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Introduction

Follow this guide to remove and replace the front camera on the Google Pixel 5.

You will need a replacement battery before attempting this procedure as you cannot remove the motherboard without first removing the battery.

For your safety, discharge your battery below 25% before disassembling your phone. This reduces the risk of a dangerous thermal event if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair.

  1. Insert a SIM eject tool, bit, or straightened paper clip into the SIM Card Tray hole. The SIM Card Tray is located on the left edge of the phone near the bottom. Press firmly to eject the SIM Card Tray.
    • Insert a SIM eject tool, bit, or straightened paper clip into the SIM Card Tray hole.

    • The SIM Card Tray is located on the left edge of the phone near the bottom.

    • Press firmly to eject the SIM Card Tray.

    • Remove the SIM Card Tray.

  2. Heat an iOpener and apply it to the bottom edge of the screen for one minute.
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the bottom edge of the screen for one minute.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

  3. Apply a suction cup to the screen, as close to the heated edge as possible. If your screen is badly cracked, follow this guide  to tape over the cracked screen. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen. Pull up on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap.
    • Apply a suction cup to the screen, as close to the heated edge as possible.

    • If your screen is badly cracked, follow this guide to tape over the cracked screen. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

    • Pull up on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap.

    • Depending on the age of your device, this may be difficult. If you have trouble, apply more heat and try again.

    • Insert the opening pick into the gap.

  4. Slide the opening pick back and forth along the bottom of the screen to slice the adhesive. Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing. Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.
    • Slide the opening pick back and forth along the bottom of the screen to slice the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  5. Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for one minute.
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for one minute.

  6. Insert another opening pick into the bottom left corner of the screen. Slide the opening pick around the left corner. Do not insert the pick more than 1/4 inch (6 mm)  or you may damage the screen's flex cable located in the middle of the left edge.
    • Insert another opening pick into the bottom left corner of the screen.

    • Slide the opening pick around the left corner.

    • Do not insert the pick more than 1/4 inch (6 mm) or you may damage the screen's flex cable located in the middle of the left edge.

    • Continue to slide the pick up towards the front camera to slice the adhesive on the left edge of the screen.

    • Leave the pick inserted to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  7. Insert another opening pick into the top left corner of the screen. Slide the pick around the front camera and across the top edge of the phone. If the adhesive is difficult to slice, apply heat to the area for one minute and try again.
    • Insert another opening pick into the top left corner of the screen.

    • Slide the pick around the front camera and across the top edge of the phone.

    • If the adhesive is difficult to slice, apply heat to the area for one minute and try again.

    • Slide the pick to the top right corner of the phone and leave the pick inserted.

  8. Insert an opening pick into the bottom right corner of the screen. Slide the pick up to the top right corner to slice the last edge of adhesive. You may need to run an opening pick around the edges again to ensure all the adhesive is cut. It is applied the thickest on the four corners.
    • Insert an opening pick into the bottom right corner of the screen.

    • Slide the pick up to the top right corner to slice the last edge of adhesive.

    • You may need to run an opening pick around the edges again to ensure all the adhesive is cut. It is applied the thickest on the four corners.

  9. Use the opening pick from the top left corner to lift up the left edge of the screen a few millimeters. This will keep the clips from snapping back down into the case. Lift up on the right side of the screen and open up the phone like a book.
    • Use the opening pick from the top left corner to lift up the left edge of the screen a few millimeters. This will keep the clips from snapping back down into the case.

    • Lift up on the right side of the screen and open up the phone like a book.

    • Do not open the screen more than 90 degrees to prevent damaging the screen flex cable.

  10. Use tweezers to grip the screen connector cover securing the screen flex cable. Push the clip in towards the connector to unlatch it.
    • Use tweezers to grip the screen connector cover securing the screen flex cable.

    • Push the clip in towards the connector to unlatch it.

  11. Remove the screen connector cover. Remove the screen connector cover.
    • Remove the screen connector cover.

  12. Use the tip of the spudger to pry up and disconnect the screen flex cable. To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage
    • Use the tip of the spudger to pry up and disconnect the screen flex cable.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage

  13. Remove the screen. Use tweezers to pick off the remaining adhesive on the case.
    • Remove the screen.

    • Use tweezers to pick off the remaining adhesive on the case.

