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Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement

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  1. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Prepare your phone for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Prepare your phone for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Allow your battery to drain below 25% before starting this repair. A charged lithium-ion battery is a potential safety hazard.

    • Unplug any cables from your phone and fully power it down.

  2. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Protect your screen: step 2, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Protect your screen: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Glass shards can complicate disassembly—or worse, cause injury. If your phone has a cracked screen, follow these steps:

    • Apply overlapping strips of packing tape to the cracked glass until the whole screen is covered.

    • Only cover the glass itself—don't stick any tape to the frame.

    • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any glass shaken free during the repair.

  3. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Soften the top edge adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • The screen is strongly adhered to the frame, has no clips, and resists flexing. It requires significant heat to soften the adhesive underneath.

    • Use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate to heat the top edge of the screen until it's almost too hot to touch.

    • Be careful not to overheat the phone—the battery and plastic components are susceptible to heat damage. Stop heating if the frame becomes too hot to touch.

  4. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 4, image 3 of 3
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    • Inserting an opening pick is very difficult. Be patient and reheat the screen at any point if it feels stuck.

    • Apply a suction handle to the center of the top edge of the screen.

    • If you can't apply a suction handle to a broken or uneven screen, try folding a strong piece of tape into a handle.

    • Pull up on the suction handle with a strong, steady force.

    • Insert the tip of an opening pick into the left side of the earpiece speaker cutout.

    • Firmly press the pick into the cutout and lower it flat to the screen until it slides under the glass.

    • If your pick is too thick to slide under the glass, try a thinner object like the flat edge of a Jimmy.

  5. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Don't insert your pick deeper than 2 mm, as you might damage the front-facing camera.

    • Slide your pick back and forth across the top edge of the screen to separate the adhesive.

  6. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 6, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Don't insert your pick deeper than 3 mm, as you might damage the spacers along the right edge of the frame.

    • For a visual reference, you can measure 3 mm from the tip and mark your pick with a permanent marker.

    • Slide your pick down the right edge to separate the adhesive.

  7. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: step 7, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • If you plan on reusing any components on your screen, don't insert your pick deeper than 3 mm, as you might damage the LCD panel or connectors.

    • Slide your pick to the bottom left corner to separate the bottom edge adhesive.

  8. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 8, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • If you plan on reusing any components from your screen, don't insert your pick deeper than 3 mm, as you might damage the connectors.

    • Slide your pick to the top left corner to separate the left edge adhesive.

  9. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Swing open the screen: step 9, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Swing open the screen: step 9, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Swing open the screen: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Swing the right edge of the screen open, like turning the page of a book.

    • Be careful not to strain the screen cable.

    • Lay the screen over the left edge of the frame.

  10. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Move the graphite film: step 10, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Move the graphite film: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Move the flap of graphite film away from the screen connector.

  11. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Remove the screen connector cover: step 11, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Remove the screen connector cover: step 11, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Remove the screen connector cover: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • While the Pixel 7a uses Torx Plus screws, standard Torx bits work. Make sure to apply constant, downward force to prevent stripping.

    • Use your T3 Torx driver to remove the single 2 mm 3IP Torx Plus screw securing the screen connector cover.

    • Remove the cover.

  12. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 12, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of your spudger or a fingernail to pry up and disconnect the screen press connector.

    • To reconnect a press connector, align it over the socket and gently press down on one side until it clicks into place, then press down on the other side. It might take a few tries to align the connector.

  13. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Remove the screen: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the screen.

    • During reassembly, follow this guide to calibrate the fingerprint sensor.

  14. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Prepare your frame for reassembly: step 14, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Prepare your frame for reassembly: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • The underside of the battery is exposed through a small cutout in the frame—be careful not to damage it with your tool.

    • Use blunt nose tweezers or your fingers to peel and remove the square piece of adhesive near the battery cutout.

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    • If you're reusing your original screen, peel and remove the old adhesive from the perimeter of the screen.

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    • Use a pipette or syringe to apply a few drops of highly-concentrated isopropyl alcohol (over 90%) to the perimeter of the frame.

    • Wipe the residue away using a lint-free or microfiber cloth.

    • If you're reusing your screen, repeat this step along its perimeter, as well.

  17. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Apply new adhesive: step 17, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Apply new adhesive: step 17, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Apply new adhesive: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Peel the square piece of screen adhesive from its large liner.

