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Use this guide to replace the battery in your Nexus 5X.

Before disassembling your phone, discharge the battery below 25%. If your battery is swollen, do not heat your phone. Swollen batteries can be very dangerous, so wear eye protection and exercise due caution, or take it to a professional if you're not sure how to proceed.

You’ll need replacement adhesive to reattach components when reassembling the device.

  1. Insert a SIM card ejection tool into the hole on the SIM card tray, located on the left edge of the phone. Press in to eject the SIM card tray. Remove the SIM card tray.
    • Insert a SIM card ejection tool into the hole on the SIM card tray, located on the left edge of the phone.

    • Press in to eject the SIM card tray.

    • Remove the SIM card tray.

  2. Place an opening pick in the opening of the SIM card tray slot and twist it sideways to release the first plastic clip that holds the rear panel in its place. Slide the opening pick around the top edge of the phone to release the plastic clips that secure the rear panel. Slide the opening pick around the top edge of the phone to release the plastic clips that secure the rear panel.
    • Place an opening pick in the opening of the SIM card tray slot and twist it sideways to release the first plastic clip that holds the rear panel in its place.

    • Slide the opening pick around the top edge of the phone to release the plastic clips that secure the rear panel.

    A guitar pick is a good substitution for the plastic opening tool.

    Sam Sippe - 답글

    Here’s a photo of the location of the 18 tabs that hold the back cover in place

    Steve - 답글

  3. Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel. Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel. Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel.
    • Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel.

  4. Tilt the opening pick to lift the rear panel a little bit. There are two more plastic clips next to the fingerprint sensor. Release them by gently pulling the rear panel.
    • Tilt the opening pick to lift the rear panel a little bit.

    • There are two more plastic clips next to the fingerprint sensor. Release them by gently pulling the rear panel.

    • Remove the rear panel.

  5. Remove the ten 3.6 mm Phillips screws that secure the midframe.
    • Remove the ten 3.6 mm Phillips screws that secure the midframe.

    Some models use a Y1 screw head.

    Kyle Wright - 답글

  6. Insert an opening pick into the SIM card tray slot and twist the opening pick sideways to release the plastic clips. Insert an opening pick into the SIM card tray slot and twist the opening pick sideways to release the plastic clips.
    • Insert an opening pick into the SIM card tray slot and twist the opening pick sideways to release the plastic clips.

    The photo seems to show that the person is opening from the top, which is the opposite of your advice. So, just want to be clear.

    Robert Konigsberg - 답글

    yes, open from bottom first... the pic above shows the finished product after reaching top of phone. I found it best to actually start close to the right of the usbC connector. Pushing inbetween the 2 tabs and up will release the shell.. then work clockwise.

    Chris Mayberry - 답글

    Chris, your advice to start to the right of the usbC connector was excellent, thank you!

    Robert Konigsberg - 답글

    I found that my middle panel was already broken at the narrowest part just to the left of the 2-D scan code on the battery, perhaps from some ham-fisted previous repair. This seems of little consequence, there do not seem to be any electrical connections running through this part.

    Wiley Sanders - 답글

    After a long amount of prying, I discoved that, if used gently, a jimmy can really help get the plastic off

    Timothy Owens - 답글

    I could not remove the cover with the opening tool but had success with the opening picks (the triangle parts). Just slide them under the cover and gently bend and twist the pick to release the cover from the locks. By the way: it’s perfectly normal for the bottom cover part to come loose from the top cover part. It’s designed that way (they interlock).

    Marco Miltenburg - 답글

    Here’s a photo of the location of the 20 tabs that hold the middle assembly in place, and the pry angle needed.

    Steve - 답글

  7. Continue sliding the opening pick around the upper part of the midframe to release the plastic clips. Continue sliding the opening pick around the upper part of the midframe to release the plastic clips.
    • Continue sliding the opening pick around the upper part of the midframe to release the plastic clips.

  8. Use the plastic pick to pry open the plastic clips on the long edge of the midframe and on the bottom edge. Make sure the clips on the long edge are released. The midframe is prone to break here if they are not disconnected properly.
    • Use the plastic pick to pry open the plastic clips on the long edge of the midframe and on the bottom edge.

    • Make sure the clips on the long edge are released. The midframe is prone to break here if they are not disconnected properly.

  9. Make sure all the clips are free. Carefully remove the midframe.
    • Make sure all the clips are free.

    • Carefully remove the midframe.

