This teardown comes courtesy of YouTube channel PBKreviews, whose teardowns we’ve covered in previous articles. To Google’s credit, some repair issues have improved. As long as what you’re looking to replace is the screen, you’re looking at a pretty simple repair.
However, if you need to replace any other component in the phone, be prepared to deal with lots of glue and lots of screws. The pull tabs for removing the battery are apparently useless, there’s a lot of metal, a lot of plastic, and a lot of ribbon cables that can make a repair tricky for the faint of heart.
Pixel phones have always been notoriously complicated to repair, and up through the launch of the Pixel 5, that was still the case. Seeing the Pixel 5a being disassembled in a video confirms that, while changes have been made, it’s still a pretty complicated phone to open up. While we might be looking at something slightly easier to work with than previous Pixels (and similar to what we saw on the Pixel 5), this is still a tricky phone to access if you need to change any internal component, sans the screen — and maybe the battery, if you’re lucky.