iPod Touch 5th Generation Rear-Facing Camera Replacement

Remove the rear-facing camera from your iPod Touch 5th Generation.

Use this guide to remove the rear-facing camera from your iPod Touch. This can be done without disconnecting the display from the logic board.

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Edit Step 1 Front Panel  ¶ 

  • Center the suction cup on the lower section of the glass, with its edge centered over the home button.

  • Press in firmly and make sure the cup has a strong seal.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Hold the iPod firmly against a table or bench.

    • Place your thumb and index finger over the lower corners of the display to stop the display from opening too far when the adhesive breaks.

  • Lift the suction cup up and back toward the top of the iPod. Be patient, and pull with firm, constant force until the adhesive breaks and the display comes up from the rear case.

    • After the display begins to lift from the rear case, be careful not to lift more than about an inch—a fragile plastic frame still connects the display assembly to the rear case.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • In the following steps, you will be loosening and freeing the plastic frame that surrounds the screen. It is connected to the rear case with several clips.

  • Starting at the top right of the device, insert a plastic opening tool into the gap between the plastic frame and the aluminum rear case.

  • Slide the tool down this crack, loosening the frame from the case.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the frame and the rear case behind the first clip.

  • Rock the tool sideways, to spread the gap behind the clip and separate it from the rear case.

  • This may not free the clip initially, but repeating the procedure for each clip will begin to loosen the piece.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Repeat the procedure with the next two clips on this side.

  • You may have to go back and forth between the clips to free all of them. Take your time and be careful and patient, as the plastic frame is quite fragile.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Moving on to the left side of the device, insert a plastic opening tool into the gap between the plastic frame and the aluminum rear case near the top.

  • Slide the tool down this crack, loosening the frame from the case.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the frame and the rear case behind the first clip on the left side.

  • Rock the tool sideways, to spread the gap behind the clip and separate it from the rear case.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Repeat the procedure with the next two clips on this side.

  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the plastic frame and aluminum rear case behind the second clip.

  • Rock the tool sideways, loosening the clip from the case.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Using the same procedure, loosen the last clip securing the plastic frame to the rear case.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the display assembly and the rear case near the top of the iPod.

  • Slightly twist the opening tool to pry the front panel up from the rear case.

  • Separate the display assembly from the iPod.

    • Do not try to completely remove the front panel, as it is still connected by several cables.

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Edit Step 11 LCD Shield Plate  ¶ 

  • Gently fold the display over away from the rest of the iPod, taking care not to disconnect or break any of the ribbon cables. Set the two halves flat on a table or bench.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the home button switch up from the LCD plate.

  • Do not attempt to remove the home button switch, as it is connected to components below the LCD plate.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the LCD plate to the rear case:

    • Two 1.2 mm #00 Phillips screws

    • Nine 1.6 mm #00 Phillips screws

    • One 2.3 mm #00 Phillips screw

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Lift up and remove the LCD plate from the iPod.

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Edit Step 14 Battery  ¶ 

  • Remove three 1.6 mm #00 Phillips screws securing the logic board to the rear case.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • There are three notches on either side of the battery. In the next few steps, you will be using these notches to gradually pry the battery up from the rear case.

  • The battery is secured with large amounts of adhesive, so you'll need to go slowly and carefully to avoid puncturing or creasing the battery.

  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the top right notch and gently pry up on the battery.

  • Do not attempt to pry up the entire battery at this point; you just want to start to loosen the adhesive at each of the prying points, in turn.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Continue with the lower right notch. Insert the plastic opening tool into the notch, and gently pry up on the side of the battery.

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Continue prying the battery up from the bottom.

  • When prying along the bottom, be careful not to press down too hard against the speaker or headphone jack.

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Pry along the left side as well.

  • You may need to move back and forth between the sides and bottom of the battery, prying a small amount at a time until the battery is entirely free from the adhesive.

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Once all of the adhesive is loosened, lift the battery up from the bottom and swing it out over the left side of the rear case.

  • Be careful not to yank it out, as it is soldered to the logic board.

  • Flip the battery over to straighten its cable and set it down.

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Edit Step 20 Front Camera  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip the front-facing camera out of its socket in the display assembly.

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Edit Step 21 Lightning Connector Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to peel back a small piece of tape covering a screw on the side of the headphone jack.

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the headphone jack, Lightning connector, and speaker.

    • Three 2.6 mm #00 Phillips screws

    • Two 2.0 mm #00 Phillips screws

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the speaker up from the rear case.

  • Do not try to remove the speaker, as it is soldered to the Lightning connector assembly.

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Grasping the large ribbon cable, gently pull the Lightning connector assembly out of the bottom of the case.

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Edit Step 25 Rear-Facing Camera  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of a plastic opening tool to disconnect the rear-facing camera ribbon cable from the back of the logic board.

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to gently pull the rear-facing camera ribbon cable out from underneath the logic board.

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the rear-facing camera and its frame.

  • Gently twist the spudger to free the camera.

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Lift the rear-facing camera up out of its socket and remove it from the iPod Touch.

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

For more information, check out the iPod Touch 5th Generation device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Step 2.5: Recover iPod from far side of the room due to suction assisted throwing.

thanks, Apple

Nick Hughes, · Reply

If you have trouble lifting the home button switch up with the plastic opening tool, you can try using an opening pick instead.

matthew, · Reply

Hi I just replaced my screen on my ipod touch 5th gen and i connect all the ribbon chords and every thing and when i connect one of the ribbons from the screen to the motherboard the motherboard starts to get hot! The screen isnt actually fully on, I wanted to make sure it turned on before I snapped it back in place. Any ideas? When I disconnect the ribbon the temp goes down. Screen is an OEM screen from Apple. I read somewhere, and i have personally have done it, that you can short the battery on the ipod touch 4th and it fixes it but im not sure on the 5th.

Eddie, · Reply

I have the same problem. I am going to change the battery. I let you to know if it solved the problem. Please let me know if you solve your problem. Thanks

ismael452000, · Reply

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