Nexus 4 battery cover cracked? This video shows you how to replace it.

by: Nate SwannerMay 1, 2013
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The small crack is visible near the flash LED.

If you have a Nexus 4, you know how it feels to see that cracked back plate. Even if it’s not your device… you feel that twinge of pain for the other guy. That gorgeous, glassy phone in such a condition just hurts.

I’m exaggerating, but the despair is real. With no way to easily get hold of another battery cover, it can feel like we’ve got to live with it. Chris Chavez over at Phandroid know that pain, and he’s gone ahead and lived it publicly for us.

The video below shows how to replace your Nexus 4 battery cover. It’s pretty easy, but maybe a little nerve racking. The whole thing is simple enough, and the only special equipment you’ll need is a T5 torx screwdriver.

Keep in mind the replacement cover in the video is pretty basic, and doesn’t have the bells and whistles you may be used to. NFC isn’t going to work with the new cover, which is something you may enjoy using (as I’ve recently found, it can be amazing). Rather than replace the back, a case may be a suitable fix for you.

Check out the video, and let us know if you have a cracked Nexus 4. We’re curious just how many are floating around out there!

  • lol Chris chavez even wrote the full post and declared it the most fragile handset.
    I can understand his situation as am also using nexus 4 but luckily never dropped it. Anyways great post it will help out many nexus owners.

  • There are some good looking stickers for the back glass. It would have been a better solution I think.

    • The problem is the glass shattered in front of my camera lens, which rendered it useless. A replacement was necessary :/

  • Hey, look! Those are my hands! :D

  • killswitch

    A heat gun would have helped pry that NFC thingy part don’t you think? Maybe you could put it back on that new case just for the heck of it. =)

  • manish

    from where u bought this backpanel.

  • mine has completely shattered… :(