Introduction

If you're unsure how to replace your Google Pixel XL display, follow the steps in this guide to replace your AMOLED display and digitizer assembly.

Replacement display adhesive will need to be used in order to secure your new screen.

If a shattered screen prevents the suction cup from obtaining an air-tight seal, covering the screen with packing tape may help the suction cup stick, and will also help secure glass shards and slivers. Additional heat and prying may be needed to separate the individual glass shards from the frame.

  • Use an iOpener or heat gun to gently heat the outer edges of the screen.

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

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Use a suction cup to lift one edge of the screen just slightly, creating a small gap between the display and the frame of the phone.
  • Use a suction cup to lift one edge of the screen just slightly, creating a small gap between the display and the frame of the phone.

  • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

  • Carefully slide the opening pick around the perimeter of the phone to separate the adhesive.

    • If you plan to re-use the display, don't insert the opening pick more than a few millimeters into the phone, or you may damage the OLED panel underneath the glass. Alternatively, use the edges of playing cards to separate the adhesive, rather than a plastic tool—the cards are softer and require more patience, but are less likely to cause damage.

    • You may need to slide your tool around the perimeter multiple times to fully separate the adhesive. Work slowly and carefully until the display begins to come free.

  • Gently lift the display, but don't try to fully detach it yet—it is still connected by a ribbon cable lying underneath.

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  • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 4mm screws from the screen connector shield.

    • Remove the screen connector shield.

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  • This connector is seated deeply in the frame, so be careful not to damage the connector when performing this step.

  • Put the flat end of a spudger under the lip of the press fit connector and lift up to pop the connector free.

  • Gently scrape any remaining adhesive from your phone. Use a small amount of high concentration isopropyl alcohol (at least 90%) to clean the frame and prep it for the new screen adhesive.

  • 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 perforated rectangle in middle of the white backing. At the same time, peel up the black adhesive underneath the white backing.

    • Only adhesive for the edges of the frame should remain.

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Conclusion

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

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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 -

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

Daniel Jauwhannes - Reply

same… i also can’t find anything about it

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