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Google Pixel Teardown – Screen Repair Battery Replacement Fix

Google Pixel Teardown – Screen Repair Battery Replacement Fix


Today, we are going to find out what is inside
a Pixel; The latest Android phone from Google. Ill show a screen replacement, how to swap
the battery, and even how to take out the charging port. Lets get started. [Intro] While this phone is glued shut, the screen
replacement is surprisingly easy. Especially if you don’t care about your original
screen anymore. I’m using heat to soften the adhesive around
the inside edges. Then using a very thin metal pry tool to slide
between the glass and the metal frame of the phone. A good rule of thumb, is to just not plan
on your screen surviving this process. BUT if all you need to do is replace a battery
or something, and want to keep your screen, make sure the metal does not touch the black
part of the screen under the glass. The black part is the display or, LED. The top glass of the screen can handle some
abuse, but the LED underneath is like a potato chip, and will crack and crumble if you even
look at it the wrong way. You’ll see the ribbon cables to avoid here
in a second as well. They have the strength of paper. So try not to rip them either. I’m heating up the screen about every 20 to
30 seconds, keeping the glass barely too hot to touch. This keeps the adhesive that holds the glass
to the frame soft and pliable. Each time I stick my tool under the glass,
I keep it away from the display underneath. After removing the adhesive all the way around
the frame, the screen lifts off exposing one long ribbon cable. I tested my screen at this point to see if
I was successful during the removal process. Luckily I was able to remove the screen in
one piece. I turned the phone off again. And then loosened up the two T5 screws holding
the silver bracket in place over the ribbon cable connection. Then using a plastic pry tool, I can unsnap
the display from the phone. Just like a little Lego. And this is the entire display. The glass layer and the LED layer make up
the ‘Screen’. Look how thin it is. I will link the replacement screens in the
video description right below this video. I imagine they will come with a preinstalled
adhesive making the installation fairly easy. If all you came for was the screen repair,
just plop the new one back on and you are good to go! I’m going to continue delving deeper into
into this device. There are 9 more T5 screws around the mid-plate. And it’s always good practice to keep your
screws organized, even if they all appear to be the same size. Put the screws back in the hole they came
from. The midframe has a little gap at the bottom,
perfect for a little pry tool. There is no more adhesive under this frame,
it is just wedged into the metal of the phone. After the clasps are released, the midframe
folds up with one more little ribbon cable at the top for the earpiece holding it to
the phone body, Ill unclip that and set it off to the side, and unplug the battery. This helps keep anything else from frying
as I’m working on the phone. There is a long extension ribbon cable going
from the main board to the charging port. The tape is shaped a little bit different
on each of the ends, it is imperative that this gets connected back oriented the same
direction it started in. So stay organized and remember how it looks
before you take it off. It looks like the battery has a long strip
right down the middle that can be turned into a pull tab. Rip the battery, and pull it out. But since I am going to reuse my battery,
Ill pop it out the old fashion way, with a little bit of leverage. DO NOT PUNCTURE this battery, or it will start
on fire. Watch my Note 7 battery exploding video for
that visual. As always, replacement batteries for this
phone will be linked in the video description right below this video. It is fun that the aluminum frame of this
phone is as blue on the inside as it Is on the outside. It really is really blue. There is one T5 screw holding down the USB
C charging port into place. The vibrator motor comes out with it. Make sure to detach the 2 round signal wires
from the bottom as well. Here is the charging port, If you are replacing
your charging port and your new one doesn not come with the rubber microphone housing
or vibrator, make sure to transfer those components over to your new port. This is the loud speaker. It gets its signal from the little two golden
rectangle contact pads there at the edge. It is held in place by that same metallic
tape you see in other places on this phone. Moving up around the motherboard, it has two
T5 screws holding it to the frame. And a two more of those round signal wires. Ill unclip the power and volume ribbon cable,
and pop out the sim card trey, which I should have done before opening the phone earlier. But its OK, because on this sim card trey
we find a little Easter egg. This includes the address of Google headquarters. Kinda fun. After that sim card trey is out the motherboard
can be lifted up. This part is only useful if you are going
to be replacing your fingerprint scanner. Which is plugged in with the same lego like
connection as everything else. As we saw from my durability test video, the
scanner is pretty durable, but nothing is invincible and someday might need replacing. The scanner can be pushed into the phone from
the outside. Now here is the back glass panel. Which can probably be removed using the same
heating method that we used with the front glass. I’m wondering if the curved edge of this glass
is refracting light into the camera unit contributing to the halo effect some people are seeing
on their camera pictures. Here is the motherboard. The copper tape is probably there to help
heat dissipation. Ill be removing the front and rear cameras. Both are plugged in with the little lego connections. This close up of the camera lenses show that
neither of them are using any hardware stabilization. Or OIS. Only electronic stabilization is being used
with this phone. Which isn’t always my favorite. The HTC 10 had OIS or ‘Hardware Stabilization’
on both the front and rear cameras. Ill have to do a camera test of my own on
this Pixel to get a better opinion. The cameras clip back into place easy enough. Just line up the little connector and you’ll
feel it snap in, right there next to the beautiful, and always useful, and very much appreciated,
headphone jack. Make sure you are plugging the fingerprint
scanner into the non copper colored side of the motherboard. And when you put the motherboard into place,
make sure nothing is trapped underneath. Like the power button ribbon, or the two round
signal wires. The loud speaker drops into place, and then
Ill plug the signal wires into the bottom of the charging port and set the charging
port into place inside the frame next to the little vibrator. There is one screw on the charging port, and
two more screws on the motherboard that need to be tightened. Ill set the battery into place. But I’m not going to plug it in just yet. Before that happens, ill take care of the
extension ribbon cable. Making sure that it is oriented in the correct
direction. Look at the shape of the tape on the ends. The phone will not function if you plug this
in backwards, ask me how I know. After the extension ribbon, the power ribbon,
battery ribbon and the midplate earpiece ribbon are connected, take that midframe and tuck
the top end into the phone first, before pressing down the sides. Then use nine T5 screws to hold that down. And then we can test out our new screen. Make sure it functions before finishing the
installation. The screen is plugged into place, get the
little silver metal bracket over the top with its two screws, and it looks like everything
is functioning so far. The new screen will sit flush with the outer
edge of the phone. I’m just reinstalling my old screen so its
not looking as pretty. But the new screens will look much better. I’m most active on twitter, and Instagram. So if you want to see my future projects,
and behind the scenes, head over there, and if you enjoyed this video, or it helped you,
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100 thoughts on “Google Pixel Teardown – Screen Repair Battery Replacement Fix”

