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iPhone 5 Rear Camera

$39.95

Product code: IF118-004-1
Apple Part #: 821-1662, 821-1662-A

Product Overview

Camera not focusing properly? No longer responding at all? Fix it!

  • This is the main camera for the iPhone 5.
  • The 8 megapixel camera is capable of taking 1080p HD video.
  • The part includes the LED flash as well.

Please Note: If you have a scratched lens, this part will not solve your issue.

Compatibility

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  • All iPhone 5 Models (Not iPhone 5s or 5c)

Product Details

  $39.95

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

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Compatibility

iPhone 5
16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
 

Stories

My Problem

So a while back, I cracked my iPhone 5 screen. So I entrusted my dad with buying a new digitizer and home button (cause that wasn't functioning properly either). His fix went well. Screen was good, but the home button was some crappy knock-off from eBay or something and I had to press extra extra extra hard for it to actually work.

Over time, my rear camera wouldn't focus properly and had gotten scratches on it (probably from dropping it numerous times prior to receiving my case). But that didn't bug me much. I could make it work by hitting it a couple times. But more recently, my battery has been going insane. It would go from 80% to 30% in a few minutes, then it would die at 35% but I could still turn it back on and it would say 40%. That's what really drove me to get everything fixed.

So I went ahead and bought the rear camera, battery, home button, plus the necessary tools and just decided to do it myself this time around. No more "dad" to do it this time.

My Fix

Opening up the phone with the suction cup was pretty hard, but once you got those clips off, it wasn't such a big deal. Everything was pretty smooth sailing until I had to remove one of the front panel cable assembly brackets. I kinda lost one of the screws. Oops. No big deal though. I just used the two remaining out of the 3 to put it back on.

The battery was a serious pain the butt to remove. I practically bent that thing in half trying to pry it off the phone. I also kind of punctured it a couple times trying to use the opening tool. Thank god I was getting rid of it anyways.

After removing the logic board from the phone, it wasn't difficult to remove the camera and reattach the new one. But what sucked was trying to put it back and getting that flash twisted in the right way and getting it to stay. After wrestling it for a while, I finally held it in place long enough to screw back in one of the panels holding it in place.

Putting everything back together isn't nearly as difficult as taking it apart. So with the new battery and camera in place, all I had left to do was the home button. Of course this was a piece of cake. Removing the old one and sticking on the new one took like 2 minutes and bam! All done. Of course, it couldn't be that easy. It was a little crooked at first. So I had to go back in and fix it to where it was perfectly straight. OCD.

I had literally just got off an 9 hour shift at work and it was close to 1am when I did this fix. I was half awake and running on McDonald's sweet tea to drive me to finish it. But I was going on a trip to Dallas in the morning and I couldn't stand not fixing it now. Luckily though, it only took me and hour and a half. And it was so so SO satisfying in the end. Not bad for a first try.

My Advice

Patience. Take your time. Getting the battery out is what took the most time. It's attached by LOTS of adhesive glue, so don't be afraid to go at it but it might just be better to get a replacement battery anyway (incase you mess up the original...like I did.)

Figure out a way to separate and keep track of all the screws beforehand. It wasn't till halfway through my fix that I finally found a sufficient way to label and keep my screws on hand. F

inally, trust yourself. It can be scary to go into it with the thought of messing up, but just go for it. Don't let fear hold you back. Just find a balance between finesse and boldness and you should be good to go.

And this is coming from an 18 year old girl, with no prior experience to anything. Ever. I'm sure you got this.

My Problem

Camera wouldn't focus

My Fix

Repair went very well. Purchased a couple of recommended tools and the camera from ifixit.com. Followed the step by step instructions. Camera works great!

My Advice

Was told by my cellular provider that the phone had to be replaced. Wasn't to thrilled about starting from scratch with a new phone, so I repaired it my self.

My Problem

A number of annoying purple spots were beginning to pop up in all my photos. After a bit of Googlery, I found out that it's a hardware issue that a few people solved (without taking their phone back to Apple) by replacing the camera.

