LG Google Nexus 5 - Replacing the battery

The battery life is low. Your Nexus 5 keeps crashing or won’t charge.

  • Google Nexus 5
  • 10 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this repair guide, we show you how to replace your LG Google Nexus 5’s defective battery on your own. This repair can help if your LG Google Nexus 5 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.

Required tools

  • Hartplastik-Plektren

    Hartplastik-Plektren

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

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  • 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
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • Google Nexus 5 Battery

    Google Nexus 5 Battery

    Replace it with a new Nexus 5 battery. This powerful new battery can help if your Nexus 5 crashes during heavy use because the voltage temporarily drops, your phone switches off when it gets cold, you can no longer charge it or turn it on, or the battery life is very low. Once you’ve installed your new battery, you can talk, listen to music, watch videos or do whatever you want on your phone for much longer. Please note: To ensure optimal performance, you should completely discharge the battery ten times (play a video and turn on the flash) and then charge it all the way. As always, we’ve tested this replacement part to make sure it meets our high standards for quality and functionality. That way, you know you’re getting a battery with full capacity.

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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.

10 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 speaker

    Google Nexus 5 - Removing the speaker 01
    Google Nexus 5 - Removing the speaker 02
    1. If your Google Nexus 5 is still on, turn it off now by holding down the standby button for about two seconds and following the prompt on the display.
    2. Remove the 4 Phillips screws that hold the speaker in place (see figure 1).
      4 x 4.0 mm Phillips screws
    3. Use the spudger to lift the speaker. Insert it next to the USB connector input (see figure 2) and remove the speaker.
  3. Removing the plastic cover

    Google Nexus 5 - Removing the plastic cover 01
    Google Nexus 5 - Removing the plastic cover 02
    1. Remove the 6 Phillips screws that hold the plastic cover in place (see figure 1).
      6 x 4.0 mm Phillips screws
    2. Now lift the cover off the logic board by inserting the spudger into the gap next to the headphone output (see figure 2). If necessary, use other leverage points.
  4. Disconnecting the connectors

    • LCD
    • USB port
    • Battery
    • Front camera
    • Rear camera
    • 4 × Antenna
    1. Now you can disconnect the highlighted connectors. Be very careful (see figure 1).
      Make sure you don’t break off the resistors that are soldered onto the logic board.
    2. Place the flat end of the spudger very slightly below the connectors and pry them offf. The pictures show where you should put the spudger to avoid breaking off the little resistors even if it slips (see figures 2 to 6).
    3. Now also disconnect the little antenna connectors from the logic board (see figures 7 and 8).
  5. Removing the battery

    Google Nexus 5 - Removing the battery 01
    1. Remove the battery. Place the flat end of the spudger below the battery and detach it from the plastic frame. The battery is lightly glued in place. Carefully work your way to the end.
    2. Now remove the battery.
  6. Installing the battery

    Google Nexus 5 - Installing the battery 01
    1. Put in the battery and press it gently onto the adhesive strips.
  7. Connecting the connections

    Google Nexus 5 - Connecting the connections 01
    1. Now connect the following two contacts to the corresponding slots again. Use your finger to carefully press them into place. Only use as much pressure as you need for the contacts to gently click into place.
      USB connector
      Battery
  8. Attaching the plastic cover

    Google Nexus 5 - Attaching the plastic cover 01
    1. Put the black plastic cover on the logic board and gently press it on.
    2. Fasten the 6 Phillips screws that hold the cover in place again.
      6 x 4.0 mm Phillips screws
  9. Installing the speaker

    Google Nexus 5 - Installing the speaker 01
    Google Nexus 5 - Installing the speaker 02
    1. Put the speaker back in the appropriate position and make sure it’s embedded properly (see figure 1).
    2. Fasten the 4 Phillips screws that hold the speaker in place again (see figure 2).
      4 x 4.0 mm Phillips screws
  10. 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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