Can we make a CLEAR Pixel 2 XL? – How to fix the Black Glass


This Google Pixel 2 XL has seen better days. This beautiful Panda was dropped on a metal
moving airport walkway by Mr. Mobile, himself, shattering the top left corner of the glass. Luckily I know a guy who fixes phones…me. It’s time to see if we can restore this Pixel
2 XL to it’s former glory. The process should be pretty similar to the
same for the regular sized Pixels as well. So let’s get started. [Intro] This repair is actually super simple. With the Pixel 2, the back glass has nothing
to do with the camera lens, which is a super good design on Google’s part. They are separate entities. You’ll see what I mean in a second. Like always, heat is our best friend when
it comes to removing glass. And lucky for us, this glass is removable,
unlike Apple’s back glass on their iPhones. After it’s hot, I’ll use a razor blade to
slice between the glass and frame of the phone, making sure to keep the sharp end of my razor
blade up against the glass so I don’t cut the phone or any ribbons or plastic, or epidermis
while I’m making my way around the edge. Thumbs up if you like to keep your epidermis
intact. I’ll keep the phone warm while I slip my second
metal pry tool in to keep the glass leveraged up. And when it’s hot enough, the whole thing
can just lift up and away from the Pixel 2 XL body. The camera lens is still stuck to the outer
glass layer. And since it’s warm, I can pry it away. I’ll clear off any dust specks from underneath
the glass lens, and then plop the whole lens housing back down over the camera…and LED
flash. It’s super important that the camera is always
protected from heat. The plastics underneath the lens can melt
and deform at a very low heat. The heat gun can do some major damage if it’s
left in place too long. I’ll clean off any leftover glass shards so
our replacement glass can sit flush. The important thing to avoid during the glass
removal are the fragile ribbons under the glass, like the little ribbon off to the left,
and the NFC coils in the center, and the other small ribbon on the right side. The less internal damage we inflict, the better… Since Mr. Mobile has hurt the poor guy enough
already. I’ll link the Pixel 2 XL replacement lenses
I’m using in the video description. These glass panels have adhesive preinstalled
all around the edge, making the installation even easier for us. I’ll make sure the adhesive is flat all the
way around so it sits flush, and gently press the whole thing into place….which definitely
brings Panda back to it’s former glory. I could have made the whole thing transparent,
which could have been cool and definitely tempting. The glass is a perfect fit all around the
edge of the phone, sitting just as flush and smooth as the original. It would be difficult to tell that it had
ever been broken. That back glass, white body, and orange power
button looks pretty sleek. But I think there might be one thing that
we could do to make it look even more interesting. Let’s make it transparent. Now that I’ve shown how to replace the glass,
Mr. Mobile can switch it back to black himself…if he wants. Getting rid of the color on the replacement
lenses is pretty easy. There’s just a lot of scraping involved. And then you scrape a bit more. And then you scrape some more. Luckily, as we all know, glass is a harder
material than my metal pry tool, so the tools won’t leave any marks on the glass as we’re
scraping. Finally, after a bit more scraping, it’s done. Getting the color off the curve of the glass
was the hardest part, since too much pressure might break the whole thing. Glass is glass, after all. I’ll put a little double sided adhesive back
on the plastic of the phone, avoiding the ribbon cables just in case Mr. Mobile does
want to remove this glass later. The adhesive holding it in place won’t tear
the ribbon during his removal process. I’ll make it easy for him since he’s broken
enough phones as it is already. Ask him about his LG phone he drowned in the
ocean. Once the adhesive is in place, I’ll clean
the underside of the glass. One thing I would have done differently next
time around, is I would have cleaned the underside of the phone a bit better. It still has a bit of adhesive residue on
it, and I didn’t realize how pristine white the phone is. But even with that little bit of minor left
over residue, I think the clear glass looks pretty awesome. We do need a new name though, since we can’t
really call it Panda anymore. Maybe Ghost Panda? Fun fact: giant pandas were actually taken
off of the endangered species list in 2016. Go team. I thought about drawing a giant panda on the
back of the phone with my razor blade to celebrate, but I should probably just give it back to
Mr. Mobile before I get too carried away. Come hang out with the tech YouTubers on Twitter
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