  10. Use the edge of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery flex cable located at the bottom right of the motherboard. Use the edge of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery flex cable located at the bottom right of the motherboard.
    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery flex cable located at the bottom right of the motherboard.

  11. Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive beneath the battery. Apply the iOpener on the back of the phone for at least two minutes.
    • Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive beneath the battery. Apply the iOpener on the back of the phone for at least two minutes.

    And all that in 3 minutes.

    No way!!!

    Chris Hibbert - 답글

    Yeah, three minutes is probably not very realistic. I updated the time estimate to something a bit more conservative. :)

    Jeff Suovanen -

    The adhesive on mine was also really strong.

    I had to use a heat gun at about ~110F while applying pressure to get the battery to release

    Brian Stambaugh - 답글

    Seriously? All this, just to change the battery?

    Robin Gregory - 답글

    I was able to spudge the battery out from the bottom edge using a “custom” tool made from an old credit card cut to a width slightly less than the bottom of the battery.

    Wiley Sanders - 답글

    Great tip - I used a credit card too without the need for a heat gun.

    Sam Sippe -

    No need to remove the battery if you only want to get the mainboard out. Just release all the connectors

    Wim Brouwer - 답글

    I’d recommend trying to remove the battery without using heat as my phone failed with the infamous “boot loop” problem less than a week after I changed the battery.

    chilton cabot - 답글

  12. Try your best not to deform the battery during the following removal process. Soft-shell lithium-ion batteries can leak dangerous chemicals, catch fire, or even explode if damaged. Do not use excessive force or pry at the battery with metal tools. Insert the flat end of a spudger under the bottom left corner of the battery and gently pry upwards.
    • Try your best not to deform the battery during the following removal process. Soft-shell lithium-ion batteries can leak dangerous chemicals, catch fire, or even explode if damaged. Do not use excessive force or pry at the battery with metal tools.

    • Insert the flat end of a spudger under the bottom left corner of the battery and gently pry upwards.

    • The adhesive is only located beneath the edges of the battery so there's no need to pry beneath its center.

    • If you are having trouble prying up the battery, the adhesive may not be loose enough. You can apply some isopropyl alcohol under each corner of the battery and allow it to penetrate for several minutes to help weaken the adhesive.

  13. Insert the flat end of a spudger under the bottom right corner of the battery and  gently pry upwards to loosen the remaining adhesive. Insert the flat end of a spudger under the bottom right corner of the battery and  gently pry upwards to loosen the remaining adhesive.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger under the bottom right corner of the battery and gently pry upwards to loosen the remaining adhesive.

  14. Remove the battery.
    • 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.

    • Before installing a new battery remove any remaining adhesive from the phone, and clean the glued areas with isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth.

    • Secure the new battery with pre-cut adhesive or double-sided adhesive tape. In order to position it correctly, apply the new adhesive into the phone at the places where the old adhesive was located, not directly onto the battery. Press the new battery firmly into place for 5-10 seconds.

결론

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

If possible, turn on your phone and test your repair before installing new adhesive and resealing the phone.

For optimal performance, calibrate your newly installed battery: Charge it to 100%, and keep charging it for at least two more hours. Then, use it 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? Check out our Nexus 5X Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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I replaced the battery with a stock LG OEM replacement. Now, 1. Lighting bolt indicator doesn't appear. 2. Doesn't read "Charging" or "Charging Rapidly" on the lock screen. 3. I lost rapid charge; it charges slooooowly. Help!

Thom - 답글

Is the battery supposed to be one hard piece or is it supposed to be squishy as in bendable?

danchee - 답글

I replaced the battery, but I'm still not getting an led or anything on the screen to show it's charging. What else could be the issue?

pocketdrummer - 답글

All went smooth here. Pulled the mainboard out and was able to gently pry the battery free without heat. Rapid charging is working fine. I got an LG battery off Amazon. Didn't cost much more than knock-offs.

Andrew Cook - 답글

worked great for me, in the end used brute force to get the battery off with a terrifying crack.

Terrence Benade - 답글

I replaced screen + battery at the same time (using ifixit replacement battery and display assembly). All went well, pretty easy to do, and the new display looks great. However, my battery appears to be stuck at 50%. I suppose I can pop loose and then try to re-seat the connector. Probably won't help. Has anyone else experienced this issue? Any hints/ideas on how to fix it? Thx

dave white - 답글

Great guide - I used a hairdryer for the heat... Was quite concerned the phone was getting very hot but in the end the battery did start to become unstuck. I also removed the motherboard (disconnecting the two connectors to do so) following Andrew's comment, but had to use heat in the end. Patience is a virtue... All working once back together again; I got a genuine LG replacement on eBay for £15. Hopefully the battery will last a day now - time will tell!

