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Use this guide to replace the 5G mmWave antenna cable in your Google Pixel 6a.

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

You'll need replacement adhesive in order to complete this repair.

  1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Heat the right edge: adım 1, 1 resimden 1.
    • Completely power off your phone before you begin.

    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • 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.

  2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Screen removal information: adım 2, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Screen removal information: adım 2, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Screen removal information: adım 2, 3 resimden 3.
    • While you're waiting for the adhesive to loosen, take note of the following:

    • Screen seam: This seam separates the screen from the rest of the phone. Do not pry at this seam.

    • Bezel seam: This is where the plastic bezel designed to protect the screen meets the frame. It's held in place by plastic clips. This is where you should pry.

  3. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Insert an opening pick: adım 3, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Insert an opening pick: adım 3, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Insert an opening pick: adım 3, 3 resimden 3.
    • Apply a suction cup to the screen, as close to the center of the right edge as possible.

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

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

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

    • 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.

  4. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Reposition the opening pick: adım 4, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Reposition the opening pick: adım 4, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Reposition the opening pick: adım 4, 3 resimden 3.
    • While still applying suction, pivot the pick upwards to a steep angle.

    • Carefully push the pick in while prying to reposition the opening pick into the bezel seam.

    • Only insert the pick up to 3.5 mm to avoid damaging the internals.

  5. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the right clips: adım 5, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the right clips: adım 5, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the right clips: adım 5, 3 resimden 3.
    • Slide the pick along the right edge to release the plastic clips securing the bezel to the frame.

    • Position the pick at the top-right edge before moving to the next step.

  6. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the top right clips: adım 6, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the top right clips: adım 6, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the top right clips: adım 6, 3 resimden 3.
    • Rotate the opening pick around the top-right corner of the phone to release the clips.

    • Leave the opening pick in the top-right corner to prevent the clips from re-locking.

    • Only insert the pick up to 4 mm to avoid damaging the internals.

  7. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the top clips: adım 7, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the top clips: adım 7, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the top clips: adım 7, 3 resimden 3.
    • Insert a new opening pick into the gap you just created.

    • Slide the pick along the top edge to release the clips.

    • When slicing around the front camera, only insert the pick up to 3 mm to avoid damaging the lens.

  8. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the top left clips: adım 8, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the top left clips: adım 8, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the top left clips: adım 8, 3 resimden 3.
    • Rotate the opening pick around the top-left corner of the phone to release the clips.

    • Leave the opening pick in the top-left corner to prevent the clips from re-locking.

  9. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the left clips: adım 9, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the left clips: adım 9, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the left clips: adım 9, 3 resimden 3.
    • Insert a new opening pick into the gap you just created.

    • Slide the pick along the left edge to release the clips.

    • Only insert the pick up to 3 mm to avoid damaging the internals.

    • Repeat the rotating and sliding procedure for the remaining edge.

    • At this point, the screen should be separated from the frame. If there's still resistance around the edges of the screen, use an opening pick to release any remaining clips.

  10. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Reposition the screen: adım 10, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Reposition the screen: adım 10, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Reposition the screen: adım 10, 3 resimden 3.
    • Don't try to remove the screen all the way yet. It's still connected to the frame by a flex cable.

    • Lift the right edge of the screen up and towards the left side of the device, like opening a book.

    • Rest the screen upside down and parallel to the frame before continuing.

    • Don't twist the screen or move it too far away from the frame to avoid damaging the flex cable.

  11. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: adım 11, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: adım 11, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: adım 11, 3 resimden 3.
    • The display cable bracket is secured with metal clips.

    • Use tweezers to bend the left side of the bracket upwards, releasing the metal clip.

    • Remove the display cable bracket.

  12. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: adım 12, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: adım 12, 2 resimden 2.
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display cable's press connector.

    • 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.

  13. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the silver tape: adım 13, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the silver tape: adım 13, 2 resimden 2.
    • Use tweezers to peel back the silver tape connecting the midframe and the top speaker.

    • Don't completely remove the tape. You only need to remove the bridge between the midframe and the top speaker.

  14. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement: adım 14, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement: adım 14, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement: adım 14, 3 resimden 3.
    • Use tweezers to peel back the tape covering the two screws on both sides of the USB-C port.

  15. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Unfasten the midframe: adım 15, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Unfasten the midframe: adım 15, 2 resimden 2.
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the 16 screws securing the midframe to the frame:

    • Nine 4.3 mm screws

    • Four 2.9 mm screws

    • Two 4.9 mm screws

    • One 4.6 mm screw

  16. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the midframe clips: adım 16, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Release the midframe clips: adım 16, 2 resimden 2.
    • Insert a spudger between the top of the midframe and the frame, near the front camera.

    • Pry up with the spudger to release the top of the midframe from its clips.

  17. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement: adım 17, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement: adım 17, 2 resimden 2.
    • Insert a spudger between the bottom left of the midframe and the frame.

    • Pry up with the spudger to release the bottom of the midframe from its clips.

  18. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the midframe: adım 18, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the midframe: adım 18, 2 resimden 2.
    • Remove the midframe.

    • You may feel a bit of resistance. This is normal, since the midframe is slightly bonded to the heat sink with thermal paste.

    • 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.

  19. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the thermal paste: adım 19, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the thermal paste: adım 19, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the thermal paste: adım 19, 3 resimden 3.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to scrape off the thermal paste.

    • Clean any remaining thermal paste with isopropyl alcohol and either a coffee filter or a lint-free cloth.

    • Repeat the cleaning process for the thermal paste on the midframe.

    • During reassembly, follow this guide for reapplying thermal paste to your device.

  20. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Disconnect the battery: adım 20, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Disconnect the battery: adım 20, 2 resimden 2.
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery's press connector.

  21. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Unfasten the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: adım 21, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Unfasten the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: adım 21, 2 resimden 2.
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the 2.9 mm screw securing the 5G mmWave antenna bracket.

  22. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: adım 22, 3 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: adım 22, 3 resimden 2. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket: adım 22, 3 resimden 3.
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to pull the bracket towards the right edge of the phone and disconnect its clip.

    • Remove the 5G mmWave antenna bracket.

  23. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: adım 23, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: adım 23, 2 resimden 2.
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna's press connector.

  24. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement: adım 24, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement: adım 24, 2 resimden 2.
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the 5G mmWave antenna.

  25. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable: adım 25, 2 resimden 1. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable: adım 25, 2 resimden 2.
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable's press connector.

  26. Google Pixel 6a 5G mmWave Antenna Cable Replacement, Only the antenna cable remains: adım 26, 1 resimden 1.
    • You're now left with the 5G mmWave antenna cable.

Sonuç

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 you install it.

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

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Google Pixel 6a Answers community for help.

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