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This guide shows how to remove and replace a worn out battery for your Pixel 3 XL.

For your safety, discharge your battery below 25% before disassembling your phone. This reduces the risk of a dangerous thermal event if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

Replacing the battery requires un-gluing the wireless charging coil from it and transferring the coil to a replacement battery.

  1. Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the back panel for a 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. While you wait, note the following areas on the back panel:
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the back panel for a 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.

    • While you wait, note the following areas on the back panel:

    • Strong adhesive—there are large patches of adhesive near the bottom of the phone.

    • Fingerprint sensor cable—be careful not to slice through the cable as you pry

  2. Apply a suction cup to the heated edge of the back panel, as close to the edge as possible. Pull up on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap. Depending on the age of your phone, this may be difficult. If you are having trouble, apply heat to the edge and try again.
    • Apply a suction cup to the heated edge of the back panel, as close to the edge as possible.

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

    • 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.

    Suction cup doesn’t work on severely cracked glass.

    Jeffrey Kongthong - 답글

    Step 1 - 2 took me about 50 minutes. Back and forth with heat and trying with suction cup. I could get my finger nail in but not the pick. Took two people, but we finally got a pick in. 2 year old phone.

    Andrew Messier - 답글

    Took about 15 minutes and three total attempts. On the third attempt, I also used a thinner, metal, pick to widen the gap just enough for the plastic pick to fit (Though be careful as you can easily break it with a metal pick). The phone is three years old.

    Hotohori - 답글

    Could not get in with the pick or in from the side. Targeted the bottom of the phone with the iOpener and managed to gently create some space for the pick with the opener tool.

    Daniel R. - 답글

  3. Slide the opening pick along the right edge to slice through the adhesive. The adhesive gums up and becomes hard to slice once it cools. If that happens, re-apply heat to the edge to make slicing easier. Once you have sliced through the edge, leave an opening pick in the seam to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.
    • Slide the opening pick along the right edge to slice through the adhesive.

    • The adhesive gums up and becomes hard to slice once it cools. If that happens, re-apply heat to the edge to make slicing easier.

    • Once you have sliced through the edge, leave an opening pick in the seam to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  4. Apply a heated iOpener to the bottom of the back panel for a minute.
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the bottom of the back panel for a minute.

  5. Use an opening pick to slice around the bottom right corner and continue along the bottom edge of the phone. Work slowly as you slice around the corner to prevent the panel from cracking. If the slicing becomes hard, re-apply heat. Leave a pick in the edge to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.
    • Use an opening pick to slice around the bottom right corner and continue along the bottom edge of the phone.

    • Work slowly as you slice around the corner to prevent the panel from cracking. If the slicing becomes hard, re-apply heat.

    • Leave a pick in the edge to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  6. Continue heating and slicing the remaining edges of the phone. Be careful as you slice along the left edge of the phone. If your pick feels like it's stuck near the top, you may have snagged the fingerprint sensor. Retract the pick out of the seam slightly and try again. Be sure to cut through the thick portions of adhesive near the bottom and right edge of the phone.
    • Continue heating and slicing the remaining edges of the phone.

    • Be careful as you slice along the left edge of the phone. If your pick feels like it's stuck near the top, you may have snagged the fingerprint sensor. Retract the pick out of the seam slightly and try again.

    • Be sure to cut through the thick portions of adhesive near the bottom and right edge of the phone.

  7. Gently pry up the right edge of the back panel.
    • Gently pry up the right edge of the back panel.

    • Use an opening pick to slice through any remaining adhesive along the edges.

  8. Swing the right edge of the back panel upwards and rest the flipped panel along the left side of the phone. Be sure to maintain slack on the fingerprint sensor cable and prevent it from being pinched. 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.
    • Swing the right edge of the back panel upwards and rest the flipped panel along the left side of the phone.

    • Be sure to maintain slack on the fingerprint sensor cable and prevent it from being pinched.

    • 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.

    • During reassembly, follow this guide to install custom-cut adhesives for your back panel.

  9. User tweezers to carefully peel up and remove the yellow tape over the fingerprint sensor connector.
    • User tweezers to carefully peel up and remove the yellow tape over the fingerprint sensor connector.

  10. Use the point of a spudger to carefully flip up the black lock bar on the fingerprint sensor's ZIF socket. Grasp the cable's tab with your fingers or tweezers and gently walk the flex cable out of the socket. To prevent shorting, be careful not to touch the metal contacts on the flex cable with your tweezers.
    • Use the point of a spudger to carefully flip up the black lock bar on the fingerprint sensor's ZIF socket.

    • Grasp the cable's tab with your fingers or tweezers and gently walk the flex cable out of the socket.

    • To prevent shorting, be careful not to touch the metal contacts on the flex cable with your tweezers.

  11. Remove the back panel.
    • Remove the back panel.

  12. Remove the following four T3 screws securing the metal cover bracket:
    • Remove the following four T3 screws securing the metal cover bracket:

    • Three 4 mm long screws

    • One 3 mm long screw

    Be careful when putting the screws back in that you do not over tighten. This will cause you to destroy some pixels on your screen.

