LG Google Nexus 5 - Replacing the back cover

The back cover is damaged.

  • Google Nexus 5
  • 5 Steps
  • Easy
  • 15 min.
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In this guide, we show you how to replace your LG Google Nexus 5’s defective back cover. This repair can help if your back cover is broken or scratched.

Required tools

  • Hartplastik-Plektren


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

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

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

    €5.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • Google Nexus 5 Back Cover

    Google Nexus 5 Back Cover

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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.

5 steps
  1. Removing the back cover

    Google Nexus 5 - Removing the back cover 01
    Google Nexus 5 - Removing the back cover 02
    Google Nexus 5 - Removing the back cover 03
    Google Nexus 5 - Removing the back cover 04
    1. Insert the hard plastic pick into the gap next to the volume button. You have to disconnect the 18 retaining clips on the outside under the back cover. Move the pick once around the entire smartphone. Work your way from the volume button past the headphone output to the SIM card tray. The back cover is easier to detach at that point. You have to use a little more force at some spots.
    2. Then you can take off the back cover.
  2. Removing the vibration motor

    Google Nexus 5 - Removing the vibration motor 01
    1. Insert the flat end of the spudger below the vibration motor, which is glued to the inside of the back cover.
    2. Carefully lift it out.
  3. Transferring small parts

    Google Nexus 5 - Transferring small parts 01
    1. Now you have to transfer the antenna cable and the induction pad. Carefully detach them using the laboratory spatula.
  4. Installing the vibration motor

    Google Nexus 5 - Installing the vibration motor 01
    1. Put the new vibration motor in the appropriate position. Make sure it’s stuck on securely.
  5. Attaching the back cover

    Google Nexus 5 - Attaching the back cover 01
    1. It’s very easy to put the back cover back on. Put it on in the correct position and press it on all the way around until it’s completely clicked into place.
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