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Use this guide to apply replacement adhesive to your Pixel 2 XL’s display.

Before you begin, you should already have removed the Pixel 2 XL’s display. Detailed instructions for removing the display can be found here.



  1. Google Pixel 2 XL Display Adhesive Replacement, Display Adhesive: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove any trace of the old adhesive from the Pixel's case.

    • If you're reinstalling your existing display, be sure to remove any remaining adhesive from the back of your display as well.

    • Take special care to remove any small glass fragments.

    • After removing all traces of glue and glass, clean the adhesion areas with high concentration isopropyl alcohol (at least 90%). This will ensure a better seal for the display.

    • If your new display doesn't come with speaker grilles or a front-facing camera gasket, make sure to install those before applying display adhesive.

  2. Google Pixel 2 XL Display Adhesive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Peel the clear backing layer off of the replacement adhesive.

  3. Google Pixel 2 XL Display Adhesive Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Display Adhesive Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • There are perforations along the inner and outer edges of the adhesive strip.

    • Carefully tear along the perforations to separate the outer portion of the adhesive backing from the adhesive strip.

    • Carefully tear along the inner perforations to separate the inner portion of the blue backing from the adhesive strip.

    • Be very careful not to tear the adhesive, the white backing, or the blue backing underneath the adhesive. Only remove the blue plastic surrounding the adhesive strip.

    • When you're done, you should have just have a phone-shaped ring of adhesive with blue backing on one side and white backing on the other.

  4. Google Pixel 2 XL Display Adhesive Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Display Adhesive Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Peel away the white backing, exposing one side of the adhesive strip.

    • Carefully place the adhesive strip on the phone case, with the exposed side down, and the blue backing up.

    • Line up the speaker holes in the adhesive strip over the speakers to correctly position the adhesive strip on the case.

    • With the adhesive lined up, use your finger or a spudger to press the adhesive strip down against the case.

  5. Google Pixel 2 XL Display Adhesive Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • When you are ready to seal the phone, carefully peel away the blue backing without peeling the adhesive off of the phone.

    • You can tear or cut through the blue backing right next to the pull tab to make it easier to remove the backing.

    • Return to your Pixel 2 XL's replacement guide to finish assembling your phone.


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Adam O'Camb


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Why is it necessary to replace the adhesive at all? Is this required to do to prevent the display from falling out?

Troy Davis - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hi Troy,

That’s correct! If the old adhesive is old, dirty, or uneven, it may not hold onto the screen sufficiently.

Arthur Shi -

Is there a liquid or gel adhesive I can lightly use in a pinch if the screen is intact, doesn’t need replacing, but is slightly lifting off from one of the corners? I’d like to save myself having to try to remove everything and reposition and re-seat a new adhesive entirely. Specifically I’m asking what’s most appropriate that wouldn’t make future screen repairs impossible.

Ken Okoye - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

This guide is outdated. The replacement adhesive has changed and did not include a clear backer, or an outer blue portion. Additionally, the inner perforations were not complete. Because of this, I had to install the adhesive to the screen, rather than the frame, then remove the white backer before final assembly. It was quite fiddly and frustrating, but I managed to get it all lined up and sealed well with no gaps.

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