Introduction

If your phone won’t turn on or stay on, even after charging it, you may consider replacing the battery. This guide will show you how to remove the battery of the Nexus 6 in order to install a new one.

With a SIM card eject tool (a paperclip will work as well), push down on the hole at the top of the phone until the SIM card holder releases. This should not take much pressure.
  • With a SIM card eject tool (a paperclip will work as well), push down on the hole at the top of the phone until the SIM card holder releases. This should not take much pressure.

  • Remove the SIM card and the SIM card holder.

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  • Lay out a soft cloth on your workspace to prevent scratching the screen in this and future steps.

  • Pry open the back casing using the soft plastic opening pick.

    • Be careful of the Power & Volume Key ribbon on the left side just next to the volume key. The ribbon is exposed and could be damaged with the opening tool.

  • Carefully pull the back casing apart from the rest of the phone with your hands. Because the casing is glued to the rest of the phone, this step may require some force. Don't be alarmed if the casing flexes a bit.

  • You may need an iOpener to loosen up the adhesive. Check out the iOpener Instructions for info on how to use it.

  • You can use a Small Suction Cup on the bottom corner to slightly lift up the back casing and help slipping the tool under the cover.

Dave Lee on YouTube has a much more helpful note on removing the back cover. That video is available at: https://youtu.be/Yk1CGk0TZAw?t=1m20s

Taylor Says So - Reply

the adhesive is actually quite strong (mild is the wrong term here), even after lots of heat I still struggled to remove the back cover easily. BE CAREFUL of the volume/power flex cable at the side and top left, it is completely exposed when you attempt to pry the back plate off. I got lucky.

Andrew - Reply

I would recommend using a utility kniofe (make sure you have a new blade) to pry open the back case just a bit, and then slide in a playing card, fingers, pick tool or whatever else you have.

The YouTube video note about sticking a needle through a hole in the SIM slot would have worked fine if I had a needle...

Ada m Lacey - Reply

I was able to use a spudger to get around the tape. If it is really bad you can use a hair dryer if you don't have a heat gun to help loosen the adhesive.

Ryan - Reply

After removing the sim card, note the hole near the edge angled toward the back cover. Stick the sim removal tool (or a strudy earring post if not long enough) to start off the back cover removal process.

Lindsay - Reply

Remove the twenty-two 2.3 mm T3 Torx screws with the T3 Torx Screwdriver.
  • Remove the twenty-two 2.3 mm T3 Torx screws with the T3 Torx Screwdriver.

The screws are T4. Not T3. I just performed a battery replacement on my Nexus 6 5/15/2017. All 22 screws are T4. Even the one holding the volume and power buttons in place.

Ryan - Reply

Right. while possible with a T3, it grinds out the center of the screws, making a hassle for the next guy who has to get in there. T4 feels secure.

Thor - Reply

Thanks for the heads up. about to start the surgery on the old baby. Turns out that on my phone its T3. Makes me wonder if they varied the screws from batch to batch at the factory, certainly looks like it

mrdamnslow - Reply

If you're using iFixit's tools then T3 should be the correct size, but T4 may work as well. There's probably a bit of variance in the sizes and manufacturing tolerances depending on who made your tools. Bottom line, try a T3 and if that doesn't feel right, move up a size (which is a good rule of thumb for any screw you encounter).

Jeff Suovanen - Reply

my T4 drivers are too large. T3 has always worked for me on the back panel.

Steve B - Reply

With tweezers, remove the rubber protector on the lower part of the phone. With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector revealed. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors here. Completely separate the battery side from the motherboard side by gently pulling the sides apart with your hands.
  • With tweezers, remove the rubber protector on the lower part of the phone.

  • With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector revealed. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors here.

  • Completely separate the battery side from the motherboard side by gently pulling the sides apart with your hands.

This step MUST also include a note to disconnect the power and volume ribbon cable and cover at the top left of the device.

Taylor Says So - Reply

Hi Taylor. I just completed this guide and it was not required to disconnect the power and volume ribbon at this step. Both connected ribbon are part of the mid frame.

Gaetan -

Hi Gaetan, Taylor is right, you need to document that the power switch & volume connector (left top under the rubber) is to be disconnected from the motherboard when you disassemble. - Worse if you do not comment on it, this becomes an serious issue when you assembly the phone again! Most people will ignore the fact, they have to connect the cable again. Otherwise the power switch will not work. People will get mad, because they don't identify the root cause, why the phone does not start again), as the rubber does not show, the disconnected cable. It took my a least an hour before I worked through all connectors, after I already tried to run through all the 'Nexus 6 does not start' comments on the Internet, which aren't the root cause here.

Michael Pirker -

The bottom right cable is not a ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connector, it does not have a latch, the connectors are little copper clips and the connector needs to be pulled with some force upwards to disconnect.

Isak - Reply

This is definitely not a ZIF connector. Not only does it require a fair amount of force (relative to the connector size) to push on, it can be extremely stubborn to remove--especially with nearly two years of age on the fragile plastic available for pulling. There is a pull tab (of sorts) on the connector, but mine snapped right off. Luckily, the parts that are likely to break are all part of the battery assembly. The new battery comes with a new cable.

Lampshade -

To separate the battery section and motherboard sides you don't pull up the black swiss cheese plastic cover, just run your fingernail along the side in between the blue metal and the black edge of the screen.

