Introduction

This guide will instruct you how to replace the fingerprint scanner on your Google Pixel XL. Secured in place with only light adhesive, the scanner can be easily removed once accessed.

Image 1/1: Remove the SIM card tray by sliding it out with your hands.
  • Power off your device.

  • Remove the SIM card tray by sliding it out with your hands.

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Image 1/2: It may be necessary to heat the glass panel with a heat gun  or hair dryer to soften the adhesive. Image 2/2: Carefully pry the front display assembly off the phone by sliding a plastic opening tool around the seam of the device.
  • Be careful when pulling the glass screen off the phone because there is a connector which connects the screen to the phone. This connector will be removed separately in the next step.

  • It may be necessary to heat the glass panel with a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the adhesive.

  • Carefully pry the front display assembly off the phone by sliding a plastic opening tool around the seam of the device.

  • Use the suction cup to pull the screen off if it will not come off with the opening tool.

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Image 1/1: Gently remove the metal screen connector shield.
  • Use the T5 screwdriver to undo the two black, 4mm screws which hold the screen connector shield in place.

  • Gently remove the metal screen connector shield.

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Image 1/2: Use the spudger or your fingernail to lift off the connector that holds the screen in place. Image 2/2: Lift off the display assembly completely and place it off to the side.
  • Be careful not to damage the connector when performing this step.

  • Use the spudger or your fingernail to lift off the connector that holds the screen in place.

  • Lift off the display assembly completely and place it off to the side.

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Image 1/2: Unscrew the two silver 3mm T5 screws which secure the mid frame assembly. Image 2/2: There will be clicks as you take the mid frame out of the phone due to the clips that normally hold it in place.
  • Unscrew the seven black 4mm T5 screws.

  • Unscrew the two silver 3mm T5 screws which secure the mid frame assembly.

  • There will be clicks as you take the mid frame out of the phone due to the clips that normally hold it in place.

  • Lift the mid frame from the rear casing by pulling it upwards.

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Image 1/3: Use extreme care when handling the battery. A puncture or bend could result in an explosion. Image 2/3: Slide the spudger around the edges very carefully to pry the battery off the rear casing. Image 3/3: Slide the spudger around the edges very carefully to pry the battery off the rear casing.
  • Remove the connector from the battery to the motherboard.

  • Use extreme care when handling the battery. A puncture or bend could result in an explosion.

  • Slide the spudger around the edges very carefully to pry the battery off the rear casing.

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  • Remove the two remaining 3mm T5 screws which secure the motherboard in place.

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Image 1/2: Disconnect the connector by pulling it away from the board. Image 2/2: Disconnect the connector by pulling it away from the board.
  • Slightly lift the motherboard using the plastic opening tool to access the connector which holds the motherboard from the bottom.

  • Disconnect the connector by pulling it away from the board.

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  • Lift the motherboard out of the phone.

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Image 1/1: Insert the plastic opening tool underneath the glass panel on the back of the device and gently pry upwards around the seam.
  • Be very careful when prying because it is possible for the glass to crack during this step.

  • Insert the plastic opening tool underneath the glass panel on the back of the device and gently pry upwards around the seam.

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Image 1/3: Pull the glass panel out from the phone while routing the ribbon cable through the hole in the chassis. Image 2/3: Keep the glass panel and place the rest of the phone off to the side. Image 3/3: Keep the glass panel and place the rest of the phone off to the side.
  • Peel the ribbon cable that connects to the fingerprint scanner off of the sticky pads on the inside of the phone.

  • Pull the glass panel out from the phone while routing the ribbon cable through the hole in the chassis.

  • Keep the glass panel and place the rest of the phone off to the side.

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Image 1/2: If the plastic opening tool is not working properly to remove the scanner, you may push it out with your finger. Image 2/2: If the plastic opening tool is not working properly to remove the scanner, you may push it out with your finger.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to pry the fingerprint scanner out from the inside of the glass panel.

  • If the plastic opening tool is not working properly to remove the scanner, you may push it out with your finger.

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  • Remove the fingerprint scanner completely from the back panel.

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Conclusion

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

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