Pixel 2 XL USB connector repair

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  • Pixel 2 XL
  • 19 Steps
  • Very difficult
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your Google Pixel 2 XL's defective USB connector. You need this repair if your computer doesn’t recognize your phone, or you can’t charge it.

The repair is difficult, because the screen is glued. So you should only do this repair, if you feel ready to remove the screen without breaking it.

You will also need an adhesive frame to close the display properly after opening the device.

Required tools

  • Flache Plektren

    Flache Plektren

    You need a very flat tool such as a flat pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

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  • iFlex opening tool

    iFlex opening tool

    Die kleinen Teile in deinem Smartphone auseinanderzukriegen kann eine sehr große Arbeit bedeuten. Die Klinge des kompakten aber stabilen iFlex hat eine Dicke von nur 0,15 mm, sodass es auch in den kleinsten Spalten reinpasst, beispielsweise zwischen dem Display und dem Rahmen oder unter dem Logicboard. Das praktische iFlex ist aus hochwertigem rostfreiem Stahl und liegt gut in der Hand. Damit ist es der perfekte Helfer bei jeder Smartphone-Reparatur.

    €9.00 at the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

    €16.00 at the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

    €9.00 at the iDoc store
  • Werkzeugset Samsung

    Werkzeugset Samsung

    Ganz gleich, welches Problem dein Handy hat - mit unserem Werkzeugset kannst du es bestimmt beheben. Dieses Reparaturset umfasst jeweils einen Stahlspatel, ein Pry-Tool, einen PicoFinish-Phillips-Schraubendreher, eine iDoc-Magnetmatte und einen Saugnapf, damit du auch für kniffligere Reparaturen bestens gerüstet bist. Noch dazu kannst du mit den vier im Lieferumfang enthaltenen flachen Plektren ein stark verklebtes Display an einer Ecke anheben und dich mit den restlichen Plektren um das Display herumarbeiten. Doch welches Teil musst du an welcher Stelle einsetzen? Unsere detaillierten Reparatur-Anleitungen erklären dir genau, welches Werkzeug du für den jeweiligen Schritt brauchst.

    €49.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • Google Pixel 2 XL Kleberahmen für Display

    Google Pixel 2 XL Kleberahmen für Display

    Dieser Display-Kleber hilft dir dein Google Pixel 2 XL nach einer Reparatur wieder richtig zu verschließen. Da das Google Pixel 2 XL nicht verschraubt wird, brauchst du den Kleberahmen, um das Display nach dem Öffnen sicher zu befestigen.

    €3.00 at the iDoc store
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Getting started

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment for each step. We’d be happy to help.

19 steps
  1. Switch off device

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    Switch off the device before the repair.

    1. Press and hold the standby button until "Power off" appears.
    2. Tap again to confirm and wait till the device has shut down.
  2. Remove the screen

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    Now you can start and take off the display.

    The screen is very easy to damage. So you should only replace internal parts like the battery, if the display is already broken.It's better to heat the screen several times if you feel resistance, instead of bending it.The cable underneath is very sensitive. Never insert the tool more than 5 mm. Also don't use the tool as a lever, but run it flatly along the edges to release the glue.

    1. First heat the glue around the edges with a hot air tool to about 60°C. Repeat and heat the display to the point where you can barely touch it.
    2. Then attach a suction cup at the bottom of the display over the USB connector and pull on it.
    3. Then slide a very thin, flat tool between the display and the frame and slide it around the edge to release one corner of the display.
    4. Then slide a pick between frame and display. You can use other picks to get off the display all around. Don't insert any tool more than 5 mm!
    5. When the glue is detached everywhere, you can lift the display off. Carefully fold the display to the top (as seen in the image), as there are still 2 flex cables attached.

    The display is very thin. If the display badly broken, you have to scrape it out of the frame bit by bit. Scrape any glass residue out of the frame using a flat metal tool.

  3. Disconnect the display

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    • Connector
    1. Under the screen there are two very delicate flex cables. Fold up the display carefully, so you don't strain them.
    2. Remove the plastic cover marked with "1" by sliding a flat tool into the gap and prying it out.
    3. Then remove cover no. 2. It has a small tape strip that you also need to detach.
    4. Unplug both connectors using a spudger.
    Be very careful with the lower contact. Next to the connector, there are components on the circuit board that can easily be damaged.
    1. Now put the display aside.

    As you can see, the display unit is very fragile and the glass screen has no extra protection, so be very careful.

  4. Remove the midframe

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    • 11 × 2.7 mm Phillips

    Now you have to remove the midframe.

    1. Unscrew all screws and store them together, so they don't get lost. They're the same length, so you won't mix them up.
    2. Then slide a flat plastic tool into the small slot in the bottom right of the image.
    3. Slide the tool all around the device and then remove the midframe. You should feel several clips disengaging.
    4. Once all the clips are released, you can take out the midframe.
  5. Disconnect the battery

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    1. Now unplug the battery connector from the mainboard to prevent short circuits.

