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Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement

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  1. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Prepare your Pixel for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Prepare your Pixel for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Prepare your Pixel for disassembly: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Let your Pixel's battery drain below 25% before starting this repair. A charged lithium‑ion battery may catch fire if damaged.

    • Unplug all cables from your phone.

    • Completely power off your phone.

    • Press the power and volume up buttons at the same time to bring up the shutdown menu.

  2. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • You'll be using opening picks to separate the screen from the frame. If inserted too far, a pick can damage your device. Follow this step to mark your pick and prevent damage.

    • Measure 3 mm from the tip and mark the opening pick with a permanent marker.

    • Alternatively, tape a coin to a pick 3 mm from the tip.

  3. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Heat the bottom edge adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Adhesive and clips secure the screen to the frame. Heating the screen softens the adhesive, making it easier to separate.

    • Heat an iOpener and lay it on the bottom edge of the screen for two minutes to soften the adhesive.

    • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but be careful as extreme heat can damage the screen and/or battery.

  4. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Secure the Anti-Clamp: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Secure the Anti-Clamp: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Secure the Anti-Clamp: step 4, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Anti-Clamp
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    • The next three steps demonstrate the Anti-Clamp, a tool we designed to make the opening procedure easier. If you aren't using the Anti-Clamp, skip down three steps for an alternate method.

    • For complete instructions on how to use the Anti-Clamp, check out this guide.

    • Pull the blue handle backwards to unlock the Anti-Clamp's arms.

    • Place your phone screen side up on an object so it will rest level between the Anti-Clamp's arms—the bottom edge should be hanging off.

    • Slide the arms over the left edge of your phone, so you have access to the bottom edge.

    • Position the suction cups as close to the center of the bottom edge as possible.

    • Squeeze the cups together to create suction.

  5. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Twist the handle: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Twist the handle: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Twist the handle: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the handle forward to lock the arms.

    • Turn the handle clockwise one full turn (360 degrees), or until the suction cups begin to stretch.

    • As the cups stretch, make sure they stay aligned with each other. If they keep slipping, remove the Anti-Clamp and apply tape for the cups to stick to.

  6. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Wait one minute for a gap to form between the screen and frame.

    • If the adhesive doesn't separate, twist the handle clockwise one quarter turn and wait another minute. Apply more heat if the screen cools down.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't insert your opening pick more than 3 mm to avoid damaging the spring contacts.

    • Pull the blue handle backwards to unlock the arms and remove the Anti-Clamp using the pull tabs on the suction cups.

    • Skip the next two steps

  7. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 7, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Apply a suction handle to the center of the screen's bottom edge.

  8. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Pull up on the suction handle with strong, steady force until a gap forms between the screen and frame.

    • If you're having trouble creating a gap, apply more heat and try again.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

  9. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Prevent damage to your phone: step 9, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Prevent damage to your phone: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • To avoid damaging your phone, don't insert your pick more than 3 mm as you separate the screen adhesive. Note the following areas:

    • The screen cable is a little less than halfway up the left edge of the phone. Be very careful here to avoid tearing the cable.

    • There are many spring contacts around the perimeter of the phone. Be very careful in these areas to avoid bending the contacts.

  10. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick along the bottom edge to separate the adhesive securing it.

    • Leave the pick in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  11. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Heat the right edge adhesive: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the right edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but be careful as extreme heat can damage the screen and/or battery.

  12. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a second opening pick under the bottom right corner of the screen.

    • Slide the new pick to the top right corner to separate the adhesive securing the screen's right edge.

    • Leave the pick in the top right corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  13. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Leave a pick in the bottom left corner: step 13, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Leave a pick in the bottom left corner: step 13, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Leave a pick in the bottom left corner: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a third opening pick under the bottom edge of the screen.

    • Slide the new pick to the bottom left corner.

    • Leave the pick in the bottom left corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  14. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Heat the left edge adhesive: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but be careful as extreme heat can damage the screen and/or battery.

  15. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a fourth opening pick under the bottom left corner of the screen.

    • Slide the new pick to the top left corner to separate the adhesive securing the screen's left edge.

    • Leave the pick in the top left corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  16. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Heat the top edge adhesive: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the top edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but be careful as extreme heat can damage the screen and/or battery.

  17. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 17, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a fifth opening pick under the top edge of the screen, near the left corner.

    • Slide the opening pick to the top right corner to separate the adhesive securing the screen's top edge.

  18. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Prop up the screen: step 18, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Prop up the screen: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Place a small box or stack of books to the left of your phone so you can prop up the screen while disconnecting its cable.

    • Swing up the right edge of the screen like the front cover of a book.

    • Be careful not to strain the screen cable.

    • If the screen feels stuck, go back around the perimeter with an opening pick to separate any remaining adhesive.

    • Prop up the screen so you can access the screen cable.

  19. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the screen cable cover: step 19, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the screen cable cover: step 19, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the screen cable cover: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Use an opening pick to pry up the upper edge of the screen cable cover.

    • Remove the cover.

  20. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 20, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 20, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the screen: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the point of a spudger under the top left corner of the screen's press connector.

    • Gently pry up and disconnect the cable.

    • Remove the screen.

    • To reconnect a press connector, align it over its socket and gently press down on one side until it clicks into place, then press down on the other side. Don't press down in the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend and cause permanent damage.

