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How to Replace the Screen on a Google Nexus 7

Can I replace my broken Google Nexus 7 screen?

A broken Nexus 7 screen can be both annoying and frustrating. Though not the easiest of repairs to complete, armed with the correct knowledge and the correct tools, you should be able to change your damaged screen yourself; in the process saving valuable time and money. Below, we provided detailed instructions to help guide you through the Google Nexus 7 screen replacement process. 

Replacing a Google Nexus 7 screen 

Step one 

Before beginning your repair, turn off your device and unplug it from the mains power. Once you have done that, use a plastic opening tool or a flat edged implement to gently prise the back casing away from the rest of the machine. Note: the back casing is held in place by plastic clips. Work your way around the back casing, loosening it. You should then be able to pull it away from the machine. Once you have exposed the back of the Nexus 7, remove the battery and, set it aside safely. 

Step two

Within the exposed backing, (at the bottom right,) you should see a large piece of gold tape. Carefully pull this piece of adhesive up and away from the back casing. You should also see a strip of black adhesive. Gently lift this up, also. In the back casing, you should see five connectors. Remove all of these. Proceed by disconnecting the small cable at the left, (and top,) of the exposed back casing, gently pulling back any tape, if necessary.

Step three 

Once you have completed all of these steps, you should see a number of screws holding a number of cables, (and the Nexus 7's motherboard,) in place. Remove all of these screws and, set them aside safely. Once you have completed all of these steps, you'll need to heat each side of the back casing so that you can ease it away from he broken Nexus 7 screen. Use a heat gun or a hairdryer to apply heat, gently prising the back casing away from the front of the device. Once you are sure that you have loosened the adhesive sufficiently, remove the back casing and set it aside. You should see the damaged Nexus 7 screen sitting in a holding frame. Remove the damaged screen, (taking care if the damage is extensive.) To fit your newly bought replacement screen, all you need to do is complete the above instructions in reverse. 

Further help

Don't worry if you're struggling to understand the steps described above. If you still feel daunted by this task, take a moment to browse the advice offered at the links below: 

Replacement Nexus 7 screens 


*Disclaimer: As with any repair you choose to undertake, cannot be held responsible for any damage caused to your device during the replacement/repair process. If you feel anxious or unsure about completing this repair yourself, it is best to err on the side of caution.

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