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Follow this guide to open up the Pixel XL to remove and replace its battery. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

Before disassembling your phone, discharge the battery below 25%. The battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured, but the chances of that happening are much lower if discharged.

The Pixel XL’s unreinforced display panel is fragile and is attached to the frame with strong adhesive, making repairs difficult. There is a considerable chance of breaking the display, especially if it already has micro-fractures. Be sure to apply plenty of heat and be extremely careful during the prying stage.

  1. Heat an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the display for two minutes. A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage. Take note of the following regions before you begin prying:
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the display for two minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

    • Take note of the following regions before you begin prying:

    • Thin adhesive lined against the display panel

    • Thick adhesive

    • The OLED display panel, which is very prone to damage

    • The display cable, which can be damaged during prying

    From my experince, it’s better to use a heat gun (if iFixit sold a good heat gun in volume, they should spruik that). Also, heat ALL sides at the same time BUT concentrate on the top part of the phone where the foam adhesive tape is thickest, second on the bottom where the foam is almost as thick. It also helps to use the 2nd & 3rd images in the series to visualise where the adhesive is.

    Jon T. - 回复

  2. Once the edge is warm to the touch, apply a suction cup close to the edge. Lift on the suction cup, and insert an opening pick into the gap. Do not insert the pick more than 13 mm (0.5 inches), or you will damage the display assembly.
    • Once the edge is warm to the touch, apply a suction cup close to the edge.

    • Lift on the suction cup, and insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • Do not insert the pick more than 13 mm (0.5 inches), or you will damage the display assembly.

    • If you have trouble creating a gap, reheat the edge and try again.

    • You can also try to use a playing card instead of an opening pick to help make the initial entry.

    From my experience, I had to use a thin blade (such as the ones included with the deluxe iFixit repair kit) to slide into the small gap, and cut away at the foam adhesive. Once enough of a gap is created, the picks can then be used to push the adhesive aside - but the adhesive is so thick, especially -as Brewmaster396 observed in the comments below - at the top right corner behind the screen, that the knife is required to cut it. I failed here - cracking the back layer of my screen - because I didn’t take time to cut all the adhesive away from that thick part, and kept trying to pull the screen off. It doesn’t take a lot of pressure to crack - so maybe it’s more a thing of cutting and floating the screen up, not pulling and prying.

    Jon T. - 回复

  3. Slide the opening clip across the top edge to slice through the adhesive. Be sure not to cut deeper than 13 mm (0.5 inches) or you will damage the display. Leave an opening pick in the edge to prevent the adhesive from resealing.
    • Slide the opening clip across the top edge to slice through the adhesive.

    • Be sure not to cut deeper than 13 mm (0.5 inches) or you will damage the display.

    • Leave an opening pick in the edge to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  4. Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the phone for two minutes. Insert an opening pick near the top edge of the phone, where you have already sliced the adhesive. Slowly guide the pick around the right corner.
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the phone for two minutes.

    • Insert an opening pick near the top edge of the phone, where you have already sliced the adhesive.

    • Slowly guide the pick around the right corner.

    • Carefully slide the pick down the right edge of the phone to slice through the adhesive.

    • Do not insert the pick more than 1 mm (1/32") along the edge, or you will damage the display assembly.

    • Repeat the step for the left edge of the phone.

  5. Heat the bottom edge with an iOpener for two minutes. Insert a pick near the right edge where you have already loosened the adhesive.
    • Heat the bottom edge with an iOpener for two minutes.

    • Insert a pick near the right edge where you have already loosened the adhesive.

    • Carefully guide the pick around the corner.

    • Slide the pick along the bottom edge to slice through the adhesive.

    • Do not slice deeper than 8.5 mm (1/3") or you will damage the display cable.

  6. Once you have sliced around the perimeter of the phone, carefully lift the display assembly up slightly by the right corners.
    • Once you have sliced around the perimeter of the phone, carefully lift the display assembly up slightly by the right corners.

