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Use this guide to replace the back cover in your Nexus 6P smartphone. When reassembling apply new adhesive where it's necessary.

  1. It is possible to remove the back cover with an iOpener as seen in this guide but it's a lengthy and difficult procedure. We recommend a heat gun or something similar. The adhesive in the Nexus 6P is extremely sticky and especially the glass and plastic cover on the backside break or bend most of the time whilst doing this repair. Use a SIM card eject tool, to pop out and remove the SIM card tray. Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive underneath the small plastic cover at the bottom of the phone.
    • It is possible to remove the back cover with an iOpener as seen in this guide but it's a lengthy and difficult procedure. We recommend a heat gun or something similar. The adhesive in the Nexus 6P is extremely sticky and especially the glass and plastic cover on the backside break or bend most of the time whilst doing this repair.

    • Use a SIM card eject tool, to pop out and remove the SIM card tray.

    • Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive underneath the small plastic cover at the bottom of the phone.

    For the heat gun users — any approximate temperature, and distance from phone, to not damage it?

    Kamal - Reply

    Hi Kamal,

    my advice is the be very, very gentle with a heat gun. Especially the small plastic cover at the bottom end deforms within seconds. Try the lowest heat you can, with a good distance to the cover. Then try to remove the cover. If it doesn’t go off, lower the distance of the heat gun to the phone and try again and so on. I recommend to rather pry a little bit more than to use to much heat. If the cover deforms you’ll need a new one.

    Dominik Schnabelrauch -

    Is their a particular time i should have my heat gun on it like for ex: 10 secs

    PlayStation Studios - Reply

    Hi,

    there’s no particular time but I advise you to go only for a couple of seconds and then try to remove the plastic cover. If you can’t manage to remove it, repeat the heat gun process and so on. Under strong heat the plastic cover deforms very fast and is not usable anymore.

    Dominik Schnabelrauch -

    Hi,

    I used a hair dryer (exhaust air about 60°C) instead of a heat gun: this temperature was sufficient to soften the glue. The plastic and glass cover could be removed without damage.

    Daniel Demuth - Reply

    The Ifixit SIM removal tool is a bit rough for the 6P SIM eject opening I suggest a small paper clip and its easier for aged fingers to use.

    Terry Ess - Reply

    The IOpener may need to be applied more than once in cold weather. Even for a first time repairer it is possible to remove the small lower rear cover without damage.

    Terry Ess - Reply

  2. The knife is really sharp. Take care, not to cut yourself or your phone. Insert a knife between the phone and the plastic cover. Pry up the plastic cover until you can insert an opening pick. Slide the opening pick underneath the plastic cover to cut the adhesive.
    • The knife is really sharp. Take care, not to cut yourself or your phone.

    • Insert a knife between the phone and the plastic cover. Pry up the plastic cover until you can insert an opening pick.

    • Slide the opening pick underneath the plastic cover to cut the adhesive.

    How I did it was to heat the plastic to around 65C (150F) with a hair dryer, then managed to get one of my metal prying tools in and under the edge to pull it up.

    Michael Lerro - Reply

    Request to give some specification/link to the knife used in this process. I dont want to buy a knife too thick for the job. Thanks in advance.

    onkararadhye - Reply

    Hi onkararadhye,

    the knife used in this process was from the Technician's Razor Set in our shop.

    Dominik Schnabelrauch -

    The Ifixit knife has a curved sharp edge. I used this edge in the middle of the outer long side of the lower cover and pushed it straight down. The natural curve in the now softened plastic allowed it to buckle/bend a little further. I then slowly rolled the top edge of the knife out and away from the phone. There was then sufficient gap to insert a Pick. Heat it again with the IOpener and then slide the Pick further in and along from end to end.

    Terry Ess - Reply

  3. Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive underneath the glass cover at the top of the phone. Insert a knife between the phone and the glass cover. Pry up the glass cover until you can insert an opening pick.
    • Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive underneath the glass cover at the top of the phone.

    • Insert a knife between the phone and the glass cover. Pry up the glass cover until you can insert an opening pick.

    Used a fan on high heat. Worked great.

    Tilen Travnik - Reply

    A heating pad works well for these steps

    Russell Sloan - Reply

    This has to be the hardest part. I really did not want to damage the glass. My phone has had a rough life and there is some minor damage despite having a double layer cover. I decided to prise the glass off from the end opposite from the camera after many unsuccessful attempts from near the middle. With the knife I was able to scrape the metal edge near the end of the glass cover - keep the blade facing out. With the metal out of the way the knife tip was able to get under the glass followed by a Pick. I heated it all up again with the IOpener heat tube. Using reflected light keep an eye on the bend in the glass. If you can see a bend then slow down and let the glue separate. The reward for patience is unbroken glass.

    Terry Ess - Reply

  4. Glass may break. Wear protective glasses and protective gloves. Slide the opening pick underneath the glass cover and use it to cut the adhesive underneath. Pry off the glass cover.
    • Glass may break. Wear protective glasses and protective gloves.

    • Slide the opening pick underneath the glass cover and use it to cut the adhesive underneath.

    • Pry off the glass cover.

    I had a really hard time getting under the glass using the iOpener. I just don’t think it got hot enough to really loosen up the adhesive. So, I got my wife’s hair dryer and used that. I put it on the highest heat and held it to the glass for a couple minutes. That loosened it up pretty well and I was able to get enough space to put in a prying pick. Once I got one of those in it was pretty easy.

    Davin Studer - Reply

    The way I did this bit was to heat the glass up to around 70C (160F) with a hair dryer, then use a razor blade to get in under the glass, then used a playing card and pushed that along underneath the glass to seperate the glass from the body. I started with my razor blade at the curved edge of the glass on the side of the phone, rather than at the straight edge at the top as they show here, because it was a bit easier for me.

