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Introduction

Use this guide to replace a broken rear-facing camera in your Fairphone.

  1. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Back Cover: step 1, image 1 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Back Cover: step 1, image 2 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Back Cover: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • There is a small indentation in the side of the phone near the bottom of the back cover.

    • With the indentation as leverage, use your fingernail to pry the bottom portion of the back cover from the phone.

  2. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the back cover down and remove it from the phone.

  3. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 1 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 2 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • There is a small indentation in the back of the phone just below the battery.

    • Use a fingernail in this indentation to push the battery toward the top of the phone

    • Pull the battery out away from the phone.

  4. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery from your Fairphone.

  5. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, SIM and MicroSD Card: step 5, image 1 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, SIM and MicroSD Card: step 5, image 2 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, SIM and MicroSD Card: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Use your finger to slide the SIM card straight down out of its tray.

    • Remove the SIM card from your Fairphone.

    • Repeat this procedure if you have a second SIM card.

    • Be sure to remove all SIM cards before servicing your phone.

  6. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • If you have a microSD card, use your finger to slide it straight out of its slot.

    • Remove the microSD card from your phone.

  7. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Midframe Assembly: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the five 3.9 mm Phillips #000 screws securing the midframe to the display assembly.

  8. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • The midframe is secured to the display assembly by several small plastic clips.

    • Use an opening pick to carefully pry the midframe away from the display assembly.

    • Start just below the volume rocker and work your way down toward the bottom of the phone, freeing the plastic clips along the side.

  9. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully round the corner, separating the midframe from the display assembly.

  10. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • After rounding the next corner, the midframe should be free along the bottom and the sides.

  11. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Run the opening pick and pry along the top seam.

    • To avoid bending or damaging the opening picks, do not pry near to the power switch, USB port, or headphone jack.

  12. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Separate any remaining clips and remove the midframe from the phone.

  13. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Motherboard Assembly: step 13, image 1 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Motherboard Assembly: step 13, image 2 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Motherboard Assembly: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to remove the volume rocker and power buttons from the display assembly.

    • During reassembly make sure the orientation of the buttons is correct. The rubber backings must fit into the channels in the assembly.

  14. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable connector.

    • Make sure to only disconnect the connector from its socket, and not the entire socket from the board.

  15. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers to remove the adhesive foam tape from the top of the digitizer cable ZIF socket.

  16. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Use the tip of a spudger to flip open the tab on the digitizer ZIF connector.

    • Use tweezers to pull the digitizer cable away from its socket on the motherboard.

  17. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three 2.5 mm Phillips #000 screws securing the motherboard to the display assembly.

  18. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 2 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Do not try to remove the motherboard just yet, as it is still connected to the display assembly by the display data cable.

    • Gently lift the top end of the motherboard up to expose the display data cable.

    • The rear-facing camera may be adhered to the display assembly. Try to pry it and the motherboard up together.

  19. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 2 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the display data cable from the back of the motherboard.

  20. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the motherboard from the display assembly.

  21. Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Rear Camera: step 21, image 1 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Rear Camera: step 21, image 2 of 3 Fairphone 1 Rear Camera Replacement, Rear Camera: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the rear-facing camera cable connector from its socket on the motherboard.

    • Remove the rear facing camera from the motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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