Ollie Steer - 답글

All worked - hardest part was getting the back off - the fixit tool isn’t great to be honest. Hairdryer a better option then the iOpener for getting the battery out.

Rob Wood - 답글

thank you,,,, your instructions were clear and to the tee. Worked like a dream. It was a little scary at first, however, I took my time and did it! thank you again.

TracyN

Tracy Nikol - 답글

Thank you … your instructions were clear and to the tee. It was a little intimidating at first, however, I took my time and was able to switch out my old battery for the new one without any problems. Thank you again.

Tracy Nikol - 답글

Thank you very much! Very clear instructions.

I didn’t have a iOpener kit, so I used the kind of things to keep you warm that you put in the microwave. It’s not too hot so it can’t damage the phone but warm enough for the glue to slightly melt. Then I used a dental floss to separate the adhesive from the battery.

But when I reassembled the phone the fingerprint reader was not working. It was because I damaged the connections which are on the top left above the battery (opposite side of where the battery is connected (step 6). I managed to fix it but I’d advise to be very careful any time you manipulate the phone when removing the battery.

Remi - 답글

Thanks for the guide. I replaced the battery (official LG replacement) last week and so far everything is working properly. Overall it’s not difficult. The only step which is a bit more challenging, is removing the battery itself as it’s “squishy” and the adhesive is rather strong.

But nevertheless I would only do it if really is needed & make sure to take enough time to follow the process carefully. After all it’s clear the phone is not made to dis/re-assemble often as it has a lot of fragile parts (in particular in step 5)

Dieter Termote - 답글

Worth noting that the flat cable between battery and main board is slightly longer than required and arrives straight.

You need to put a fold in it for it to fit, which is easier to do before you place the replacement battery in the sticky slot.

Travis Dixon - 답글

Also that the back panel clips to the camera, not the finger print panel

Travis Dixon - 답글

I was able to slightly pry up one side of the battery, and then used a small hairdryer to loosen the rest of the glue. By slowly and gently prying as I heated the battery, it released from the glue without damage to t he phone. I proceeded with that step very carefully and it all went well. The instructions were very helpful. Everything is working perfectly.

Gary Dolan - 답글

Did everything, no sweat. Battery level now stuck at 50%. Ideas?

spencer.andre - 답글

Just a  thank you. Good job

jay Smithers - 답글

Same here. Battery level stuck at 50% after battery replacement.

Darren Chapman - 답글

Thank you so much. I’ve used this a few times with some issues on my phone, once again saving my bacon!

Heather - 답글

Geht keine 5 Minuten, Danke!

Andreas Soder - 답글

It took less than half an hour to do this, and the phone is back up and running like it was never taken apart.

Outstanding tutorial. The only tip I can really suggest, is take your time, and be patient. It also might help to carefully use an IFixit prying tool to work the corners of the outer case loose, very carefully.

Thanks :)

Brian “Retina Burner” Turner - 답글

Took about 15 minutes. Thanks so very much. With your info I was not treading into the unknown. P.S. I found it easier to to connect the battery and then put the battery into the case.

Robert H Smith - 답글

Much easier than I expected. Took about 10 minutes.

Using a credit card as a spudger to remove the old battery worked like a charm. Didn’t need to use any heat!

Thanks to all for the great suggestions.

richardfrisch - 답글

This worked great for me as well, however now suddenly the sim slot does not detect my sim card anymore :(

Jeroen Tuijn - 답글

Replaced with battery from iFixit. Remains to see if capacity improved. Volume down button did not work after the replacement. Upon further inspection, I found a dislocated resistor on my desk while cleaning up. Sad days.

Opened the sim tray with a 0.1” pin header. Opened back cover clips with the back lever of a pair of nail clippers. Removed battery by heating it with a soldering station heat gun on the lowest setting for a few seconds, then prying it up starting under the flex cable. Experienced the “terrifying crack” mentioned by another commentor.

On the volume button, looks like this reddit commentor had the same issue: https://old.reddit.com/r/nexus5x/comment...

So please be careful with the volume buttons if you’re doing this replacement.

Daniel Walters - 답글

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