Introduction

Use this guide to replace the battery in your Nexus 7.

Image 1/2: Use your plastic opening tool to wedge between the seams around the sides of the device. Pry open each side, one at a time. Image 2/2: Do not pry near the USB port at the base of the device as you may crack the rear panel.
  • Power down your device.

  • Use your plastic opening tool to wedge between the seams around the sides of the device. Pry open each side, one at a time.

  • Do not pry near the USB port at the base of the device as you may crack the rear panel.

I had a heck of a time doing this, spent ten or twenty minutes carefully prying, and I STILL cracked the case. At least on mine, the case was held in VERY well and required prying pretty much everywhere before it would let go. The tools I bought from iFixit really helped, but still a royal pain to open.

pacmanmaster - Reply

a couple of obscure things that might help in opening:

guitar pick. get a few; they are cheap.

a prying device made for the sign industry: its called"lil' chizler". I have found that this to be the most helpful opening tool.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/16184595677...

also

https://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/trad...

you can use the broken screen unit to test.

Len Gorsky - Reply

Add "remove the sim tray"...

Iain Lennon - Reply

Image 1/1: Be careful around the corners. The body of the device can be fragile.
  • Work fingers around the seam between device and back cover. Use your plastic opening tool and fingers to separate each side until device and back cover are completely apart.

  • Be careful around the corners. The body of the device can be fragile.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Using the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail, flip up the thin portion of the connector (opposite of the side where the cable inserts) to release the cable from its socket. Image 2/3: DO NOT PRY the socket on the side where the cable inserts, or you may break the entire socket off the motherboard. Image 3/3: Slide the cable out of the ZIF socket.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the clear protective flap on the ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Using the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail, flip up the thin portion of the connector (opposite of the side where the cable inserts) to release the cable from its socket.

    • DO NOT PRY the socket on the side where the cable inserts, or you may break the entire socket off the motherboard.

  • Slide the cable out of the ZIF socket.

Flip up on the WHITE part, facing away from the cable. I sort of struggled with this part, but fortunately didn't do any serious damage.

yuguoxiong - Reply

This is the correct way to do it. Flipping up the white part is what you have to do. I tried flipping up the black part and some of it broke off.

Ryan -

I found that I had to flip up on the black part here. I broke a section of the white trying to flip it up.

pattylanter - Reply

This comment saved me on this step. Indeed the secret is to flip up the black part of the connector, located opposite the side where the cable inserts.

Hannah Cirimele -

This is wrong, these comments should be deleted so as to not confuse more people.

Jeff Andrews -

It's possible there's more than one color variation in production on these Nexus 7 ZIF sockets. To complicate matters, it looks like the guide's original author/photographer may have simply yanked the ribbon cable out without opening the socket, so there's very little visual clue here as to which is the right section to flip up. Based on these photos, I'd say Hannah's tip is probably correct—you want to flip up the thinner portion of the socket, opposite the cable (regardless of its color scheme). If someone who has successfully completed this step could supply a better photo, that would be super helpful!

Jeff Suovanen -

I revised the text so there's no long any mention of the coloration of the socket.

Jeff Suovanen -

I believe I broke the ZIF attached to the mobo at this step; is there any other way to reconnect it during reassembly or will I require a new mobo?

Neil Reed - Reply

This was my first time with this kind of ZIF socket and found these instructions/pictures ambiguous. In hindsight I see what was being described (actually used the replacement daughterboard as my guide). May I suggest this phrasing:

The ZIF clamp hinges on the side opposite of where the cable in inserted. Using the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail, flip the thin portion of the connector up and away from the insertion side of the connector.

charles fineman - Reply

Correction of Charles' Oct comment: The ZIF clamp hinges on the same side as the cable is inserted, the side towards the battery. The cable runs over the battery and into the thick connector, with contacts both on the side closest to the battery and on the side away from the battery. Beyond the contacts on the side away from the battery is the thin part to be lifted. Using the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail, flip the thin portion of the connector up and towards the insertion side of the connector. You can leverage gently against the big copper-covered area on the side away from the battery, in lifting the thin (white in the current picture) part of the connector.

