Introduction

Use this guide to replace the battery in your Google Pixel. With daily use, a typical battery will last around 18-24 months before losing significant capacity. If your phone has to be recharged constantly or turns off suddenly, replacing the battery may be a solution.

Warning: Because of the strong adhesive securing the display and minimal clearance for inserting your tools, it’s easy to accidentally damage the display during this procedure. Follow the instructions carefully and observe all warnings to increase your odds of success.

Before disassembling your phone, discharge the battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

  1. Turn off the device.
    • Turn off the device.

    • Prepare an iOpener to heat the edges of the display and soften the adhesive underneath. Alternatively, you may use a heat gun or a hair dryer.

      • The surfaces near the speaker and microphone (top and bottom respectively) have larger adhesive sections. These areas may require slightly longer heat exposure. The display should be heated until it's slightly too hot to touch, for roughly two minutes.

    When reassembling, does the adhesive still hold the phone together when closed or do we need to apply more adhesive?

    Jess Haddow - Reply

    Unfortunately also cracked my display on the way in. You have to go pretty deep under the top and bottom of the screen but BARELY in around the sides, especially the corners. If I had to do it over again, I would have either tried a playing card or put some type of depth limit/mark on my pick so I didn’t go more than a few millimeters in.

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  2. In the following steps, you will separate the display panel by slicing though the adhesive bonding the display to the Pixel's chassis.
    • In the following steps, you will separate the display panel by slicing though the adhesive bonding the display to the Pixel's chassis.

    • For reference, the back of the display panel is shown at left. Note the narrow clearance between the side of the display unit and the OLED panel.

    • Inserting an opening tool deeper than 1.5 mm into the sides of the device, or 9 mm into the top and bottom can permanently damage the display.

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    • Use a suction handle to pull up on the display and create a slight gap between the display and the phone's chassis.

    • If your display is cracked, cover it with packing tape to help the suction cup adhere and prevent glass shards from popping loose.

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    • Insert an opening pick or a playing card into the gap between the chassis and the display assembly.

    • Begin to slide the opening pick around the edge of the display, cutting through the adhesive that secures it.

    • The display panel is fragile. If you plan to re-use your display, take care to insert your tool only as far as necessary to separate the adhesive. Inserting the tool any further can damage the OLED panel under the glass.

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    • Continue carefully separating the adhesive around the rest of the device.

    • Take extra care with the side bezels, which are only 1.5 mm deep.

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    • With the adhesive cut, slowly lift the display up from the top (the side with the speaker-grille cutout), carefully flip it over vertically toward the bottom of the device, and rest it on its face, as shown.

    • Do not attempt to completely remove the display yet, as it is still connected by a fragile ribbon cable. Be careful to not to strain the cable while positioning the display.

    Ruined my Pixel following these instructions. Ribbon cable is at bottom (chin) of phone and not as shown in pictures. My advice take it somewhere and have them replace the battery, that way when they break it it’s their fault.

    John Simpson - Reply

    I’m sorry the instructions weren’t clear, John! I’ve updated the guide to better illustrate where ribbon cable is and how to work around it.

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    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the two black 3.5 mm T5 screws securing the display cable connector bracket.

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    • Use tweezers to remove the bracket that holds the display connector in place.

    Using extreme care, another broken screen here. Instead of coming off together, the adhesive separated between the outer glass and the digitizer panel/screen. Both were damaged in the process. Waste of time and money.

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    • Remove the display.

    • Some replacement displays do not come with an earpiece speaker grille. If your replacement screen doesn't have one, be sure to transfer the grille from your old display to the new one.

    • During reassembly, pause here to replace the display adhesive.

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    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the nine 3.5 mm screws securing the midframe.

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    • The midframe is held tightly in place by five clips. To release these clips, apply inward pressure with an opening tool as shown in the steps below.

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    • Wedge an opening pick into the notch that is located at the bottom right corner of the phone.

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    • Slide the opening pick up both sides of the device in the small space between the midframe and the rear case to release the clips holding it in place.

      • Note that the clips are not released by sliding through them, but rather the inward pressure the opening pick creates as it enters the gap around them.

    • If the clasps fail to come undone, try pushing the edge you're working on inward with your hand, or using a thicker tool like a spudger.

