Advice on fixing/replacing my phone

I have a Pixel 5, and it’s almost perfect. It’s certainly the best phone I’ve ever had. But the battery isn’t holding a charge as well as it used to, and, while, honestly, it still stays charged as long as lots of phones I’ve owned, it ALSO has gotten really difficult to charge. It works fine with the wireless charging via the stand by my bed. But it doesn’t charge at all with most UBS C cords, and is flaky with the cords it recognizes at all. So it’s hard to just give it a boost late in the day.

I don’t think they sell it any more. The new one is larger (which is to say, much worse from my perspective – the biggest problem I had with my prior phone is that it was too big, and I’ve loved that this one is smaller.)

So, what are my options?

  1. hang on to this as long as I can
  2. see if I can replace the battery and/or repair the USB C port
  3. try to buy a “new” one
  4. look for a different model that I like

Any suggestions?

Well, this won’t be very helpful, but back when I had an iphone 6, I was able to successfully replace the battery using They sold through amazon at the time. It looks like their latest product is for the iphone 7 & that they’re having a bit of a kerfuffle with amazon to boot.

They had very easy to use instructions…well, not very easy but easy enough that even I could do it.

So, I guess my point is, maybe there’s something similar out there for your Pixel 5. I would think that something so non-apple would be more likely to be user-fix-it-friendly.

And at least the Pixel 5 was a very popular phone, so yeah, there’s likely a secondary market for parts and stuff.

Have you tried cleaning the charging port with a needle or paper clip? It is surprisingly easy for it to get some lint/fuzz stuck in it and that can result in the charging issues you are describing.

The upcoming Pixel 6a is only marginally bigger than the Pixel 5. I’d consider trading that one in

I looked, there’s no lint in it. (I’ve “repaired” my husband’s phone by removing lint a couple of times.) I suspect there’s a little corrosion on the port, though.

And hey, Google says that local "UbreakIfix places can repair it. That might be a good option.

Hmm, it’s slightly wider and thicker, but significantly taller. The fingerprint reader is weirdly on the front, instead of the back, where the Pixel 5 conveniently has it. It’s not quite as highly rated for environmental sealing, but probably good enough (and probably better than a repaired phone…) Looking okay. Taller is a nuisance, but not a deal breaker…

But no wireless charging. I LOVE wireless charging. Wireless charging is why my phone is still useable, too.

I dunno, I’d really prefer to stick with the 5. It seems better.

And I was wrong. I decided to go in with a needle anyway, and see if I could just scrape the edges of the port and maybe remove some corrosion, and what looked like corrosion was extremely tightly-packed lint. After removing the lint, it seems to be happy with most of the USB C charging cables lying around. It still doesn’t like the high-powered one that came with a recent laptop, but that’s probably software incompatibility.

So now it’s just a battery that is no longer good for a full day of heavy use. But is good for heavy use through 8PM, or moderate use all day, and can be recharged.


I may still look into getting a new battery, though.


Also, for anyone reading along – I highly recommend a needle over a paperclip. It’s much thinner at the end, and the point is good for snagging bits of fluff.

As I mentioned above, this is a “repair” I’ve done several times, and I’m pretty good at it.

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Yeah, I’ve had to go through this a couple times with my phone.

Glad that worked. Getting a larger head and hands is almost as easy as getting a phone repair.


What do people do on their phones all day that turns into ‘heavy use’?

I realize I am a month late to the discussion, but I would have just invested in a couple of extra wireless chargers (work/home/school/bedroom) to make life more convenient, and VIOLA, phone’s life is extended another year.

Having examined the market, i plan to try to hang in to it for another year in the hopes that there’s a smaller pixel next time.

I’ve enjoyed my current phone, a Pixel 4a 5G, but one flaw in this model that I didn’t experience even once in my previous Pixel phones bugs me: overheating. When the temp is over 85ish, and particularly in the sun, it tends to overheat. The phone shuts down some features to prevent damage when it overheats. If I put it in my pocket for a few minutes it’s good to go again, but it’s annoying. There are lots of days here in the summer where it’s that hot, so I’m not dealing with that again next summer. I think it’s a good phone otherwise, but that’s a dealbreaker for me here.

Debating on whether to get a Samsung Galaxy S22Ultra now, or wait a few months to check out the upcoming Pixel 7 models. I thought that particular Samsung seemed too pricey when it was released compared to other flagships, but the price has dropped a lot now. Another potential factor is that my current phone has a $100 trade in value now, which will certainly continue to decrease over time.