    • Be sure to test your repairs before you affix the screen with new adhesive.

    • If you are using a custom-cut adhesive, follow this guide for instructions on how to apply adhesive to the replacement screen.

    • If you are using Tesa tape to reattach the screen, follow this guide.

  14. Use tweezers to lift up the graphite tape until you are able to grip it with your fingers. Take care not to puncture or bend the battery with your tool—a punctured or bent battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a thermal event. Peel off the graphite tape.
    • Use tweezers to lift up the graphite tape until you are able to grip it with your fingers.

    • Take care not to puncture or bend the battery with your tool—a punctured or bent battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a thermal event.

    • Peel off the graphite tape.

  15. Use tweezers to peel off the graphite pad covering the charging plate cover. If you are able to keep the graphite pad in good condition, you may reapply it during reassembly.
    • Use tweezers to peel off the graphite pad covering the charging plate cover.

    • If you are able to keep the graphite pad in good condition, you may reapply it during reassembly.

  16. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 4.6 mm-long screws securing the charging plate cover to the midframe.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 4.6 mm-long screws securing the charging plate cover to the midframe.

  17. Use tweezers to remove the charging plate cover. Use tweezers to remove the charging plate cover.
    • Use tweezers to remove the charging plate cover.

  18. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the eight 4.6 mm-long screws securing the midframe.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the eight 4.6 mm-long screws securing the midframe.

  19. Use tweezers to lift up the right side of the midframe. Remove the midframe. Remove the midframe.
    • Use tweezers to lift up the right side of the midframe.

    • Remove the midframe.

  20. Use the pointed end of the spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and disconnect it from the motherboard. Use the pointed end of the spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and disconnect it from the motherboard.
    • Use the pointed end of the spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and disconnect it from the motherboard.

  21. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the 4.1 mm shouldered screw.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the 4.1 mm shouldered screw.

  22. Use the spudger to disconnect the two rear camera press connectors from the motherboard. Use your finger to hold down the rear camera assembly and prevent bending the motherboard. Use your finger to hold down the rear camera assembly and prevent bending the motherboard.
    • Use the spudger to disconnect the two rear camera press connectors from the motherboard.

    • Use your finger to hold down the rear camera assembly and prevent bending the motherboard.

  23. Use tweezers to lift up on the rear camera assembly to remove it from its housing. Use tweezers to lift up on the rear camera assembly to remove it from its housing. Use tweezers to lift up on the rear camera assembly to remove it from its housing.
    • Use tweezers to lift up on the rear camera assembly to remove it from its housing.

  24. Use blunt nose tweezers to grip the black adhesive pull tab located on the top right edge of the battery. Lift the pull tab with the tweezers until you are able to grip it with your fingers. Pull on the pull tab with a slow, steady force at a shallow angle to prevent the pull tab from snapping in the middle. Try to keep the adhesive strips flat and unwrinkled during this procedure; twisted or wrinkled strips will stick together and break instead of pulling out cleanly.
    • Use blunt nose tweezers to grip the black adhesive pull tab located on the top right edge of the battery. Lift the pull tab with the tweezers until you are able to grip it with your fingers.

    • Pull on the pull tab with a slow, steady force at a shallow angle to prevent the pull tab from snapping in the middle.

    • Try to keep the adhesive strips flat and unwrinkled during this procedure; twisted or wrinkled strips will stick together and break instead of pulling out cleanly.

    • If the adhesive becomes hard to pull, you can roll it around a spudger and continue pulling.

    • If the pull tab breaks prematurely, use tweezers to retrieve the remaining length of adhesive and continue pulling.

    • If you are unable to retrieve it, move on to the next step.

  25. Use the same process to remove the pull tab located at the bottom left edge of the battery. If this tab breaks prematurely and you are not able to retrieve it with tweezers, move on to the next step. If this tab breaks prematurely and you are not able to retrieve it with tweezers, move on to the next step.
    • Use the same process to remove the pull tab located at the bottom left edge of the battery.

