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Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement

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  1. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prepare your Pixel for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prepare your Pixel for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prepare your Pixel for disassembly: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Let your Pixel's battery drain below 25% before starting this repair. A charged lithium‑ion battery may catch fire if damaged.

    • Unplug all cables from your phone.

    • Completely power off your phone.

    • Press the power and volume up buttons at the same time to bring up the shutdown menu.

  2. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • You'll be using opening picks to separate the screen from the frame. If inserted too far, a pick can damage your device. Follow this step to mark your pick and prevent damage.

    • Measure 3 mm from the tip and mark the opening pick with a permanent marker.

    • Alternatively, tape a coin to a pick 3 mm from the tip.

  3. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Heat the bottom edge adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Adhesive and clips secure the screen to the frame. Heating the screen softens the adhesive, making it easier to separate.

    • Heat an iOpener and lay it on the bottom edge of the screen for two minutes to soften the adhesive.

    • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but be careful as extreme heat can damage the screen and/or battery.

  4. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Secure the Anti-Clamp: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Secure the Anti-Clamp: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Secure the Anti-Clamp: step 4, 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.

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

    • Place your phone screen side up on an object so it will rest level between the Anti-Clamp's arms—the bottom edge should be hanging off.

    • Slide the arms over the left edge of your phone, so you have access to the bottom edge.

    • Position the suction cups as close to the center of the bottom edge as possible.

    • Squeeze the cups together to create suction.

  5. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Twist the handle: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Twist the handle: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Twist the handle: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the handle forward to lock the arms.

    • Turn the handle clockwise one full turn (360 degrees), or until the suction cups begin to stretch.

    • As the cups stretch, make sure they stay aligned with each other. If they keep slipping, remove the Anti-Clamp and apply tape for the cups to stick to.

  6. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Wait one minute for a gap to form between the screen and frame.

    • If the adhesive doesn't separate, twist the handle clockwise one quarter turn and wait another minute. Apply more heat if the screen cools down.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't insert your opening pick more than 3 mm to avoid damaging the spring contacts.

    • Pull the blue handle backwards to unlock the arms and remove the Anti-Clamp using the pull tabs on the suction cups.

    • Skip the next two steps

  7. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 7, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Apply a suction handle to the center of the screen's bottom edge.

  8. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Pull up on the suction handle with strong, steady force until a gap forms between the screen and frame.

    • If you're having trouble creating a gap, apply more heat and try again.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

  9. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prevent damage to your phone: step 9, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prevent damage to your phone: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • To avoid damaging your phone, don't insert your pick more than 3 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.

  10. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick along the bottom edge to separate the adhesive securing it.

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

  11. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Heat the right edge adhesive: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the right edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but be careful as extreme heat can damage the screen and/or battery.

  12. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a second opening pick under the bottom right corner of the screen.

    • Slide the new pick to the top right corner to separate the adhesive securing the screen's right edge.

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

  13. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Leave a pick in the bottom left corner: step 13, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Leave a pick in the bottom left corner: step 13, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Leave a pick in the bottom left corner: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a third opening pick under the bottom edge of the screen.

    • Slide the new pick to the bottom left corner.

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

  14. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Heat the left edge adhesive: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but be careful as extreme heat can damage the screen and/or battery.

  15. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a fourth opening pick under the bottom left corner of the screen.

    • Slide the new pick to the top left corner to separate the adhesive securing the screen's left edge.

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

  16. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Heat the top edge adhesive: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the top edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but be careful as extreme heat can damage the screen and/or battery.

  17. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 17, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a fifth opening pick under the top edge of the screen, near the left corner.

    • Slide the opening pick to the top right corner to separate the adhesive securing the screen's top edge.

  18. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prop up the screen: step 18, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prop up the screen: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Place a small box or stack of books to the left of your phone so you can prop up the screen while disconnecting its cable.

    • Swing up the right edge of the screen like the front cover of a book.

    • Be careful not to strain the screen cable.

    • If the screen feels stuck, go back around the perimeter with an opening pick to separate any remaining adhesive.

    • Prop up the screen so you can access the screen cable.

  19. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the screen cable cover: step 19, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the screen cable cover: step 19, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the screen cable cover: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Use an opening pick to pry up the upper edge of the screen cable cover.

    • Remove the cover.

  20. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 20, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 20, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the point of a spudger under the top left corner of the screen's press connector.

    • Gently pry up and disconnect the cable.

    • Remove the screen.

    • To reconnect a press connector, align it over its socket and gently press down on one side until it clicks into place, then press down on the other side. Don't press down in the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend and cause permanent damage.

  21. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Reassembly information: step 21, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Reassembly information: step 21, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Reassembly information: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • If you're installing a new screen with pre-installed adhesive, follow this step during reassembly. Otherwise, follow this guide to apply adhesive to your old screen.

    • Use the pull tabs to remove the liners covering the front camera cutout, the rear camera pad, the back of the screen, and the perimeter adhesive.

    • Reconnect the screen cable and reinstall its cover.

