Motorola Moto X Rear Facing Camera Replacement

Replace the rear-facing camera in a Motorola Moto X.

Use this guide to replace a broken camera in your Motorola Moto X, its lunch somewhere, and your food ain't gonna Instagram itself.

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Edit Step 1 SIM Card  ¶ 

  • Insert the SIM card eject tool into the hole in the side of the SIM card tray and push to eject the tray.

  • Remove the SIM card tray.

  • If the SIM card does not fall free from the tray on its own, simply remove it with your fingers.

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Edit Step 2 Back Cover Assembly  ¶ 

  • In the following steps you will be releasing the clips holding the phone's cases together. However, the back case is also secured with an adhesive pad. After separating the clips you will use an iOpener to allow the case to fully open. Do not attempt to fully open the phone before loosening the adhesive.

  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the seam between the front and rear covers near the SIM card slot.

  • Slide the plastic opening tool along the seam toward the upper corner.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Carefully slide the plastic opening tool around the corner, freeing it from clips.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Run the plastic opening tool along the seam nearest the headphone jack on the top of the phone.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Pry around the top right corner of the phone between the two covers.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Carefully slide the opening tool along the button side of the phone.

  • The plastic on the front cover is thinner here and the buttons may move around; go slowly to avoid damaging the buttons or the front cover.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the seam just below the volume rocker to widen the gap.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Continue prying to the lower corner of the phone.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Carefully pry from the corner to the edge of the USB port.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Insert the plastic opening tool at the other end of the USB port and slide around the corner.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Continue separating clips around the corner and along the length of the phone.

  • Once you are certain the clips have all been separated, use the following two steps to prepare your iOpener.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Place the iOpener, not your device, in the microwave and heat it for one minute on the highest power setting.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair procedure.

    • If you have not used your iOpener for some time, or this is the first time you are using the iOpener, microwave it wrapped in a damp paper towel. This will prevent it from burning if it is overheated.

  • We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the corners.

  • The bag will be very hot, so be careful when handling it. Use an oven mitt if necessary.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Lay the iOpener over the phone to loosen the adhesive securing the back cover. Let the bag sit on the device for approximately 90 seconds before attempting to remove the cover.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Starting from the SIM slot side, carefully peel the back cover off of the phone.

  • The back cover is very flexible, but you don't want to damage any internal components by being too hasty.

  • Do not separate the back cover entirely; it is still connected to the phone by the camera flash cable.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Gently set the back cover down in a way that exposes the camera flash cable connector, but does not put strain on it.

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the flash cable ZIF connector.

  • Be sure to pry only on the flap itself, not on the connector.

  • Pull the flash cable straight out of its socket.

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Separate the back cover from the phone.

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Edit Step 19 Lower Antenna Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 3 mm T3 Torx screws securing the lower antenna assembly to the phone.

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the lower antenna assembly and free it from the phone.

  • Remove the antenna assembly.

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Edit Step 21 Battery  ¶ 

  • Insert the tip of a spudger under the battery cable near the connector to lift it straight up from its socket.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the NFC antenna cable connector.

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the ZIF retaining flap from the button assembly cable connector.

  • Slide the tip of the spudger under the button assembly cable near the connector to pull the cable straight out of its socket.

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger under the interconnect cable to free it from the adhesive holding it to the battery.

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to peel the adhesive pull-tab off the top of battery.

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Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Use the adhesive pull-tab to lift the battery from its recess.

  • The battery is secured to the motherboard with mild adhesive. Peel slowly, and be careful not to bend or puncture the battery.

  • Remove the battery from the phone.

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Edit Step 26 Motherboard Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the five 3 mm T3 Torx screws from the headphone jack/speaker assembly.

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Insert a spudger under the panhandle of the headphone jack/speaker assembly and pry it up from its recess.

  • Remove the headphone jack/speaker assembly.

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Push the tip of a spudger under the microphone assembly clip to free it from the earpiece speaker.

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Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to free the microphone assembly cable connector.

  • Use tweezers to remove the microphone assembly.

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Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the front-facing camera cable connector.

  • Remove the front-facing camera from its recess with a pair of tweezers.

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Remove the final two 3 mm T3 Torx screws from the SIM slot bracket.

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Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Remove the SIM slot bracket from the motherboard.

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Edit Step 33  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger under the motherboard above the button assembly cable, and pry it out of the phone.

  • Be careful not to snag any cables.

  • The buttons may pop out of their recesses; take care not to lose them.

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Edit Step 34  ¶ 

  • Gently lift the motherboard out of the phone, rotating it from the SIM slot edge of the phone.

  • Do not attempt to separate the motherboard entirely; it is still connected to the display by the display cable.

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Edit Step 35  ¶ 

  • Lay the motherboard down to allow access to the display cable connector.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip the retaining tab on the display cable ZIF connector.

  • Carefully pull the display cable out of its connector as you remove the motherboard from the display assembly.

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Edit Step 36 Rear Facing Camera  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the retaining tab on the rear-facing camera ZIF cable connector.

  • Remove the rear-facing camera from the motherboard.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Motorola Moto X device page.

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This took me about an hour or so to do after I got the right tools. I ordered the iOpener "kit" and stupid me thinking that ifixit would directly link you from this page to a kit that works with it, so I didn't read that the kit comes with a T5 torx bit and not a T3. Also no tweezers. Other than that this guide works perfect. The only tricky parts really were getting the battery out; "mild adhesive" my !@#. I used the black tool to slowly pry the battery out. Be patient and the adhesive will give. The other tricky part was getting the motherboard plugged back in. I thought I had it in the first time but apparently didn't. If you get it all back together and all the phone does when you turn it on is do a 1-2sec vibrate every 10 sec or so then check the connection on the motherboard. Great guide for getting your phone DOD ready. Or any job that doesn't allow camera phones on site!

joeracke, · Reply

These screws appear to have some yellow locktite on them. I rounded 2 of them, so take caution and make sure your screw driver fits correctly. Otherwise you will need to find a drill press to extract them.

stevengrey, · Reply

Is the glass glued to the LCD like the iPhone 5? Is it possible to repair a broken front glass without changing the whole assembly?

alisio, · Reply

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