  1. Hello Jerry… There is no link for any replacement batteries in the description of this video.. would appreciate if you replied with the link.. coz I have two series one pixel & xl would love to connect anyway possible

  2. Hi there my wife drop her phone which crack the screen so I bought a new one on eBay saw ur tutorial and did everything right and now my screen won't turn on but I feel everything vibrate when I hit the power button and a finger scanner it did kick on wants to tell me that the phone was overheated from the heat gun .what should I do now?

  3. JC Google, ever consider a back cover access panel? Shouldn't have to tear down the whole GD phone to replace the battery.

  4. I noticed that when you removed the screen, you caused some scratching of the white portion. It didn't happen all around the edging, just in some places. So, if you did this more slowly and cautiously, could you effectively take off the screen without causing any cosmetic damage?

  5. Google has announced that some first-generation pixel phones have manufacturing defect, a soldering crack on the Audio Codec, because of which the pixel phones are developing bootlooping, overheating etc. and Google is kind enough to replace the motherboards free of cost through their mobile service partners ( UBreakifix etc) in US & Canada.
    Keeping in mind that due to heat, the ting crack on solder may widen and may have been the cause of one or the other problem, contrarywise, cooling should narrow the soldering crack, I tested my phone and kept it in the fridge for about 15 Minutes, and surprisingly, it started working, It booted, and asked for date and time update, but by this time it got heated up again and the solder crack may have widened, and the phone went off.
    Google, in India, should also extend the motherboard replacement (free of cost) for those OG Pixel phones having boot looping, overheating type issues.