My Fix

All in all, it went well. I read all the little available comments (some helpful, some not) and did what needed to be done. It was slightly OH-NO-WHAT-WILL-BECOME-OF-THIS-HORROR?! at a few points, but I succeeded in the end. Purple spots are gone.

My Advice

Do all the steps. A few commenters suggested skipping most of the steps. In following all of them, I realized how easily I could have made a mistake if I'd listened to the skippers. Also, keep track of the pieces you remove. I simply took a piece of paper, and every time I took out a screw or a piece, I put it on the paper, drew a circle around it, and wrote the step number down. It was really easy to get everything back together in the end.

My Problem

My back camera was not working well (pics were grainy with black spots). I tried cleaning it, but that did nothing, so I swapped it out for a new one.

My Fix

Super simple. Took me 45 mins, the website walked me through step by step with very detailed pics, probably ended up saving me 40 bucks, and now I get to tell everyone that I did it myself.

My Advice

Sorry, no photo to share, I didn't think to take a picture at the the time. But I will next time.

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My Problem

Power button did not function, battery had a dead cell, and the camera had a particle of dust inside the camera that left a spot on every picture.

My Fix

It was my first time taking apart an iPhone 5 so I took my time and went slow, following the guides precisely. I had a sheet of paper to keep all the screws and parts organized. I could not have done the job without the Pro Tech Toolkit! It took me about 3 hours to replace all three items.

My Advice

Take your time. Some things take awhile to figure out, just don't rush it. Now that I know how everything comes apart I think I could do the same job in about an hour. If anyone needs help or has specific questions I'd be happy to help!

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My Problem

My iPhone camera would no longer focus.

My Fix

More involved then I expected but went well. I had to open it up a few times to re-seat the front assembly cables.

My Advice

Don't worry too much about getting the flash seated properly when the camera is first placed. What until placing the logic board bracket (Step 16) to shift the flash into the right position.

My Problem

My original iPhone 5 rear facing camera was clear for the first second after opening the camera app. After that point the camera would blur as it tried to focus. At one point it was making some horrendous noises as it tried to focus on items around the room.

My Fix

Absolutely fabulous. The one part that was tricky was getting the camera flash to properly sit in place while trying to install the motherboard, camera and cover plate. Otherwise it was a piece of cake and the repair guide was perfect!

My Advice

Be VERY meticulous, deliberate and patient while doing the repair. Rushing will cause errors. Using an ice tray labeled with masking tape by step makes a great parts tray. Silicone baking sheets make a great anti static mat. If you find yourself getting frustrated, as I did with the camera flash, just get up and step away for a minute.

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My Problem

Basically because the cost to fix the phone was way cheaper than new or Ebay.

My Fix

Everything went together without a hitch. Had to do some bending on the corners of the case with some needle-nose pliers to get the screen to pop back in.

My Advice

Take your time and get a case for your phone! :-)

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My Problem

initially i thought the dirt particles inside the iphone 5 camera prevented the focus for getting to work properly, but after an initial genius bar date, it was obvious, the camera has a technical problem. the kind offer to get a out of guarantee special priced phone was not an option.

My Fix

smooth and perfect thanks to the advices given by the guide. I took about 2 hours to finish the job, three cigarettes and two coffees. perfect wake up job. It was a pleasure to see the high tec precission of fabrication. respect for this layout.

My Advice

After the battery is removed you have to do a reset of date and time, otherwise the network is not working. so:

set date and time, restart and voila everything back online.

My Problem

The rear camera was broken, probably due to a drop on a hard surface.

My Fix

The repair was much more complicated than expected, but after a day of use it seems like it turned out well. So, if you're inexperienced like me.. Don't try do this repair unless you are willing to buy yourself a new iPhone.

My Advice

Clearing the kitchen table after kids had gone to bed this was a different yet challenging experience. Learning something new but also understanding what is inside the gadget you're so dependent on. My only question was: Who actually makes these phones, robots or children!!? Even my slim pianofingers were a lot too clumsy to manage to place the small 1,2mm phillips-screws back in the holes at first or fifth attempt. Needless to say: It took a lot of trying and several hours to succeed my repair.