The Nexus 6 by Motorola is undoubtedly one of the most iconic phablets of the year and if you are one of those lucky enough get your hands on one, you might be pleased to learn it’s also one of the easiest to repair.
Thanks to the specialists from iFixit we now have a complete teardown procedure that can guide you through a wide range of repairs like replacing the display or battery, potentially saving you hundreds in unnecessary repair costs.
How to open the Nexus 6
Looking at the rear of the Nexus 6 there are no visible screws which means the cover must be held on with either clips or glue. Being the ladder in this case, you will need a small plastic pick (like one used for a guitar) to stick into seams allowing you to pry the cover up.
Once inside you will immediately notice another rear cover that is held on by Torx screws. You will need to remove these screws – all 22 of them. You will also want to note the battery connector hidden underneath a small access panel on the lower right hand corner of the device. This connector will have to be removed before going on to the next step.
After the inner frame is unscrewed and disconnected from the motherboard, the handset splits into two halves. One half holds the mid frame and battery while the other half houses the display and motherboard assembly (see figure below).
How to replace the battery
The Nexus 6 battery is normally non removable, but now that you have made it this far the battery is easily removed by gently prying it away from its adhesive. Don’t worry, it comes off fairly easy. Once detached you can get a good look at how the wireless inductive charge coil works.
How to fix a broken screen
It’s a no brainer that the display is always the most venerable part of a mobile device and luckily it’s not hard to replace in the Nexus 6. The screen is not held on to the mid frame with any clips or adhesive so it should be easily removed from the motherboard. iFixit specialist note however that since the display is still fused to the digitizer glass it won’t be cheap to get a new screen.
Nexus 6 Overall Reparability Score
Once you have separated all of the main components putting it all back together is a simple reverse procedure. In the end iFixit gave the Nexus 6 high remarks for its reparability, noting that it should be just as easy as repairing the iPhone 6 Plus. The Nexus did however loose merits due to many components like speakers and USB port being soldered directly to the motherboard. For more Nexus 6 DIY repairs and additional details on iFixit’s tear down check out the complete Nexus 6 tear down guide at ifixit.com.