I would say that the guide is excellent, but the fix in it’s nature is hard because removing the screen is a delicate operation. You need to make sure you have plenty of patience. I would heavily advise against the fix if you don’t have rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol. I’d also read my comments on step 3 and 8 about how to judge the 1.5mm at the sides and the sheer amount of adhesive you may find you need to work your way through respectively. But outside of that, if you go slowly enough you should be fine. I’m not an electronics or DIY expert and my phone is back together successfully and it feels like having a new phone - once the battery was re-calibrated it’s lasting more than twice as long, maybe even 3 times as long between charges (phone was 3 yrs old).
This is another place where the amount of adhesive they’d used in the factory seemed understated - it took ages and plenty of heat and rubbing alcohol to get the battery out. Again, patience was needed - and I thought I might have messed it all up as I must have missed the “only pry from the centre” comment in the guide and went under the right and left bottom corners with a cotton bud and rubbing alcohol - I was lucky I think.
On re-assembly make sure the securing tab, near the notch you use to open it, is inserted back under the frame again - this caused me to have to re-open my phone as my screen didn’t sit back down properly after I had put everything back together.
This piece is actually glued down - heat and rubbing alcohol really helped as at first I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get it to move.
This for me was by far the hardest step. What this guide fails to say is just how much adhesive you’ll encounter - mine was heaving with the stuff - so I wouldn’t attempt this fix without the rubbing alcohol, and I would be prepared to spend 30 mins on this - the images above make it look like as soon as you can get the pick in and around the whole phone the display will come off - this wasn’t true on mine, and I put a small crack in the top of my screen as I applied a little pressure to lever the top - the edges were ok, but there was so much adhesive at the top and bottom - right down and around the speaker grills - that I used scissors to cut the remaining strands as I managed to lift the screen higher enough! Don’t be shy with the rubbing alcohol, it really helps - and you really need to feel all sides loosen properly before you attempt to lever - but if you’re patient, it’ll be ok.
Firstly, I disagree with hunter’s comment above - my Pixel 2 looked identical to this when I had it opened up.
Secondly, the whole thing about 1.5mm at the sides - literally scared the cr*p out of me when I started this as it’s such a tiny margin - but what this doesn’t say is that you can see these limits on your phone - just turn the screen on and it’s where the display ends - the digitiser starts there and is a couple of mm deep - hence the need to be careful. You can also see it (though less obviously) when you have the screen off - the jet black part at the edge is where the adhesive is - just make sure you don’t push in past there. It’s not like you can’t make very gentle contact with the digitiser when clearing the adhesive - I believe it’s just any kind of real pressure which will render the screen useless.
Great guide, thanks to all involved. I tried to skip the “unnecessary” disconnection steps, but one of the adhesive strips snapped on me, so I took everyone’s advice and did it before trying to sort it out. I had a guitar string fortunately which worked great. I used a hot water bottle rather than a hair dryer - much better in my opinion - less chance of super heating and damaging something and applies heat evenly across the back of the device - made it really easy to get the battery off.
I tried the method of removing the strips shown in the video where they are moved up the side of the battery - I would heavily advise not to do that - the direct pull out method in the guide worked much better.