  6. I need proximity light sensor for Pixel XL ? It keeps stop working and when I restart works again and then stops after sometime.

  7. You shouldn't advertise Fixez, they've been an insane amount of a pain to deal with. They charged me for overnight shipping and delivered standard, with the wrong product, and won't even answer my customer service emails. Absolute garbage at every corner.

  8. I have a google pixel and I've noticed that it tends to get pretty hot after some use. Anyone else notice this?

  9. Can the adhesive be reused? If not, do I need to find tape or preshaped adhesive that goes around the screen and digitizer? I was to reinstall with factory adhesive placement to maintain any water resistance.

  10. yo guys i need some help, i have microphone and audio problems (both not working anymore). do you know what i have to replace? the whole daughterboard? <3 i apreciate your help guys

  11. hey @jerryrigeverything when a pixel has a damaged audio codec, would replacing the charging port pcb fix that issue?

  12. Your videos are rushed diarrhea , how do you reinstall same screen with no adhesive or do you? As usual you leave out crucial aspects, minor details that make all the difference. Where is the rubber housing and vibrator? Very unclear you're fat fingers don't really point at anything get a legit pointing device for your videos moron.

  13. Do you know about the power button not working, or a way to repair it? Might suffer one more month and just go for the 3!

  14. Hey Jerry, can you drop in the link for the microphone, earpiece and the headphone jack? I need to replace mine as the aren't working.

  15. So in order to repair everything the front of the phone gets scratched. At 0.29 when opening the phone it scratched the front like crazy. I wonder if there is a work around to opening the phone with out leaving all those marks on it.

  16. Hey Zack, like clockwork my battery is not as good as it was two years ago. I want to change it and not get a new phone. Where should I buy a replacement battery? Thanks in advance!

  17. My pixel's vibratory motor doesn't work and I am also having issues with charging it. It freezes while charging. And the phone app always hangs. So I guess the issue is in the charging port and perhaps somewhere else too. What are your thoughts regarding this? And where can I get the new charging port? Thanks.

  18. The complexity of this shit is keeping me from get the pixel, the V20 cost's $50 less on ebay but the battery replacement is priceless.

  19. I have a really blue pixel and I love it. However after the few years I've had it the battery life isn't what it used to be. @jerryrigeverything can you link to the battery? I cannot find it in the description.

  20. Great video! I did this fix but now my speakers don't work. Microphone works and the small speaker works for phone calls but speakermode doesn't anymore. Any idea why this could have happened? Thanks again for the video guide

  21. Great video, but missing one very important detail if you're trying to save your screen.

    On the bottom edge of the phone, the electronic ribbon and other delicate internal screen components protrude about 3/16" proud of the screen border. If you don't allow that tolerance when inserting the pry tool, you will break them and ruin the screen. Ask me how I know. There is no way to know this until you have removed the screen and by then it will be too late. I wish that this video would have mentioned that, it would have saved me $60 and a few days without a phone.

  22. Is there anyway that somebody who is making repairs on this phone could be shocked if it was turned on while they were repairing it? Is the current high enough to actually harm anybody?

  23. My Pixel XL screen looks like its coming off a bit (not noticeable until you look closely). Should I be alarmed by this?

  24. This is so interesting to see. I got my Pixel's battery replaced a bit back but the guy doing the replace broke my screen in the process.

  25. Hi jerry .i have pixel xl .my camera app keeps stopping .i tried to upgrade to android p same problem even i changed the camera but it keeps stopping .pleaaase help me

  26. Can I send you my pixel phone to see if you can fix it? I dropped it and now my screen won't turn on. I can hold down the buttons and feel the phone vibrate but I have no clue what its doing.