    • Do not attempt to remove the display assembly. It is still attached by a flex cable.

    • Use an opening pick to slice through any remaining adhesive.

  7. Lift the display assembly from the top end and swing it around such that it rests upside down on the frame. Be careful not to strain the flex cable when you swing the assembly around. Be careful not to strain the flex cable when you swing the assembly around.
    • Lift the display assembly from the top end and swing it around such that it rests upside down on the frame.

    • Be careful not to strain the flex cable when you swing the assembly around.

  8. Remove the two 4 mm T5 screws securing the display cable bracket. Remove the display cable bracket.
    • Remove the two 4 mm T5 screws securing the display cable bracket.

    • Remove the display cable bracket.

  9. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display cable from its connector. To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display cable from its connector.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

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  11. Remove the display assembly. For comprehensive instructions on how to reinstall the Pixel XL display, follow this guide. If your replacement display did not come with a speaker grille, use tweezers to gently peel the adhesive grille from your old display, and transfer it to the replacement.
    • Remove the display assembly.

    • For comprehensive instructions on how to reinstall the Pixel XL display, follow this guide.

    • If your replacement display did not come with a speaker grille, use tweezers to gently peel the adhesive grille from your old display, and transfer it to the replacement.

    • Before installing a new display, be sure to remove all traces of adhesive from the frame. Use a spudger or an opening tool to scrape it off, and use high-concentration isopropyl alcohol to remove any residue.

    • If you are reinstalling the same display assembly, be sure to remove all adhesive residue from the panel and the frame before applying new adhesive.

    • Be sure to turn on your phone and test your repair before installing new adhesive and resealing the phone.

  12. Remove the following screws that secure the midframe to the back:
    • Remove the following screws that secure the midframe to the back:

    • Seven black 4 mm T5 screws

    • Two silver 3 mm T5 screws

  13. The midframe is held tightly in place by plastic clips which push into the edge of the back case.
    • The midframe is held tightly in place by plastic clips which push into the edge of the back case.

  14. Find the small notch in the bottom left corner of the frame and insert an opening pick. Slide the opening pick along the bottom edge of the phone towards the bottom right corner and leave it there. Slide the opening pick along the bottom edge of the phone towards the bottom right corner and leave it there.
    • Find the small notch in the bottom left corner of the frame and insert an opening pick.

    • Slide the opening pick along the bottom edge of the phone towards the bottom right corner and leave it there.

  15. Insert a separate opening pick into the right edge of the phone, near the bottom. Slowly push the pick upwards along the seam until the first clip pops free. Due to the tight tolerances, this may be difficult, requiring a substantial amount of force. If you are having trouble, try inserting and sliding a playing card.
    • Insert a separate opening pick into the right edge of the phone, near the bottom.

    • Slowly push the pick upwards along the seam until the first clip pops free.

    • Due to the tight tolerances, this may be difficult, requiring a substantial amount of force. If you are having trouble, try inserting and sliding a playing card.

    • Once you've released the clip, leave the opening pick in place to prevent the midframe from resealing.

    I found that leaving the pick in the middle, and using it as a lever (think like bending a pipe over one’s knee and the pick in the middle is the knee) to “pop” the top edge up helped a lot more than trying to use more picks to pry this mid layer up…

    Jon T. - 回复

  16. Insert an opening pick into the right edge of the phone and slide it upwards towards the top right clip. You do not need to insert the pick more than 2 mm into the edge. If you insert the pick all the way in, you may risk damaging flex cables.
    • Insert an opening pick into the right edge of the phone and slide it upwards towards the top right clip.

    • You do not need to insert the pick more than 2 mm into the edge. If you insert the pick all the way in, you may risk damaging flex cables.

    • Slowly slide the pick past the clip to disengage it from the frame.

    • At this point, the right edge of the midframe should be free from the case. If it isn't, slide an opening clip up and down along the right edge.

