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This repair guide was authored by the iFixit staff and hasn’t been endorsed by Google. Learn more about our repair guides here.

Use this guide to remove or replace the charging assembly on your Google Pixel 4 XL. The charging assembly contains the USB-C port, as well as some antenna connectors, and is layered underneath the loudspeaker and battery.

This process requires removing the loudspeaker, which will compromise the loudspeaker’s ingress gasket.

Caution: Google warns that disassembly of the front laser assembly could result in hazardous exposure to invisible infrared laser emissions. Read their safety warnings here.

Warning: Do not reuse the battery if it has been deformed or damaged, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

  1. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the SIM card tray: step 1, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the SIM card tray: step 1, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the SIM card tray: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a SIM eject tool, bit, or a straightened paper clip into the small hole on the SIM card tray on the left edge of the phone.

    • Press firmly to eject the tray.

    • Remove the SIM card tray.

  2. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Heat the back panel glass: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the bottom edge of the back panel for one minute.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

  3. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 3, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Apply a suction cup to the heated edge of the back panel by pressing down on it to create suction, as close to the edge as possible.

    • If your back glass is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken panel.

  4. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 4, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Pull up on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap between the back panel and the frame.

    • Depending on the age of your phone, this may be difficult. If you are having trouble, apply more heat to the edge and try again.

    • Insert the point of an opening pick into the gap.

  5. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick across the bottom towards the left corner to slice the adhesive.

    • With the pick still inserted, slide it from the bottom left corner over to the bottom right corner to completely slice the bottom side adhesive.

    • Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  6. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice the lefthand-side adhesive: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it on the left edge of the phone for one minute.

  7. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a second opening pick underneath the back panel directly over the charge port.

    • Slide the opening pick to the bottom left corner of the phone.

  8. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening pick around the bottom left corner and across the left side of the phone to slice the adhesive.

    • The adhesive can be very gummy. Push the pick in and out in a sawing motion to help with slicing.

    • Stop when you reach the top left corner, near the camera, and leave the pick inserted.

  9. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice righthand-side adhesive: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it on the right edge of the phone for one minute.

  10. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • With the first two opening picks still in place, insert a third pick on the lower part of the righthand side.

    • Slide the opening pick up towards the top of the phone, slicing the right side's adhesive.

    • Stop when you reach the top right corner, and leave the pick inserted.

  11. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice the top-side adhesive: step 11, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Slice the top-side adhesive: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the third opening pick around the top right corner and across the top side of the phone, slicing the final strip of adhesive.

  12. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Lift up the back panel: step 12, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Lift up the back panel: step 12, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Lift up the back panel: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Once you have sliced around the perimeter of the phone, carefully lift the right edge of the back cover, opening it like a book.

    • Do not try to pull the panel all the way off yet, as it is still connected to the phone.

  13. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Continue swinging open the back panel until you can rest it on the left edge the phone, being careful not to put any stress on the attached ribbon cable.

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to power on your phone and test all functions before sealing it up. Be sure to power your phone back down completely before you continue working.

    • Remove the four T3 Torx screws securing the battery connector shield:

    • One 1.8 mm screw

    • One 4.1 mm screw

    • One 4.4 mm shouldered screw

    • One 4.0 mm shouldered screw

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

  14. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the battery connector shield.

  15. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Whenever you use the spudger near the battery, be very careful not to puncture the battery.

    • Using the pointed end of a spudger, pry the battery connector straight up from the motherboard to disconnect the battery.

    • 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.

  16. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Using the flat end of a spudger, gently fold the battery cable over so it doesn't accidentally make contact during the rest of your repairs.

  17. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the back panel connector: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 4.1 mm screws securing the back panel connector cover.

  18. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the back panel connector cover.

  19. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Using the pointed end of a spudger, pry up and disconnect the back panel connector.

  20. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 21, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the back panel.

    • Before you install a replacement back panel, be sure to remove all adhesive residue from the phone frame. Use an opening tool and high-concentration isopropyl alcohol to scrape and clean the surface.

    • If you are re-using the back panel, be sure to clean off any adhesive and apply new back panel adhesive.

    • If you are installing a replacement back panel, be sure to compare it with the original part.

  21. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the battery's adhesive pull tabs: step 22, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the battery's adhesive pull tabs: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use blunt tweezers to lift up the battery adhesive pull tabs so you can more easily grip them with your fingers.

    • The battery is held in place with three separate stretch adhesive strips, which are connected to a single black pull tab. You can try to pull all three strips out together, but it is easier to cut the black pull tab where it is notched and pull each strip out individually.

  22. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Pull on the black pull tab at a shallow angle with steady force. When the adhesive grows long, roll it around a spudger and continue pulling.

    • Continue firmly pulling up on the adhesive strip with constant force, spinning the spudger every so often to keep the exposed section of the pull tab as short as possible.

    • This may take a lot of force.

    • These adhesive pull tabs are very prone to snapping in half during this process. Try pulling as slowly as possible.

    • If the adhesive pull tabs are not stretching, you can fill a plastic dropper or syringe with high concentration isopropyl alcohol and apply a few drops under the left edge of the battery. Give the alcohol a minute to weaken the battery adhesive.

    • Continue this process for each of the three pull tabs, until all are either out or have snapped in half.

  23. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the battery: step 24, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the battery: step 24, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the battery: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • If the battery tabs snapped during removal, insert an opening pick on the upper right edge of the battery, slicing the adhesive underneath.

    • Even if you successfully removed all three adhesive pull tabs, using an opening pick to dislodge the battery may be helpful.

    • Don't insert the opening pick on or anywhere below the grip sensor cable, as the pick can damage the charge port flex cable located underneath the battery.

    • Do not reuse the battery if it has been deformed or damaged, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

    • Lift the battery up, away from the phone to remove it.

    • To install a replacement battery:

    • Remove any remaining adhesive from the battery well.

    • If you're using stretch release adhesive, apply them onto the battery. Otherwise, apply some double-sided tape, or pre-cut adhesive strips in the phone's battery well, being careful not to cover the charge port flex cable. Peel away any tape liners to expose the adhesive.

    • Temporarily re-connect the battery's connector to the motherboard socket. This ensures that the battery is properly positioned.

    • Lay the battery in place and press firmly.

    • Disconnect the battery connector from its motherboard socket and resume re-assembly.

  24. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three T3 Torx screws securing the loudspeaker:

    • One 4.1 mm screw

    • One 2.7 mm screw

    • One 4.4 mm shouldered screw

    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the loudspeaker.

    • Before you install a replacement loudspeaker, check the adhesive gasket:

    • If it is in good condition, you can re-use the gasket. Make sure that the gasket does not cover the exit hole.

    • If the gasket is pulled out of place, remove it and replace the adhesive with a pre-cut strip or Tesa tape.

  25. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the charging cable connector: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the four 3.5 mm screws securing the display connector cover.

  26. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezer to remove the display connector cover.

  27. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 30, image 2 of 2
    • Using the pointed end of a spudger, disconnect the charging cable connector by prying it straight up from the motherboard.

  28. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Isolate the charging assembly: step 31, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Isolate the charging assembly: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the antenna press connector from the charging assembly.

  29. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the vibration and bottom microphone connectors from the charging assembly.

  30. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 33, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the black antenna cable from its socket on the motherboard.

  31. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the charging assembly: step 34, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement, Remove the charging assembly: step 34, image 2 of 2
    • Peel back the ribbon cable that's secured to the phone's frame. It's secured with some light adhesive.

  32. Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 35, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 35, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 4 XL Charging Assembly Replacement: step 35, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the charging assembly.

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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? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers community for help.

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