Send Your Nexus 7 Back… To Tighten One Screw?

It seems that some of the Nexus 7 models have an assembly issue that makes the bezel uneven with the screen. It’s just in one spot but your shiny new toy shouldn’t have this kind of problem. Of course it comes as no surprise that Google wants you to send it back for service. What is a surprise is that the fix involves tightening just one screw. Now we can’t stand for shipping something round trip when it comes to this low-skill fix. Luckily neither can [Baddspella]. He shows us just how easy it is to repair the Nexus 7 yourself.

The only tools you need are a guitar pick (or other thin plastic prying device) and a very small Phillips screwdriver. Starting at the top of the tablet he uses the plastic pick to pry off the back of the case. This exposes the screws which hold the bezel in place. Find the loose one, and give the screwdriver a turn. Now just snap the back cover in place and you’re done. We’ve embedded the video after the break for your convenience.

It’s super simple…. so don’t be afraid to crack that thing open.

12 thoughts on “Send Your Nexus 7 Back… To Tighten One Screw?

    1. I know apple has all kinds of sensors to catch people messing up their products, but this is simply opening it with a guitar pick so unless there’s some lightsensitive tape to detect that (which seems unlikely with the nexus) it should be OK I imagine.

  1. ask Dheldon Cooper why not to do this? :D

    I opened my new Dell laptop just to put in the keyboard connector correctly. Some keys were not working correctly and I didn’t want to send it back having to wait weeks to get it back!

    1. Sheldon: But once you open the box, you’ve voided the warranty. The warranty is a sacred covenant we’ve entered into with the manufacturer. He offers to stand by his equipment, and we in return agree not to violate the integrity of the internal hardware. This little orange sticker is all that stands between us and anarchy.

  2. Thought you might find this humorous. It shows how hard it’s become to get local electronics repair services, or for people to do anything for themselves. So, send your new smartphone back to tighten a screw…

  3. I JUST called them about this issue and Google pays for your shipping and sends you a brand new device. But sure, if you want to do the repair yourself that’s fine… but I’ll take a brand new device now and send back the defective one (at their expense) after I’ve received the new one.

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