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Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement

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  1. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Safety precautions: step 1, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Safety precautions: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Allow your battery to drain below 25% before starting this repair. A charged battery may catch fire if damaged.

    • Fully power off your phone and unplug any cables.

  2. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Screen removal information: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Screen removal information: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Screen removal information: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • The screen of the Google Pixel 7 is held in place by plastic clips and adhesive.

    • During the removal procedure, make sure to insert your opening picks in the right position to avoid separating the screen from its safety frame instead of the phone assembly.

    • Only insert the pick up to ~3.5 mm during the removal procedure to avoid damaging the internals and to avoid interfering with the plastic clips.

    • There are several plastic clips around the whole screen. In case your opening pick gets blocked during the screen removal procedure it means you inserted your pick too deep underneath the screen.

  3. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Anti-Clamp
    $24.95
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    • The next three 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 three steps for an alternate method.

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

    • If your screen is cracked, cover it with a layer of clear packing tape to help the suction cup adhere.

    • Pull the blue handle backwards to unlock the Anti-Clamp's arms.

    • Slide the arms over either the left or right edge of your phone.

    • Position the suction cups near the bottom edge of the phone—one on the front, and one on the back.

    • Squeeze the cups together to apply suction.

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

  4. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the blue handle forward to lock the arms.

    • Turn the handle clockwise 360 degrees or until the cups start to stretch.

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

  5. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Heat an iOpener and thread it through the arms of the Anti-Clamp.

    • You can also use a hair dryer or heat gun—but extreme heat can damage the display and/or internal battery, so proceed with care.

    • Fold the iOpener so it lays on the bottom edge of the phone.

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

    • Insert an opening pick under the screen frame 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.

  6. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Loosen the display adhesive: step 6, 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. The edge should feel slightly too hot to the touch.

  7. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 7, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 7, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 7, 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 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.

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

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

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

  8. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prevent damage to your phone: step 8, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prevent damage to your phone: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • To avoid damaging your phone, don't insert your pick more than ~2.5 mm as you separate the screen adhesive. Note the following areas:

    • The screen cable is a little less than halfway up the left edge of the phone. Be very careful here to avoid tearing the cable.

    • There are many spring contacts around the perimeter of the phone. Be very careful in these areas to avoid bending the contacts.

  9. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Slice the bottom edge adhesive: step 9, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Slice the bottom edge adhesive: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  10. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 10, 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.

  11. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Release the left clips: step 11, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Release the left clips: step 11, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Release the left clips: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • 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 and to release the plastic clips.

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

  12. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Slice the top edge adhesive: step 12, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Slice the top edge adhesive: step 12, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Slice the top edge adhesive: step 12, 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 (~2.5 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.

  13. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Release the right clips: step 13, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Release the right clips: step 13, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Release the right clips: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a fifth opening pick and slide it along the right edge of the phone to slice the remaining adhesive and release the right plastic clips.

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

  14. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Open up the phone assembly: step 14, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Open up the phone assembly: step 14, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Open up the phone assembly: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the right edge of the screen up and towards the left side of the device, like opening a book.

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

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

  15. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Release the display cable bracket: step 15, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Release the display cable bracket: step 15, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • The display cable bracket sits tightly and requires some force to release it.

    • Insert one arm of a pair of tweezers into the opening at the upper end of the display cable bracket.

    • Push the bracket inwards and pry up to release it.

  16. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 16, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the display cable bracket by pulling it from underneath the midframe and in direction of the cameras.

  17. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 17, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the display flex cable by prying the connector straight up from its socket.

    • 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.

  18. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the screen: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Separate the screen from the phone.

    • During reassembly:

    • Check that all screws are tightened and there are no loose parts.

    • Reconnect the screen and test your phone to make sure it works. Power it back down and continue 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.

  19. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the black silicone pad: step 19, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the black silicone pad: step 19, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the black silicone pad: step 19, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Take care not to puncture or bend the battery with your tool in the following steps—a punctured or bent battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a fire.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel the black silicone pad off the battery and midframe.

  20. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Peel off the upper graphite foil: step 20, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Peel off the upper graphite foil: step 20, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Peel off the upper graphite foil: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully peel the upper graphite foil off the battery and midframe.

    • If you're having a hard time peeling off the foil, apply a heated iOpener to the foil for two minutes to loosen its adhesive.

  21. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Peel off the lower graphite foil: step 21, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Peel off the lower graphite foil: step 21, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Peel off the lower graphite foil: step 21, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully peel the lower graphite foil off the battery and midframe.

    • If you're having a hard time peeling off the foil, apply a heated iOpener to the foil for two minutes to loosen its adhesive.

  22. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the loudspeaker screws: step 22, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the loudspeaker screws: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Torx T3 screwdriver to remove the three 5.1 mm-long screws securing the loudspeaker.

  23. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 23, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to lift the loudspeaker out of its recess and remove it.

  24. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the midframe screws: step 24, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the midframe screws: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Torx T3 screwdriver to remove the nine 5.1 mm-long screws securing the midframe.

  25. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 25, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 25, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 25, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the midframe.

    • During reassembly check the condition of the thermal pad. If it's damaged, remove the pad, clean the area with high-concentration (greater than 90%) isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber or lint-free cloth, and apply a new thermal pad.

  26. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the battery cable: step 26, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the battery cable: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the battery cable by prying the connector straight up from its socket.

  27. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the mmWave antenna bracket screw: step 27, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the mmWave antenna bracket screw: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • The next six steps show how to remove the mmWave antenna.

    • Use a Torx T3 screwdriver to remove the 5.1 mm-long screw securing the mmWave antenna bracket.

  28. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Pry up the mmWave antenna bracket: step 28, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Pry up the mmWave antenna bracket: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a spudger underneath the bottom right edge of the mmWave antenna bracket.

    • Pry upwards to loosen the mmWave antenna bracket.

  29. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the mmWave antenna bracket: step 29, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the mmWave antenna bracket: step 29, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the mmWave antenna bracket.

  30. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the mmWave antenna cable: step 30, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the mmWave antenna cable: step 30, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the mmWave antenna cable by prying the connector straight up from its socket.

  31. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the mmWave antenna assembly: step 31, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the mmWave antenna assembly: step 31, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the mmWave antenna assembly: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to lift the mmWave antenna (including its cable) out of its recess.

    • Remove the mmWave antenna assembly.

    • During reassembly check the condition of the thermal pad. If it's damaged, remove the pad, clean the area with high-concentration (greater than 90%) isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber or lint-free cloth, and apply a new thermal pad.

  32. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the mmWave antenna cable: step 32, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the mmWave antenna cable: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the mmWave antenna cable by prying the connector straight up from its socket.

    • Separate the mmWave antenna cable from the mmWave antenna.

  33. Google Pixel 7 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 33, image 1 of 1
    • You're now left with the mmWave antenna.

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.

To run a diagnostics test with the built-in Pixel Diagnostic tool, click here.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Google Pixel 7 answers community for help.

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