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  1. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Heat the left edge: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Discharge your battery to 25% or lower and power off your phone before you begin.

    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the left edge of the cover for two minutes.

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

  2. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 1 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 2 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a suction cup to the back cover, as close to the center of the left edge as possible.

    • Pull up on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap between the cover and the frame.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

  3. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Slice the right adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Slice the right adhesive: step 3, image 2 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Slice the right adhesive: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Slide your opening pick back and forth along the left edge to slice through the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick in at the bottom left corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  4. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Slice the bottom adhesive: step 4, image 1 of 2 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Slice the bottom adhesive: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Insert and slide a second opening pick to the bottom right corner to slice through the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick inserted to prevent the bottom edge from resealing.

    • Repeat this process for the right and top edges of the cover.

  5. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Dislodge the fingerprint reader: step 5, image 1 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Dislodge the fingerprint reader: step 5, image 2 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Dislodge the fingerprint reader: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • The fingerprint reader is connected to the motherboard by a fragile cable. You must free it before pulling the cover off.

    • Grab and lift the bottom edge of the cover.

    • As you lift the back cover, press and unstick the fingerprint reader from it.

  6. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 6, image 1 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 6, image 2 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Grab and remove the back cover.

    • If your back cover is still sticking to the frame, slide the pick around the edges of the phone to slice through any remaining adhesive.

    • Reassembly notes:

    • This is a good point to test your phone before sealing it up. Follow this guide to perform a hardware test. Be sure to power your phone back down completely before you continue working.

    • To adhere the back cover with custom-cut adhesives, follow this guide.

    • To adhere the back cover with tape, follow this guide.

  7. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Reposition the fingerprint reader: step 7, image 1 of 2 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Reposition the fingerprint reader: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Flip the fingerprint reader to the left, away from the phone.

    • Don't fold or sharply bend the ribbon cable.

  8. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Unfasten the motherboard cover: step 8, image 1 of 2 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Unfasten the motherboard cover: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the twelve 3.9 mm-long screws securing the motherboard cover.

  9. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Pry the motherboard cover: step 9, image 1 of 2 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Pry the motherboard cover: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the pointed end of a spudger between the bottom right corner of the motherboard cover and the frame.

    • Pry the cover upward until you can grab it with your fingers.

  10. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Remove the motherboard cover: step 10, image 1 of 2 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Remove the motherboard cover: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Grab the bottom edge of the motherboard cover and remove it from the frame.

  11. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 11, image 1 of 2 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of your spudger to pry and disconnect the battery's press connector.

    • To re-attach press connectors, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Don't press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend and cause permanent damage.

  12. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint reader: step 12, image 1 of 2 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint reader: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of your spudger to pry and disconnect the fingerprint reader's press connector.

    • The gold arrow indicates the direction to pry from.

  13. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Remove the fingerprint reader: step 13, image 1 of 2 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Remove the fingerprint reader: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingers or tweezers to remove the fingerprint reader.

    • Be careful while handling the fragile ribbon cable.

  14. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Soften the adhesive with heat: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the left edge of the screen for about 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.

  15. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Soften the adhesive with isopropyl alcohol: step 15, image 1 of 2 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Soften the adhesive with isopropyl alcohol: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Additionally, you may use highly-concentrated isopropyl alcohol (over 90%) to further loosen the adhesive securing the battery.

    • Apply the isopropyl alcohol into the gaps between the sides of the battery and the frame.

  16. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Reposition the graphite film: step 16, image 1 of 2 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Reposition the graphite film: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Fold the graphite heat dispersion film toward the top of the battery.

  17. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Pry the battery: step 17, image 1 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Pry the battery: step 17, image 2 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Pry the battery: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Place a suction handle on the center of the battery.

    • Insert an opening pick between the right edge of the battery and the frame.

    • Use a steady force to pull on the suction handle and simultaneously pry with the pick.

    • Don't use excessive force on the battery. Slow, consistent pressure is all that is required to free it from the frame.

    • Apply more heat or isopropyl alcohol if the battery readheres.

  18. Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 18, image 1 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 18, image 2 of 3 Motorola Moto G Play (2021) Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the battery from its recess.

    • Don't reinstall a damaged or deformed battery, as doing so is a potential safety hazard.

    • Use this guide to install a battery with custom-cut adhesives, or use this guide to install a battery with an adhesive sheet.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—be sure to transfer remaining components and 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? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers community for help.

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