    Brian Retterer - 답글

  13. Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the top right edge of the metal bracket and pry up to loosen it. Remove the metal cover bracket.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the top right edge of the metal bracket and pry up to loosen it.

    • Remove the metal cover bracket.

  14. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from its socket. Do not use metal tools to to disconnect the battery, or you will risk shorting the battery. Bend the battery cable such that the connector will not accidentally touch the socket.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from its socket.

    • Do not use metal tools to to disconnect the battery, or you will risk shorting the battery.

    • Bend the battery cable such that the connector will not accidentally touch the socket.

  15. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the charging coil connector from motherboard near the right edge of the phone. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the charging coil connector from motherboard near the right edge of the phone.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the charging coil connector from motherboard near the right edge of the phone.

  16. Insert the point of an opening pick underneath one edge of the charging coil. Slide the pick along the edge to loosen the adhesive. Slice as deep as you can while taking care not to puncture the battery's surface.
    • Insert the point of an opening pick underneath one edge of the charging coil.

    • Slide the pick along the edge to loosen the adhesive.

    • Slice as deep as you can while taking care not to puncture the battery's surface.

    This step is completely not needed. The new battery already had a coil attached so i didn’t need to remove the coil from the old battery.

    Mike Moffit - 답글

  17. Tilt the edge you have been slicing upwards. While holding the phone in a tilted position, apply a few drops of adhesive remover or high concentration isopropyl alcohol along the edge.
    • Tilt the edge you have been slicing upwards.

    • While holding the phone in a tilted position, apply a few drops of adhesive remover or high concentration isopropyl alcohol along the edge.

    • Keep the phone in that position for a minute or two to allow the adhesive to soften.

  18. Insert the flat end of an opening pick underneath a corner of the charging coil. Push the pick slowly and firmly under the coil to loosen the adhesive. The adhesive is mostly around the perimeter of the wireless coil. Use the opening pick to slowly slice through the adhesive.
    • Insert the flat end of an opening pick underneath a corner of the charging coil.

    • Push the pick slowly and firmly under the coil to loosen the adhesive.

    • The adhesive is mostly around the perimeter of the wireless coil. Use the opening pick to slowly slice through the adhesive.

    • If the adhesive feels difficult to slice through, tilt the phone up and apply a few more drops of adhesive remover.

  19. Remove the wireless charging coil.
    • Remove the wireless charging coil.

    • To install a replacement coil:

    • Be sure to clean off the battery surface of any adhesive residue. Be very careful not to puncture the battery.

    • Connect the wireless coil connector to its motherboard socket. This ensures that the coil is properly aligned.

    • Peel off any adhesive backing on the replacement coil.

    • Lay the coil on top of the battery and firmly press it into position.

  20. The next two steps show how to disconnect the button array connector so you won't accidentally damage it when you pry the battery out. Remove the two 3 mm-long T3 screws securing the button array connector bracket.
    • The next two steps show how to disconnect the button array connector so you won't accidentally damage it when you pry the battery out.

    • Remove the two 3 mm-long T3 screws securing the button array connector bracket.

    • Remove the button array connector bracket.

  21. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the button array connector from its motherboard socket.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the button array connector from its motherboard socket.

  22. Insert the point of a spudger into the gap along the top edge of the battery. Slowly slide the point along the gap to lift up and detach the insulating tape from the battery. Fold the tape away from the battery.
    • Insert the point of a spudger into the gap along the top edge of the battery.

    • Slowly slide the point along the gap to lift up and detach the insulating tape from the battery.

    • Fold the tape away from the battery.

    this photo shows the volume/power cable above the battery detached, but that step is not included in any of the instructions (including removing the metal cover). I highly recommend detaching that cable and being very careful, lest you sever it like I did.

    Ryan Yazel - 답글

  23. Carefully slide the point of a spudger underneath the yellow battery pull tabs folded along the top edge of the battery. Separate the pull tabs from the battery. Separate the pull tabs from the battery.
    • Carefully slide the point of a spudger underneath the yellow battery pull tabs folded along the top edge of the battery.

    • Separate the pull tabs from the battery.

  24. There are steep, sharp edges near the top of the battery, that can easily break the adhesive strip as it's being pulled out. Insert the flat end of an opening pick into the gap above the battery, behind a yellow pull tab.
    • There are steep, sharp edges near the top of the battery, that can easily break the adhesive strip as it's being pulled out.

    • Insert the flat end of an opening pick into the gap above the battery, behind a yellow pull tab.

    • Wedge the pick firmly underneath the battery. The pick will serve as a buffer for the adhesive strip as well as a prying point.

  25. Pull on the yellow adhesive pull tab with slow steady force. Try your best to pull it as shallow of an angle (vs. straight up) as possible. As you pull on the adhesive tab, maintain pressure on the opening pick to wedge it underneath the battery as much as possible.
    • Pull on the yellow adhesive pull tab with slow steady force. Try your best to pull it as shallow of an angle (vs. straight up) as possible.

    • As you pull on the adhesive tab, maintain pressure on the opening pick to wedge it underneath the battery as much as possible.