    • Do not attempt to remove the midframe yet! There is still a fragile ribbon cable underneath connecting the earpiece speaker to the motherboard.

    when removing the mid frame i damaged a ribbon cable at the bottom left. will that prevent my phone from turning on?

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    • Use a spudger to pry the earpiece speaker cable connector straight up, disconnecting it from the motherboard.

    • Remove the mid-frame from the device.

    • During reassembly, reattach the earpiece speaker cable and insert the top side of the midframe before you snap the clips back into place.

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    • Use a spudger to pry up the battery ribbon cable, disconnecting it from the motherboard.

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    • Using tweezers, peel back the silver tape that covers the cable connecting the motherboard to the daughterboard. Peel just enough to see the connector underneath.

    • Use a spudger to pry the connector straight up and disconnect it from the motherboard.

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    • Peel up the sticker covering the interconnect cable on the daughterboard side.

    • Use a spudger to disconnect the cable from the daughterboard.

    • Remove the cable from the device.

      • During reassembly, make sure this interconnect cable is positioned correctly. The phone will not boot up if the cable is installed upside down.

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    • The battery is lightly adhered to the rear case. Carefully wedge a spudger or an opening pick underneath the battery to break the adhesive.

    • If the battery does not come out easily, don't pry aggressively. Apply heat to the back of the phone with an iOpener or a heat gun to loosen the adhesive.

    • Try your best not to deform the battery during this process. Soft-shell lithium-ion batteries can leak dangerous chemicals, catch fire, or even explode if damaged. Do not use excessive force or pry at the battery with metal tools.

    • Do not reuse the battery after it has been removed, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

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    • Remove the battery.

    • To install a new battery:

      • Remove any remaining adhesive from the phone, and clean the glued areas with isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth.

      • Secure the new battery with pre-cut adhesive or double-sided adhesive tape. Apply the new adhesive to the phone, not directly onto the battery.

      • Press the new battery firmly into place for 5-10 seconds.

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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 installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

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

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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I doubt many people can get past step 1 without it being game over. Take special care, read the comments, and other guides as well.

Benjamin Knight - Reply

This is accurate. Battery replacement was successful, but my screen broke when I attempted to open it. I misjudged the dimensions of the screen on the sides of the phone and ended up breaking the LCD.

Richard Baxley -

I definitely destroyed my display trying to take it off too. For something this fragile, they should really include much more detailed instructions for how to avoid breaking the display.

vh71886 -

I broke mine too. Not the glass but the display panel underneath.

For those who are going to try opening theirs: pay extreme attention to the fact that the display panel extends somewhat beyond the bottom edge of the visible part of the display where the cable connects and, if that wasn’t bad enough, the bottom bezel has a !&&* of a lot adhesive on it. Don’t insert plastic opening tools on the bottom corners - if you do that, you will damage one of the unprotected corners of the panel like I did. If I had to do that again, I’d probably start from the top edge instead.

The new screen ended up costing me the equivalent of $80, and I was surprised I was able to walk into a store and buy one at all in a country where Pixel was never officially available in the first place. They didn’t have white ones in stock so I went with a black one.

Gregory Klyushnikov -

Same. Even when being warned and trying to be super careful.

Joshua Campbell -

Same, I also broke my screen. I wish I had known how to find these comments beforehand since the link here from the product page is not easy to find.

Chris Pasillas -

Another trashed screen. This phone is a difficult one if you have not done one before. I would recommend not even bothering with prying under the sides and just concentrate on the top and bottom. The edges only allow about 2mm at most before you run into the LCD.

Tyler -

Same, I took nearly an hour to take the screen off, I don’t think I could have been more careful, used playing cards and everything.

Stephen McDonnell -

I have got a question, where to by a battery?

Richard Men - Reply

Hi Richard, our Pixel battery is currently out of stock, but soon you’ll be able to find it here, in our store.

Adam O'Camb -

Do you need new adhesive tape for the new battery? Why isn’t that part listed under Tools or Parts at the beginning?

Tony Curoso - Reply

Hi Tony, a new battery will need new adhesive, and our battery replacement kit comes with a precut adhesive sheet for just that. Alternatively, you can use a high-bond, double-sided tape like Tesa 61395 to secure the new battery.

Adam O'Camb -

30 min’s… id like to see that!

mischakuh - Reply

womp womp, another broken screen failure! I was so close, too. The last little wedges finally caused the LCD to have a small little crack because there was still too much adhesive holding it.

