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Rear Camera Replacement - People Have Problems With Phone Afterward?

Hi,

I need to replace my rear facing camera in my Samsung S5. However, I noticed that a lot of people complain about things like:

- I broke a cable

- My __________doesn't work anymore

- I tore the foil

- etc.

So, this weekend, I'm going to do a camera replacement. I have all the tools, correct parts, replacement adhesive, and a clean place to do it with as much time as I need.

Do I have anything to worry about? I've previewed several tutorials, including the one at iFixit, and am just a little trepidatious.

Thanks in advance,

Maitai

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iBar,

First, thanks for your answer earlier. This is an update.

I bricked my phone. The touchscreen did not work. The DISPLAY worked beautifully, but then touch did not, nor could I get the phone to start in recovery mode.

This job was necessary. I had to do it. I'm a firefighter as well as a Buildings Manager, and I can't live without a reliable camera on my phone.

I had EVERY single tool I needed - and then some. I even made my own iOpener (sock with rice, and all tied up - use water in the microwave in a cup, but then place plastic over the device while warming so as not to pump moisture into it.) For whatever reason, it just didn't work out.

Realizing I was in a tough spot, and that it would likely not be resolved by a tech (and after many attempts at fixing it myself through various means, found on YouTube,) I decided to pull the screen off again - and not lightly - I basically manhandled it off, because I just HAD to know whether or not the connector to the screen was properly seated. It was. So, whatever happened, probably happened when I was handling the board, or prying out the midframe.

I was going to go to Verizon to pick up something cheap, but then decided to switch to T-Mobile since they bought out the contract - I may be moving to a remote area, and T-Mobile is known to be excellent in the area I might go to, if I do. Looks promising, actually. Job change.

So, this was somewhat lemons into lemonade. Yeah, I'm on the hook for the 1/4 of the phone I bricked, but that's probably only about $125. I would've spent almost that on a replacement phone anyway for a crappy one to get me through the next 6 months, and if I do move, with crappy cell service. So I picked up an S7 at TM. It cost me $7.00 out the door.

All in all, I am very glad I did the repair; somewhat sad everything didn't work - proud of the fact it at least started back up, received messages and operated like it should - it's just that touch screen...

I did lift up a little of the foil on the back of the display the first time around, but it seems to me it was already pre-cut. I will say this, though, I had magnification and lighting (head unit) and went VERY slowly on cutting the old adhesive. I do believe I got the screen off properly, and through the other parts otherwise.

What went wrong with the touch screen?

Many, many thanks, iBar. You have no idea how much I appreciate all of what you did for me.

Regards,

Maitai

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the screen is very fragile, you have to start on top, watch out for the touch cable and use enough heat to separate the lcd from the frame...

I wish you good luck but if you are not used to repair samsung phones the chance of failing is over 50%...

please keep us posted on how you did...

have a nice repair

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Hi iBar,

Many, many thanks for taking the time to help me in my endeavor. I appreciate your time and expertise - AND honesty with your opinion on success rates. No need to give pie-in-the-sky projections about what people think they can accomplish when it's unlikely to be true.

While I have not done this phone specifically, I have extensive experience with overhauling vintage mechanical pocket watches - which gives me the soft touch I hope will help me see this through. When you're dealing with the difficulty of trying to install a part that can only be seen with magnification and lighting, and at the same time, have to fight against your own tremors, breathing, and heartbeat to get the job done, I would hope a phone would be something I could do.

I'll update you when I complete the job.

Thanks again, you made my day.

Regards,

Maitai

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