    • This is a good point to test your phone before sealing it up. Temporarily power on your phone and make sure it works as expected. Power it down before continuing.

    • Firmly press the screen into place on the frame. You should feel the clips "pop" into place.

    • Press firmly around the perimeter of the screen to secure it with the new adhesive.

    • Optionally, you can strengthen the adhesive bond by applying pressure evenly to the phone.

    • Follow this guide to calibrate the fingerprint sensor.

  22. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 22, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 22, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of the spudger to pry up and disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable from the logic board.

  23. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Heat the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 23, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Heat the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • The 5G mmWave antenna cable is secured to the midframe with adhesive in two places.

    • Heat an iOpener and lay it on the left edge of the phone for two minutes to soften the cable adhesive.

    • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but be careful as, extreme heat can damage the battery.

  24. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the adhesive: step 24, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the adhesive: step 24, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the adhesive: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick under the 5G mmWave antenna cable's bottom section of adhesive.

    • Slide the pick toward the top edge of the phone to separate the adhesive.

  25. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Repeat the previous step for the upper section of adhesive.

  26. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Reposition the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Move the 5G mmWave antenna cable over the top of the phone to keep it out of the way.

    • Don't fold or crease the cable—just move it enough so it doesn't interfere with disassembly.

  27. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the graphite sheet: step 27, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the graphite sheet: step 27, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the graphite sheet: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • A large graphite sheet must be removed and replaced to complete this repair. It connects the upper part of the battery, midframe, and the rear cameras.

    • Insert the point of a spudger under the top right corner of the graphite sheet and lift until you can grip the sheet with your fingers.

    • Peel up and remove the entire graphite sheet.

    • If your sheet tears, don't worry! Grip the torn parts and remove the sheet in sections.

    • During reassembly, do not reuse the old graphite sheet. Follow this guide to replace the sheet.

  28. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the plastic buffer: step 28, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the plastic buffer: step 28, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the plastic buffer: step 28, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
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    • A plastic buffer is lightly adhered to the midframe and bottom speaker.

    • Slide the tip of an opening pick under the plastic buffer until you can grip it with tweezers or your fingers.

  29. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 29, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to peel off and remove the plastic buffer from the midframe and the bottom speaker.

  30. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the USB-C port bracket: step 30, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the USB-C port bracket: step 30, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    FixMat
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    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

    • While the Pixel 8 uses Torx Plus screws, standard Torx bits will also work. Make sure to apply constant, downward force to prevent stripping.

    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 5 mm‑long 3IP Torx Plus screws securing the USB‑C port bracket.

  31. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the USB-C port bracket: step 31, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the USB-C port bracket: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the USB-C port bracket.

  32. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Reassembly information: step 32, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Reassembly information: step 32, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Reassembly information: step 32, image 3 of 3
    • During reassembly, follow this step to replace the plastic shim that runs across the bottom of the midframe and loudspeaker. If you don't have a replacement, press the old one back into place.

    • Remove the clear liner from the shim.

    • Use the markings on the midframe to align the left side of the shim and press it into place.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to firmly press down along the whole shim to secure it.

    • Remove the blue liner.

  33. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the midframe: step 33, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the eight 5.1 mm‑long 3IP Torx Plus screws securing the midframe.

  34. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 34, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 34, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 34, image 3 of 3
    • The center of the midframe is lightly bonded to a thermal pad.

    • Slide the flat end of a spudger under the bottom right corner of the midframe to separate it from the thermal pad.

    • You'll feel the midframe loosen once it separates completely.

  35. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 35, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 35, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement: step 35, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the midframe off the frame and remove it.

    • 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.

  36. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 36, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 36, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector.

  37. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 37, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 37, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the 5.1 mm‑long 3IP Torx Plus screw securing the 5G mmWave antenna bracket.

  38. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the bracket: step 38, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the bracket: step 38, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the bracket: step 38, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the point of a spudger in the notch at the top right corner of the 5G mmWave antenna bracket.

    • Pry up with the spudger to dislodge the bracket.

    • Remove the bracket.

    • During reassembly, reinsert the top edge of the bracket first at a downward angle so its foam pad sits properly before resecuring the bracket.

  39. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the antenna: step 39, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the antenna: step 39, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the antenna: step 39, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the antenna and its cable out of the frame and remove it.

    • If your cable disconnects from the antenna, don't worry! Align the cable press connector over its socket and press down with your fingers until it snaps into place.

  40. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the cable: step 40, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the cable: step 40, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable press connector.

  41. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the thermal pad: step 41, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the thermal pad: step 41, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to gently scrape up and remove the 5G mmWave antenna thermal pad, being careful not to damage it.

    • Set the thermal pad aside for reassembly.

    • During reassembly, transfer the old thermal pad to your new 5G mmWave antenna. Use the flat end of a spudger to help push it into place. If the thermal pad is damaged, you'll need to replace it with a new one.

  42. Google Pixel 8 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, You're left with the 5G mmWave antenna: step 42, image 1 of 1
    • You're left with the 5G mmWave antenna.

Conclusion

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

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

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 Google Pixel 8 Answers Community for help.

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