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Use this guide to correctly apply replacement adhesive to your Pixel or Pixel XL display after a repair.

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 before you install it. Alternatively, you can buy a new one here.

Before you begin, you should have already removed your Pixel’s display assembly and set it aside. Detailed instructions for each model can be found at the following links:

Google Pixel

Google Pixel XL

  1. Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation, Display Adhesive: step 1, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation, Display Adhesive: step 1, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation, Display Adhesive: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Peel away and remove all the old display adhesive from the body of your phone.

    • Use the point of your spudger to scour away and remove any lingering adhesive.

    • Using metal tools can lead to scratching the glass!

    • If you are reinstalling your existing display, remove all the old adhesive from that as well.

    • For best results, clean the area underneath the removed adhesive with 90% or greater isopropyl alcohol to prep the surface for the new adhesive.

    • While high-concentration isopropyl alcohol is generally safe for use with electronics, it can wear away the foam padding on the midframe. Be careful as you clean the narrow edges of the frame.

    Isopropyl Alcohol will damage the foam padding if you aren’t careful - the pad will dissolve away.

    Jackson Schleich - Reply

    That’s a good point, Jackson! I added a warning to the step.

    Taylor Dixon -

    What if i remove the foam padding? Is it okay to install the display back without the foam?

    PalmY Phokham - Reply

    That’s okay! The foam padding just acts as a support for the display, so your new display might be a little more vulnerable to a crack in the future. If you’re really worried about it, you can look for a replacement midframe part with the foam still attached.

    Taylor Dixon -

    Removing the adhesive took FOREVER for me. What ended up working best for me was to use a dry thumb and friction rubbing back and forth to get the gummy adhesive to kind of ball up and come off. Oh, and to really get the bits of adhesive along the edges I ended up removing the midframe to more easily get at it. Finally, I used rubbing alcohol and Q-Tips to get any remaining bits and pieces.

    Steven Crider - Reply

    +1 on removing the midframe to clean it… it’s a hassle to remove if you’re only replacing the screen, but it keeps you from accidentally melting the foam padding with IPA.

    Mr. Porter -

    A lot of the adhesive was stuck to my screen rather than the chassis. In the process of scraping it off, I removed some of the white paint which served as the background near the speaker area. This is kind of unsightly and noticeable when reinstalled. You might want to caution folks to use a rubber utensil rather then the metal one I used, as the background on the display side can be scraped off and leave a gap in the paint.

    Eric Kreps - Reply

    I used a spudger for the most part, combined with some heat from a hairdryer from time to time, and lots of isopropyl alcohol (at least on the screen half… as mentioned by others, be careful about going too crazy with IPA on the midframe, as the pad will melt.) At one point, I got a little cocky and tried using my tweezers (dipped in IPA), and it worked great for about 30 seconds before I left a small scratch… which is visible from the outside.

    Only use non-abrasive, non-metallic tools for cleaning.

    Mr. Porter - Reply

  2. Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • The replacement adhesive should only be applied to the edges of the frame, but may come with the center filled in.

    • To remove the unnecessary center section of the adhesive strip, carefully peel away the center portion of both the white (paper) and black (adhesive) layers, starting with the U-shaped cutout.

  3. Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 3, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Peel off and discard the remaining paper liner, exposing the adhesive underneath.

    What the pics above don’t really point out is that - at least for the example I received - If you start out at one top corner and are extremely careful, you can peel the backing off in essentially one piece going down along the long edge, along the bottom and back up the other long edge to the other top corner. I messed that part up but once I was done it was clear that’s how it was supposed to work. That said, mine had an extra piece of backing up top that was separate from the rest which had to be pulled off after.

    Also, I managed to stretch out one of the long edges and had to snip it with scissors to get the pieces to fit properly. So, be careful about that but if it happens it’s really no big deal to fix.

