Your screen is no longer working.

This guide shows you how to fix a broken LCD/digitizer of your Google Pixel phone. This fix is necessary, if the glass is cracked, the touchscreen stops responding or the OLED stays black or flickers.

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

Required tools

  • Flat Picks

    Flat Picks

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

    €4.00 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.

    €11.00 at the iDoc store
  • iFlex opening tool

    iFlex opening tool

    Opening your smartphone can be a very delicate operation, especially if the glue is very persistent. The blade of the flexible but sturdy iFlex measures just 0.15 mm, so it fits in even the smallest gaps, such as between the screen and the frame. The practical iFlex is made of stainless steel and sits comfortably in the hand. This makes it the perfect assistant for every smartphone repair.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

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

    €2.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €14.00 at the iDoc store
  • Wiha PicoFinish Torx Screwdriver T5

    Wiha PicoFinish Torx Screwdriver T5

    Whether you want to tighten or loosen screws, the Wiha PicoFinish Torx screwdriver is perfect for working on devices with Torx screws. You can choose between five different types: T1 to T5 are available in our store. The screwdriver is specially designed for repairs on electronic devices and other precision applications. The ergonomic handle with soft zone and the smooth-running rotating cap make it easy to work comfortably, even on very fine screws and devices. Due to the resistant chrome-vanadium-molybdenum steel and its high-quality workmanship, this screwdriver is highly durable.

    €19.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

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Getting started with the repair of your Pixel

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

8 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
    Pixel - Lifting the display 05
    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. Testing the display

    Pixel - Testing the display 01
    Pixel - Testing the display 02
    Pixel - Testing the display 03
    Pixel - Testing the display 04
    • Display connector

    Before assembly, switch on your phone to test the spare part.
    Take the new display, but don't remove the backing films yet.

    1. Put the display on one edge and plug in the connector. This may need several attempts. Make sure not to damage the connector.
    2. Drag any app across the sceen in a zig-zag pattern. If it doesn't bounce back, everything's fine.
    3. Test the display's minimum and maximum brightness and look for any pixel errors.
    4. If everything is ok, switch off the device again and unplug the display
  5. The right tools for your repair

    With the right tools, you will succeed in any repair. In our store you will find a large selection of professional quality tools.
  6. 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.
  7. Preparing the new display

    Pixel - Preparing the new display 01

    Remove and reuse the sticker over the earpiece opening.

    1. Carefully peel it off using tweezers.
    2. Paste it over the earpiece opening of the the new display unit.
    3. Remove all the protective films of the new display, including the smaller ones under the flex cable. Put the display in the frame and make sure it's sitting right.
  8. 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.
  9. Testing the device

    Pixel - Testing the device 01
    Pixel - Testing the device 02
    Pixel - Testing the device 03

    Switch on your assembled device and test the display again.

    1. Drag any app across the screen in a zig-zag pattern. If it doesn't bounce back, everything's ok.
    2. Also test the minimum and maximum brightness of the screen and look out for any pixel errors.
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