Released in October of 2014, the Nexus 6 is the 6th generation smartphone in the Google Nexus family. The Nexus 6 runs the latest Android OS, Android 5.0 “Lollipop” and will be the first Nexus device to support T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling which will arrive in early 2015. As it’s manufactured by Motorola, the Nexus 6 features similar hardware as the Moto X 2nd, let’s tear down the device and have a closer look.

 

Tools Needed:

1. Hair Dryer / Heat Gun;

2. Tweezers;

3. Phillips Screwdriver;

4. Case Opening Tool;

Nexus 6 disassembly

 

1. Remove the Motorola Nexus 6 SIM Card Tray.

● Power off the device;

● Use an eject pin or tweezers to release the SIM card tray.

Nexus 6 take out sim card tray

 

2. Remove the Motorola Nexus 6 Battery Door.

● Heat up the battery door for 2 minutes to soften the battery door adhesive;

● Insert the case opening tool and pry up the battery door.

Nexus 6 pry up battery door

 

3. Remove the Motorola Nexus 6 Rear Housing Assembly.

● Undo the 22 screws in the rear housing as shown below;

● Gently remove the rear housing assembly from the screen assembly.

Nexus 6 rear housing screws

Nexus 6 take out rear housing

 

4. Release the Connectors in the Rear Housing.

● Remove the gasket on the rear housing near the bottom of the phone;

● Carefully pry up the flex ribbon connector underneath;

● Remove the gasket on the rear housing near the top of the phone;

● Carefully pry up the flex ribbon connector underneath.

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5. Release the Flex Cable Ribbon Extender.

●  Carefully pry up the latch on the flex connector to separate it from the flex ribbon extender.

 Nexus 6 Pry up connector 3

6. Remove the Motorola Nexus 6 Battery.

● Heat up the rear housing for 10 seconds to soften the battery adhesive;

(Notice: be more careful on this step as batteries might explode when overheated.)

● Pry up the battery flex connector that adhered to the rear housing;

● If you want to release the wireless charging coil as well, gently pry up the charging coil connector. However, we don’t recommend performing this step as you run a high risk of damaging the charging coil and battery.

 Nexus 6 heat up battery

 Nexus 6 take out battery

 

7. Release the Motorola Nexus 6 Side Keys.

● Undo the screw that locks the side key metal bracket;

● Remove the side key flex cable ribbon.

Nexus 6 undo side key screw

 

Nexus 6 take out side key flex

 

8. Remove the Motorola Nexus 6 Motherboard.

● Undo the screw and metal bracket that locks the front housing and main board;

● Pry up the LCD flex connector and digitizer connector;

● Remove the motherboard.

Nexus 6 undo main board screw

Nexus 6 pry up main board connector

 

9. Remove the Motorola Nexus 6 Cameras.

● Pry up the rear facing camera flex connector;

● Remove the back camera;

● Pry up the front facing camera flex connector;

● Remove the front camera;

Nexus 6 motherboard view 2

 

10. Remove the Motorola Nexus 6 Ear Speaker and Headphone Jack.

● Remove the front speaker.

(Notice: be careful not to scratch the flex ribbon underneath.)

● Remove the headphone jack.

(Notice: the headphone jack is strongly attached to the front housing with an adhesive.)

Nexus 6 take out ear speaker 2

Nexus 6 take out earphone jack

The Motorola Nexus 6 disassembly is now completed.

Nexus 6 disassembly done