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Use this guide to remove your Pixel’s screen—either to replace it, or get it out of the way so you can make repairs to other components.

Warning: Because of the strong adhesive securing the display, minimal clearance for inserting your tools, and high heat required, there's a good chance of accidentally damaging the display during this procedure. If you're replacing a broken display, then you don't have to worry—but for all other repairs, work very carefully, and be prepared to replace the display afterward.

  1. Turn off the device.
    • Turn off the device.

    • Prepare an iOpener to heat the edges of the display and soften the adhesive underneath. Alternatively, you may use a heat gun or a hair dryer.

    • The surfaces near the speaker and microphone (top and bottom respectively) have larger adhesive sections. These areas may require slightly longer heat exposure. The display should be heated until it's slightly too hot to touch, for roughly two minutes.

    When reassembling, does the adhesive still hold the phone together when closed or do we need to apply more adhesive?

    Jess Haddow - Contestar

    Unfortunately also cracked my display on the way in. You have to go pretty deep under the top and bottom of the screen but BARELY in around the sides, especially the corners. If I had to do it over again, I would have either tried a playing card or put some type of depth limit/mark on my pick so I didn’t go more than a few millimeters in.

    Matthew Jastremski - Contestar

    Use plenty of heat here and take your time. Start from the top, then the sides. use a gentle prying motion with the picks but don’t go too deep.

    Richard Wood - Contestar

    It’s EXTREMELY easy to crack the screen. Just buy a new display module before fixing it. The old screen will be disposable.

    Buyi Yu - Contestar

    Don’t even waste your time with the iOpener. I went straight for the hair dryer and opening picks took 30 mins to get the screen off with no issues.

    eric duchene - Contestar

    The iOpener was totally useless for me. My phone just sucked the heat out of it and dissipated it (which is what it’s supposed to do with heat, but that didn’t make it easy to get the adhesive loose). Instead, I actually ended up putting mine in the toaster oven, which has an electric broiler that works great for this. It heats up fast, though, so watch out…..

    Kael Shipman - Contestar

  2. In the following steps, you will separate the display panel by slicing though the adhesive bonding the display to the Pixel's chassis. For reference, the back of the display panel is shown at left. Note the narrow clearance between the side of the display unit and the OLED panel. Inserting an opening tool deeper than 1.5 mm into the sides of the device, or 9 mm into the top and bottom can permanently damage the display.
    • In the following steps, you will separate the display panel by slicing though the adhesive bonding the display to the Pixel's chassis.

    • For reference, the back of the display panel is shown at left. Note the narrow clearance between the side of the display unit and the OLED panel.

    • Inserting an opening tool deeper than 1.5 mm into the sides of the device, or 9 mm into the top and bottom can permanently damage the display.

    • Use a suction handle to pull up on the display and create a slight gap between the display and the phone's chassis.

    • If your display is cracked, cover it with packing tape to help the suction cup adhere and prevent glass shards from popping loose.

  3. Insert an opening pick or a playing card into the gap between the chassis and the display assembly. Begin to slide the opening pick around the edge of the display, cutting through the adhesive that secures it. The display panel is fragile. If you plan to re-use your display, take care to insert your tool only as far as necessary to separate the adhesive. Inserting the tool any further can damage the OLED panel under the glass.
    • Insert an opening pick or a playing card into the gap between the chassis and the display assembly.

    • Begin to slide the opening pick around the edge of the display, cutting through the adhesive that secures it.

    • The display panel is fragile. If you plan to re-use your display, take care to insert your tool only as far as necessary to separate the adhesive. Inserting the tool any further can damage the OLED panel under the glass.

    I needed a stronger tool than the provided guitar picks to actually get between the glass and the frame. Had to use a metal tool to get in there. Once I could get in, things went fairly smoothly.

    Only mistake after that was not getting a great seal on the glue when reassembling the phone so now the glass toward the bottom of the screen doesn’t completely stay in place. :(

    Steve Johnson - Contestar

    Dang! Metal is a scary choice, but I’m glad it worked out for the most part. That’s good to know. You could try re-heating the adhesive around the part of the screen that isn’t staying in place, and then putting the phone under a stack of books for an hour or so! That might get it to seal up completely.

    Taylor Dixon -

    I got the glass free by using plenty of heat, an x-acto knife to start the opening and playing cards under the glass to break the glue. I did not use the suction cup because it kept feeling like it would break the glass.

    Michael Hendricks - Contestar

    +1 to Michael Hendricks. I ended up putting mine in my toaster oven (which worked splendidly), and I did have to use an x-acto knife to get it started. After that, it was possible to continue using the picks, but DON’T EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO REUSE THE SAME DISPLAY. New displays are $35 on ebay. Just get a new one before you start the work or you’ll almost certainly be without a phone for a week.

