Google Pixel battery replacement guide

The battery life is low. Your Pixel keeps crashing or won’t charge.

  • Pixel
  • 11 Steps
  • Medium
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

In this repair guide, we show you how to replace your Google Pixel defective battery on your own. This repair can help if your Google Pixel crashes during heavy use because the voltage temporarily drops, you can no longer charge it or turn it on, or the battery life is very low.

Do a data backup before the repair and touch the screen against a radiator to discharge electrostatic charges.

Required tools

  • Tool for prying out batteries

    Tool for prying out batteries

    You have to use a very stable tool to pry out the battery. At the same time, it has to be flat enough to insert below the battery.

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • Flache Plektren

    Flache Plektren

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

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

    We recommend storing your screws so you don’t mix up the various screws and small parts.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • 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
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Torx T5 screwdriver

    Torx T5 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing Torx T5 screws.

    €13.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

Our tools plus the right spare part help you fix your device easily.

Werkzeugset Torx T5

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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.

11 steps
  1. Switch off device

    Pixel - Switch off device 01
    Pixel - Switch off device 02
    Pixel - Switch off device 03

    Switch off the device before the repair.

    1. Press and hold the standby button until "Power off" appears.
    2. Tap again to confirm.
  2. Lifting the display

    Pixel - Lifting the display 01
    Pixel - Lifting the display 02
    Pixel - Lifting the display 03
    Pixel - Lifting the display 04
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    Pixel - Lifting the display 06

    Now you can start and lift up the display.

    Careful, the screen is very easy to damage.

    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 slide a very thin metal tool between the display and the frame. Pry open a gap to insert a soft pick.
    3. Then slide the pick between frame and display. You can use other picks to get off the display all around. When the glue is detached everywhere, you can lift the display off.
    4. 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. Disconnecting the display

    Pixel - Disconnecting the display 01
    Pixel - Disconnecting the display 02
    Pixel - Disconnecting the display 03
    Pixel - Disconnecting the display 04
    1. Under the screen there's a very delicate flex cable. Fold open the display very slowly so you don't strain it.
    2. Now unplug the display connector. First remove the two 3.5 mm Torx T5 screws on the bracket.
    3. Then remove the bracket and unplug the connector using a plastic tool.
    4. Now put aside the display.

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

  4. Removing the midframe

    • 9 × 3.5 mm Torx T5
    • Connector

    Now you have to remove the midframe. It's secured with nine 3.5 mm Torx T5 screws.

    1. Unscrew these screws and store them together, so they don't get lost.
    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. Don't unfold the frame more than 90°, or you might damage the earpiece flex cable.
    5. Then use a spudger to disconnect the earpiece cable and take out the midframe.
  5. Removing the flex cable

    Pixel - Removing the flex cable 01
    Pixel - Removing the flex cable 02
    Pixel - Removing the flex cable 03
    Pixel - Removing the flex cable 04
    Pixel - Removing the flex cable 05
    • Battery connector
    • PCB connector
    1. Now use a plastic tool to disconnect the battery flex cable from the mainboard.
    2. Then use tweezers to pull off the tape on both sides of the large flex cable and unplug the connectors using a plastic tool.
    3. Now you can take out the flex cable.
  6. Removing the battery

    Pixel - Removing the battery 01
    Pixel - Removing the battery 02
    Pixel - Removing the battery 03
    Pixel - Removing the battery 04
    1. Stick a flat plastic tool under the battery from both sides to pry it out.
    2. The battery is glued in with 2 screws. If it doesn't come off, you can use hot air to heat the glue from the other side.

    Take care not to damage the battery. It bends very easily when you pry it out, especially when hot. Don't blow hot air directly on the battery, but heat the bottom side of the device. Don't use pointed or metallic objects to pry out the battery. Instead use a broad plastic tool. If you see the battery doesn't come out easily, heat the bottom of the device and try again several times.

  7. Inserting the battery

    Pixel - Inserting the battery 01
    Pixel - Inserting the battery 02
    Pixel - Inserting the battery 03
    Pixel - Inserting the battery 04
    Pixel - Inserting the battery 05
    Pixel - Inserting the battery 06

    Now insert the new battery. You can first cut out two strips of double-sided tape and paste them into the frame. You can also just use the old strips.

    1. Place the battery in the frame and press it in with your fingers to make it stick.

    Make sure the connector is placed right so you can plug it in.


  8. Connecting the flex cable

    Pixel - Connecting the flex cable 01
    Pixel - Connecting the flex cable 02
    Pixel - Connecting the flex cable 03
    • PCB connector
    • Battery connector
    1. Place the large flex cable between the circuit boards in the proper direction.
    2. Plug in the connectors on both sides and stick them on using the attached tape.
    3. Now connect the battery connector.

    Don't slide over the sockets and damage the small pins. Position the cable like in the photo. It's possible to connect it the wrong way.

  9. Installing the midframe

    Pixel - Installing the midframe 01
    Pixel - Installing the midframe 02
    Pixel - Installing the midframe 03
    Pixel - Installing the midframe 04
    Pixel - Installing the midframe 05
    • Connector
    • 9 × 3.5 mm Torx T5
    1. Now place the midframe on one edge and carefully connect it to the mainboard.
    2. Lay it into the frame and press it in all around to make it snap into place.
    3. Now you can screw the nine 3.5 mm T5 screws back in.
    4. First place the display on one edge and plug in the connector. It may need several tries. Make sure not to damage the connector.
  10. Attaching the frame sticker

    If you're just replacing the battery, this step is optional. You can also reuse the old glue residue. If you're installing a new display, you need a frame sticker, so the spare part will hold. In any case, make sure the glue is evenly distributed and doesn't have lumps, otherwise the display won't sit in the frame evenly.

    Put the frame sticker on the display to protect your device against spray water.

    1. Carefully remove as much adhesive residue as possible with a soft plastic tool.
    2. First put the frame sticker on the display with the backing film attached to check the alignment.
    3. Then peel off the first backing film and stick on the frame sticker.
    4. Once it' sticking properly, also remove the second backing film.
  11. Attaching the Display

    Pixel - Attaching the Display 01
    Pixel - Attaching the Display 02
    Pixel - Attaching the Display 03
    • 2 × 3.5 mm Torx T5

    Place the display on the top edge of the device.

    1. Reconnect the display connector.
    2. Screw in the bracket with the two T5 screws.
    3. Put the display in the frame and make sure it's sitting right.
    4. Now heat the display again to make the glue stick better.
    5. Press on the display all around the frame. Press it on longer to make it stick. You can also use clamps to fasten it.
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