    • If the adhesive feels stuck, you can apply a few drops of adhesive remover or high concentration isopropyl alcohol into the gap to help loosen the battery. Doing this will most likely loosen both strips at once.

    • Repeat the process with the second adhesive pull tab.

    • Remove the battery.

    • Do not reuse the battery after it has been removed, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

    • To install a replacement battery:

    • Remove any remaining adhesive from the battery well.

    • Temporarily re-connect the battery connector to its motherboard socket. This ensures that the battery will be properly aligned.

    • Apply stretch release adhesive strips, double-sided tape, or pre-cut adhesive strips.

    • Lay the battery in the phone and press it firmly in place.

    • Disconnect the battery connector from its motherboard socket and resume reassembly.

    While the nobel work of ifixit and the supporters goes unquestioned…. why only bring us halfway? Which pieces of the tesa for the battery, coil and….? Which direction does the adhesive template go on… a few more pictures and you walk us across the finish line.

    Thanks just the same

    Rod Romo - 답글

결론

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

For optimal performance, calibrate your newly installed battery: Charge it to 100% and keep charging it for at least 2 more hours. Then use your device until it shuts off due to low battery. Finally, charge it uninterrupted to 100%.

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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Very helpful, thank you! I was able to replace my battery pretty easily thanks to this guide.

Gabriel Frederick - 답글

Hey. After installing ney battery and new usb port my Pixel 3 has problems with microphones. Its only works with phoning via speakers. can you help me ?

kevin reiter - 답글

Hi Kevin,

Assuming that you did not remove the motherboard (which houses a mic), it sounds like something may be off with the daughterboard, which surrounds the USB port and houses the other microphone. I would suggest carefully disconnecting and re-seating the daughterboard connectors, and making sure that the microphone is aligned to the port.

Arthur Shi -

Thanks for these great instructions.

I followed them, and managed to replace my old Pixel 3 XL battery without any problems.

Luis Ibanez - 답글

What about re attaching the charging coil? The adhesive is now shot on the coil. What should you do to adhere the coil to the new battery?

Glendon sowder - 답글

Hi Glenden,

You can use some strips from the pre-cut adhesive card to re-affix the coil onto the new battery.

Arthur Shi -

just use some of the old adhesive from the cover to tack down the four corners. It is still sticky enough. Once you put the back cover on, it will snug everything nice and tight

rjhv28 -

any recommendation as to where i should buy a good battery?

thank you in advance!

Alessandro Alan Palumbo - 답글

Hi Alessandro,

If you are in the US, we sell replacement batteries and battery kits for the Pixel 3 XL. We stand by the parts we sell and have great customer service if any issue arises.

Arthur Shi -

Used this to replace the back cover, battery and USB board on my Pixel 3xl. Very happy with the parts and tools I ordered from ifixit. Replaced my old elastic band pro tech tool kit with the new magnetic one, and all the other tools with it are a better quality it seems.

Mycahya Eggleston - 답글

Very bummed, replaced battery and now I can not get phone to turn on at all. Have checked and rechecked everything, Ribbon cable from left side (that runs under battery) was cut :(

Any advice appreciated.

Eric Connely - 답글

same. the picture shows that cable being disconnected in the process, but that instruction was not included. I had to order a new cable and will be attempting to replace mine.

Ryan Yazel -

Thanks for the feedback! I’ll add a step to disconnect that cable into this guide.

Arthur Shi -

hello i take the phone to a local store to replace battery and rear camera, all working good but then i notice a black dot on my screen he say that will vanish over time but im not sure whats that?

FooRuki - 답글

how long am i supposed to leave the heating pad on the phone? it’s been around 30 minutes now, and it’s been impossible to insert any picks in the phone

Dimitri Nikolaou - 답글

You should apply the iOpener for about a minute or two. After that, you’d need to reheat the iOpener for it to be hot enough.

If you’re using a heating pad, usually less than 10 minutes at a sufficient temperature should loosen the adhesive.

Arthur Shi -

After I replaced the battery, the system told me that “Plugged in, can’t charge right now”. What does it mean?

Rui Min - 답글

Maybe it is only a bad connection: try to reconnect the battery connetor

Daniele Carminati -

Managed to replace the battery, but the fingerprint sensor stopped working afterwards, and the touchscreen became unresponsive the following day for some reason. A $40 upgrade seemed worthwhile, but $200 makes me feel like I should’ve bought a new phone instead (especially with the software annoyances that the phone had been having as of recent).

Alejandro Romero - 답글

However, I would like to add that the guide was still helpful. I might have damaged some components because I was struggling in trying to remove the back panel.

Alejandro Romero -

My fingerprint scanner also ceased working, but I'm positive I was too handy with the ribbon cable. I could never get the fingerprint unlock to recognize my prints for longer than 3 days after setting them, so no loss for me. sorry to hear about your touch screen though.

Nikolas Sanow -

Success! My 3XL was hit by a projectile and the damage to the battery was causing it to shut off randomly. Followed this guide and the back panel replacement and now I can wait to “upgrade”.

Nikolas Sanow - 답글

Very helpful. Tedious job but very doable.

Randall Akers - 답글

Helpful & great guide!

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