Introduction

This guide will help you replace the battery.

Image 1/1: Do not use excessive force while prying the clips. They can be easily broken.
  • 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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Image 1/2: 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. Image 2/2: 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

Image 1/1: Run the flat end of a spudger along the top edge of the battery to separate it from the adhesive securing it to the front panel assembly.
  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger inbetween the battery and the front panel assembly.

  • Run the flat end of a spudger along the top edge of the battery to separate it from the adhesive securing it to the front panel assembly.

  • Do not excessively bend the battery connector board. Be especially careful when prying up around the top left edge of the battery.

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Image 1/2: Carefully run the spudger along the bottom edge of the battery while slowly lifting the battery to completely separate it from the adhesive securing it to the front panel assembly. Image 2/2: Carefully run the spudger along the bottom edge of the battery while slowly lifting the battery to completely separate it from the adhesive securing it to the front panel assembly.
  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger between the bottom right corner of the battery and the front panel assembly.

  • Carefully run the spudger along the bottom edge of the battery while slowly lifting the battery to completely separate it from the adhesive securing it to the front panel assembly.

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Image 1/1: If you encounter any resistance from the remaining adhesive, simply use the flat end of a spudger to remove the excess adhesive.
  • Grasp the lower right corner of the battery and rotate it upwards to remove it from the front panel assembly.

  • If you encounter any resistance from the remaining adhesive, simply use the flat end of a spudger to remove the excess adhesive.

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Conclusion

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

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Will you guys be making the Nexus 7 battery available through your site?

gabances - Reply

My battery says me3 puj1. Will this kit work to replace that battery?

Crys -

Thank you so much for this! I had dropped my nexus from about 2 feet onto a carpet and knocked the battery cable loose ( a know problem) but your set by step directions encouraged me to fix it myself instead of sending the whole thing back to Google.

Donald McAtee - Reply

is it possible to add qi charging by replacing the stock battery with a different one? if so, which battery?

Mabel Xu - Reply

On the scale of iFixits I've done, this ranks as nearly trivial.

I had success by pushing against the adhesive from the right edges of the battery rather than trying to run the spudger around all the edges.

Total fix-it time: 5 mins.

armadilo - Reply

I can't get anything between the rear and front panels... plastic nor metal. What's the secret to getting it started?

paddymariposa - Reply

never mind, finally got in by taking out the sim card slot filler (I don't have a sim card, but got the option just in case)

paddymariposa - Reply

After battery is taken out of Nexus 7 is how can it be checked using a stand alone battery tester? Specifically, which pins on cable should be pinged? Coming out of battery there are 2 black leads, 2 red leads, one white and one yellow lead? Also, please make an article to check confirm Nexus 7 charging system is working or not. Thank you.

Anthony Alvarez - Reply

I have a Nexus 7, My daughter forced the charger plug and now not recognized. The card is integrated on the motherboard? You can not change?

Hugo Geo - Reply

Hugo, just replace the small board. The charger plug and audio socket are on a sub-board. Very easy to do once you have the Nexus open and the battery disconnected. You can buy the board from Amazon for about £15.

Robert Leonard -

I've done some iPad repairs, but this was so easy in comparison. It took less than 15 minutes to complete.

romard - Reply

Great guide i just changed the battery on my nexus & and this couldn't have been easier, you saved me a lot of money. Bought the battery from the link you provided (Asus EU supply i think) and the guide was so simple to follow. My nexus works just fine now. Thank You.

Rayn - Reply

took 5 mins 1 min to walk to garage to get IFIXIT toolkit 4 min follow instructions and replace battery.

Toolkit keeps paying for itself

thanks

snugglypie - Reply

Worked for me. Much thanks. Had to wait for replacement battery from China. so far so good.

steve b - Reply

This is a very easy fix it you have both the recommended tools, follow the instructions and be gentle with stuff. Thanks guys.

Robert Leonard - Reply

Will this work for the google nexus 7, 32 gig?

thomasina1987 - Reply

Does anyone know if the new generation battery will work in the old nexus7?

CreeegO - Reply

Finding this online site is a welcome reprieve from guessing how to repair things. Thank you for providing a way to present difficult issues in easy to read/understand format.

f dryer - Reply

Not only was this tutorial extremely helpful, a youtube video showing how to open a tablet with fingernails shows the design philosophy of impenetrable Apple products to Google's easy access. I was amazed how easy it was to pry open a corner and work a plastic pen clip along the cover to unsnap it. Two years of steady use appears to wear out the battery so a replacement is already on order.

f dryer - Reply

thanks again the kit has well and truly paid for itself and it gives a million dollars satisfaction to fix the (deliberatly made ) unfixable

snugglypie - Reply

Do you have any advice, thoughts, or suggestions if we were successfully able to replace the battery but the device will no longer charge after replacing the battery? The tablet worked fine with the new battery but would not charge and now that the battery has died the device is appears to be bricked.

Peter - Reply

My original ASUS battery was junk less than a year after I bought the Nexus 7. Does anyone know about any of the following...

1. I'm told that ASUS brand batteries for the Nexus 7 have not been made for quite a while, so any bought now would be old stock. Is this correct?

2. A lot of the new unbranded (or non-ASUS brand) batteries I see listed for sale are 4270mAh, whereas the original was 4325mAh. Are they okay to use, or is it better to find an ASUS brand 4325mAh battery?

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