    • If this tab breaks prematurely and you are not able to retrieve it with tweezers, move on to the next step.

  26. If any of the adhesive strips broke off underneath the battery and could not be retrieved, apply a few drops of high concentration (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol into the opening of the affected tab. If any of the adhesive strips broke off underneath the battery and could not be retrieved, apply a few drops of high concentration (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol into the opening of the affected tab.
    • If any of the adhesive strips broke off underneath the battery and could not be retrieved, apply a few drops of high concentration (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol into the opening of the affected tab.

  27. Tilt the phone so that the alcohol flows towards the remaining adhesive. Wait one minute for the adhesive to soften, then proceed to the next step.
    • Tilt the phone so that the alcohol flows towards the remaining adhesive.

    • Wait one minute for the adhesive to soften, then proceed to the next step.

  28. Insert an opening pick into the gap long the left side of the battery. Use the opening pick to slice the remaining adhesive at the top and bottom of the battery.
    • Insert an opening pick into the gap long the left side of the battery.

    • Use the opening pick to slice the remaining adhesive at the top and bottom of the battery.

    • Avoid scraping the two flex cables under the battery with your opening pick.

    • This may be difficult as the adhesive is strategically located between the cables and the battery tray. A possible solution is to cut a plastic card to fit between the flex cables and battery tray edge.

    • Do not bend the battery.

    • Avoid the earpiece contact pins located near the top left corner of the battery as you pry up with your opening pick.

    • If you cannot pry the battery up, add a few more drops of isopropyl alcohol to the adhesive. A plastic card can also be helpful during this process.

  29. Remove your old battery. Do not reuse the battery after it has been removed, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.
    • Remove your old battery.

    • Do not reuse the battery after it has been removed, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

  30. Use the pointed spudger to remove the two press connectors straight up from the motherboard. Use the pointed spudger to remove the two press connectors straight up from the motherboard. Use the pointed spudger to remove the two press connectors straight up from the motherboard.
    • Use the pointed spudger to remove the two press connectors straight up from the motherboard.

  31. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 2.9 mm screws securing the motherboard to the rear case.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 2.9 mm screws securing the motherboard to the rear case.

  32. Use the spudger to gently fold the flex cable covering the rear case press connector out of the way. Use the spudger to gently fold the flex cable covering the rear case press connector out of the way. Use the spudger to gently fold the flex cable covering the rear case press connector out of the way.
    • Use the spudger to gently fold the flex cable covering the rear case press connector out of the way.

  33. Use the spudger to disconnect the rear case press connector. Use the spudger to disconnect the rear case press connector.
    • Use the spudger to disconnect the rear case press connector.

  34. Insert the pointed end of the spudger into the screw holes near the front facing camera. Push the motherboard down towards the bottom of the phone, then lift up to free the top of the motherboard from the rear case.
    • Insert the pointed end of the spudger into the screw holes near the front facing camera.

    • Push the motherboard down towards the bottom of the phone, then lift up to free the top of the motherboard from the rear case.

  35. Use your fingers to pull the motherboard up towards the top of the rear case to free the charging port. Do not bend or twist the motherboard. If the motherboard gets caught on the case, use a spudger to go around the edges and loosen it up.
    • Use your fingers to pull the motherboard up towards the top of the rear case to free the charging port.

    • Do not bend or twist the motherboard.

    • If the motherboard gets caught on the case, use a spudger to go around the edges and loosen it up.

    • Remove the motherboard.

  36. After removing the motherboard, the top spacer may fall out of place. Remember to replace this spacer before you reseal your phone. After removing the motherboard, the top spacer may fall out of place. Remember to replace this spacer before you reseal your phone.
    • After removing the motherboard, the top spacer may fall out of place. Remember to replace this spacer before you reseal your phone.

  37. Use the pointed end of the spudger to lift up and disconnect the front camera from the motherboard. Remove the camera. Remove the camera.
    • Use the pointed end of the spudger to lift up and disconnect the front camera from the motherboard.

    • Remove the camera.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers community for help.

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