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This repair guide was authored by the iFixit staff and hasn’t been endorsed by Google. Learn more about our repair guides here.

Follow this guide to remove or replace the glass back cover for the Pixel 3. This procedure is necessary to access the Pixel’s internals.

You’ll need some double-sided tape (such as Tesa tape) in order to adhere the transferred components.

  1. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Weaken the back cover's adhesive: step 1, image 1 of 1
  2. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Create a gap in the seam: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Create a gap in the seam: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Create a gap in the seam: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a suction cup to the heated bottom edge of the back cover.

    • Make sure you did not mistake the screen side for the back cover side.

    • If your back cover is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere.

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

    • Depending on how aged your phone is, this may take significant force. If you are having trouble, apply more heat and try again.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't use metal tools to pry, or you'll mar or shatter the glass back cover. If the panel won't budge, apply more heat, either with a hair dryer or heat gun.

  3. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • When inserting an opening pick above the power button, be careful not to insert the pick too deeply, or you will damage the fingerprint sensor cable.

  4. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Slice the adhesive along the bottom edge of the phone and around the right corner.

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

  5. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Heat the right edge with an iOpener and continue slicing the adhesive with an opening pick.

    • The adhesive can be very gummy. Push the pick in and out in a sawing motion to help with slicing.

  6. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Continue heating and slicing through the rest of the phone perimeter. Leave a pick in each edge to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

    • When slicing above the power button, do not insert the pick more than halfway in to avoid damaging the fingerprint sensor cable.

  7. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Lift the left edge of the back cover: step 7, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Lift the left edge of the back cover: step 7, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Lift the left edge of the back cover: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Once you have sliced around the perimeter of the phone, carefully lift the left edge of the back cover.

    • Do not attempt to remove the back cover. It is still attached to the phone by the fingerprint sensor cable.

    • Flip the back cover along its long axis and rest it so that the fingerprint sensor cable is not strained.

    • Remove the two 4.1 mm long Phillips screws securing the fingerprint connector bracket.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

    • During reassembly, be careful not to over-tighten these screws, or you may damage your display.

  8. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Remove the fingerprint connector bracket: step 9, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Remove the fingerprint connector bracket: step 9, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Remove the fingerprint connector bracket: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to slide the fingerprint connector bracket out from under the NFC coil.

    • Remove the fingerprint connector bracket.

  9. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint connector: step 10, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint connector: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the fingerprint connector from its socket.

    • When you disconnect connectors like these, be careful not to dislodge the small surface-mounted components surrounding the socket.

    • 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.

  10. Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 11, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 11, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Back Cover Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the back cover.

    • Before you install a replacement back cover, be sure to remove all adhesive residue from the phone frame. Use an opening tool to scrape and high concentration isopropyl alcohol to clean the surface.

    • If you are re-using the back cover, be sure to clean off any adhesive, and apply new back cover adhesive.

    • If you are installing a replacement back cover, be sure compare it with the original part. Transfer any remaining parts (such as the flash diffuser) over to your replacement part.

Sonuç

Follow these steps if you need to transfer the fingerprint sensor to your replacement back cover.

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

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Google Pixel 3 Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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My back cover would not come off by just using an iOpener. After getting a heat gun and applying the heat to the bottom corners I was able to get the adhesive weak enough to pry open.

Anthony Laskowski - Yanıt

Where I can buy a GENUINE back cover for my Pixel 3? Does anybody know?

FabianoD - Yanıt

Where can I buy all the tools needed to repair my Pixel 3?

karenleehanna - Yanıt

How do you ensure the back cover is waterproof after putting it on? The precut adhesive card turns out just to be a roll of tesa tape, it would be nice if it actually had round cutouts, or large rectangular sections to custom cut to ensure water proofing around fingerprint sensor, and camera flash led.

Daniel Patterson - Yanıt

Hi Daniel,

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to ensure water resistance after a repair, as the factory adhesive is applied using specialty tools. I’d suggest sealing it the best you can with adhesive and using a water resistant case.

On the adhesive product page, you can find the adhesive card under the first pull-down menu. The adhesive card does have rounded corners and cutouts for this purpose.

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