    Nothing else in my toolkit had a fine enough edge to get in under that glass except for a razor blade. The gap is very small.

    Michael Lerro - Reply

    The good news is that my phone works fine. And it now has some battle scars that make it look like I repaired it. Let’s be honest: bragging rights are half the reason we tried this instead of buying a new phone anyway. My camera and flash still work, though the latter needed its lens glued separately.

    The bad news is that I broke my glass. I started from the corner away from the camera, and about halfway along the width of the phone, the glass utterly shattered. It stayed together, so its coating worked. I used some scotch tape to further control the shards, and i slid a small flathead along under the top and bottom edges to scrape the glue. I think that would have been my technique in the first place if i had x-ray vision. I also would have started camera-side.

    I think my mistake was not maintaining heat while prying. The glass started hot, but when it broke it was barely warm to the touch. I think If I had kept it hot, it would have been more flexible.

    Best of luck, everybody.

    Seth Battin - Reply

  5. Remove the six Phillips #00 screws. Use tweezers to remove any stickers covering the screw to allow better seating for the driver. Use tweezers to remove any stickers covering the screw to allow better seating for the driver.
    • Remove the six Phillips #00 screws.

    • Use tweezers to remove any stickers covering the screw to allow better seating for the driver.

  6. Insert a razor knife between the metal back cover and the front glass to create a gap. Insert an opening pick into the gap and slide it to the top right corner. The knife is really sharp, be careful, not to cut yourself or your phone. Insert a second opening pick and slide it to the top left corner.
    • Insert a razor knife between the metal back cover and the front glass to create a gap. Insert an opening pick into the gap and slide it to the top right corner.

    • The knife is really sharp, be careful, not to cut yourself or your phone.

    • Insert a second opening pick and slide it to the top left corner.

    • Slide the opening picks along the edges to seperate the plastic clips, holding back cover and midframe together.

    • Remove the rear cover.

    There is a black plastic band around the front glass. So stick the razor between the metal back and outside of the black plastic that is around the front glass. If you look closely at the first picture you can see the black plastic strip outside of the front glass. If you stick it between the black plastic and screen you could leave the mid frame in the metal case and only lift up the the glass and screen.

    igolten - Reply

    Definitely try to get the knife as close as possible to the aluminum body. It will spare you damage to the plastic band… wish I would have read the comment before trying this myself… ah… and don’t get tricked by a possible space between the display and the plastic band it looks tempting to put the knife in there however that will possibly damage the plastic band. That’s where I thought I could get in between the display and the body and did damage my plastic seal. Btw, I got my device open from the left side away from the power and volume buttons.

    Marcel Duda - Reply

    I couldn’t even find room for the knife, ended up using a suction cup to lift the bottom left corner enough to get a plastic shim in. Worked around from there. Damaged a good deal of the plastic around the edge trying to get the knife in—would recommend just using a suction cup.

    Alexander Haase - Reply

    Blow dry the viser and stick an exacto knife under it. Gently pry. The bottom plastic is the same process, it is more difficult.

    Easyway to push the unibody/screen apart is pushing hard on the fingerprint reader. No bending/scraping. Going between the screen and body with a pick or blade is stupid.

    If you DONT put the 5 screws back in, it makes future servicing easy. The device has dovetail joints that will snap into place and still hold everything together. The phone is easy to bend/shatter anyways. This kind of gives you a removable back.

    Yazan Sakran - Reply

    That is a terrific suggestion and it’s what I’ve done. Put the cover back on and guess what, those six screws aren’t even needed.

    In fact, thank you all for your input. (I echo Alexander Haase above; there’s no real need for a blade when separating the front.)

    Also, am I the only one who found the “iOpener approach” more effective than using a hairdryer? I don’t have an iOpener and I used one of those blue gel ice/hot packs. Simply placing it on the target area may indeed not be enough, but I covered my hand with a towel and kept it firmly pressed against the surface for a couple minutes. The visor then came off very smoothly on prying, with all the adhesive stuck only on one side.

    Never was there the slightest chance of either part cracking or warping. The operation is far less scary than (and certainly not as Difficult as) the guide would suggest.

    Ω Gsazraetr -

    I had a lot of trouble with this, and the trick that worked for me was to do something similar to Alexander Haase above (minus the suction cup, I couldn’t get my suction cup to stick well enough to pull up the glass enough for a gap).

    The bottom left corner of the phone - at least on mine - seemed to have the biggest gap and be most the ameanable to prying open. I used a razor blade and pushed it in at the very corner (as close as you can to the aluminium, so that you don’t wreck the plastic band around the glass), then jimmied up the glass with the blade until there was a gap. I placed a plastic prying tool / guitar pick in the gap, and pushed it around the edges to seperate the clips.

    Michael Lerro - Reply

    I tried to use the suction cup method, but ended up separating the glass from the phone. The glass cracked and now my screen is broken.

    Louis Kruger - Reply

    Well I wish this guy had been a little more detailed in where to pry and how the friggen screen just separates and the fact you need to slide the picks pointing more down than in or your going to spilt the screen apart. Now I have a brand new broken phone with custom shattered screen, a brand new replacement battery and a bunch of overpriced brand new ifixit tools I can use as paper weights. Thanks guys.

    loki - Reply

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. When reassembling your phone apply new adhesive where it is necessary.

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The first picture of Step-6 is very misleading when looking at guitar pick.

By mistake, I pulled apart my front glass from digitizer by taking the pic as reference.

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