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How to manually replace the Nexus 5 battery

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 7 months ago

We recently showed you the great Limefuel extended battery case for the Nexus 5, which will more than double the runtime of your Google phone. But perhaps your internal battery is simply kaput and a battery case isn't going to fix the problem. If you don't want to send your Nexus 5 in for a slow repair job or you've voided your warranty already and don't want to pay someone to do it - or you simply like tinkering around in the belly of the beast - you can easily remove the Nexus 5 battery yourself, even if it is technically non-removable. If you are having issues with a Nexus 5 battery that is not working properly or not charging, here's how to replace a Nexus 5 battery manually for an easy fix.

With a few simple tools you can replace your Nexus 5 battery yourself. / © ANDROIDPIT

All you need is a replacement battery for the Nexus 5 and a little plastic tool to help you pry open the rear battery cover. You should be able to pick one of these up at a craft store, or you can simply use a plectrum (guitar pick). You can buy a Nexus 5 battery replacement kit from plenty of online sources, but we picked one up from Amazon for under 20 USD (currently just 6.50 USD).

Note: I'm sure I don't need to remind you that replacing a non-removable battery yourself is not recommended unless you're ok with the possible consequences. While the process is very simple, AndroidPIT will not be held accountable if you break something. Please proceed with caution.

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How to manually replace the Nexus 5 battery

1. First, you need to use the plastic tool to wedge between the rear cover and the edges of your Nexus 5. Make sure your phone is off first of course! Once you've levered the rear cover away the whole way around the edges you can pop it off.

Using a plastic tool, or even a guitar pick, work your way around the edges of your Nexus 5. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Next, just remove the six tiny screws around the top part of the internal black plastic cover you find underneath. Make sure you don't lose them.

3. Remove the black plastic cover.

Once you've removed the six screws, pop the plastic cover off the top part. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. All you need to do now is gently lever up the two little ribbons from the existing battery to the component board underneath. Be careful and they will both gently pop off.

Gently lever the long orange ribbon off the component board. / © ANDROIDPIT
Then the smaller one. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. Now, using the same plastic tool, work your way around the edges of your battery to detach it from the inside of the chassis. Take your time and don't be too forceful. Eventually the bond will weaken enough and the battery will just pop out.

Once you've levered the old battery out of its well, just replace it with the new one. / © ANDROIDPIT

6. Now, place your replacement Nexus 5 battery in the chassis and gently reconnect the two ribbons to the motherboard (using your fingers here is easier). Replace the little black plastic cover and reinsert the six screws. Pop the rear cover back on and start up. That's it, 2,300 mAh of fresh-out-of-the-box Nexus 5 battery action!

Check out our battery saving tips for any Android smartphone.

How's the battery on your Nexus 5? Have you ever had to replace a non-removable battery before?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.


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  • Thanks for the article. It was very helpful.

    Is there anything special I have to do to reset battery statistics in the operating system after I've replaced the battery (e.g. let it drain until it turns off and then charge it)?

    • Scott, I would let the battery drain below 20% and give it a full charge. Do this a couple of times, then charge as usual. It is recommended to do a full charge from below 20% once a month.

  • Is it wise to replace nexus 5 battery with a higher MAH battery?

  • Good video / article. However when I got to the prise off the back bit, I'm glad I started at the top of the phone, like you. At the bottom of mine there is some sort of sticky tape holding it on. It takes quite a bit of effort (like the battery) to break the seal on this sticky tape. Hope this helps others that think they have missed something. Mine is a UK model, don't know if that makes a difference?

  • plck74 Aug 16, 2014 Link to comment

    what about how to replace nexus 7 battery?

  • 50 dollars, 36 euro, looks rather expensive. Note 3 replacement battery WITH ext. charger is only 25 euro... Less than 35 dollars...

    • Stinky 9 months ago Link to comment

      I followed the Amazon link in the article to purchase the battery for $11 - including shipping. You may have misread the article - the claim is $20, not $50.

  • Thanks, good to know!

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