    Kael Shipman - Contestar

    I was super careful based on all the comments to not even get close to touching the back of the screen. But when reassembled I get nothing but a vibration when turning the phone on.

    I used the suction cup, lotsa heat, started from the top and pried screen off towards the bottom just barely teasing the edges with a special pick that I had from previous battery replacements (special pick limits penetration). It seemed to come off unscathed. But the results say otherwise.

    GUNTIS CIRCENIS - Contestar

    Woof, like others have said, it’s incredibly easy to ruin the screen in this process. Kind of impossible to tell if you’re getting the adhesive or the screen with your tools.

    Definitely have a replacement if you really want to have a working phone after this step.

    Kris - Contestar

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  5. Continue carefully separating the adhesive around the rest of the device. Take extra care with the side bezels, which are only 1.5 mm deep. Take extra care with the side bezels, which are only 1.5 mm deep.
    • Continue carefully separating the adhesive around the rest of the device.

    • Take extra care with the side bezels, which are only 1.5 mm deep.

    there should be two notes here - “while adhesive is still warm, REMOVE ALL OF IT or you would be fcked later.” additionally, “ensure you are not separating the OLED from the glass as this will somehow render the screen completely useless”

    Liz Zelnick - Contestar

    Agreed. I just removed the glass from the OLED display…oopss. I’m hosed.

    Joshua Brown - Contestar

    Removing the adhesive while it is warm is a great idea!

    Re: removing the glass from the OLED, as long as you aren’t inserting your opening pick deeper than Step 2 recommends, you should be safe from separating the glass and the display panel unless you are using a ton of heat, in which case you might be frying the display anyway!

    Taylor Dixon - Contestar

    I didn’t apply enough heat during this process and subsequently separated the digitizer from the glass, instead of the whole assembly from the case. I had 3/4 of the screen free from the case when I became impatient and just tried to muscle my way through the rest of the adhesive. It is important to stop and apply more heat during this process any time it starts feeling difficult to move the pick through the adhesive, otherwise you risk breaking the screen and having to get a whole new one.

    Britton Wickes - Contestar

    I got the glass off without cracking anything, but now that it’s back together it doesn’t seem to work. Could it have been damaged from the heat? It flickers green for an instant when plugging in to power or pressing the power button.

    Nicholas Cox - Contestar

    Any recommendations on adhesive when reinstalling? I see there is a pre-made adhesive for sale here for $5.99. Don’t know if 3m double-sided tape would work just as well, or what thickness to use. Any tips would be much appreciated.

    Phillip - Contestar

    Hey Phillip! I’d go with the pre-made adhesive to save yourself the headache of measurement, cutting, and having a whole roll of 3M tape you might not need. It would definitely work if that’s what you prefer though!

    Here’s a guide for applying the pre-made adhesive that you can follow, or just curb from if you use the 3M tape! Google Pixel Display Adhesive Installation

    Taylor Dixon - Contestar

  6. With the adhesive cut, slowly lift the display up from the top (the side with the speaker-grille cutout), carefully flip it over vertically toward the bottom of the device, and rest it on its face, as shown. Do not attempt to completely remove the display yet, as it is still connected by a fragile ribbon cable. Be careful to not to strain the cable while positioning the display. Do not attempt to completely remove the display yet, as it is still connected by a fragile ribbon cable. Be careful to not to strain the cable while positioning the display.
    • With the adhesive cut, slowly lift the display up from the top (the side with the speaker-grille cutout), carefully flip it over vertically toward the bottom of the device, and rest it on its face, as shown.

    • Do not attempt to completely remove the display yet, as it is still connected by a fragile ribbon cable. Be careful to not to strain the cable while positioning the display.

    Ruined my Pixel following these instructions. Ribbon cable is at bottom (chin) of phone and not as shown in pictures. My advice take it somewhere and have them replace the battery, that way when they break it it’s their fault.

    John Simpson - Contestar

    I’m sorry the instructions weren’t clear, John! I’ve updated the guide to better illustrate where ribbon cable is and how to work around it.

    Taylor Dixon -

    And another note - I used the suction cup to lift the glass. Unfortunately the glass cracked at that point…bummer. I would update this to describe HOW to lift the glass. As in, LIGHTLY lift up with the suction cup while mostly lifting up on the guitar picks to help separate..

    Joshua Brown - Contestar

    DO NOT “flip it over vertically toward the bottom of the device, and rest it on its face, as shown. “ unless you want to spend your day getting adhesive off the screen. Instead get the screw driver ready (step 7) before you start this step.

    eric duchene - Contestar

  7. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the two black 3.5 mm T5 screws securing the display cable connector bracket.
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the two black 3.5 mm T5 screws securing the display cable connector bracket.

  8. Use tweezers to remove the bracket that holds the display connector in place.
    • Use tweezers to remove the bracket that holds the display connector in place.

