Introduction

Use this guide to replace the battery in your Nexus 6P smartphone. When reassembling apply new adhesive where it is necessary.

If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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  6. Use tweezers to remove the liquid indicator stickers. Remove the six Philipps #000 screws. Remove the six Philipps #000 screws.
    • Use tweezers to remove the liquid indicator stickers.

    • Remove the six Philipps #000 screws.

  7. 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.

  8. Unscrew the Philipps #000 screw. Use tweezers to remove the metal plate.
    • Unscrew the Philipps #000 screw.

    • Use tweezers to remove the metal plate.

  9. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the three flex cables. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the three flex cables. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the three flex cables.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the three flex cables.

  10. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the interconnect cable from the daughterboard. Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive under the battery.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the interconnect cable from the daughterboard.

    • Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive under the battery.

  11. Warning: do not insert the spudger or plastic card too deep underneath the battery. The display cable runs underneath the battery. Scroll down to the next step to see where the cable is. Insert the flat end of a spudger as deep as the notch and carefully slide along the edge to cut the adhesive…
    • Warning: do not insert the spudger or plastic card too deep underneath the battery. The display cable runs underneath the battery.

      • Scroll down to the next step to see where the cable is.

    • Insert the flat end of a spudger as deep as the notch and carefully slide along the edge to cut the adhesive…

    • Use a plastic card to cut the remaining adhesive on the left side underneath the battery.

  12. Remove the battery.
    • Remove the battery.

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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In case anyone is wondering, I was able to get the two small back covers to reassemble without using new adhesive. I didn’t have any on hand so I just used a heat gun to warm the adhesive that was left over and firmly held them in place. So far it seems to be holding well.

Vince Cipriani - Reply

Adhesive? I’m wondering what kind of adhesive to use for reassembly?

antoine courtemanche - Reply

Didn’t need any additional adhesive and the iopener worked fine for both loosening adhesive for disassembly and getting it sticky again for reassembly.. Managed not to break the glass camera cover!

antoine courtemanche -

any tips on using the iOpener for the top glass? It dosen’t seem to be helping me at all. :(

Ellison Gregg - Reply

These were great instructions, but have to admit this was quite a hair-raising process because of the amount of heat that was required to soften the adhesive and the amount of force needed to pry things apart. Luckily, I have a digital hot air source (Sparkfun 303D) used for surface mount electronics. The safe temperature ended up being about 200 F. If I did it again would be much easier because I know the glass piece at the top is not as fragile as I thought. So, heat gun, definitely. iOpener would be next to useless, especially to loosen under battery. But be careful not to concentrate the heat and melt plastic or make glass crack. Adhesive under battery definitely reusable, easy to peel off old battery. Go slow with the whole process and it will be successful!

Andris Vizulis - Reply

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