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

Due to the Pixel’s design, you will have to remove the back panel in order to disconnect the screen connector.

Before you begin this procedure, be sure to have a set of replacement adhesives for both the back panel and the screen.

This procedure will almost always destructively remove the Pixel 4 XL’s screen. OLEDs cease to work when exposed to oxygen or moisture, and are thus sealed in an airtight encapsulation (this is also why OLED panels turn black underneath a screen crack). It is very difficult to replace the front glass alone— the Pixel’s OLED layers are laminated to the glass, and the screen will come out as one unit.

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.

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    • 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

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  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.

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  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. Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the display near the power button for one minute.
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the display near the power button for one minute.

  34. This process will almost always destroy the OLED display panel. Only proceed if you are replacing an already-broken screen. Apply a suction cup to the heated edge of the screen. If your display 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 screen.
    • This process will almost always destroy the OLED display panel. Only proceed if you are replacing an already-broken screen.

    • Apply a suction cup to the heated edge of the screen.

    • If your display 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 screen.

    • Pull up on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap between the screen and the frame.

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

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

    • Depending on the age of your phone, this may take significant force. If you are having trouble, apply more heat and try again.

  35. Slide the opening pick down the right bezel of the phone, between the display and the frame, to slice the adhesive. Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner.
    • Slide the opening pick down the right bezel of the phone, between the display and the frame, to slice the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner.

  36. Insert a second opening pick underneath the screen in the top left corner of the phone, near the front-facing camera cutout. If this is difficult, you may need to reapply an iOpener to the upper edge of the screen.
    • Insert a second opening pick underneath the screen in the top left corner of the phone, near the front-facing camera cutout.

    • If this is difficult, you may need to reapply an iOpener to the upper edge of the screen.

    • Slide the opening pick around the corner and down the left side of the phone, stopping about halfway down, and leave the pick inserted.

  37. Insert a third opening pick under the screen in the middle of the right edge of the phone and twist to separate the screen. Insert a third opening pick under the screen in the middle of the right edge of the phone and twist to separate the screen.
    • Insert a third opening pick under the screen in the middle of the right edge of the phone and twist to separate the screen.

  38. Tilt the screen up along the left edge of the phone. Don't fully remove the screen yet, as the display cable is still routed through the phone's frame.
    • Tilt the screen up along the left edge of the phone.

    • Don't fully remove the screen yet, as the display cable is still routed through the phone's frame.

  39. Slide the display connector out of the hole near the motherboard to separate the screen from the rest of the phone.
    • Slide the display connector out of the hole near the motherboard to separate the screen from the rest of the phone.

    • You may need to tilt the screen side to side to allow the connector to slide through the hole on the phone's frame.

    • The connector will slide out without any force.

  40. Remove the screen.
    • Remove the screen.

    • You will have to carefully thread the replacement screen's display cable through the motherboard cutout. If you are having trouble, you can always loosen and partially remove the motherboard.

    • Follow this guide for instructions on how to apply adhesive to the replacement screen.

    • Be sure to test your repairs before you affix the screen with adhesives.

    • If you are using Tesa tape to reattach the screen, follow this guide.

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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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If you’re only replacing the screen, can you just skip to Step 34?

Gerson - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Because the front-facing camera module is partially embedded in the screen, it’s recommended that you remove it before attempting a screen repair. You won’t have to worry about damaging or realigning the module during reassembly!

Carsten Frauenheim -

Hi, I bought an OEM screen to replace my broken one: how can I make sure the OEM replacement is an original one and not simply a comaptible screen of lower quality?

Giovanni Stoto - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

If I'm only replacing the front screen which steps do I need to do and which can I skip?

Marlena Cremeens - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

The Pixel 4 XL’s layout requires the rear panel to be removed in order to disconnect the display connector, which is necessary to do prior to removing & replacing the display. This guide is that entire process, so no steps should be skipped. Happy fixing!

Carsten Frauenheim -

This guide was incredibly well written and the photos were perfect. I have ZERO experience working on small electronics/phones but I was able to complete this repair in 2hrs15mins. As the author and everyone says; take your time to clean surfaces of old adhesive before you reinstall. I was glad to see that the replacement screen was same part/quality as original. This repair fixed my touch screen not functioning issue. The specialty tools they included with repair kit were exactly what was needed and helpful. The included alcohol swab saved me because I ran out of rubbing alcohol in my house. This was my first purchase from ifixit and I’m pleased to say it went extremely well and I will definitely be a repeat customer! Thank you to the author of this guide! You and ifixit saved me a lot of money! :-)

Andrew Stagge - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Great instructions. Everything was easy to follow and although i had some issues with removing the front cracked screen, i eventually managed to do it. All tools are of sufficient quality, although not as good as the tools included in ifixit’s larger tool kits.

I don’t think the screen is nearly as good as the original and although i don’t know how hard it is to source these things, there is a good deal more color shift when viewing off axis.

All in all i think this kit screams premium from the very second you receive the box and you really feel like you just bought something well thought out and considered. My only gripe is that the “How to Apply Custom-cut adhesives” instructions call specifically for “…high concentration (>90%) isopropyl alcohol…” but then ifixit includes a single 70% pad in their kit.

My front screen replacement took me nearly 3 hours and 15 minutes, 2 Founders Breakfast Stouts, a boat load of isopropyl alcohol, q tips, coffee filters and 6 trips to the microwave to heat up the iOpener.

Colby Wertz - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

It was very usefull and the repair kit was amazing! My friends couldn’t believe I did myself.

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