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Introduction

Use this guide to remove and replace the midframe from your Nexus 5X.

  1. Insert a SIM card ejection tool into the hole on the SIM card tray, located on the left edge of the phone. Press in to eject the SIM card tray. Remove the SIM card tray.
    • Insert a SIM card ejection tool into the hole on the SIM card tray, located on the left edge of the phone.

    • Press in to eject the SIM card tray.

    • Remove the SIM card tray.

  2. Place an opening pick in the opening of the SIM card tray slot and twist it sideways to release the first plastic clip that holds the rear panel in its place. Slide the opening pick around the top edge of the phone to release the plastic clips that secure the rear panel. Slide the opening pick around the top edge of the phone to release the plastic clips that secure the rear panel.
    • Place an opening pick in the opening of the SIM card tray slot and twist it sideways to release the first plastic clip that holds the rear panel in its place.

    • Slide the opening pick around the top edge of the phone to release the plastic clips that secure the rear panel.

  3. Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel. Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel. Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel.
    • Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel.

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  5. Tilt the opening pick to lift the rear panel a little bit. There are two more plastic clips next to the fingerprint sensor. Release them by gently pulling the rear panel.
    • Tilt the opening pick to lift the rear panel a little bit.

    • There are two more plastic clips next to the fingerprint sensor. Release them by gently pulling the rear panel.

    • Remove the rear panel.

  6. Remove the ten 3.6 mm Phillips screws that secure the midframe.
    • Remove the ten 3.6 mm Phillips screws that secure the midframe.

  7. Insert an opening pick into the SIM card tray slot and twist the opening pick sideways to release the plastic clips. Insert an opening pick into the SIM card tray slot and twist the opening pick sideways to release the plastic clips.
    • Insert an opening pick into the SIM card tray slot and twist the opening pick sideways to release the plastic clips.

  8. Continue sliding the opening pick around the upper part of the midframe to release the plastic clips. Continue sliding the opening pick around the upper part of the midframe to release the plastic clips.
    • Continue sliding the opening pick around the upper part of the midframe to release the plastic clips.

  9. Use the plastic pick to pry open the plastic clips on the long edge of the midframe and on the bottom edge. Make sure the clips on the long edge are released. The midframe is prone to break here if they are not disconnected properly.
    • Use the plastic pick to pry open the plastic clips on the long edge of the midframe and on the bottom edge.

    • Make sure the clips on the long edge are released. The midframe is prone to break here if they are not disconnected properly.

  10. Make sure all the clips are free. Carefully remove the midframe.
    • Make sure all the clips are free.

    • Carefully remove the midframe.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. If your middle panel is damaged or broken, install the new panel instead.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Nexus 5X Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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2 Comments

Has anyone else run into the different screws holding the midframe? I opened my son's phone today to swap out the battery and found the screws to be tri-wing. Imagine my confusion. I've been into to my wife's Nexus 5x before, and it has phillips-head screws. Weird.

Taylor Says So - Reply

I’m trying to confirm whether or not the antenna for cellular signal resides in the loudspeaker, or the bottom section of the midframe. If I replace the bottom piece of the midframe, am I replacing the cellular antenna?

steve d - Reply

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