  16. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the silver tape: step 16, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the silver tape: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers to peel back the silver tape connecting the midframe and the top speaker.

    • Don't completely remove the tape. You only need to remove the bridge between the midframe and the top speaker.

  17. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to peel back the tape covering the two screws on both sides of the USB-C port.

  18. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Unfasten the midframe: step 18, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Unfasten the midframe: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the 16 screws securing the midframe to the frame:

    • Nine 4.3 mm screws

    • Four 2.9 mm screws

    • Two 4.9 mm screws

    • One 4.6 mm screw

  19. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the midframe clips: step 19, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Release the midframe clips: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a spudger between the top of the midframe and the frame, near the front camera.

    • Pry up with the spudger to release the top of the midframe from its clips.

  20. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a spudger between the bottom left of the midframe and the frame.

    • Pry up with the spudger to release the bottom of the midframe from its clips.

  21. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 21, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the midframe.

    • You may feel a bit of resistance. This is normal, since the midframe is slightly bonded to the heat sink with thermal paste.

    • 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.

  22. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the thermal paste: step 22, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the thermal paste: step 22, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the thermal paste: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to scrape off the thermal paste.

    • Clean any remaining thermal paste with isopropyl alcohol and either a coffee filter or a lint-free cloth.

    • Repeat the cleaning process for the thermal paste on the midframe.

    • During reassembly, follow this guide for reapplying thermal paste to your device.

  23. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 23, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery's press connector.

  24. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Unfasten the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 24, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Unfasten the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • If your device doesn't have a 5G mmWave antenna, skip the next four steps.

    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the 2.9 mm screw securing the 5G mmWave antenna bracket.

  25. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 25, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 25, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to pull the bracket towards the right edge of the phone and disconnect its clip.

    • Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket.

  26. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 26, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna's press connector.

  27. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the 5G mmWave antenna.

  28. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the battery spacer: step 28, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the battery spacer: step 28, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the battery spacer: step 28, image 3 of 3
    • If your device doesn't have a battery spacer, skip the next three steps.

    • Insert an opening pick between the plastic battery spacer and the battery.

    • Slide the pick forward while prying to separate enough of the spacer to grip it with tweezers.

  29. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to peel the battery spacer away from the device.

  30. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement: step 30, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the battery spacer.

    • If your replacement battery didn't come with this spacer, transfer it to your replacement part.

  31. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Separate the battery pull tabs: step 31, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Separate the battery pull tabs: step 31, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Separate the battery pull tabs: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to peel the plastic pull tabs away from the battery.

  32. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Heat the battery's adhesive: step 32, image 1 of 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the back of the device for two minutes.

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

  33. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Separate the battery's adhesive: step 33, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Separate the battery's adhesive: step 33, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Separate the battery's adhesive: step 33, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the tabs back and forth in a sawing motion down the length of the battery to separate the adhesive underneath.

    • Work slowly. It's easy to lose your grip and accidentally pull the tab up from under the battery.

    • If you're having difficulty separating the adhesive, apply more heat and wait for the adhesive to loosen.

  34. Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 34, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 34, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 6a Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 34, image 3 of 3
    • Tilt the battery out of the device to separate the rest of the adhesive.

    • Remove the battery.

    • Do not reinstall a damaged or deformed battery, as doing so is a potential safety hazard.

    • Secure the new battery with pre-cut adhesive or double-sided adhesive tape. In order to position it correctly, apply the new adhesive into the device at the places where the old adhesive was located, not directly onto the battery. Press the new battery firmly into place.

    • During reassembly, temporarily reconnect the battery to the motherboard to help align it correctly. Disconnect the battery after it's seated.

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 you install it.

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

For optimal performance, calibrate your newly installed battery after completing this guide.

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

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