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Introduction

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Use this guide to remove and replace the rear camera assembly on the Google Pixel 5. Both cameras modules are replaced as a single unit.

  1. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Heat the bottom edge of the screen: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  2. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 3 of 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.

    • 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.

  3. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Slice the bottom adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Slice the bottom adhesive: step 3, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Slice the bottom adhesive: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  4. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Heat the left edge of the screen: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for one minute.

  5. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  6. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  7. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  8. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Open up the screen: step 8, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Open up the screen: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  9. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 9, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers to grip the screen connector cover securing the screen flex cable.

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

  10. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the screen connector cover.

    • Make sure to keep this component to reinstall it during reassembly.

  11. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • 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

  12. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the screen: step 12, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the screen: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the screen.

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

    • If your replacement screen's display cable is held down by tape, remove the tape before installation.

    • 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.

    • During the boot-up process after reassembly, the screen will go through a calibration sequence. Do not touch the screen during this process, as it could result in improper touch calibration and create touch issues.

    • If you use isopropyl alcohol to clean the adhesive off the display, be sure to not let it splash onto any unintended components, as this can weaken their adhesive bond.

  13. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the graphite tape: step 13, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the graphite tape: step 13, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the graphite tape: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  14. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • 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 a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 4.6 mm-long screws securing the charging plate cover to the midframe.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

  15. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers to remove the charging plate cover.

    • Make sure to keep this component to reinstall it during reassembly.

  16. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the eight 4.6 mm-long screws securing the midframe.

  17. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 18, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 18, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to lift up the right side of the midframe.

    • Remove the midframe.

    • The spacer at the top of the phone is likely to fall out when you remove the midframe. Remember to save this spacer for reassembly. See pictures in the motherboard replacement guide.

  18. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 19, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of the spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and disconnect it from the motherboard.

  19. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the shouldered screw: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the 4.1 mm shouldered screw.

  20. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the rear cameras: step 21, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the rear cameras: step 21, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the rear cameras: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  21. Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the rear cameras: step 22, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the rear cameras: step 22, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5 Rear Camera Assembly Replacement, Remove the rear cameras: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to lift up on the rear camera assembly to remove it from its housing.

    • If your replacement camera module has a plastic spacer, be sure to remove it before you install the module.

    • Make sure the lens surface is smudge and dust free before you install the camera assembly.

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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Robert Boyd

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Hi! Will this procedure mess with the IP68 certification?

Mariano Jurío - Reply

Hi Mariano! That would depend on well you were able to replace the screen adhesive.

Robert Boyd -

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