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Follow this guide to remove and replace a shattered rear glass panel, or to change the color of the panel, for the Google Pixel XL.

  1. Heat an iOpener and apply it to the phone's back glass panel for two minutes.
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the phone's back glass panel 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.

  2. When the glass is warm to the touch, apply a suction cup close to the edge. Lift on the suction cup and insert an opening pick in the gap. If your back glass is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. You can also superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.
    • When the glass is warm to the touch, apply a suction cup close to the edge.

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

    • If your back glass is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. You can also superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

    • If the edge of the glass is cracked, you can try to slide an opening pick underneath the crack and slowly chip the glass out.

    • Reapplying heat will help loosen adhesive and make the process easier.

    The suction cup method did not work for me at all. Even after applying heat worrisomely long with a hairdryer the glass wouldn't budge. Maybe if I'd had a better or bigger suction cup it could've. I bought a kit from a local store and the suction cup was smaller than iFixit's.

    One thing to mention is that it's really hard to try and hold the phone down while pulling the suction cup. And then you'd need a third hand to try and slide a pick in there. Seems pretty impossible for one person to accomplish without something not covered in this guide to be honest.

    The solution was to start from the corner that was broken, taking out one bit first and then lifting up next to that, causing the glass to break into smaller sections and just going from there bit by bit.

    Also a good technique I found was to use the hairdryer while pulling out the bits which loosens up the glue while you're pulling out a piece (especially a bigger one).

    Fensi - Reply

  3. Use the opening pick to slice through the glass panel's perimeter adhesive. As you slice the adhesive, make sure that you are slicing above the NFC pad. If the slicing becomes hard, reapply heat to the panel.
    • Use the opening pick to slice through the glass panel's perimeter adhesive.

    • As you slice the adhesive, make sure that you are slicing above the NFC pad.

    • If the slicing becomes hard, reapply heat to the panel.

    be careful- you can easily rip/slice the NFC antenna ribbon with the pick. the Pixel and Pixel XL have NFC ribbon adhered to the underside of the very adhesive you are trying to peel up. In the photo for step 6 you can see the black rectangular ribbon that surrounds the fingerprint scanner. Perhaps i didn’t heat long enough or i was too aggressive or the cracks in my glass offered different angles of attack for the pick. Either way, exercise caution. It might be recommended to try to insert the pick straight down from the top center of the glass so that the pick tip glances over the rounded edge of ribbon going into the phone. (see the wide slit above fingerprint scanner in step 6 photo)

    Austin B - Reply

    Hey Austin,

    Thanks for the feedback! I’ll add a warning to this step.

    Arthur Shi -

  4. When you free the back glass around the fingerprint sensor, press down on the sensor firmly until it separates from the back glass. Continue to slice through the adhesive underneath the back glass until you are able to remove the panel.
    • When you free the back glass around the fingerprint sensor, press down on the sensor firmly until it separates from the back glass.

    • Continue to slice through the adhesive underneath the back glass until you are able to remove the panel.

    • Cracked glass can be extremely sharp! Be careful while prying and clean up all glass fragments.

    There is some kind of a filter/grille/grating covering the (what I think is the) focus on the right side of the two black holes. You probably should be careful removing that (I believe it's glued into the glass) and transfer it to your replacement glass if it doesn't have that (none of the replacement glasses in pics/videos I've seen have had it). The glue in it was good enough that I just pressed it down to my replacement glass. I'd post a pic but it isn't possible here apparently.

    Fensi - Reply

    Hi Fensi,

    Thanks for the feedback! I added a step to cover what you mentioned.

    Arthur Shi -

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  6. If your replacement rear glass does not come with a microphone mesh, you will have to transfer the original over.
    • If your replacement rear glass does not come with a microphone mesh, you will have to transfer the original over.

    • Use an opening pick and tweezers to carefully pry up and remove the mesh.

  7. Use a spudger or opening tool to scrape all adhesive from the frame.
    • Use a spudger or opening tool to scrape all adhesive from the frame.

    • Use high concentration isopropyl alcohol (over 90%) to wipe away any remaining residue.

    • Be meticulous with the cleaning. If any adhesive is left on the frame, the replacement panel may not lay flat and adhere properly.

    Don't clean the adhesive of the sides of the fingerprint sensor.

    Fensi - Reply

  8. Peel the white backing away from the included adhesive sheet, making sure to punch out all cutouts. Line the bottom edge of the adhesive to the bottom edge of the replacement glass panel. Make sure that the backside of the glass panel is facing upwards.
    • Peel the white backing away from the included adhesive sheet, making sure to punch out all cutouts.

    • Line the bottom edge of the adhesive to the bottom edge of the replacement glass panel.

    • Make sure that the backside of the glass panel is facing upwards.

    • Slowly lower the adhesive onto the glass panel.

    • Rub your fingers against the adhesive to help it bond with the glass panel.

  9. If your replacement part did not come with a flash lens, you must transfer it from your old panel. Use a spudger or your finger to firmly press on the lens from the outward-facing side (the side you can usually see on the phone) of the glass panel until it loosens from its recess. Remove the lens and transfer it onto the back side of the replacement panel.
    • If your replacement part did not come with a flash lens, you must transfer it from your old panel.

    • Use a spudger or your finger to firmly press on the lens from the outward-facing side (the side you can usually see on the phone) of the glass panel until it loosens from its recess.

    • Remove the lens and transfer it onto the back side of the replacement panel.

    • Make sure to orient the flash lens properly such that the fresnel rings are stacked vertically.

    The lens has adhesive surrounding it on the metal frame that will get pressed against the back side of your glass to hold it still. You should either not remove it, or replace it e.g. with some of the adhesive from the old glass. Note that you should use a miniscule amount so that it fits (it's a very narrow ring of adhesive surrounding it on the original). Of course there might be differences between versions but this was the case for me.

    Fensi - Reply

  10. Peel the liner off of the adhesive-backed glass panel. Align the glass panel to the bottom edge of the indentation. Lower the glass panel into place.
    • Peel the liner off of the adhesive-backed glass panel.

    • Align the glass panel to the bottom edge of the indentation.

    • Lower the glass panel into place.

  11. To help the back glass adhesive bond more securely, stack some heavy books on top of the phone for 30 minutes.
    • To help the back glass adhesive bond more securely, stack some heavy books on top of the phone for 30 minutes.

Conclusion

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

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thank for this tutorial. I’ve used an halogen lamp to heat the phone

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