  17. Grasp the right edge of the midframe by the corners and slowly hinge the edge up. When the left edge feels loose, stop hinging and lift the midframe upwards. Remove the midframe.
    • Grasp the right edge of the midframe by the corners and slowly hinge the edge up.

    • When the left edge feels loose, stop hinging and lift the midframe upwards.

    • Remove the midframe.

    • To reinstall the midframe, align it to the case, then squeeze around the perimeter until all the clips snap back into position. When properly done, the midframe should lie flat.

    The midframe is connected with a ribbon cable. I left it connected.

    Joey Howell - 回复

    Hey Joey,

    Where was the ribbon cable that is connected to the midframe? This would be an important bit of information that I would need to add into the guide if confirmed.

    Arthur Shi -

  18. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector. Bend the battery flex cable slightly so that it will not accidentally touch the motherboard. Bend the battery flex cable slightly so that it will not accidentally touch the motherboard.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector.

    • Bend the battery flex cable slightly so that it will not accidentally touch the motherboard.

  19. Use tweezers to peel up the tape at the top of the interconnect cable. Use tweezers to peel up the tape at the top of the interconnect cable.
    • Use tweezers to peel up the tape at the top of the interconnect cable.

  20. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect cable from the motherboard. To reconnect during reinstallation, align the cable with the socket and use your finger to press down on one side, followed by the other. If done correctly, the cable should be firmly held in place by the socket.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect cable from the motherboard.

    • To reconnect during reinstallation, align the cable with the socket and use your finger to press down on one side, followed by the other. If done correctly, the cable should be firmly held in place by the socket.

  21. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect cable from the bottom daughterboard. You can leave the interconnect cable attached to the daughterboard via the adhesive, or you can completely remove it.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect cable from the bottom daughterboard.

    • You can leave the interconnect cable attached to the daughterboard via the adhesive, or you can completely remove it.

  22. The battery is secured by two strips of double-sided tape. Heat an iOpener and place it on the back of the phone's left edge for two minutes. You may need to reheat and reapply the iOpener.
    • The battery is secured by two strips of double-sided tape.

    • Heat an iOpener and place it on the back of the phone's left edge for two minutes. You may need to reheat and reapply the iOpener.

  23. Flip the phone over. Push an opening pick slowly and firmly down the right edge of the battery (which should be warm). Slide it slightly back and forth to slice through the adhesive. Be careful not to snag the white antenna cable running along the edge of the battery while you are push down on the pick.
    • Flip the phone over.

    • Push an opening pick slowly and firmly down the right edge of the battery (which should be warm). Slide it slightly back and forth to slice through the adhesive.

    • Be careful not to snag the white antenna cable running along the edge of the battery while you are push down on the pick.

    • If you are having a hard time getting the opening pick under the battery, heat and re-apply an iOpener as instructed in the previous step.

    • You can also apply some high concentration isopropyl alcohol to the edge in order to help weaken the adhesive.

    • Once you have loosened the right side of the battery from the case, leave an opening pick in place to prevent the adhesive from re-adhering.

    Alcohol was the best bet for me - and I have a strip of class 2 HDPE plastic cut from a used chocolate milk bottle for the purpose of sliding underneath and “bridging” the alcohol underneath the battery and onto the adhesive. However, the actual adhesive tape bonding the battery to the case is far more resilient than the adhesive holding the plastic wrapping of the battery together - and, IMHO, only a little bit of it - less than a quarter of the original surface area - is required.

    Jon T. - 回复

  24. Heat an iOpener and place it on the back of the phone's right edge for two minutes. You may need to reheat and reapply the iOpener.
    • Heat an iOpener and place it on the back of the phone's right edge for two minutes. You may need to reheat and reapply the iOpener.

  25. Flip the phone over. Grasp the loosened right edge of the battery by the corners and slowly swing the right edge upwards. If you feel or see that the battery is bending from the stress, stop and reapply a heated iOpener as directed in the previous step.
    • Flip the phone over.