    Steven Crider - Reply

    There is a little square on the adhesive covering that should be removed before you remove the rest. Otherwise, you will have just that little chunk of covering left, and won’t be able to touch much of the adhesive pad while trying to get it off. I managed it, but doing it the other way around would have saved frustration and removed any risk of stretching out the glue.

    Can we all agree that thinner phones is not worth this crap?

    Jessy Exum - Reply

  4. Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 4, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Hold the adhesive sheet with the exposed adhesive facing down, and carefully align it into the lower edge of the phone.

    • Make sure the adhesive sheet is oriented correctly, with the rectangular cutout for the earpiece speaker at the top.

    • When it's correctly aligned, lower the rest of the adhesive sheet into the phone.

    This was honestly easier than I thought it would be. The only complication is that the right side of the plastic was just a hair too wide, so the glue lined up perfectly on the left side, but wouldn’t fit in perfect on the right. I simple pushed everything down as best as I could, removed the cover, and then used the tweezers to make sure the right side of the adhesive was in the groove.

    The problem could have been on the left side if I inserted the glue holder different, so it would work either way.

    Jessy Exum - Reply

  5. Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Firmly press the adhesive into place.

    • You can use the flat end of a spudger to press along the edges and other hard-to-reach areas.

    I held the spudger facing the inside, rather than over the edge towards the outside as pictured here, and my sides missed the spot in a few places. (I’m gonna try pushing them in place with the spudger after I peel, but I thought I would share that this direction I pushed might be why they missed their mark.)

    Mr. Porter - Reply

    The plastic adhesive sheet was SLIGHTLY too big to fit perfectly into the grooves. One side went in fine, but I had to use the tweezers to fit the other side of glue into the track properly (pushing down before pulling the sheet off would likely have mashed up the adhesive).

    Jessy Exum - Reply

  6. Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 6, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Peel off and discard the plastic liner, exposing the display adhesive.

    Once I peeled the backing off I had to take a few minutes with the spudger to tamp down a few places where the adhesive wasn’t flat. No biggie.

    Steven Crider - Reply

  7. Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 7, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Once the new adhesive is exposed, do your best not to touch it—either with your hand, or the display. If you can, try to hold the display up and away from the rest of the phone (as shown in the step photo) while performing this step.

    • Re-attach the display cable connector.

    • Screw the connector bracket back in place.

    • Power on your phone to make sure your repair was successful.

    • Do not remove or adjust the display cable while the phone is powered on.

    I tested the the display BEFORE attaching the adhesive in the previous step because if something wasn’t right I didn’t want to have wasted the adhesive. Just a quick power on/off, unplug the display and then apply the adhesive.

    Steven Crider - Reply

    How do you know if phone is on without display?

    George Erfesoglou - Reply

    Connect the display without re-adhering it to do the testing! Then when you’re sure it’s working you can disconnect it and apply the new adhesive.

    Taylor Dixon -

  8. Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Once you are sure the display is functioning properly, carefully align it with the chassis and firmly press it into place.

    • To help the display adhesive bond more securely, heat the perimeter of the display and then place the phone face-up under a heavy stack of books for 30 minutes.

    The new display was slightly raised along both long edges so I heated it up with a hair dryer and VERY GENTLY used my thumbs to press down along the edges until I could feel the display begin to flatten out and sit properly. Didn’t take long for this to happen (10min?). Once I got to this point I heated it up one last time, layed a microfiber cloth over the display and set a heavy (not crazy) stack of books on top and let it sit for 30min (as recommended above). When complete the display was nice and flat but after a while it started to bow up again, so I re-heated it, applied books and waited another 30min. Ended up having to do this three (3) times before it stayed flat. After several hours it’s still flat.

    Steven Crider - Reply


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What is the included tesa tape for?

Koelton Carere - Reply

The Tesa tape is to adhere the battery to the frame. You don't want anything moving around inside your phone--that can stress, damage, or disconnect ribbon connectors.

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