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Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement

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  1. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prepare your Pixel for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prepare your Pixel for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Secure the Anti-Clamp: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Secure the Anti-Clamp: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Secure the Anti-Clamp: step 4, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Anti-Clamp
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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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Twist the handle: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Twist the handle: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 7, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prevent damage to your phone: step 9, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Leave a pick in the bottom left corner: step 13, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Leave a pick in the bottom left corner: step 13, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 17, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Prop up the screen: step 18, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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.

    • 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 without straining it.

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

    • Remove the cover.

  20. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 20, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 20, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the point of a spudger under the top right 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Reassembly information: step 21, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Reassembly information: step 21, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 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 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 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 22, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • The next few steps show how to disconnect and detach the 5G mmWave antenna cable. If your phone doesn't have a 5G mmWave antenna, skip the next four steps.

    • Be very careful not to scrape off or damage any surface mounted components during this step.

    • Insert the tip of a spudger under the top edge of the 5G mmWave antenna's press connector.

    • Gently pry up and disconnect the cable.

  23. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Heat the 5G mmWave antenna adhesive: step 23, image 1 of 1
  24. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the 5G mmWave antenna adhesive: step 24, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the 5G mmWave antenna adhesive: step 24, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Separate the 5G mmWave antenna adhesive: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the bottom of the 5G mmWave antenna cable and the midframe, just above the press connector.

    • Twist the spudger to separate the bottom of the cable from the midframe.

  25. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Peel up the 5G mmWave antenna: step 25, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Peel up the 5G mmWave antenna: step 25, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Peel up the 5G mmWave antenna: step 25, image 3 of 3
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    Tesa 61395 Tape
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    • Grip the bottom of the 5G mmWave antenna cable and gently peel it from the midframe.

    • During reassembly, press the cable back into place on the midframe to secure it with the old adhesive. If it doesn't stick, use thin, double-sided tape to secure it.

  26. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 26, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Unfasten the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 26, image 2 of 2
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    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 Pro uses Torx Plus screws, standard Torx bits will also work. Make sure to apply constant, downward force to prevent stripping.

    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 5 mm‑long 3IP Torx Plus screws securing the 5G mmWave antenna bracket.

  27. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 27, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 27, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • Use one hand to hold the front camera out of the way.

    • With your free hand, insert the tip of a spudger in one of the 5G mmWave antenna bracket's screw holes.

    • Pry up with the spudger to dislodge the bracket.

    • Remove the bracket.

    • During reassembly, insert the bracket at a downward angle so the spring contacts and foam pads press up against the 5G mmWave antenna. Press the bracket down to secure it.

  28. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna: step 28, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Use one hand to hold the front camera out of the way.

    • With your free hand, grab the 5G mmWave antenna cable and gently lift the antenna out of its recess.

    • If the cable disconnects from the antenna, don't worry! Use your fingers to remove the antenna.

  29. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 29, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 29, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 29, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the 5G mmWave antenna with one hand.

    • With your free hand, gently twist the 5G mmWave antenna cable to disconnect it.

  30. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the thermal pad: step 30, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, Remove the thermal pad: step 30, 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.

  31. Google Pixel 8 Pro 5G mmWave Antenna Replacement, You're left with the 5G mmWave antenna: step 31, 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 Answers community for help.

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