How to Replace the Broken Nexus 4 Back Cover

The Google Nexus 4 has gained positive reviews overall with the advantages of impressive features and affordable price. However, the shortcoming is that the front and back glass tend to break easily. Many users complained they cracked the back glass on their N4. However, the damage caused by personal factor is out of warranty. LG won’t replace it for free. Besides, it’s difficult to replace the Nexus 4 back cover glass lens alone. Fortunately, you can replace the whole Nexus 4 back cover easily yourself according to our step-by-step tutorials.

How to replace the cracked battery cover on the Nexus 4

Preparation:

One T5 Torx Screwdriver

A Triangle Case Opening Tool

A New Replacement Nexus 4 back cover (Please note that there are two versions of the Nexus 4 back cover available online. One is with NFC, the other is without NFC. If you want to make this replacement work easier, you’d better get a new N4 battery cover with NFC.)

Step 1

Turn off the Nexus 4, then use eject pin to remove the Nexus 4 SIM card tray from the device.

remove the Nexus 4 SIM card tray

Step 2

Use the T5 Torx Screwdriver to remove the two screws at bottom of the N4.

remove the two screws at bottom of the Nexus 4

Step 3

Use a triangle case opening tool to gently open the Nexus 4 battery cover by prying along the edge of the case, starting at the bottom corners. Then remove the broken back cover.

open the Nexus 4 battery cover

remove the battery cover

Remove the broken Nexus 4 battery cover

Note: If the new Nexus 4 back cover you get does not include the side keys: power button key and volume button key, you have to remove the power button and volume button keys from the broken back cover. Then install them on the new Nexus 4 battery door.

Step 4

Install the new Nexus 4 battery Cover (with NFC) by snapping it on the N4, starting at the top; make sure you snap all the clips in place. Then fasten the new back cover with two screws.

The new Nexus 4 battery cover

Install the new Nexus 4 battery Cover

snap all the clips on the Nexus 4 in place

Step 5

Insert the SIM card tray back on the Nexus 4

Insert the SIM card tray back on the Nexus 4

Step 6

Turn on the Nexus 4 to make sure the device works as normal.

Turn on the Nexus 4 to make sure the device works as normal

That’s all. You could replace the broken battery cover on your Nexus 4 with these above 6 steps. If you don’t want to do this job again, you’d better get a case or a bump to protect your Nexus 4.

You can watch our YouTube videos of Nexus 4 disassembly and reassembly for the entire device repair.

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