iPhone 3GS Camera Replacement

Want to replace or take out the camera? Here's how.

Relevant Parts
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Edit Step 1 Camera  ¶ 

  • Remove the two Phillips #00 screws from the dock-connector end of the iPhone.

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  • Remove the metal handle from the suction cup. It's easier and safer to grip the suction cup's base instead of the metal handle.

  • There is a rubber gasket between the silver front bezel and black display assembly. A bit of force is required in this step to separate the iPhone's display assembly.

  • Be very careful when opening the iPhone so that the cables under the display are not severed.

  • Use a small suction cup near the Home button to gently pull up the bottom portion of the iPhone's display assembly.

  • If the display assembly is to damaged to allow the suction cup to adhere, tape with a strong adhesive such as duct tape maybe used.

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  • The display assembly is still connected to the iPhone by several cables, so don't try to remove it entirely just yet.

  • Rotate the display assembly up until it is at an angle of approximately 45 degrees.

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  • Continue to hold the display assembly with one hand, and use your other hand and a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "1."

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  • Rotate the display assembly up until it is roughly vertical. This will allow easier access for disconnecting the remaining cables.

  • Use a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "2."

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  • Ribbon cable "3" is held in place by an FPC style connector. Unlocking this connector is a must before removing the ribbon cable: use a plastic spudger to flip up the white plastic tab holding the remaining ribbon cable in place. The white tab will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable.

  • Slide the black ribbon cable out of its connector, and remove the display assembly from the iPhone.

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  • Insert your SIM eject tool or a paper clip into the hole next to the headphone jack.

  • Press down on the tool until the SIM card tray pops out.

  • Grasp the SIM card tray and slide it out of the iPhone.

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  • Use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "4."

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  • Use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "5."

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  • Use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "6."

  • If you have an iPhone 3GS, refer to picture 2 and use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "7."

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  • Carefully peel up the small sticker labeled "Do not remove."

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  • Remove the following 8 screws:

    • Five 2.3 mm Phillips #00 screws with partial threads securing the logic board to the rear panel.

    • Two 2.3 mm Phillips #00 screws with full threads securing the logic board and camera.

    • One 2.9 mm Phillips #00 screw from beneath the "Do not remove" sticker.

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  • Use a spudger to gently pry the camera up and out of its housing in the rear panel. The camera cannot be removed entirely yet because it's connected to the bottom of the logic board.

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  • Use a spudger to gently pry up the end of the logic board closest to the dock connector.

  • If the board won't lift up, double check to make sure all the screws securing the logic board have been removed.

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  • Slide the logic board towards the dock connector and out of the iPhone.

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  • Use a spudger to disconnect the camera from the logic board.

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

For more information, check out the iPhone 3GS device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver

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Small Suction Cup

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Was easier than i thought. Now have a legit phone with no camera to use at work.

tecmomike, · Reply

Is the camera (lens) available for separate purchase? If so, can we upgrade the camera? like 3mgp or 5mgp? Thanks

NRana, · Reply

Quote from NRana:

Is the camera (lens) available for separate purchase? If so, can we upgrade the camera? like 3mgp or 5mgp? Thanks

dont think so

Nick, · Reply

Thanks! I followed the instructions and it worked perfectly. Don't forget to turn your phone off beforehand!

Shawn, · Reply

Quote from Shawn:

Thanks! I followed the instructions and it worked perfectly. Don't forget to turn your phone off beforehand!

Also should note that the tab that you have to flip in step six is black, and not white (my colors were reversed from the pic, which is not a 3G).

Shawn, · Reply

There is a little silver clip that needs to go on top of the camera to secure it. If this is not done correctly the camera will not work. Ensure the small silver clip is secured the exact same way as you saw it initially, and ensure the cable is fitted correctly.

Eugene Tackleberry, · Reply

Can we get a picture or video of this. I tried to fix my iPhone using this guide and your comment is exactly why my camera will not work. It would be very helpful to see the position of the clip the way it is supposed to be connected.

catherine, · Reply

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