Introduction

Use this guide to replace a broken or damaged camera.

Image 1/1: Gently pry up on the rear panel around the edges until it is loose.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool into the top of the Thunderbolt near the power button.

  • Gently pry up on the rear panel around the edges until it is loose.

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  • Lift and remove the rear panel.

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Image 1/2: Remove the battery from the inner frame. Image 2/2: Remove the battery from the inner frame.
  • Using the plastic opening tool, lift up the battery from the bottom near the kickstand.

  • Remove the battery from the inner frame.

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Image 1/1: By removing the screw with the "void" sticker on it, your Thunderbolt will no longer be covered under warranty.
  • Remove the six Phillips screws from the perimeter of the rear frame.

  • By removing the screw with the "void" sticker on it, your Thunderbolt will no longer be covered under warranty.

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Image 1/2: Gently pry up on the plastic cover by sliding the plastic opening tool across the bottom of the phone. Image 2/2: Remove the plastic cover.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool into the bottom of the phone underneath the soft keys.

  • Gently pry up on the plastic cover by sliding the plastic opening tool across the bottom of the phone.

  • Remove the plastic cover.

  • The plastic cover will have adhesive on it making it difficult to remove.

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  • Remove the two Phillips screws where the plastic cover was.

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Image 1/2: Slowly slide the the plastic opening tool along the side of the phone until the screen begins to separate from the frame. Image 2/2: Do the same for the opposite side of the phone.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool in between the screen and the frame on the side of the phone.

  • Slowly slide the the plastic opening tool along the side of the phone until the screen begins to separate from the frame.

  • Do the same for the opposite side of the phone.

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Image 1/3: Gently pull down on the phone and screen to fully separate it from the rear frame. Image 2/3: Gently pull down on the phone and screen to fully separate it from the rear frame. Image 3/3: Gently pull down on the phone and screen to fully separate it from the rear frame.
  • Carefully separate the screen and phone from the rear frame, starting from the bottom.

  • Gently pull down on the phone and screen to fully separate it from the rear frame.

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  • Remove the two Phillips screws securing rear inner frame to device.

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  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the rear inner frame and the motherboard and slowly work your way around the device.

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  • Remove the rear inner frame from the rest of the device.

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Image 1/2: Be careful opening these tabs as they are very easy to break. Image 2/2: Use a pair of tweezers to pull the capacitive button cable out of its socket.
  • Using the tip of an plastic opening tool flip up the tab holding the capacitive button ribbon cable.

  • Be careful opening these tabs as they are very easy to break.

  • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the capacitive button cable out of its socket.

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Image 1/2: Remove the black tape covering the tabs connecting the motherboard and LCD. Image 2/2: Remove the black tape covering the tabs connecting the motherboard and LCD.
  • Lifting from the side where the ribbon was disconnected, flip over the motherboard.

  • Remove the black tape covering the tabs connecting the motherboard and LCD.

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  • Using the plastic opening tool pop up the two tabs connecting the LCD and motherboard.

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Image 1/2: If there is resistance pulling apart the phone then a ribbon or tab has not been disconnected properly/completely. Image 2/2: If there is resistance pulling apart the phone then a ribbon or tab has not been disconnected properly/completely.
  • Once the tabs have been popped up, slowly pull the two pieces away from each other.

  • If there is resistance pulling apart the phone then a ribbon or tab has not been disconnected properly/completely.

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  • The motherboard should now be completely disconnected

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  • Use a finger nail to get in between the tape and the phone, then pull the tape off gently.

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  • Pop up the tab connecting the camera to the motherboard.

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  • Flip over motherboard and using tweezers gently grab the camera, then pull back and up.

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Conclusion

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

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