  21. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Reassembly information: step 21, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Reassembly information: step 21, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Reassembly information: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • If you're installing a new screen with pre-installed adhesive, follow this step during reassembly. Otherwise, follow this guide to apply adhesive to your old screen.

    • Use the pull tabs to remove the liners covering the front camera cutout, the rear camera pad, the back of the screen, and the perimeter adhesive.

    • Reconnect the screen cable and reinstall its cover.

    • This is a good point to test your phone before sealing it up. Temporarily power on your phone and make sure it works as expected. Power it down before continuing.

    • Firmly press the screen into place on the frame. You should feel the clips "pop" into place.

    • Press firmly around the perimeter of the screen to secure it with the new adhesive.

    • Optionally, you can strengthen the adhesive bond by applying pressure evenly to the phone.

    • Follow this guide to calibrate the fingerprint sensor.

  22. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 22, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 22, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of the spudger to pry up and disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable from the logic board.

  23. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Heat the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 23, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Heat the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • The 5G mmWave antenna cable is secured to the midframe with adhesive in two places.

    • Heat an iOpener and lay it on the left edge of the phone for two minutes to soften the cable adhesive.

    • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but be careful as, extreme heat can damage the battery.

  24. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the adhesive: step 24, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the adhesive: step 24, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the adhesive: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick under the 5G mmWave antenna cable's bottom section of adhesive.

    • Slide the pick toward the top edge of the phone to separate the adhesive.

  25. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Repeat the previous step for the upper section of adhesive.

  26. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Reposition the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Move the 5G mmWave antenna cable over the top of the phone to keep it out of the way.

    • Don't fold or crease the cable—just move it enough so it doesn't interfere with disassembly.

  27. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the graphite sheet: step 27, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the graphite sheet: step 27, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the graphite sheet: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • A large graphite sheet must be removed and replaced to complete this repair. It connects the upper part of the battery, midframe, and the rear cameras.

    • Insert the point of a spudger under the top right corner of the graphite sheet and lift until you can grip the sheet with your fingers.

    • Peel up and remove the entire graphite sheet.

    • If your sheet tears, don't worry! Grip the torn parts and remove the sheet in sections.

    • During reassembly, do not reuse the old graphite sheet. Follow this guide to replace the sheet.

  28. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the plastic buffer: step 28, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the plastic buffer: step 28, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the plastic buffer: step 28, image 3 of 3
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    Tweezers
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    • A plastic buffer is lightly adhered to the midframe and bottom speaker.

    • Slide the tip of an opening pick under the plastic buffer until you can grip it with tweezers or your fingers.

  29. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement: step 29, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to peel off and remove the plastic buffer from the midframe and the bottom speaker.

  30. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Unfasten the USB-C port bracket: step 30, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Unfasten the USB-C port bracket: step 30, image 2 of 2
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    FixMat
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    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

    • While the Pixel 8 uses Torx Plus screws, standard Torx bits will also work. Make sure to apply constant, downward force to prevent stripping.

    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 5 mm‑long 3IP Torx Plus screws securing the USB‑C port bracket.

  31. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the USB-C port bracket: step 31, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the USB-C port bracket: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the USB-C port bracket.

  32. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Reassembly information: step 32, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Reassembly information: step 32, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Reassembly information: step 32, image 3 of 3
    • During reassembly, follow this step to replace the plastic shim that runs across the bottom of the midframe and loudspeaker. If you don't have a replacement, press the old one back into place.

    • Remove the clear liner from the shim.

    • Use the markings on the midframe to align the left side of the shim and press it into place.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to firmly press down along the whole shim to secure it.

    • Remove the blue liner.

  33. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Unfasten the midframe: step 33, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the eight 5.1 mm‑long 3IP Torx Plus screws securing the midframe.

  34. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 34, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 34, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 34, image 3 of 3
    • The center of the midframe is lightly bonded to a thermal pad.

    • Slide the flat end of a spudger under the bottom right corner of the midframe to separate it from the thermal pad.

    • You'll feel the midframe loosen once it separates completely.

  35. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement: step 35, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement: step 35, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement: step 35, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the midframe off the frame and remove it.

    • During reassembly check the condition of the thermal pad. If it's damaged, remove the pad, clean the area with high-concentration (greater than 90%) isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber or lint-free cloth, and apply a new thermal pad.

  36. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 36, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 36, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector.

  37. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the wide rear camera: step 37, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the wide rear camera: step 37, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the wide rear camera: step 37, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the point of a spudger under the bottom half of the wide rear camera press connector, between the surface-mounted components.

    • Don't insert your pick anywhere else, as you risk damaging the logic board.

    • Pry up to disconnect the wide rear camera.

  38. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Unfasten the wide rear camera: step 38, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Unfasten the wide rear camera: step 38, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 5.1 mm‑long 3IP Torx Plus screws securing the wide rear camera.

  39. Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the wide rear camera: step 39, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the wide rear camera: step 39, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 8 Wide Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the wide rear camera: step 39, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the tip of a spudger under one of the wide rear camera screw hole cutouts.

    • Use the spudger to lift the camera out of its recess.

    • Remove the camera.

Conclusion

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

To run a diagnostics test with the built-in Pixel Diagnostic tool, click here.

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 8 Answers Community for help.

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