Google Nexus 7 (2013) Screen Repair Guide

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    If you have a broken or cracked Google Nexus 7 (2nd Generation) screen, this repair guide is for you! With relative ease you can repair the screen or other internal parts and components with this comprehensive repair guide. The guide will take you through each necessary step that will be essential in performing a successful and safe opening of your device and repair almost any desired part.

    This guide will assist in the installation of the following Google Nexus 7 (2nd Generation) parts:




    Essential Repair Tools:


    • Safe Pry Opening Tool
    • Small Phillips Screwdriver (#00)
    • Heat Gun/Hair Dryer

    Find Nexus 7 (2013) Replacement Parts from www.RepairsUniverse.com





    Google Nexus 7 (2nd Generation) Take Apart Repair Guide:


    • First, to get started with the repair you will first need to power down your device.
    • Following the device being powered down you can begin detaching the unit's back cover from the motherboard and the screen assembly.
    • Being that the two are sealed together very securely on this device, it may be very beneficial to begin with a small knife to release the first clips.
    • Ordinarily if you start on the side of the tablet you will find it to be the easiest place to start. Next you will need to use your pry tool to wedge in between the seams on the sides and corners of the device to detach the back cover from the device. Be sure to avoid prying near the USB port located at the base of the tablet.

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    • After the removal of the back cover from the tablet, use your pry tool to release the battery connector which is located on the top right side of your device. This is performed to be positive that the device is completely powered down.
    • Then you will use a Small Phillips screwdriver and unscrew the four (4) Small Phillips screws that are depicted and circled in red in the figure directly below.
    • Also shown below in the figure are remaining flex cable connections which are colored and circled in green. Next, use your pry tool to release the flex cable connections. It is vital to use caution and remove the connections while being sure to avoid tearing any of the cables.
    • Once the flex cables are released, you can delicately take out the battery and the housing it is found in.



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    • Now that the cables have been detached you will be able to separate the connections (5) colored in green below using your pry tool, as well as extract all the screws (17) from both the bottom and top motherboard pieces using the Small Phillips screwdriver.
    • You will want to remain aware of the fact that the Small Phillips screws vary in size so it will be critical to keep them apart to ensure all the screws are later returned correctly.



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    • (Figure 3.1) After you have removed the screws, you will then use your pry tool to take out the bottom motherboard component.
    • (Figure 3.2) The loud speaker underneath the motherboard will also need to be removed.
    • (Figure 3.3) You will then find the last connector under the loud speaker and should use your pry tool to release it. The part is being held down by adhesive tape which needs to be slowly removed and this will make it possible to pull out the long orange flex cable.
    • (Figure 3.4) Using your pry tool cautiously take out the top motherboard component. It is vital to be absolutely certain all connections have been released from this piece to ensure that none of the flex cables release while you remove the motherboard.
    • (Figure 3.5) Following the removal of the motherboard component near the top of the device, you will then take out the top speaker found underneath it.
    • (Figure 3.6) The final component you will need to extract from the housing is the button flex cable which is found on the left side. Using your pry tool, gingerly press against this cable in order to release the cable that is constrained to the housing with adhesive. Once this part is removed it will be possible to start removing the glass touch screen off of the housing.



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    • Prior to removing the screen, you will need a heat gun (set on low) or a hair dryer (on medium) to heat up the sides and edges of the device for approximately 50 seconds to 1 minute, this will make sure the tablet is not overly heated. Once the device is heated up the adhesive that holds the screen together will loosen.
    • Then after the sides and edges have been heated, use your pry tool to shim in between the screen assembly and the housing, also be sure to move the tool around the sides of the entire device.
    • Lastly, install the new parts while getting rid of damaged parts and then reverse these steps in order to put your device back together.

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    Thanks for this detailed and helpful guide. On a related note, do you have any information on the parts and procedures needed to replace the microphone on the Nexus 7 2013 edition?
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    Thank you Rcauvin for your nice words. We as of this time do not have a guide on replacing the Microphone on the Nexus 7 (2nd Gen). We are updating more on guides and videos so please check back with us. Thank you.
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    How about the parts? Any info on getting a replacement part for the microphone?
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    Rcauvin , We are updating with more parts coming up please check back with us.
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    Great! Do you think the Nexus 7 2013 edition microphone will be among the parts you'll add to your inventory?
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    Yes sir :D
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    Any idea when it will appear on the website?
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    We currently are updating our inventory, check back with us in about a week
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    Any update on the ETA? I'm still not seeing the microphone part on the site.
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    Hello, we are apologize for any delay. We are still attempting to find and add this item to our inventory, we will update you with an ETA as soon as possible.
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    Thanks for posting the repair guide.

    So, I dropped a piece of wood on my Nexus 7, which cracked the top sheet of glass on the device. Now, the tablet turns on when I press the power button, but there is only a touch response on a tiny portion of the screen. However, aside from the spider web cracks, the LCD itself looks just fine. That is, the normal lockscreen graphics don't appear any different. There isn't evidence of discoloration or missing pixels that I can see.

    Before I go to order replacement parts, I have one, probably dumb question. Based on what I posted above, can I probably get by with only replacing the digitizer? If so, how much more difficult would you estimate it is to only change this part versus changing both the LCD and digitizer? Thanks in advance for your response.
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    Hello, it is significantly harder to replace just the digitizer as it will take steady hands, a lot of heat and experience separating LCDs from the digitizer. The outcome can also be less than desirable if too much heat is applied and you burn your LCD. I would attempt to separate it before I even order a part, that way if it is successful I'd know which part to order.
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