Nexus 4 Camera Replacement

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This guide shows how to remove and replace the phone's camera.

  • Author: Kaitlyn Jones
  • Time required: 10 to 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

This guide shows how to remove and install the phone's camera located in the top left-hand corner of the motherboard.

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Edit Step 1 Back Cover  ¶ 

  • Remove the SIM tray using the SIM Card Eject Tool

  • The SIM tray with the SIM card needs to be removed to remove the back case

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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  • Gently open the back case by prying along the edge of the cover, starting at a corner of the phone and circling around the phone using a plastic opening tool. This can take a few minutes.

  • Notice that as you are opening it, the plastic will make a light snapping noise as the back cover separates from the rest of the phone.

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Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

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  • Pry the battery out carefully with a Plastic Opening Tools, starting at the top left-hand corner and working down towards the bottom right-hand corner.

  • The battery is securely glued to the phone, this may take a bit of time.

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Edit Step 6 Plastic Midframe  ¶ 

  • Remove the nine 4.6 mm Phillips #000 screws. Gently lift out the plastic cover.

  • The midframe is held in with two clips, one at either side. Use a plastic spudger to release each side and gently lift up and away.

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Edit Step 7 Camera  ¶ 

  • Gently pry the metal tab up using a spudger, and lift up the disconnected black flap.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • With a spudger, carefully pry up the black tab connecting the camera to the motherboard.

  • Lift up the camera from the socket.

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

For more information, check out the Nexus 4 device page.

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Remove Sim Tray before opening the case, chance to broke the case with sim tray inserted.

sajishv, · Reply

Tried using the smaller opening tool first, but the tip broke off quite violently. Switched over to the bigger one and that worked a bit better.

Just be very patient especially around the corners.

coolspongebob92, · Reply

Definitely need patience for this. Unfortunately, I broke one end of the plastic opening where the SIM card tray goes. Quite fragile right there, especially as you wrestle with the corner. I think it broke as one of the corners popped off.

Ahmad, · Reply

Seriously, you can use your nails to get a better grip and feel the snap before you break anything. My plastic opening tool didn't work as expected and left pieces of plastic inside the case.

castanedamiguel, · Reply

Sorry for my poor english, i'm french ;-). I change my N4 backdoor. I agree with the fact that you must be patient to remove the whole backdoor. At the beginning, it's easy to open a breach, but to remove the entire backdoor, i take less than 10 minutes. I break an opening tool, i use my nails, and with my last plastic opening tool, i turn around the phone and i finally full open it. So be patient and do not force. Thx I fix it !

Siegfried Akougna, · Reply

what do i do if the screw is stripped?

Amulya, · Reply

Why is it important to remove the battery because I cannot see it causing any hindrance in removing the black panel that houses the camera and other circuitry

Rajat Singh, · Reply

I successfully replaced my speaker without removing the battery. Better save users some time by deleting steps 4 and 5 from this tutorial. Thanks a lot by the way :)

castanedamiguel, · Reply

Indeed you can probably technically remove the speaker without removing the battery however removing the battery as soon as possible once you get inside, or before getting inside a device when possible, is not worth! First it prevent from any short circuit that can destroy the device and it is also a way to ensure the device is totally disabled before starting fixing it. Those devices today are always powered even if turned off. So to conclude: Always remove the battery before you make any job inside a device. Do this step in priority as soon as the battery can be removed.

Gaetan,

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