Introduction

This guide is to replace a broken screen on the Nexus 6.

Image 1/1: Remove the SIM card and the SIM card holder.
  • 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

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  • 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

Image 1/3: With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector revealed. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors [guide|25629|here|stepid=64969]. Image 2/3: Completely separate the battery side from the motherboard side by gently pulling the sides apart with your hands. Image 3/3: 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

Image 1/2: Use tweezers to release the ribbon cable. Image 2/2: Use tweezers to release the ribbon cable.
  • With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector for the smallest ribbon cable in the center. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors here

  • Use tweezers to release the ribbon cable.

It would be instructive to add that one needs to remove the whole ribbon assembly by lifting the whole thing from its semi-fixed position on the motherboard. I did so using the blunt end of a spudger to lift the two small flaps along the right edge of the motherboard and lifting the whole complex off the motherboard with tweezers.

Taylor Says So - Reply

I need to replace my screen and digitizer. Can I do this using your instructions?

Gabriel - Reply

Image 1/2: Use tweezers to release the ribbon cable completely. Image 2/2: This connector and the ribbon are attached with a piece of amber anti-static tape. Make sure to release the tape from the ribbon before to pull it out of the connector.
  • With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector of the big ribbon cable on the side of the phone. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors here.

  • Use tweezers to release the ribbon cable completely.

    • This connector and the ribbon are attached with a piece of amber anti-static tape. Make sure to release the tape from the ribbon before to pull it out of the connector.

This ZIF connector is covered in amber anti-static tape, which needs to be released from the connector side before the ribbon can safely be pulled free.

Taylor Says So - Reply

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  • Remove the 2.3 mm T3 Torx screw on the top of the phone.

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  • Peel the motherboard off of the screen with your hands.

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  • Remove the screen from the motherboard.

Any chance of getting some further breakdown for the phones glass screen? In case someone happens to break theirs?

jackacemonkey - Reply

Is it possible to remove the lcd from the glass?In case only my glass broke can i replace just glass alone?

Jenzo Thomas - Reply

Conclusion

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

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its not antistatic tape its actually just Kapton tape and its ment only to protect the ZIF housing and keep the tabs from accidentally opening while being assembled along the line

Brian Grothouse - Reply

Is there any way to buy just the digitizer if so where and how much

Jason Larot - Reply

Si può sostituire solo il vetro esterno o tutto il display?

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