I would amend the guide to put emphasis, and/or extra time, warming up the adhesive on the top and bottom as opposed to the side edges (as that has the most surface connection).

quadmonkey - Reply

Since replacing the battery I cannot turn my phone back on at all. Needless to say the instructions did not work for me. I don’t know where it went wrong since I cannot even turn it on at all.

chika39 - Reply

Broken Screen Guarantee

I would recommend avoiding the Google Pixel battery replacement kit. From reading other user's comments the general census is you're going to break your screen doing this. The iOpener is inadequate to heat up the adhesive and the picks seem too thick. Even after reading the experiences of others that tried before me and following their recommendations and trying to be super careful: I cracked my screen.

Instead I wish that I had went through UBREAKIFIX, who is Google's authorized repair company for the phone. It is worth noting they too warn you that there is a chance they will accidentally break your screen while replacing the battery, which is another $130. Seems kind of shady, but they are more experienced doing this than I am so it seems to make sense they would be less likely to break it. Phone manufactures need to make the battery removable and all of this could have been avoided.

Shipping was fast and I like other tools.

Joshua Campbell - Reply

Not everyone can follow directions. I would recommend watching a YouTube video as well as following this guide.

Rafael Garces - Reply

Success! I was able to replace the battery in my pixel although it took much longer than expected. I highly recommend using a playing card (or several) to cut through the adhesive as it can fairly easily bend around the fragile components. Patience is needed as it took me nearly an hour to get the screen off, reheating, gently prying and cutting with the card. Once past the screen it was fairly straightforward despite the pre cut adhesive being too long. The adhesive comes back into play during the reassembly prep as it took at least half an hour to remove the old adhesive and prep for the new. Be aware that the foam on the mid frame is alcohol soluble and will dissolve on contact. The new adhesive for the screen took some gentle massaging to line up but ultimately went on without much fight. All back together, it works (hopefully with renewed battery life). I would say allocate at least 2 hours unless you’ve done it before.

josh9623 - Reply

This took me about 2 hours. I was very, very careful, and it was a success! No broken screen.

jlteekell - Reply

My screen is already broken and my battery is close to shot so should I just plan on replacing the screen anyways? Seems like removing screen without breaking it is crazy difficult so I should just plan on replacing the screen and battery in one procedure.

Matt Mendivil - Reply

Worked like a charm! Don’t expect to breeze through this in 30 minutes though. I used a hair dryer rather than the I-opener and was able to easily pry the screen up from the bottom of the phone using the blue opening tool and the suction cup. From there I used the picks to completely release the adhesive from the bottom and the top of the screen. Once the top and bottom were loose I used a playing card to loosen the sides and the screen came right off. For step 14 the picks were too flexible to loosen the clips on the midframe but the spudger did the trick. Requires a bit a patience but it’s not nearly as scary as the comments make it seem. Great product

Anthony - Reply

Tried to get the screen propped up to start loosening the adhesive. I tried using both the provided iOpener and an SMD rework heat gun, set at very low settings (100 - 120C). Even with extensive heat, I could not get the screen to budge. It’s quite hard to get leverage to lift the screen off, and with the amount of force I was trying to pull on the suction cup to get the screen up, I was concerned about breaking the screen.

I should have read the many reviews by people saying that they broke the screen, so that’s on me, but honestly cannot recommend this. I don’t really think iFixit should be offering this as a product to be honest.

Tim Cosgrove - Reply

Took me 3 hours but I was successful. Be careful. Watch a couple of YouTube videos and read the instructions front to back twice before you get started.

Adhesive is !&&* and getting started is challenging. Use a playing card and a heat gun to release the adhesive. I started in the top right corner of the device, used the included replacement adhesive as your guide.

I used the included suction cup, heat gun and an xacto knife to catch that first gap on the corner. Use the included picks to hold the gaps as you work your way around. Pull the playing card through the top and bottom gently, the adhesive will stick to the card.

Take care on the long sides, the edge of the screen is VERY narrow, make a mark along the edge of the card at 1mm. Don’t pry, just slide. Use the heat gun constantly, get the screen hot to the touch.

Once I reassembled the phone the microphone didn’t work. I popped it open again and reattached the ribbon cable on the daughter board. Microphone works now — but it gave me a good scare.

Philip Van Drunen - Reply

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