Introduction

Please make sure your phone is turned off and the SIM card is removed prior to starting this guide.

Image 1/2: Press in with the tool of your choice until it pops out of the side of the phone. Image 2/2: Remove the SIM card slot tray and set aside.
  • Insert a SIM card ejection tool into the SIM card slot located on the left edge of the phone.

  • Press in with the tool of your choice until it pops out of the side of the phone.

  • Remove the SIM card slot tray and set aside.

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Image 1/2: Slide the opener tool gently around the phone until you hear clicks and visibly see the panel separate from the body of the phone. Image 2/2: Continue this process on each edge of the phone, until the only thing holding the back panel to the body of the phone is the fingerprint scanner.
  • Starting at the SIM card slot, stick the plastic opening tool in between the back panel and the phone.

  • Slide the opener tool gently around the phone until you hear clicks and visibly see the panel separate from the body of the phone.

  • Continue this process on each edge of the phone, until the only thing holding the back panel to the body of the phone is the fingerprint scanner.

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  • Gently detach the back panel from the finger print scanner on the back of the phone.

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  • Remove the ten screws securing the middle frame using a Phillips #000 bit piece.

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Image 1/1: Be careful when doing this because the middle panel comes in two pieces and if you start at the top, you may break the connection between the two pieces.
  • Starting from the bottom, use a plastic opening tool to pry off the middle panel from the phone.

  • Be careful when doing this because the middle panel comes in two pieces and if you start at the top, you may break the connection between the two pieces.

The photo seems to show that the person is opening from the top, which is the opposite of your advice. So, just want to be clear.

Robert Konigsberg - Reply

yes, open from bottom first... the pic above shows the finished product after reaching top of phone. I found it best to actually start close to the right of the usbC connector. Pushing inbetween the 2 tabs and up will release the shell.. then work clockwise.

Chris Mayberry - Reply

Chris, your advice to start to the right of the usbC connector was excellent, thank you!

Robert Konigsberg - Reply

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  • Using a plastic opening tool or fingernail, gently pry up the battery cable connector to release it from the motherboard.

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Image 1/3: Carefully insert a single flat nylon spudger underneath the battery. Image 2/3: Apply enough pressure to release the battery from the adhesive holding it to the phone. Image 3/3: We [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Nexus+5X+Motherboard+Replacement/60278|removed the motherboard completely] before attempting to remove the battery due to the adhesive on our device being too strong and we did not want to damage the motherboard. Also we did not have an iOpener kit or something similar to use.
  • Using an iOpener kit, or something similar, heat the phone so the adhesive will loosen.

  • Carefully insert a single flat nylon spudger underneath the battery.

  • Apply enough pressure to release the battery from the adhesive holding it to the phone.

  • We removed the motherboard completely before attempting to remove the battery due to the adhesive on our device being too strong and we did not want to damage the motherboard. Also we did not have an iOpener kit or something similar to use.

  • Be extremely careful when doing this, if you use something sharp you may pierce the battery.

And all that in 3 minutes.

No way!!!

Chris Hibbert - Reply

Yeah, three minutes is probably not very realistic. I updated the time estimate to something a bit more conservative. :)

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Conclusion

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

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I do not understand how to reverse step 6 - "Place the end of the plastic opening tool underneath the edge of the ribbon cable that is attached to the battery" so that it re-establishes electrical connection between battery and phone's motherboard.

Jay Hammond - Reply

That looks like a simple pop connector—pry up to release, press down to reconnect. If it's properly aligned it will snap into place with a little pressure from your finger. I'll adjust the wording on that step to hopefully make it more clear.

Jeff Suovanen -

Where can I find a new battery for this phone?

batwing20 - Reply

I replaced the battery with a stock LG OEM replacement. Now, 1. Lighting bolt indicator doesn't appear. 2. Doesn't read "Charging" or "Charging Rapidly" on the lock screen. 3. I lost rapid charge; it charges slooooowly. Help!

Thom - Reply

Is the battery supposed to be one hard piece or is it supposed to be squishy as in bendable?

danchee - Reply

I replaced the battery, but I'm still not getting an led or anything on the screen to show it's charging. What else could be the issue?

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