tballou - Reply

You can leverage gently against the big copper-covered area on the side away from the battery, in lifting the thin (white in the current picture) part of the connector, using a motion similar to the described in step 5 below for removing the orange ribbon connector.

tballou - Reply

some better macro photos of the zif socket would help a lot, in closed and open states

Iain Lennon - Reply

For anyone like me who has only experience with metal connectors similar to iPhones, this is a "switch-on/switch-off" connector.

The cable doesn't pop out by itself, you have to pull it out yourself.

Light to moderate pressure required.

Jason - Reply

Please make the pictures clearer as Iain Lennon said. I too was a fool to not read the comments and broke the connector off of the motherboard.

Yumi Blesh - Reply

Image 1/1: The ribbon connections should now be fully visible, with the plastic tabs exposed.
  • Peel protective foil cover back top of mother board to expose orange ribbon connection.

  • The ribbon connections should now be fully visible, with the plastic tabs exposed.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Using the plastic opening tool, pry upward under the orange ribbon connector. It will pop right out of place. Image 2/3: Using the plastic opening tool, pry upward under the orange ribbon connector. It will pop right out of place. Image 3/3: Using the plastic opening tool, pry upward under the orange ribbon connector. It will pop right out of place.
  • Using the tweezers, peel back the silver protective foil on top of the orange ribbon connector.

  • Using the plastic opening tool, pry upward under the orange ribbon connector. It will pop right out of place.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Now that the two main ribbons are disconnected, fold and hold them back with your fingers, or place the tweezers or a light object on the ribbons to keep them in place.

How called is the left one ? I broke it and i will buy it but cant find it..

Timo Dohmen - Reply

Image 1/1:
  • Use the #0 Phillips Screwdriver to remove the four silver 3 mm Philips #0 screws from around the battery housing.

Add Comment

Image 1/1:
  • Insert the plastic opening tool under the side edge of the battery connector, and gently pry upward to disconnect it.

Add Comment

Image 1/1:
  • Remove the battery from your device by applying pressure at the base of the battery and lifting it out.

Add Comment

Conclusion

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

34 other people completed this guide.

Heather

Member since: 01/22/2015

955 Reputation

2 Guides authored

Team

Cal Poly, Team 20-16, Maness Winter 2015 Member of Cal Poly, Team 20-16, Maness Winter 2015

CPSU-MANESS-W15S20G16

4 Members

6 Guides authored

13 Comments

Don't be a goof like me and spend seven minutes trying to pry in the gap between the screen glass and the plastic. I thought that the plastic cover wrapped around the whole of the side and met the unit just under the glass. Nope...find the seam near the halfway point of the case side, between plastic and plastic. (The first photo here is not sufficiently clear to make this obvious.)

ceristaggbusiness - Reply

This is such a valuable comment. The photos are VERY misleading. Thank you for pointing this out!

q3cq3c - Reply

1 If you look closely, you'll see that at the edge of the glossy, black screen there is a glossy, black, 1mm hard plastic band going all the way around the screen. This provides the beveling on the edge of the screen. Around that is the dull, black plastic case. Insert your spunger or fingernail between these two plastic bands. It is easiest to do near the middle both of the long sides. Gently slide up toward the corners popping each little snap. When you get near the corner, keep one fingernail/spunger in the gap you've created on the side, near the corner, then use another nail/spunger to go around the corner. Be careful here. This is the easiest place to damage.

Once the corners have popped, the end/short top edge is easy. The bottom edge is different since the micro-USB port is also there. I did not pry it open but lifted the other three sides and just slid the screen out from that end. I inserted the USB end first also when reassembling, snapping the other edges then corners in afterward.

