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Use this guide to remove or replace the motherboard on your Google Pixel 4 XL.

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.

  1. 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.
    • 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. Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the bottom edge of the back panel for one minute.
    • 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. 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.
    • 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. 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.
    • 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. 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.
    • 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. Prepare an iOpener and apply it on the left edge of the phone for one minute.
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it on the left edge of the phone for one minute.

  7. 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.
    • 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. 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.
    • 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. Prepare an iOpener and apply it on the right edge of the phone for one minute.
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it on the right edge of the phone for one minute.

  10. 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.
    • 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. Slide the third opening pick around the top right corner and across the top side of the phone, slicing the final strip of adhesive. Slide the third opening pick around the top right corner and across the top side of the phone, slicing the final strip of adhesive.
    • 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. 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. Do not try to pull the panel all the way off yet, as it is still connected to the phone.
    • 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. 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.
    • 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.

    “and test all functions before sealing it up.”

    Pretty sure I wont be sealing this up for a few hours, might be worth removing this part of the sentence as it’s confusing…

    Geoff B - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Geoff B: These are good instructions. Any technician worth his or her salt will test the device for functionality before sealing it up. That’s why it reads, “During reassembly…and test all functions before sealing it up.” Not confusing if you read and comprehend the full pin.

    Jeana Morales - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    • 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. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the battery connector shield. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the battery connector shield.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the battery connector shield.

  15. 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.
    • 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.

    I had the piece from the cable break off inside the connector. How would I go about getting it out

    Dylan DVP - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  16. 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. 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.
    • 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. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 4.1 mm screws securing the back panel connector cover.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 4.1 mm screws securing the back panel connector cover.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to use the same (orange) color circles as the other 4.1mm screw?

    Mark Kanzler - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Maybe Google did it to avoid exchange in the models where they differ

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  18. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the back panel connector cover. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the back panel connector cover.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the back panel connector cover.

  19. Using the pointed end of a spudger, pry up and disconnect the back panel connector. Using the pointed end of a spudger, pry up and disconnect the back panel connector.
    • Using the pointed end of a spudger, pry up and disconnect the back panel connector.

  20. Remove the back panel.
    • 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. Gently pry back the battery adhesive pull tab to allow easier access to the screws underneath it. Gently pry back the battery adhesive pull tab to allow easier access to the screws underneath it.
    • Gently pry back the battery adhesive pull tab to allow easier access to the screws underneath it.

  22. Remove the three T3 Torx screws securing the rear-facing camera connector cover:
    • Remove the three T3 Torx screws securing the rear-facing camera connector cover:

    • One 2.7 mm screw

    • One 4.1 mm screw

    • One 4.2 mm screw

  23. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the rear-facing camera connector cover. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the rear-facing camera connector cover.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the rear-facing camera connector cover.

  24. Remove the three T3 Torx screws securing the front-facing camera connector cover:
    • Remove the three T3 Torx screws securing the front-facing camera connector cover:

    • One 4.1 mm screw

    • One 4.0 mm shouldered screw

    • One 4.1 mm shouldered screw

  25. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front-facing camera connector cover. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front-facing camera connector cover.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front-facing camera connector cover.

  26. Using the pointed end of a spudger, pry the camera and sensor connectors straight up from the motherboard. Using the pointed end of a spudger, pry the camera and sensor connectors straight up from the motherboard. Using the pointed end of a spudger, pry the camera and sensor connectors straight up from the motherboard.
    • Using the pointed end of a spudger, pry the camera and sensor connectors straight up from the motherboard.

  27. Disconnect the additional sensor connector. This cable is secured to the phone with some light adhesive.
    • Disconnect the additional sensor connector.

    • This cable is secured to the phone with some light adhesive.

  28. Remove the three T3 Torx screws securing the front camera and sensor assembly:
    • Remove the three T3 Torx screws securing the front camera and sensor assembly:

    • Two 2.7 mm screws

    • One 3.1 mm screw

  29. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front camera and sensor assembly. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front camera and sensor assembly. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front camera and sensor assembly.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front camera and sensor assembly.

    Additional Sensor from Step 28 is held down with adhesive. Gently pry up on cable to remove sensor assembly.

    Devon Sherouse - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  30. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the four 3.5 mm screws securing the display connector cover.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the four 3.5 mm screws securing the display connector cover.

  31. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the display connector cover. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the display connector cover.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the display connector cover.

  32. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the display connector from the motherboard. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the display connector from the motherboard.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the display connector from the motherboard.

  33. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the 2.7 mm screw securing the motherboard to the frame.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the 2.7 mm screw securing the motherboard to the frame.

  34. Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the side buttons connector from the motherboard. Disconnect the two rear-facing camera connectors from the motherboard. Disconnect the two rear-facing camera connectors from the motherboard.
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the side buttons connector from the motherboard.

    • Disconnect the two rear-facing camera connectors from the motherboard.

    The screw on the top left of the motherboard is out in this picture, but removal is not included in previous steps. It’s still visible in Step 30.

    cbryancan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Thank you! Good catch. I’ve added a new step for removing that screw.

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  35. Disconnect the earpiece speaker connector from the motherboard.
    • Disconnect the earpiece speaker connector from the motherboard.

  36. Disconnect the two grip sensor connectors from the motherboard. Disconnect the charge port connector from the motherboard. Disconnect the charge port connector from the motherboard.
    • Disconnect the two grip sensor connectors from the motherboard.

    • Disconnect the charge port connector from the motherboard.

  37. Use the pointed end of a spudger and pry up gently to unclip the top antenna connector from the motherboard. Disconnect the bottom antenna connector. Disconnect the bottom antenna connector.
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger and pry up gently to unclip the top antenna connector from the motherboard.

    • Disconnect the bottom antenna connector.

  38. Using a spudger, pivot the top end of the motherboard up and out of the phone's frame. Using a spudger, pivot the top end of the motherboard up and out of the phone's frame.
    • Using a spudger, pivot the top end of the motherboard up and out of the phone's frame.

  39. Slowly lift out the motherboard, being careful not to snag any ribbon cable connectors. The rear-facing camera module connectors loop around the motherboard, and the camera module is not secured to the phone, so it may lift out with the motherboard during this step. Completely remove the motherboard.
    • Slowly lift out the motherboard, being careful not to snag any ribbon cable connectors.

    • The rear-facing camera module connectors loop around the motherboard, and the camera module is not secured to the phone, so it may lift out with the motherboard during this step.

    • Completely remove the motherboard.

    • When reinstalling the motherboard, check that no ribbon cable connectors are caught underneath.

    I was able to remove and replace the camera module without completely removing the motherboard from the body. It makes sense to do the disconnections so no cables are broken, but might not be worth completely removing the motherboard.

    cbryancan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

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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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