Introduction

This guide shows how to remove and replace Google Pixel XL's display assembly, which includes the screen and digitizer.

The Pixel XL’s unreinforced display panel is fragile and is attached to the frame with strong adhesive, making repairs difficult. There is a considerable chance of breaking the display, especially if it already has micro-fractures. Be sure to apply plenty of heat and be extremely careful during the prying stage.

  1. Heat an iOpener and apply it to the left edge of the display for two minutes. A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the left edge of the display for two minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

    • Take note of the adhesive regions before you begin prying:

    • Thin adhesive lined against the display panel

    • Thick adhesive

  2. Once the edge is warm to the touch, apply a suction cup close to the edge. Lift on the suction cup, and insert an opening pick into the gap. Be sure not to insert the pick more than 1.5 mm, or you will damage the display assembly.
    • Once the edge is warm to the touch, apply a suction cup close to the edge.

    • Lift on the suction cup, and insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • Be sure not to insert the pick more than 1.5 mm, or you will damage the display assembly.

    • If you have trouble creating a gap, reheat the edge and try again.

    • You can also try to use a playing card instead of an opening pick to help make the initial entry.

  3. Carefully slide the opening pick along the long edge to break up the adhesive. Be sure not to insert the pick more than 1.5 mm, or you will damage the display assembly. Be sure not to insert the pick more than 1.5 mm, or you will damage the display assembly.
    • Carefully slide the opening pick along the long edge to break up the adhesive.

    • Be sure not to insert the pick more than 1.5 mm, or you will damage the display assembly.

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  5. Slide the pick around the corner and continue to cut through the adhesive. You can cut a bit deeper into the top and bottom bezel areas, but not too much more. The digitizer circuitry is adhered to part of the lower bezel; it is fragile and should not be cut into.
    • Slide the pick around the corner and continue to cut through the adhesive.

    • You can cut a bit deeper into the top and bottom bezel areas, but not too much more. The digitizer circuitry is adhered to part of the lower bezel; it is fragile and should not be cut into.

    • Leave an opening pick on each side as you continue to the next to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

    • Repeat the process until you have sliced around the entire perimeter.

    • Be careful not to insert the pick more than 1.5 mm along the long edges, or you will damage the display assembly.

  6. Once you have sliced around the perimeter, carefully lift the display assembly up slightly by the corners to check if any section remains attached.
    • Once you have sliced around the perimeter, carefully lift the display assembly up slightly by the corners to check if any section remains attached.

    • Do not attempt to remove the display assembly. It is still attached by a flex cable.

    • Use an opening pick to slice through any remaining adhesive.

  7. Lift the display assembly from the top end and swing it around such that it rests upside down on the frame. Be careful not to strain the flex cable when you swing the assembly around. Be careful not to strain the flex cable when you swing the assembly around.
    • Lift the display assembly from the top end and swing it around such that it rests upside down on the frame.

    • Be careful not to strain the flex cable when you swing the assembly around.

  8. Remove the two 4 mm T5 screws securing the display cable bracket. Remove the display cable bracket.
    • Remove the two 4 mm T5 screws securing the display cable bracket.

    • Remove the display cable bracket.

  9. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display cable from its connector. To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display cable from its connector.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  10. Remove the display assembly. For comprehensive instructions on how to reinstall the Pixel XL display, follow this guide. Before installing a new display, be sure to remove all traces of adhesive from the frame. Use a spudger or an opening tool to scrape it off, and use high-concentration isopropyl alcohol to remove any residue.
    • Remove the display assembly.

    • For comprehensive instructions on how to reinstall the Pixel XL display, follow this guide.

    • Before installing a new display, be sure to remove all traces of adhesive from the frame. Use a spudger or an opening tool to scrape it off, and use high-concentration isopropyl alcohol to remove any residue.

    • If you are reinstalling the same display assembly, be sure to remove all adhesive residue from the panel and the frame before applying new adhesive.

    • Be sure to turn on your phone and test your repair before installing new adhesive and resealing the phone.

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 these instructions in reverse order.

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

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

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10 Comments

I just connected the screen to the phone, but the screen doesn’t start. Do I have to restart in a special way the phone to make it works? All possible button combinations to restart the phone doesn’t work

David Torralbo - Reply

The iFixIt iOpener tool is a complete waste of money. It didn’t loosen up the glue at all. I am requesting a refund on Amazon.com

Drew Hookway - Reply

Hi Drew, sorry to hear that your iOpener didn’t work too well in your repairs. We like to think it’s a pretty valuable and inexpensive tool, but it does have its quirks — namely, not everyone’s microwave is specced to operate at the same temperatures, so not everyone will achieve the most optimal temperature during that heating process.

For what it’s worth, we do put a Lifetime Warranty on the iOpener tools, so our Support team would be happy to replace that one for you, if you’d like. If so, please reach out to them by using the Contact link on the help page: http://help.ifixit.com. Otherwise, you are welcome to request a refund via Amazon and we will oblige.

We wish you all the best in your future repairs.

Kadan Sharpe -

I am sure the iOpener does work, but it probably takes a long time to heat the adhesive enough for screen removal and would require several applications. I got one as part of my screen replacement kit, although I have a heat gun so I didn’t end up using it. That being said my screen took at least four minutes of heating, with some re-heating to remove the broken shards. I would also imagine that adhesives vary from manufacturer, since this is my first screen replacement all I know is that the adhesive on the Pixel XL is really strong!

Dan E -

How do I apply the adhesive tapes on my Google Pixel XL? I searched everywhere, but it seems like I can’t find the answer

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