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This guide is to replace a broken screen on the Nexus 6.

With a SIM card eject tool (a paperclip will work as well), push down on the hole at the top of the phone until the SIM card holder releases. This should not take much pressure.
  • With a SIM card eject tool (a paperclip will work as well), push down on the hole at the top of the phone until the SIM card holder releases. This should not take much pressure.

  • Remove the SIM card and the SIM card holder.

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  • Lay out a soft cloth on your workspace to prevent scratching the screen in this and future steps.

  • Pry open the back casing using the soft plastic opening pick.

    • Be careful of the Power & Volume Key ribbon on the left side just next to the volume key. The ribbon is exposed and could be damaged with the opening tool.

  • Carefully pull the back casing apart from the rest of the phone with your hands. Because the casing is glued to the rest of the phone, this step may require some force. Don't be alarmed if the casing flexes a bit.

  • You may need an iOpener to loosen up the adhesive. Check out the iOpener Instructions for info on how to use it.

  • You can use a Small Suction Cup on the bottom corner to slightly lift up the back casing and help slipping the tool under the cover.

Dave Lee on YouTube has a much more helpful note on removing the back cover. That video is available at: https://youtu.be/Yk1CGk0TZAw?t=1m20s

Taylor Says So - Antwoord

the adhesive is actually quite strong (mild is the wrong term here), even after lots of heat I still struggled to remove the back cover easily. BE CAREFUL of the volume/power flex cable at the side and top left, it is completely exposed when you attempt to pry the back plate off. I got lucky.

Andrew - Antwoord

I would recommend using a utility kniofe (make sure you have a new blade) to pry open the back case just a bit, and then slide in a playing card, fingers, pick tool or whatever else you have.

The YouTube video note about sticking a needle through a hole in the SIM slot would have worked fine if I had a needle...

Ada m Lacey - Antwoord

I was able to use a spudger to get around the tape. If it is really bad you can use a hair dryer if you don't have a heat gun to help loosen the adhesive.

Ryan - Antwoord

After removing the sim card, note the hole near the edge angled toward the back cover. Stick the sim removal tool (or a strudy earring post if not long enough) to start off the back cover removal process.

Lindsay - Antwoord

Remove the twenty-two 2.3 mm T3 Torx screws with the T3 Torx Screwdriver.
  • Remove the twenty-two 2.3 mm T3 Torx screws with the T3 Torx Screwdriver.

The screws are T4. Not T3. I just performed a battery replacement on my Nexus 6 5/15/2017. All 22 screws are T4. Even the one holding the volume and power buttons in place.

Ryan - Antwoord

Right. while possible with a T3, it grinds out the center of the screws, making a hassle for the next guy who has to get in there. T4 feels secure.

Thor - Antwoord

Thanks for the heads up. about to start the surgery on the old baby. Turns out that on my phone its T3. Makes me wonder if they varied the screws from batch to batch at the factory, certainly looks like it

mrdamnslow - Antwoord

If you're using iFixit's tools then T3 should be the correct size, but T4 may work as well. There's probably a bit of variance in the sizes and manufacturing tolerances depending on who made your tools. Bottom line, try a T3 and if that doesn't feel right, move up a size (which is a good rule of thumb for any screw you encounter).

Jeff Suovanen - Antwoord

my T4 drivers are too large. T3 has always worked for me on the back panel.

Steve B - Antwoord

I got this kit: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-73-Piece... as I thought I had bits small enough already, so didn’t order them with the battery. Rather than wait for shipping after finding out I was mistaken, I just ran out and grabbed this since it had T3 and T4 (nothing else I found in store or online for Lowes or Walmart did).

The T3 bit fit all my screws snuggly; the T4 bit was too big. So clearly, this is a “YMMV” based on the screws either being different depending on manuf. batch, or based on different tolerances between bits. Hence why I linked the exact one I used (Item #856840 @ Lowes).

Tim Fisher - Antwoord

With tweezers, remove the rubber protector on the lower part of the phone. With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector revealed. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors here. Completely separate the battery side from the motherboard side by gently pulling the sides apart with your hands.
  • With tweezers, remove the rubber protector on the lower part of the phone.

  • With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector revealed. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors here.

  • Completely separate the battery side from the motherboard side by gently pulling the sides apart with your hands.

This step MUST also include a note to disconnect the power and volume ribbon cable and cover at the top left of the device.

Taylor Says So - Antwoord

Hi Taylor. I just completed this guide and it was not required to disconnect the power and volume ribbon at this step. Both connected ribbon are part of the mid frame.

Gaetan -

Hi Gaetan, Taylor is right, you need to document that the power switch & volume connector (left top under the rubber) is to be disconnected from the motherboard when you disassemble. - Worse if you do not comment on it, this becomes an serious issue when you assembly the phone again! Most people will ignore the fact, they have to connect the cable again. Otherwise the power switch will not work. People will get mad, because they don't identify the root cause, why the phone does not start again), as the rubber does not show, the disconnected cable. It took my a least an hour before I worked through all connectors, after I already tried to run through all the 'Nexus 6 does not start' comments on the Internet, which aren't the root cause here.

