Introduction

Replace a dead or failing battery in your Nexus 10 by completing the following guide. The battery should also be removed as a safety precaution before performing any other repairs on this device.

Using a plastic opening tool, remove the thin plastic cover from back of the tablet by prying up from its small tab. Using a plastic opening tool, remove the thin plastic cover from back of the tablet by prying up from its small tab. Using a plastic opening tool, remove the thin plastic cover from back of the tablet by prying up from its small tab.
  • Using a plastic opening tool, remove the thin plastic cover from back of the tablet by prying up from its small tab.

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Remove the five 2mm screws on  the back of the device using a PH00 screwdriver.
  • Remove the five 2mm screws on the back of the device using a PH00 screwdriver.

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Pry the device apart by inserting a plastic opening tool in the seam between the plastic backing and display assembly. Use the tool to unclip the plastic tabs in between the backing and the display. Pull the the plastic backing off the display assembly using your hands. Do not do this step with only your hands. You will require a significant amount of force to separate the device.
  • Pry the device apart by inserting a plastic opening tool in the seam between the plastic backing and display assembly. Use the tool to unclip the plastic tabs in between the backing and the display.

  • Pull the the plastic backing off the display assembly using your hands.

  • Do not do this step with only your hands. You will require a significant amount of force to separate the device.

Be carefull with the power button cable. Don’t insert the plastic tool in this zone

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Detach the three connector ribbons passing over the battery using the plastic opening tool. Detach the three connector ribbons passing over the battery using the plastic opening tool.
  • Detach the three connector ribbons passing over the battery using the plastic opening tool.

The left two connectors flip up from the cable side. The right connector flips up from opposite the cable.

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Remove the twelve 2mm screws around the perimeter of the battery with a PH00 screwdriver.
  • Remove the twelve 2mm screws around the perimeter of the battery with a PH00 screwdriver.

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Disconnect the battery by lifting it upward and pulling it away from the connector. Disconnect the battery by lifting it upward and pulling it away from the connector.
  • Disconnect the battery by lifting it upward and pulling it away from the connector.

When reassembling reconnect the data ribbon cables first, then connect the battery connection last so that you’re not plugging in data lines while powered. Ideally you’d disconnect the battery first but that’s a bit hard with the design so you just have to try to ensure it’s switched off first.

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Conclusion

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

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that worked! watch connectors,though!

Dan Hestad - Reply

I am not never before doing something like this before, but now i do this battery replacement and it worked very well. Maybe there could be more text describing steps 4 and 6 those were parts were me as complete novice had most difficult to understand at first. Step 4 you should say that you need to open that small lever-thing what locks ribboncables in its place (picture here is accurate, but i did not understand it at first). And step 6 disconnecting actual battery cable were more simple than i first thought, just lifting it upwards and then its basically free already just pull it away. Same connecting new battery cable back is same kind simple, just push it back there but better to do it first time right since that connector loosens easily i think.

Sami Pesonen - Reply

I would agree with above comment about the ribbon cable levers. I was able to get them out easily but it was not until I understood how they worked that I successfully was able to get the ribbon cables reconnected.

drewcifer - Reply

After the replacement there is the maximum charge 42%.

Anybody dies know anything about this Problem?

mlueb - Reply

The back cover is one tough motherFer. The hardest is get to the pins behind the both speakers and in the curved corners. But the overall design is so cool

Constantine Tolstov - Reply

Very good guide, had no problems replacing battery according these instructions, thanx!

Constant Coolsma - Reply

Thanks for the guide! I do have a question, wondering if anyone can help. On the motherboard, when looking at the back about 1/3 from the left side when you're looking at the back with the battery toward the bottom and the motherboard toward the top, there is a small ribbon cable, maybe only 3/8-1/2 inch wide, that snakes over from the bottom of the board. Mine had written on it 12J1.

When I removed the back, this ribbon was floating free. It seemed like it should be reconnected, and I tried, but it isn't quite long enough to reconnect without a bit of surgery to the board's frame. Since it wasn't connected, and didn't seem like it wanted to be, I left it unconnected.

The Nexus 10 seems to work in its basic functions without it, though I really want to know what that connector is for, and why it wasn't hooked up, and whether I need to try to hook it up. (I will have to do a bit of dremeling.) What am I missing by not having that ribbon connector hooked up?

lorenseibold - Reply

Where can i buy the replcement Bttery

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