Introduction

Lack of sound got you down? Use this guide to replace a damaged or broken speaker assembly.

In the following steps you will release the clips (highlighted in red) along the perimeter of the Nexus 7's rear panel.
  • In the following steps you will release the clips (highlighted in red) along the perimeter of the Nexus 7's rear panel.

  • Do not use excessive force while prying the clips. They can be easily broken.

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Gently insert a plastic opening tool near the top of the Nexus 7 between the rear panel and the front panel assembly. Carefully run the plastic opening tool along the top edge to pry the rear panel away from the front panel assembly of the Nexus 7.
  • Gently insert a plastic opening tool near the top of the Nexus 7 between the rear panel and the front panel assembly.

  • Carefully run the plastic opening tool along the top edge to pry the rear panel away from the front panel assembly of the Nexus 7.

My Nexus 7 looks nothing like this. These instructions are horrible as they do not work.

Andy Garcia - Reply

Insert the plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the front panel assembly near the power button and pry up at several points along the right edge of the Nexus 7. Insert the plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the front panel assembly near the power button and pry up at several points along the right edge of the Nexus 7. Insert the plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the front panel assembly near the power button and pry up at several points along the right edge of the Nexus 7.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the front panel assembly near the power button and pry up at several points along the right edge of the Nexus 7.

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Pry up the rear panel along the left edge using the method described in previous steps. Pry up the rear panel along the left edge using the method described in previous steps. Pry up the rear panel along the left edge using the method described in previous steps.
  • Pry up the rear panel along the left edge using the method described in previous steps.

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Gently lift and remove the rear panel up off the front panel assembly. Gently lift and remove the rear panel up off the front panel assembly.
  • Gently lift and remove the rear panel up off the front panel assembly.

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Using the tip of a spudger, push first on one side then the other to "walk" the battery cable straight out of its socket on the motherboard. Using the tip of a spudger, push first on one side then the other to "walk" the battery cable straight out of its socket on the motherboard.
  • Using the tip of a spudger, push first on one side then the other to "walk" the battery cable straight out of its socket on the motherboard.

I have the newer version of Nexus and the battery connection inside is different from pictured here. I can't seem to get any part of the connector backed out. Any further details about how to accomplish this step?

indianowen31 - Reply

After my post I tried it again, and realized the connector comes straight UP, not OUT. Once I went this direction, the process was simple.

indianowen31 - Reply

I followed this, everything worked fine. Even though the battery is now charging, the OS doesn't recognise when the USB cable is connected to a wall socket or a PC. The battery icon when the tablet is shut down shows charging so it works, but the OS in itself doesn't seem to know about it...any ideas?

/D

Daniel Zakrisson - Reply

Thanks for your guide. It makes the process very straightforward. Easier than I was expecting.

Les Gordon - Reply

Superb easy to follow guide. Thanks greatly, the nexus 7 lives on ! Just need to patiently wait for it charging now !

stuart - Reply

Yes, this is a really helpful guide. I wouldn't have had a clue without it, but it all turned out to be very simple. Thanks a lot!

Ian Gibson - Reply

I managed to break one of the two small golden pins to the right of the battery cable (obscured by the tool in the picture above).

Is this terminal (sorry for the pun)?

I tried re-assembling (without screwing the assembly back to the bezel) and the display doesn't work.

gravelld - Reply

Step 6 could be much clearer. I thought it meant to pry the connector upward, away from the surface. When I did this, all the pins broke off. The correct procedure would appear to be to slide the connector along the surface toward the wire side and battery, leaving the pins at parallel to the surface.

Unfortunately I don't think my Nexus 7 is salveagable now.

Warren Harris - Reply

Watching a YouTube video helped. Dislodge the battery first, then pull the battery away from the connector and the connector will become dislodged quite easily.

d_ratner_1999 - Reply

Peel back the copper ESD shielding covering the bottom of the motherboard.
  • Peel back the copper ESD shielding covering the bottom of the motherboard.

  • Do not try to remove the copper shielding, as it is still attached underneath the battery.

  • If you're just replacing the micro usb charge port, there is no need to peel back the copper heatsink like in the photo, the speaker assembly can simply be moved out of the way once unscrewed. If the speakers are to be replaced simply peel back the bottom corner to expose the speaker connection. Leave the rest of the heatsink shield alone.

Peel back the copper heat spreader for the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor

Jack J - Reply

Using the tip of a spudger, push the speaker cable straight out of its socket on the motherboard.
  • Using the tip of a spudger, push the speaker cable straight out of its socket on the motherboard.

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Remove the following screws securing the speaker assembly to the display assembly:
  • Remove the following screws securing the speaker assembly to the display assembly:

    • Two 4.25 mm black Phillips screws

    • One 3.2 mm silver Phillips screw

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Lift and remove the speaker assembly out of the Nexus 7.
  • Lift and remove the speaker assembly out of the Nexus 7.

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Conclusion

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

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Hello. My Nexus 7 had issue with the speaker but I can't return it because i don't live in the USA. Can you tell me where can I buy speaker for the Nexus 7. Thanks.

bobski - Reply

Bobski, if you're not covered under warranty then you'll have to buy the speaker assembly on your own, from eBay or a third party site. They're kind of rare.

EXCELLENT guide, had no issues replacing mine and works great! Thanks iFixit!

Justin Redd - Reply

Would anyone happen to know the type of connector that is used to connect the nexus 7's speaker to its logic board?

Gray - Reply

Guide was great! Worked perfectly. Thank you!

milleniumofthecomet88 - Reply

easy took like 5minutes

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