Kevin Edwards - Reply

thanks a lot kevin you saved me. This guide should be a bit more precise...

guyom -

As Taylor said, by the camera lens there is another rubber peice, take that out and disconnect that cable, and make sure to reconnect it afterwards. That cable connects your buttons to the mobo.

Nick Myers - Reply

I did exactly everything described in this guide and my Nexus 6 front camera still does not correspond with the camera app. Is there something I am missing and is there anyone else with a similar problem to mine. I am thinking of cleaning the connector with rubbing alcohol or something similar.

ajqwerty93 - Reply

"detatching" is a typo. :-(

Tim Wong - Reply

With your hands, pull the battery away from the rest of the casing. Using tweezers, unplug the battery connector. Carefully peel off the charging coil.
  • With your hands, pull the battery away from the rest of the casing.

  • Using tweezers, unplug the battery connector.

  • Carefully peel off the charging coil.

  • Replace the battery with a new one.

after a while the glue used to connect the coil becomes harder than the foam/rubber the coil is mounted on. a heat gun might help.

Tomasz Kielak - Reply

Conclusion

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

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There's a *lot* of glued down parts. Don't force them apart. Use a hot-water bottle or similar to loosen the glue. Good luck!

Terence Eden - Reply

Intriguing. I bought my nexus 6 thinking I would never be able to replace the battery, but this looks doable, albeit not without some risk of damaging the device.

David Betz - Reply

My battery side board has been broken! It did not hurt to work properly, but you guys MUST be careful of taking it apart!

Jang Younghwan - Reply

Also T3 screws are so weak, Unscrew carefully and use a good T3 screw drivers otherwise they will be stripped!

Jang Younghwan - Reply

And +1 for Terence Eden's comment.

Jang Younghwan - Reply

I have trouble getting through the day with my 2 year old battery. Will a fresh one help or is it the phone?

Art Schwadron - Reply

It sounds like it might a combination of both. Make sure you're updated to the latest Android software and then from there it may also be useful to look into a new battery. 2 years is quite a high amount of cycles for a phone battery and in a phone that large, it requires a lot of power. So I would suggest a software update and a battery replacement and I'm almost certain you will see a usage time increase!

Robert Myers - Reply

Hello,

Do we need to replace the rear cover by a new one once the old one has been unglued?

Thank you!

Olivier Lapointe - Reply

Hi Oliver.

I've just followed this guide and the rear cover fits back fine. It'll help if you warm the cover so the glue rebonds. I have mine in a tight fitting case, so this'll help as well.

Matt North -

Thank you for your answer Matt :)

Olivier Lapointe -

What a crock, the case is glued together!

I'd like to see a full video of the process by the 'Marina Moore (and 7 other contributors)'.

This not an easy job as depicted by the process described above.

As explained to me the glue softening process takes 20-30 minutes and is required twice because the mother board is also glued to the case.

If you are in Orange County, CA, Call Android-Genius in Newport Beach. Not cheap but better it's done by a pro.

Steve - Reply

Only the back plate was glued quite so much, and it didn't take too much time to remove.

The only other place where glue was an issue for me, was when the double stick tape stayed on the battery, rather than it staying on the induction coil. But I was able to carefully peel it off to reuse.

I watched a couple youtube videos, but other than getting a visual of the process, I would never suggest any of them as they all skipped steps or left things unsaid. This tutorial covered most things and was all I needed to finish the job.

I'm just a housewife by the way, although I admit not typical. I'm self-taught and have built two computers (one is a media center pc). But I'd never worked on a phone before. I think if someone is confident, and very careful, this is very doable.

Rayna Thompson -

Hardest part was getting the back cover off. Other than that it was pretty easy. Though the adhesive came off the contact for what I assume is wireless charging and now that doesn't work. I can probably go back in and align it properly but for now it's not that big of deal. Word of advice, unplug the battery connector before removing the battery. I kind of ripped it out accidentally and thought I'd torn it but it went back in no problem. Hoping the new battery will help my random reboots. My old one was a little warped. Thanks for the guide!

Emri - Reply

Screw are fine, it's just a mistake in the guide - you need T4 screwdriver!

Serhii Kaistrenko - Reply

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to this guide. I've never even rooted my phone, let alone disassembled it.

Everything went very smoothly and my new battery has been working just great for over a month.

I love my Nexus 6, especially since Nougat was made available. Now that the OS will last another two years, I have a battery to match (and a spare, too) thanks to this helpful guide. Thank you all.

A couple tips for readers:

* I used a microwavable heating pad to loose the glue on my phone's case back. It took 10 minutes.

* When you remove the connector in Step 4 (the one under the rubber flap), it might not be apparent that it slid out; it did not lift straight up. To reattach, lay the two halves flat beside each other, then slide together. I broke a tiny corner of the clip trying to push it down (still holds just fine).

* Due to the case's curve, the screws may not realign if you work in a circle (clockwise etc). Try reattaching them by alternating in the corners and mid-sides to start.

Rayna Thompson - Reply

Thanks a lots, I was confused about my lovely nexus 6. I,m going to follow yr advise.

Thanks again.

Daphrose Mukabaranga - Reply

I have followed the exact steps. Everything went smoothly until I try to turn on the phone. The phone won’t charge or boot anymore even with the old battery. I checked every connector. Any advice?

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