    • Grasp the loosened right edge of the battery by the corners and slowly swing the right edge upwards.

    • If you feel or see that the battery is bending from the stress, stop and reapply a heated iOpener as directed in the previous step.

    • You can apply some high concentration isopropyl alcohol to the left edge of the battery to help weaken the adhesive.

    • Once the battery pack is loosened from the adhesive, slowly peel the battery out of the frame.

    • Remove the battery.

  26. To reduce the risk of fire and chemical leakage, do not reuse and reinstall a used battery. To install a battery, apply new adhesive strips and ensure that the battery connector is properly aligned. Tear two adhesive strips from the adhesive card, and apply them to the frame. Do not remove the top liner yet.
    • To reduce the risk of fire and chemical leakage, do not reuse and reinstall a used battery.

    • To install a battery, apply new adhesive strips and ensure that the battery connector is properly aligned.

    • Tear two adhesive strips from the adhesive card, and apply them to the frame. Do not remove the top liner yet.

    • Place the new battery in the recess.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your finger to temporarily connect the battery connector to the motherboard.

    If you are ever planning to replace this battery again, it could be helpful to make a pull-tab with some tape so that it will be easier to remove next time.

    Arthur Shi - 回复

    The adhesive strips might be slightly too long. I used scissors to trim it.

    BD Berk - 回复

  27. While the battery is still connected, lift the bottom end of the battery up. Use tweezers to pull all of the adhesive liners off. Carefully lower the battery back into place and press against the edges to activate the adhesive.
    • While the battery is still connected, lift the bottom end of the battery up.

    • Use tweezers to pull all of the adhesive liners off.

    • Carefully lower the battery back into place and press against the edges to activate the adhesive.

    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from the motherboard and bend it away slightly.

    • Continue with the reassembly process.

    My Fixit failed here. Once you plug in the new battery DO NOT UNPLUG IT AGAIN! My phone power socket became damaged during the two unplugging directions here. I’ll propose an edit to the directions, but I am now waiting for a new phone as this step rendered my phone mulch.

    Gil Brice - 回复

    Hi Gil,

    I’m really sorry to hear of your news! Can you describe how the socket is damaged and how it happened, so that I can better update the guide steps to prevent it?

    Arthur Shi -

结论

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

After completing this guide, calibrate your newly-installed battery.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Google Pixel XL Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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I applied the heat with the iOpener multiple times around the edges (reheating it as needed to where it could barely handle it), and they refused to lift up with the suction cup.

Eventually the screen cracked as I was attempting to pry up an edge out of desperation. First attempt at fixing my own phone = fail whale :(

john fatteu - 回复

Sorry to hear about the unsuccessful repair, John!

Our Support team is here to assist in the event you need to find additional parts to complete your repairs, or if you decide you wish to return the kit that you ordered. Feel free to reach out to us via help.ifixit.com and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Cheers,

Kadan Sharpe -

Is there an ideal temperature to head the adhesive to without destroying the screen?

Jeremy Sing - 回复

@martinsing For most adhesives, 80-85° C is about right. You might have to maintain that temperature for a few minutes before it softens up.

Jeff Suovanen -

How much deeper do I need to cut with the picks/etc top and bottom. The ~1.5mm of my picks isn’t deep enough to cut all the glue on the bottom (haven’t tried on the top yet); my sides were ‘easy’ to free in that my bad battery already lifed them free leaving the screen secured only top and bottom. I can probe deeper with a card or spudger, but how much farther should I be going.

Dan Neely - 回复

Hi Dan,

The 1.5 mm is mainly for the sides. You can push the pick into the top and bottom to the extent that you are cutting under the bezel and not reaching the fragile display panel. I’ve updated the step to include the clarification.

