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Introduction

You've already gotten To the Camera Assembly, so why not go just a bit further? Lint can easily get in and wreak havoc with the micro-ball-bearings found within the camera assembly, and cleaning the assembly iis quite straightforward. Beware: Really Teeny Parts ahead!!

Image 1/3: Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone. Image 2/3: Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone. Image 3/3: Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone.
  • Slide the battery cover downwards while applying pressure to the center of the battery cover with your thumb.

  • Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone.

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  • Grasp the upper left corner of the battery and lift it out of its housing.

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Image 1/1: The cover is attached by adhesive, so some force may be required.
  • Use a spudger to lift and remove the black plastic screw cover at the top of the phone near the camera.

  • The cover is attached by adhesive, so some force may be required.

This is actually extremely difficult to do with the plastic spudger pictured. I was forced to use the thin sharp tip on a metal spudger to get any leverage, which slightly damages the plastic.

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Image 1/2: Peel the ribbon up off the phone. Image 2/2: Peel the ribbon up off the phone.
  • Using the tip of a spudger, peel up one corner of the gold ribbon beneath the battery compartment.

  • Peel the ribbon up off the phone.

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Image 1/2: This label contains important information specific to the phone. Remove it with care and keep it in a safe place. Image 2/2: This label contains important information specific to the phone. Remove it with care and keep it in a safe place.
  • Carefully peel the device information label that covers the motherboard EMI shields.

  • This label contains important information specific to the phone. Remove it with care and keep it in a safe place.

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Image 1/1: The thin plastic cover is attached to the phone with an adhesive. Work slowly and carefully.
  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry the plastic camera cover up off the phone.

  • The thin plastic cover is attached to the phone with an adhesive. Work slowly and carefully.

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  • Remove the seven 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws securing the rear case to the inner case.

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  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry downwards to release the plastic tab holding the rear case to the motherboard screw.

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Image 1/1: Carefully pry the top edge of the rear case up from the rest of the phone.
  • Gently insert a spudger between the rear case and front case at the top of the phone, near the audio jack.

  • Carefully pry the top edge of the rear case up from the rest of the phone.

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Image 1/2: Continue prying along the bottom edge of the device from right to left, freeing it from the front panel. Image 2/2: Continue prying along the bottom edge of the device from right to left, freeing it from the front panel.
  • With the spudger still inserted between the rear case and front case, slide the spudger along the right edge of the device, moving toward the bottom, prying as you go.

  • Continue prying along the bottom edge of the device from right to left, freeing it from the front panel.

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Image 1/2: Lift the rear case up out of the phone. Image 2/2: Lift the rear case up out of the phone.
  • Continue prying the rear case from the front case along the left side, moving from bottom to top.

  • Lift the rear case up out of the phone.

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  • Carefully lift and remove the speaker assembly up out of the phone.

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Image 1/3: De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case. Image 2/3: De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case. Image 3/3: De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case.
  • Use a spudger to pry the antenna cable connectors from their respective sockets on the motherboard and the speaker/antenna board.

  • De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case.

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  • Peel the black tape covering the side button and display ribbon connectors on the motherboard.

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  • Disconnect the power button/volume button connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

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  • Disconnect the display ribbon connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

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Image 1/1: Don't attempt to remove the motherboard yet, it is still attached by the keypad ribbon connector.
  • Remove three 3.8 mm T5 Torx screws securing the motherboard to the front case.

  • Don't attempt to remove the motherboard yet, it is still attached by the keypad ribbon connector.

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Image 1/2: Disconnect the keypad connector by prying it  straight up off its socket on the motherboard. Image 2/2: Remove the motherboard from the phone.
  • Carefully lift the motherboard from the front case and lay it next to the Droid, minding the keypad connector that is still attached.

  • Disconnect the keypad connector by prying it straight up off its socket on the motherboard.

  • Remove the motherboard from the phone.

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Image 1/2: Disconnect the camera connector from its socket by prying it straight up with a spudger. Image 2/2: Remove the camera assembly.
  • Orient the motherboard so that the camera lens is face down.

  • Disconnect the camera connector from its socket by prying it straight up with a spudger.

  • Remove the camera assembly.

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Image 1/1: Note the orientation of the Dimple on the side of the cover, as it will need to go on the same way during Reassembly.
  • Use a flat jewelers screwdriver to gently pry up the housing surrounding the Camera lens. Pry up one side first, then the other.

  • Note the orientation of the Dimple on the side of the cover, as it will need to go on the same way during Reassembly.

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  • With the cover off, you can now see the top of the Lens holder, and immediately next to that the white Micro-Ball-Bearing shuttle. Normally, the Lens Holder should somewhat easily raise and lower, but if you are This far into it, chances are that it isn't moving easily.

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Image 1/1: WARNING: Don't just turn over the assembly and tap it on the work surface: You can Easily lose the Micro-Ball-Bearing shuttle!!
  • To lift out the Lens Holder, use a Pin to carefully lift an edge of the Lens Holder.

  • WARNING: Don't just turn over the assembly and tap it on the work surface: You can Easily lose the Micro-Ball-Bearing shuttle!!

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Image 1/1: DON'T SNEEZE! That Micro-Ball-Bearing shuttle is quite lightweight, indeed!!
  • With the Lens holder lifted, the Micro-Ball-Bearing shuttle will simply fall into the cavity: Gently tip out the shuttle onto your work surface.

  • DON'T SNEEZE! That Micro-Ball-Bearing shuttle is quite lightweight, indeed!!

  • The CCD is at the Bottom of the Cavity: Please respect it,and dont touch it with anything dirty!!

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Conclusion

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

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