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Condor
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I love my Nexus 6P but goddamn do I hate its battery. Shuts down randomly at 25%, lasts only half a day, and a lot of other crap. So I want to replace it, bought a new battery from AliExpress but didn't buy any tools for it.. so I'll have to make do with what I currently have. On iFixit I found that the replacement process is apparently quite difficult as it's glued in (God I fucking hate that) and can only be safely removed by heatgunning it (which I don't have a heatgun for). Are the results worth the risk of breaking it? Is it possible to pull it out while cold, without too much risk of breaking stuff or damaging the battery? I've got experience in disassembling 2 previous phones and one of them had the battery glued in as well.. and I didn't break the battery (in fact I'm still using it) but it was very difficult.. and this is my daily driver. So yeah 😶

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  • 3
    Sounds like an iPhone. Are you sure you have grabbed the correct phone? Haha
  • 1
    @ewpratten it sure looks like one, haha. At least it (hopefully, haven't had this one long enough to know for sure) doesn't suffer from the bendgate issue, and it's got a headphone jack (useful for generating sine waves).. terrible battery, but at least it didn't inherit all of the Crapple flaws 🙃
  • 2
    I'd rather get a battery case, get the proper tools or get it proper done. In the end you might not have a working phone anymore, which sucks.
  • 1
    I would buy the Tools if they are not to expensive. Its at least cheaper then buying a new phone
  • 1
    @jonii battery cases add quite some bulk though. And smartphone repair shops.. I don't trust them. I've heard too many reports from people giving their gadgets to those people, only to have it done improperly. And they charge way too much... So I'd rather do it myself and take a leap with fate to be honest. Probably I should just get myself the tools indeed. A suction cup and one of those plastic prying tools seem to be the only things that I'm still missing (other than a heatgun of course). Not that I'd be too comfortable with heating up a lithium cell anyway, they're quite the divas and I don't want it to blow up under the heat.
  • 2
    @Condor buy an iFixIt kit... :p
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    @PHInteractive tell me more about how you Connecticut it :')
  • 1
    @PHInteractive hmmm, weird that it gives you an American location then... also.. why is it auto-correcting? (I prefer it only gives me suggestions)
  • 2
    I have a Nexus 6p too. I'm not trying to fix it, I just want a new phone. And it should be relatively easy to flash custom rom. Any suggestions?
  • 2
    Just be careful about shorting/puncturing/breaking/overheating/burning the battery in the process. Lithium fires be nasty!
    In case of emergency, DON'T use water
  • 1
    @ThatDannyBoy no idea to be honest, but I'd be looking at OnePlus or Pixel for that.. both series are apparently very customizable, much like the N6P.
  • 2
    iirc the battery problem on the Nexus 6P was a warranty issue handled almost without problems by Google. Mind you, mine was exchanged twice within the first two years (once for exactly the shut-down-at-90%-issue, once for a bootloop). Now your's might be older than two years, but asking Google is still an option. They sometimes seem to be quite nice to their customers ;-) [Mine has since been passed on to my son, who still gets a good day's battery life out of it.]
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    I can confirm that's a known issue and Google will likely replace it with a comparable Pixel XL. They ended up using my insurance to do it even though my 6P was out of warranty and insurance coverage was supposed to have lapsed a few weeks before... They also let me send the phone in first instead of doing an advance replacement, so I wouldn't have to have a hold on my card.

    I would most definitely suggest contacting them and telling them the symptoms and see what they say before trying to replace the battery yourself.
  • 2
    Really? Glued in? Shit.

    There goes my idea of fixing my 6P one day...

    Anyone wanna buy a 6P for parts? Smashed screen, shit battery, few small dents in the case from when it fell.
  • 1
    I always use a hot-water bottle instead of a heat gun.
  • 1
    @fordtaunus @On-fire great suggestion, thanks! This N6P is secondhand though, so I'm not sure whether that enables me to return it? I don't have a purchase receipt or anything, the only thing I've been told by the seller is that they bought it in 2016. Possibly I could ask the seller to provide me this information via email. I have no experience with contacting Google other than for a goof about a "security issue" last year. Where do I even start?
  • 1
    @Condor This is a good starting place:

    https://support.google.com/store/...

    If the seller got it from the Google store you need the IMEI and the original purchase email. (Or likely just access to that email address.) You could probably co-ordinate that with they person you bought it from, if they are willing.
  • 0
    @SauceBoss I'm not replacing the display though, just the battery.. that battery isn't glued directly to the display panel, is it? 😰
  • 0
    @PHInteractive oh damn, I didn't read *that* part mentioning the display breakage risk yesterday.. fuck Huawei for doing this 😠
  • 1
    You need to use the phone till it shuts off, plug it in and reboot it, unplug once booted, run battery down further, repeat until flat.

    Then charge to full with phone off, will reset battery monitor.
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    @seraphimsystems unfortunately the phone shat its cores a while ago.. it's a paperweight now. Thanks for the suggestion though!
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