Greg Conquest - Reply

2 I did crack that hard plastic band in two spots on the top left corner of my Nexus 7 (opposite the camera). On spot a tiny piece broke out, but the band is still continuous at the glass edge. Around the corner, the band actually appears to have broken in two. If I rub my finger there, I can begin to peel it up. I hope my case will keep it protected.

Greg Conquest - Reply

I had trouble with the stupid ribbon cable zif socket. Everything went well until the very end when I was reassembling and I had to stick that sucker in. It was really difficult, and the plastic tab came off. Then the end I pulled out at the beginning wasn't going back in. After trying to glue the plastic pulling-flap back on (hint: don't do that) I gave up, but then I had an idea. I pulled out the entire ribbon from both ends and just flipped them. Put in the troubled end in the bottom socket (it was easier than wrestling with it), and the better end in near the top of the tablet next to that orange ribbon, and it worked! I'm so relieved...! Now my tablet is back to working condition!

Hanna - Reply

Step 1: if you have the LTE version, REMOVE THE SIM CARD TRAY. It's silly brittle as-is.

Step 2: It's the seam between plastic and plastic, NOT next to the glass! After so many comments, I don't know how this hasn't been mentioned in the tutorial.

alex - Reply

WTF. I cannot begin to pry off the cover, the way the picture shows -- even with my official Fixit pry tools, which are now pretty much shot. But I did manage to break a few pieces off of the slim plastic protecting the edge of the screen. BTW, I did pry between the two plastic sections, not next to the glass.

Be warned that these instructions do not accurately show how hard this is and how dangerous to the cosmetics of your tablet. Glad I didn't order the battery yet, because my Nexus is likely done for. Thanks guys.

Upwith Privacy - Reply

UPDATE: I finally got the cover off by carefully using a small knife. The cover edges are scarred and a small clip broke off at the first corner. It was brutal and the FIXIT plastic tools were worse than useless.

Upwith Privacy - Reply

I just did this, and appreciate the comments above. I couldn't get the old battery out because it is glued in. There is another tutorial on YouTube that suggests first taking the battery tray out (four screws) which made it much easier to pry the battery out.

Bob Gates - Reply

I had to disconnect the battery to get my device out of a crash at the first "Google" screen. This guide was what I needed to get in. Do add "remove the sim tray" at the start though...

I'd suggest getting someone to take macro photos of the zif socket in closed and opened states though. It is not clear how to open it up from the text, despite a description to try and help. And, as it needs a little force in the right place (and because the socket opens counterintuitively) I think it could help other people to do this bit safely. I would have if I wasn't swearing at the socket at the time, and didn't think to do so...

Iain Lennon - Reply

Instructions could be better overall. Better pictures needed as well. Also the battery is taped into the tray and difficult to remove. This is not noted here.

Nick Barber - Reply

You can buy the replacement with or without the tray. Mine came without so I had to detach the old one from the tray - it's suprisingly flexible, so I worked my way slowly whilst mentaly preparing for a sudden fire :/ Anyway it's worth noting here. Also +1 to the tray remark. I figured that one out, but only before forcing it a bit. Good luck :)

Konrad Skrzypek -

Here are my comments in the hopes they will help someone else. Although I DID finish it, and it is showing that it IS charging...it remains to be seen yet whether my tablet works. :-(

Well....I did it! The three issues I had were: 1) The d**n battery was GLUED to the casing! so I ended up bending the very SOFT metal to get it out; I figured I could force it flat again once screwed in 2) Replacing the "ribbon cable ZIF socket" afterwards was almost impossible but I figured it was due to the metal battery case being bent and not flat; I struggled to get this one in and out several times; Same with re-attaching the orange ribbon connector was dicey because it also was not fitting tight onto the match; I had to stretch it and push real hard then try to retape . 3) Don't-REPEAT: DON'T even TRY this without the exact size tiny Phillips screwdriver...that was a big part of my frustration.

I hope these comments help someone else, because I was extremely grateful for this site!

sharon - Reply

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 39

Past 7 Days: 283

Past 30 Days: 1,343

All Time: 19,896