    • Apply the adhesive to the frame in the same location as the old adhesive, just below the battery cutout.

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    • If your screen already comes with adhesive pre-installed, skip down five steps to continue reassembly.

    • Before removing any liners from the screen adhesive, hold it over the frame to make sure it's oriented correctly.

    • Make sure the blue adhesive liner is facing up and the tab cutout is to the left of the front-facing camera.

  19. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Take your time aligning the adhesive with the frame—it's very sticky and can't be moved after you apply it.

    • Peel up the right half of the large adhesive liner. Don't remove the whole liner, yet.

    • Hold the adhesive by its short edges, with the right long edge of the liner folded back to expose the adhesive.

    • Lay the right long edge of the adhesive onto the frame.

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    • Slowly lay the rest of the adhesive onto the frame, peeling away the large liner as you go.

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    • Use the flat end of your spudger to press along the perimeter of the adhesive and secure it to the frame.

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    • Grab the blue liner pull tab in the upper left corner.

    • Slowly peel and remove the liner.

    • If the adhesive starts to peel up with the liner, check that you’ve pushed all of it into place with your spudger. If it continues to peel up, hold it down with the point of your spudger as you go.

  23. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Install the screen: step 23, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement, Install the screen: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Apply a suction handle to the left side of the replacement screen, with the handle facing left.

    • Prop up your screen on the left side of the frame.

  24. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Connect the screen cable by aligning it over the socket and pressing on one side until it clicks into place before fully pressing it down.

  25. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 25, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the screen connector cover into its slot in the logic board.

    • Use your T3 Torx driver to install the 2 mm 3IP Torx Plus screw and secure the screen connector cover.

  26. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Peel and remove the blue liner from the square adhesive on the frame.

  27. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • Hold the screen just above the frame by the suction handle.

    • Use a spudger to fold the flap of graphite film back over the screen cable.

    • Press the screen into place.

  28. Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 7a Screen Replacement: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the suction handle.

    • Firmly press around the perimeter of the screen to secure it to the frame.

    • For a better seal, lightly warm the screen with a heated iOpener, hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate before pressing around the perimeter.

Conclusion

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

To calibrate the display’s fingerprint reader, use Google’s Pixel Update and Software Repair tool.

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

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 Answers community for help.

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This guide worked well for me and I was able to replace my screen despite it being severely cracked - expect a lot of screen breakage and glass pieces if that's the case! I set everything in a tray to minimize glass fragments going all over.
Once the screen was installed, the wrapper for the iFixit provided screen has a label that says "UDFPS calibration required" with a QR code.
This takes you to a Google site that tells you how to set up fingerprints on your phone. I don't think that link is helpful.

I needed to go to https://pixelrepair.withgoogle.com/udfps where Google has a tool that allows easy updating of the fingerprint sensor software on your phone, which is a requirement after a new screen is installed. Open that site on a computer (PC or Mac, no ChromeOS, no tablets) and follow the instructions, which include connecting your phone via USB cable.

Hans Chun - Reply

I had trouble with the calibration step. I ended up having to install the Google USB driver. I downloaded it here and followed this guide, using the Windows 10 instructions for Windows 11

Parker Kincaid -

The guide worked very well. Although it was very hard to remove the old display (I have two left hands, all thumbs), I was able to exchange it. Thank you very much!

Martin Kinne - Reply

Just replaced my phone 7a screen using the available kit. It was next to impossible to get the old screen off using the heat and pry tools. Would definitely recommend getting their jimmy tool. I ended up shattering the old screen on purpose using a punch tool and peeling the glass off the digitizer and frame. This was easiest for me without ordering another tool. Would NOT recommend doing it this way! The other deviation from these instructions is that the screen replacement version sent to me (10/2023) had the screen adhesive already applied to the screen. Made it much easier to install since there was no human error applying the screen adhesive to the phone frame first then lining up the screen. Definitely an improvement! Overall, took me way too long to complete, closer to 2+ hours due to the issues getting the old screen off. But certainly manageable by any DIYer. Would definitely buy from iFixIt again in the future if needed.

Harry - Reply

You just described my experience exactly. Busting the old screen was awful but it worked. Without better tools, I can't imagine getting that screen off there!

Jeff -

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