Arthur Shi -

The instructions were great and clear, but I would appreciate some more guidance in terms of re-applying the new adhesive to the glass. The adhesive came with a confusing multi-layer plastic sheet system, and it wasn’t clear if it should be applied to the glass or the phone frame first, and which plastic sheets must be removed in which order to get this done in the best way. “follow these instructions in reverse order” doesn’t cut it for adhesive placement. I applied it to the phone frame first and it seemed to work OK, but I ran into some difficulty removing the adhesive from the applicator sheets without damage.

Trent Johnson - 回复

Hi Trent,

Thanks for the suggestion! There is actually a link to a comprehensive adhesive guide in Step 9. I’ve bolded the bullet to make it more visible.

Arthur Shi -

Broke the screen in the first 5 minutes. The corner is what got me and it appears it is less than 1.5mm from the edge of the device. For all the Americans on here that are unfamiliar with the metric system…1.5mm is slightly larger than the tip of a sharpened pencil. You might be wise to measure it on your triangle pick and put a peice of tape on it so you don’t go too deep. I thought it was much more than that hence me breaking the screen. Also…what you are trying to avoid is literally a paper thin piece of glass. If you even touch it with your triangle pick its over. Maybe a playing card is the better solution because it gives a little? Not sure. Definitely not worth the risk for a 10 dollar battery.

Edit: Also! If you need help visually how deep you can go with your triangle pick, look at your new replacement adhesive for the screen. The tiny tiny line of adhesive on the edge is 1.5mm for a frame of reference.

Jeffrey Higgason - 回复

Do not try if this is your first time. Broke the screen when trying to remove the screen.

Alex Lindner - 回复

I ended up looking up a video on youtube which resulted in me not following the instructions correctly for Step 8. (The video used the flat portion of the spudger) and ended up destroying part of the motherboard (Those tiny parts are ultra-fragile), the screen doesn’t work at all now and i can’t figure out the action sequence to enable TalkBack (Text to Speech). Be extra careful about those tiny parts!

Also I couldn’t figure out how to use the adhesive that was provided in the kit, it seems to be inverted. . .

John Taylor - 回复

Hi John,

I’m really sorry to hear that. Did you break the connector on the motherboard, or did you knock off some tiny components near it?

There is a guide for the adhesive! You can find it in step 9, or you can find it right here.

Arthur Shi -

1 hour stuck in step 2 as the adhesive will not even give a tiny bit…so gave up, I guess I’ll continue to use my dying battery until I can hopefully get a new phone.

Host Gaming - 回复

Great guide! A few comments:

As others mentioned, I had to apply a lot of heat to get the adhesive to release. I probabaly reheated 2x and heated for 10 minutes before I could get the first suction lift.

The time in this guide is waaay too short. Took me about 6 hours.

Be careful not to crush the antenna cable when replacing the inner chassis.

Jason - 回复

Be careful around the top right corner where the antenna is, but this is really not all that bad as long as you keep heating it repeatedly and working the white area of the screen with the playing cards. Keep working around the edges and your patience will pay off.

brewmaster396 - 回复

This phone definitely does not deserve a 7 repairability rating - and I kick myself that I bought it based on that rating. It deserves a “2” like its predecessor, the Nexus 6P… and I have firsthand experience trying to do battery replacements with the Pixel XL and the Nexus 6P.

Jon T. - 回复

A small part of the Pixel XL screen started to lift off my phone.  The screen would not press back in, appeared to be pressure lifting it off  in the center of the phone.  I decided to replace the battery since I could not get anymore than a few hours out of a full charge (phone ~1.6 years old).  I used a blow drier to heat up the phone and the playing card.  The screen is extremely delicate so I took my time working it off.  I found the original battery appeared to have expanded.  The screen partially lifting off probably helped. I recommend to use adhesive strips for putting the phone back together.  I replaced the battery and I’m getting a few days now out of a full charge.

Michael Heywood - 回复

Everything seemed done right, but at the end, the screen didn’t really turned on.

Just a little part of the screen at the top is flashing and not working like supposed to be…

what went wrong?

Monica Hamlin - 回复

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