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April 21, 2014
My pictures were cloudy and also had big spots on the pictures even when I took a picture of a blank white wall. I did some searching on one and found out that I need to replace the glass lens on the back cover. I did that and it was clear again BUT I still had the spots/dots on pictures even though they were now clear. After doing some searching again I found other people with the same issue and said it was a rear camera issue. I found the camera and detailed instructions on the iFixit site so I took the plunge and ordered it.
After working up my nerve:), I proceeded to take the iPhone apart and remove the camera. The screw were the smallest ones I've ever dealt with and it went pretty well until I went to put the screws back in. Once I got some extra magnification on the screws, I was able to reassemble everything until I got to the back glass which I had already had off and off several times already without a problem. It turns out the battery (which I removed was a little at an angle and once I pried it over to the left, the nubs were able to go into the slots and then the back went on fine. Everything now works fine! It took me about 45 minutes to an hour only because of the magnification and the back cover.
So with good magnification, knowledge of keeping the battery towards the center when repositioning it back in to the adhesive and confidence, it should only take about 20 minutes or so. Thank you for the product and the instructions!
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.