Battery connector broke off and is stuck on the motherboard.
In the process of removing the battery from the Pixel 4XL, the connector on the battery broke and is stuck inside the mating end on the motherboard. This connector is TINY; I didn’t discover the issue until I tried to insert my replacement battery and it wouldn’t go in.
The connector tore from the flex strip, so it’s flush and tightly plugged into the mother board. The iFixit tweezers are too big, so I used a sowing needle to try and dig it out. The top of the connector (plastic / PCB material?) flakes off, but the metal fingers are still attached to the motherboard.
At this point, I’m not sure what can be done to salvage it. My first thought is to de-solder the connector on the motherboard, but I don’t have the skills nor equipment to do this properly, let alone the part number for the connector on the motherboard.
I’m hoping there’s a trick or technique that makes it easy to remove the metal piece that’s embedded in the connector right now. Any tips or tricks?