    Using extreme care, another broken screen here. Instead of coming off together, the adhesive separated between the outer glass and the digitizer panel/screen. Both were damaged in the process. Waste of time and money.

    Chris Kahn - Contestar

    Yes, me too. I’d like advice as to how to vary the glue heating process for this to not occur. Does the heat need to be applied for longer so the deeper OLED panel releases without pulling from the glass?

    Joshua Brown - Contestar

  9. Use a spudger to pry up the display cable connector, freeing the display.

    (from other ifixit tutorial. Did not know this-and it is important!)

    To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

    bgwong2476 - Contestar

  10. Remove the display.
    • Remove the display.

    • Some replacement displays do not come with an earpiece speaker grille. If your replacement screen doesn't have one, be sure to transfer the grille from your old display to the new one.

    • During reassembly, pause here to replace the display adhesive.

Conclusión

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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hey, is the replacement screen meant to have adhesive on it already?

noisycrow - Contestar

No, it does not. Just replaced my screen. The residual adhesive is good enough to keep it on temporarily, but I’m going to a local repair shop to grab something better.

Vitaliy Isikov -

It’s also best to, if you haven’t already, look at your replacement part to get a feeling of how far you can go with the guitar pick or pry tool. It’s around 1/16th of an inch on the sides so you don’t want to go too far in and damage the display

Jason Stewart - Contestar

Honestly, this felt easier than what the guide advised, definitely invest in the ifixit opening kit, made this a breeze. Hardest part was just scrapping the leftover residue off after removing the cracked screen.

Craig Beery II - Contestar

You can use any adhesive for screen replacements for this screen. I personally used a double-sided tape 2 mm wide. The replacement screen does not usually come with the fabric covering the phone speakers, so make sure to transfer it from your old screen.

Mingye Wang - Contestar

How do I remove the screen from the LCD. There are plenty of screens only on Amazon for pretty cheap and my LCD is working perfectly fine.

Ashley Carpenter - Contestar

I can absolutely see how difficult this job is if your screen isn’t already broken. (Un)Luckily for me, my screen was already broken, so I removed the glass, then the actual LCD, while breaking them even more along the way. The screen in the Pixel is SO thin and delicate, I was scared I was gonna break the new one before even installing it. But once the old one is out, the install is a breeze, granted that your metal edges aren’t too dented.

I used a space heater and held the phone in front of it for about 60 seconds at a time to soften the adhesive. I also used a razor blade to “slice” through the adhesive.

Used screen was perfect quality and worked fine.

Brandon Moorer - Contestar

My experience:

1) I used a heat gun (ZeopoCase Mini Hot Air Gun - $20 Amazon)

2) My original screen wasn’t cracked, and it took a long time to break apart the old adhesive, even with the gun. More muscle than I would have expected.

3) Removing the old screen worked per instructions.

4) Removing the old adhesive was a MONSTER job. You’ll need to buy 91% alcohol and swabs FIRST, so that should be added to the recipe’s ingredients. Still, even with the alcohol and scraping, I never got it all off, and you risk smearing it all over the insides of the phone. Not good.

5) Kit does NOT include replacement adhesive. I bought it separately, and that came with no instructions. It’s a giant die cut slab of adhesive, and you only need the outer bits. This isn’t clear at all w/o instructions.

6) Seating the connector is a bit of guesswork.

7) Had to swap out the grill cover. That should be added to the guide.

8) Have to heat the new adhesive again before you clamp it all down.

So far, tho, it’s working.

chris.solo4 - Contestar

Hey Chris, I’m glad to hear everything went alright for the most part! If you bought the kit from us, it should definitely have come with the replacement adhesive, I’m sorry about that. I am currently writing a guide about how to use the replacement adhesive, it will be ready soon—I’ll be sure to include all those details you were looking for. Thank you for your feedback!

Taylor Dixon -

This same procedure apply to google Pixel 3?

brucasal - Contestar

I got the glass off with a blow dryer and some playing cards. Unfortunately, I stuck a playing card too far into the bottom of the display and accidentally cut the display cable. Pay close attention to the warning about how deep you can insert instruments under the glass.

Michael Hendricks - Contestar

If you simply get one of the corners to open with a little bit of heat and a razor blade, you can use a syringe to add ISO to get rid of most of that adhesive. It doesn’t damage the original screen (which can be recycled) and it makes the screen come off extremely easy.

Luke Piper - Contestar

A lot of the padding underneath the screen came off. A lot of it is stuck to the display. I ordered a new display, will the lack of padding affect the function of the pixel?

Hobin Lee - Contestar

Hobin, the lack of padding shouldn’t affect the function of your Pixel. It does, however, provide a bit of support for the screen, so maybe just be a little more careful about applying pressure to the new screen after you install it!

Taylor Dixon -

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