Michael Pirker -

Yes, I realised this after I’d put the phone back together and the power and volume ribbon cable had been disconnected in the process without me realising it. My Nexus 6 is nearly 4 years old now but the phone is back to new! Thanks for the advice guys.

Alistair B. -

The bottom right cable is not a ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connector, it does not have a latch, the connectors are little copper clips and the connector needs to be pulled with some force upwards to disconnect.

Isak - Antwoord

This is definitely not a ZIF connector. Not only does it require a fair amount of force (relative to the connector size) to push on, it can be extremely stubborn to remove--especially with nearly two years of age on the fragile plastic available for pulling. There is a pull tab (of sorts) on the connector, but mine snapped right off. Luckily, the parts that are likely to break are all part of the battery assembly. The new battery comes with a new cable.

Lampshade -

To separate the battery section and motherboard sides you don't pull up the black swiss cheese plastic cover, just run your fingernail along the side in between the blue metal and the black edge of the screen.

Kevin Edwards - Antwoord

thanks a lot kevin you saved me. This guide should be a bit more precise...

guyom -

As Taylor said, by the camera lens there is another rubber peice, take that out and disconnect that cable, and make sure to reconnect it afterwards. That cable connects your buttons to the mobo.

Nick Myers - Antwoord

I did exactly everything described in this guide and my Nexus 6 front camera still does not correspond with the camera app. Is there something I am missing and is there anyone else with a similar problem to mine. I am thinking of cleaning the connector with rubbing alcohol or something similar.

ajqwerty93 - Antwoord

"detatching" is a typo. :-(

Tim Wong - Antwoord

With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector for the smallest ribbon cable in the center. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors here Use tweezers to release the ribbon cable.
  • With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector for the smallest ribbon cable in the center. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors here

  • Use tweezers to release the ribbon cable.

It would be instructive to add that one needs to remove the whole ribbon assembly by lifting the whole thing from its semi-fixed position on the motherboard. I did so using the blunt end of a spudger to lift the two small flaps along the right edge of the motherboard and lifting the whole complex off the motherboard with tweezers.

Taylor Says So - Antwoord

I need to replace my screen and digitizer. Can I do this using your instructions?

Gabriel - Antwoord

With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector of the big ribbon cable on the side of the phone. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors here. Use tweezers to release the ribbon cable completely.
  • With a spudger, unlatch the ZIF connector of the big ribbon cable on the side of the phone. See instructions for detatching ZIF connectors here.

  • Use tweezers to release the ribbon cable completely.

    • This connector and the ribbon are attached with a piece of amber anti-static tape. Make sure to release the tape from the ribbon before to pull it out of the connector.

This ZIF connector is covered in amber anti-static tape, which needs to be released from the connector side before the ribbon can safely be pulled free.

Taylor Says So - Antwoord

The white/cream colored ZIF connector completely snapped off when I tried to close the connector after reinserting the cable. Be careful! Maybe I wasn’t gentle enough.

Thomas Pack - Antwoord

Remove the 2.3 mm T3 Torx screw on the top of the phone.
  • Remove the 2.3 mm T3 Torx screw on the top of the phone.

When removing this screw, does the aluminum bracket that’s sandwiched by the insert and screw supposed to fall off freely or does it stay on the motherboard?

Jerry - Antwoord

The aluminum bracket fell off freely from my phone. You will notice the photo in Step 10 doesn’t show the bracket.

Thomas Pack - Antwoord

Peel the motherboard off of the screen with your hands.
  • Peel the motherboard off of the screen with your hands.

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Remove the screen from the motherboard. Remove the screen from the motherboard.
  • Remove the screen from the motherboard.

Any chance of getting some further breakdown for the phones glass screen? In case someone happens to break theirs?

jackacemonkey - Antwoord

Is it possible to remove the lcd from the glass?In case only my glass broke can i replace just glass alone?

Jenzo Thomas - Antwoord

Conclusie

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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its not antistatic tape its actually just Kapton tape and its ment only to protect the ZIF housing and keep the tabs from accidentally opening while being assembled along the line

Brian Grothouse - Antwoord

Is there any way to buy just the digitizer if so where and how much

Jason Larot - Antwoord

Si può sostituire solo il vetro esterno o tutto il display?

Alessandro Carbone - Antwoord

be careful transferring the ear piece and microphone piece inserts from the old assembly to the new one, **if your replacement assembly does not come with those inserts already in place. ive cracked a few glasses on new assemblies just during this often overlooked step.

Steve B - Antwoord

Shortly after I initially bought this device, there was a screen defect and I wanted to get it fixed. My insurance guided me to a local store that was ‘certified’ for Motorola device repairs. I talked to them on the phone before the trip, but when I got there, the tech freaked out and said, ‘The nexus 6 is the only one we don’t do because it’s so complex.’ Needless to say I was disappointed. My insurance then let me send it out to them and they took care of it. Well fast forward to last week when I cracked the screen and OMG!! All I could think about was that tech. Insurance coverage had lapsed so it was try on my own or fork over a kidney for something new. I was totally not looking forward to this. I found this guide and I can’t believe how easy it was to replace the screen!!! This was a life saver!!

Thank you so much!!

Reginald K.

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