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  1. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Precautionary notes: step 1, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Precautionary notes: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Be sure to turn off your device before you begin the repair.

    • You'll need to pry the screen up to remove it from the phone. Read the following notes carefully before proceeding.

    • Take note of the two seams on the edge of the phone:

    • Screen seam: This seam separates the screen from the rest of the phone. Do not pry at this seam.

    • Bezel seam: This is where the plastic bezel designed to protect the screen meets the frame. It's held in place by plastic clips. This is where you should pry.

  2. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Heat the right edge of the screen: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the right edge of the display for one minute to soften the adhesive.

    • Depending on the strength of your device's adhesive, you may need to reapply the iOpener multiple times in order to weaken it enough.

    • 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. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Bezel removal note: step 3, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Bezel removal note: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • To remove the screen, you'll need to insert opening picks in between the black clips that secure the bezel to the midframe.

    • Note the optimal points of entry before proceeding.

  4. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Create a gap between the bezel and midframe: step 4, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Create a gap between the bezel and midframe: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • If your display is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

    • Place a suction cup as close to the right edge of the screen as possible.

    • Lift the suction cup with a strong steady force until a small gap forms between the bezel and midframe.

  5. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 5, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • The bezel is connected to the midframe by a series of plastic clips which can be detached by inserting an opening pick at points all along the seam.

    • Insert the tip of an opening pick into the bezel seam about 4-5 cm from the bottom of the phone.

  6. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the tip of an opening pick into the bezel seam about 3-4 cm from the top of the phone.

  7. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the tip of an opening pick into the bezel seam at the top of the phone.

    • If this step proves difficult, slide the pick along the top right corner of the phone until there is enough of a gap at the top for the opening pick.

  8. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the tip of an opening pick into the bezel seam at the bottom of the phone.

    • If this step proves difficult, slide the pick along bottom right corner of the phone until there is enough of a gap at the bottom for the opening pick.

  9. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the tip of an opening pick into the bezel seam on the left side of the phone, about 2 cm from the bottom of the phone.

  10. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the tip of an opening pick into the bezel seam about 3-4 cm below the front-facing camera.

  11. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Be sure to detach all the clips. Slice through any remaining adhesive with an opening pick.

    • Open the device from the right side like a book.

    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the 4.6 mm-long screw securing the screen connector bracket.

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

  12. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the connector bracket: step 13, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the connector bracket: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the screen connector bracket.

  13. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the screen: step 14, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the screen: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a 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.

  14. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the screen from the phone.

    • If you are using a custom-cut adhesive, follow this guide to correctly apply new screen adhesive.

    • 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.

  15. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the screws: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove six of the screws securing the midframe to the motherboard:

    • Four 4.6 mm screws

    • One 4.0 mm screw

    • One 2.0 mm screw

    • Since a few of these screws have different lengths, keep track of each screw and be sure to reinstall them in their proper places.

  16. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the black plastic cover: step 17, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the black plastic cover: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up on the black plastic cover at the bottom left of the phone.

  17. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the pointed end of the spudger left until the plastic cover is completely separated from the midframe.

    • Remove the plastic cover from the midframe.

  18. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slightly peel back the tape concealing the two screws securing the charging port bracket.

  19. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the remaining screws: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the remaining four screws securing the midframe to the motherboard:

    • Three 4.6 mm screws

    • One 4.0 mm screw

  20. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger or a pair of tweezers to peel back the tape securing the charging port bracket to the speaker assembly.

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

  21. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Use a blunt pair of tweezers, or your fingers, to carefully peel back the graphite sheet covering the battery.

    • Be careful not to accidentally puncture or otherwise damage the battery when gripping the graphite sheet.

  22. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Detach the midframe: step 23, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Detach the midframe: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the pointed end of a spudger under the top right corner of the midframe.

    • There is a black plastic clip at the top of the midframe that secures it to the top of the frame. To detach it, use the spudger to pull the midframe down and then pry up.

  23. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 24, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the midframe.

  24. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Replace the plastic bits: step 25, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Replace the plastic bits: step 25, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Replace the plastic bits: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • There are two small plastic bits that help hold the midframe in place. Take care not to misplace them, as without the midframe to hold them in place, they are very easy to lose.

    • Be sure to place these back into their respective corners before replacing the midframe when reassembling your device.

  25. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 26, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up on the battery connector to disconnect it.

  26. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the 16 MP Ultrawide camera: step 27, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the 16 MP Ultrawide camera: step 27, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the 16 MP Ultrawide camera: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up on the 16 MP Ultrawide camera's connector to disconnect it.

    • Remove the 16 MP Ultrawide camera.

  27. Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the 12.2 MP Wide-Angle camera: step 28, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the 12.2 MP Wide-Angle camera: step 28, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 5a Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the 12.2 MP Wide-Angle camera: step 28, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up on the 12.2 MP Wide-Angle camera's connector to disconnect it.

    • Remove the 12.2 MP Wide-Angle camera.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions 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 Google Pixel 5a Answers community for help.

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 you install it.

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