  27. I know this is old, but I figured I'd still ask. I'm about to replace the battery on mine.

    Did you reuse the adhesive? Or can you?

  28. Thank you for the teardown! I followed you to swap all the parts into new body but for some reason vibration don't work. Would you know what might cause that? I checked white and black cables and everything seems connected.

  29. Hey, I dropped my Pixel into a hot tub for like 10s and it died. I dried it and put it in a bag of rice for a day hoping it would bring it back. It booted up alright, then it started behaving like it had a brain fungus and doing things on its own. It would sometimes do what I was trying to do, but it would crash and do random things. I decided to power off the phone and give it another day, in the rice bag. After the second day, it showed more promise but it slowly deteriorated and started doing the zombie act again. At this point, I had no hope for my phone, I charged it a little bit, stuck it back in the cozy bag of rice and prayed to the phone Gods and the rice Gods. Day 3, the phone didn't boot up. I plugged in the charger. It showed me a blinking red light near the ear piece that blinked 3 times. Almost like the phone was saying, it was good knowing you, and flashed the launch screen one last time before, it breathed its last. Charging doesn't help. Nothing is bringing it back 🙁 🙁 🙁

    Now, I'm ready for a post mortem on the phone. You video seems like a detailed physician's notes from the 14th century and I'm going to be following it closely to replace all the pieces inside. Thanks for it. I'd like to know which pieces are water damaged, how I can procure the individual parts/pieces to replace. Is it even possible?

  30. Just successfully replaced my battery and screen by buying the tools in your description and following your video. My initial screen did not survive sadly, but I had bought a replacement since it didn't seem likely to. Thank you SO much for your videos. Saved me from buying a new phone, so now I'll go donate to that lights campaign. Thanks Zach!

  31. Could anyone tell me what the contact pads are for around minute 4:14? Its the one under the farthest left standoff near the white coaxial cable and the one dead center above the finger sensor. It seems impeded into the phone housing. I have a slight rip on the left one. Thanks!

  32. Great, but aftermarket screens use weak glass and are much easier to break than the OEM Gorilla Glass. I fixed a Nexus phone with help from your videos, only to look at it wrong and have the replacement glass break. I found that sellers who claim "OEM" are almost always lying. Repairing is great, but the parts aftermarket works against good, lasting repairs. I put a screen protector on my second replacement and retired the phone to backup duty.

  33. I know the phone is old at this point but I'm gonna do a battery replacement soon. I don't wanna pay the $80 they Google charges though 🤣

  34. Нихуя не понятно что он там пиздит, но очень интересно

  35. @jerry, Could you kindly add in a link for the replacement battery? I don't seem to find it on the description.

  36. For what it's worth, the replacement screens you listed DO NOT have pre-installed adhesive. They come with an adhesive pad you are expected to cut and align with the panels.

  37. I love your channel. I was thinking about getting one of those wireless charging receivers and soldering it to the usb power/signal connection, but after seeing it disassembled looking at the lack of clearance inside it…. do you think there would be enough room? 🙂

  38. Hi
    I dropped my google pixel phone in the sea water and it's not switching on now. I just wanted to ask if anyone knows how to fix it or at least how to recover some pictures from it. As this was my holiday pictures.
    Thank you

  39. Can anyone send me a google pixel 1 battery. I need a replacement and its not available here. I need it but cant find it.

  40. Hi I have a question. I have a pixel that is sensitive to heat. If the heat got top hot. It will reboot and goes in loop. For me to allowto get into the home screen or clean out I need to put it over the ice and it kept it cool and it doesn't create the problem. My question is what part need to replace to fix the heat issue? Thank you.

  41. Just bought a battery replacement to go in my Pixel. Kind of regretting it after watching how much effort it's going to take, lmao

  42. I carefully followed the instructions of this video and multiple ones but still at the end the screen is not working anymore…. too much glue in mine and probably something really fragile broke somewhere (even if the screen seems perfect)

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