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March 24, 2014
My iPhone 4 developed a common and frustrating problem - the flash LED was stuck on, even when the phone powered off. After trying all remedies proposed online, I decided to replace the iPhone camera.
This is not an easy repair - I screwed it up multiple times and figured out what I'd done wrong either because I couldn't get the case to close, or because the new camera also had the LED on, or wouldn't take photos. Ultimately, I worked it out and have a perfectly functioning iPhone, but not without a few moments of flopsweat.
It's really hard to connect the cable from the phone to the socket. You will likely fail to seat it correctly at least once. I resorted to keeping the battery in place, disconnecting the connector partially (I left the screw in loosely, and used my spudger to disconnect the battery connector. Then I wrestled with the connector, reconnected the battery and tested with the case open. This saved a ton of time, though it obviously is more risky than removing the battery entirely.
December 15, 2013
My sister inherited an iPhone 4 from a friend... but any attempt to use the camera would hang the phone. Being the geeky big brother, I naturally offered to fix it!
Someone had obviously been into the phone ahead of me, because the main entry screws weren't the stock items. Got inside easily, following the iFixit how to guide... swapped the new rear camera module in, and it worked like a charm!
Don't be afraid of taking on a repair for a family member! They will love you even more because you've fixed it!
November 18, 2013
Phone took a brief dip in the bath and afterward the light on the camera would remain on. Figured since we were replacing the camera I'd go ahead and fix the home button which had become less responsive.
This repair was a bit easier than ones I've done in the past (2g, 3g, and 3gs). The camera is a piece of cake - just a few screws and a cable and viola. The home button took a little more effort. You have to take pretty much the entire thing apart but the guide was easy to follow and walked me through perfectly - except I missed one screw at the top causing problems getting the LCD off. My bad. The home button is a little tricky getting seated in the cable slot but after a little patience and some tweezers I was able to work it in. Now she works like a dream!
Best advice is to keep yourself organized. Get something to put the screws in. I use soda bottle lids. I usually have a bunch lying around and they are easy to organize. Patience is key when dealing with the delicate cables of the home button and other parts.