    Use plastic tools for all electrical parts, since metal scan scratch the contacts and cause short circuits.

  6. Remove SIM tray

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    1. Insert the SIM tool into the SIM tray hole.
    2. Once the tray comes out, remove it.
  7. Remove mainboard

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    • Antenna
    • Connector
    1. Separate the antenna plug with a slight twist of the tweezers.
    2. Unplug the connectors from the mainboard.
    3. Pry out the mainboard and remove it. First insert a pointed plastic tool at the inner corner of the mainboard.

    The mainboard is very long and thin, so take care not to break it. Lift at various points and take out the mainboard with a slant. Only remove the mainboard once its fully released.

  8. Remove speaker

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    1. Use a plastic tool to pry out the speaker at the corner.
    2. Take the speaker out of the device.
  9. Remove USB board

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    • Antenna
    Work very carefully as the USB cable breaks very easily.
    1. Work very carefully as the USB cable breaks very easily.
    2. First disconnect the plug of the antenna cable. Grab it by the plug and disconnect with a slight twist.
    3. Heat the USB flexible cable to soften the adhesive.
    4. Slide a flat tool under the flex cable and remove it gradually.
    5. The upper part near the antenna plug has very strong glue. Put a plastic tool under the board and loosen the glue very carefully.
    6. Remove the plastic holder of the microphone next to the USB port and then remove the glued microphone from the frame.
    7. Once the entire USB flex cable has come loose, you can remove it from the device.

  10. Insert USB board

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    • Antenna
    1. Insert the USB flexible cable.
    2. Insert the microphone and the USB port into their openings in the frame.
    3. Carefully press all parts of the flex cable into the frame.
    4. Connect the plug of the antenna cable. Grab the end sleeve with tweezers and then press on the plug.
    5. Then insert the microphone holder and press it on.
  11. Insert speaker

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    1. Place the speaker in the device and press it in all around.
  12. Insert mainboard

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    • Antenna
    • Connector
    1. First bend all connectors in the device to the side so that they do not get stuck under the board.
    2. Insert the board into the device and press it in carefully.
    3. Then connect the individual connectors of the main board. You should feel them snap into place.
    4. Position the antenna plug over its socket first and then carefully press it on.
  13. Insert SIM tray

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    1. If necessary, put the SIM card back in.
    2. Slide the SIM tray back into its opening.

    If the tray doesn't slide in easily, don't press harder, but first check if the logic board is sitting properly.

  14. Connect the battery

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    • Battery connector
    1. Attach the battery connector.
  15. Insert midframe

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    • 11 × 2.7 mm Phillips
    1. Place the midframe in the device and press it in.
    2. Now fasten all the same-length Phillips screws.
  16. Clean and prepare the frame

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    1. Carefully remove all bits of broken glass.

    Be careful not to hurt yourself or use gloves.

    1. Remove all adhesive residue with a plastic tool.
    2. Thoroughly clean the edges of the chassiswith rubbing alcohol / isopropanol.
    3. Run a pointed plastic tool through all the ridges with the moist cloth to clean out all residue.
  17. Attaching a new frame sticker

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    If you're opening the display, you need to attach a new adhesive frame to close the device, so you should order one before starting the repair.

    Attach the frame sticker to fasten the display.

    1. First put the frame sticker on the display with the backing film attached to check the alignment.
    2. The hole for the front camera shows you which way the adhesive frame should face.
    3. Then peel off the outer backing film and stick on the frame sticker. The blue film should be facing up.
    The adhesive frame is very thin and tears easily, so you have to work slowly and step by step.
    1. First press on the top edge of the sticker and make sure it sticks. Then attach it on the opposite side, especially at the corners.
    2. Press the edges to the chassis frame. The blue backing film should already be peeling off a little. This shows you that the sticker is sitting on the frame properly.
    3. Once the sticker is properly attached, pull of the second backing film. Correct its position, if the black sticker film isn't sitting right. Make sure the adhesive doesn't come out at the edges when you close the device.
    4. Then pull out the the whole inner part of the sticker by pulling on the U-shaped tab.
  18. Connect the display

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    • Display connector

    Place the display on one edge of the device. Place the display on a spacer of some sort to keep the frame from sticking by accident.

    1. Reconnect the display connectors. Press the contact carefully onto the connection on the motherboard until you hear it click into place.
    2. Put the two plastic covers back in place and press them in. Don't forget to attach the tape of the second plastic cover.
  19. Attach the screen

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    1. Place the display on the frame and make sure it's sitting right.
    2. Then press on the display all around. Press it a bit longer to make the glue stick.

    The adhesive needs some time to bond. You can heat the screen a little and place it between two books, so the glue will hold better. Do take care not to damage the screen though!

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