Introduction

This guide will show you the steps to replace a damaged rear facing camera.

While holding the battery release button, pull the bottom end of the phone out of the body. While holding the battery release button, pull the bottom end of the phone out of the body.
  • While holding the battery release button, pull the bottom end of the phone out of the body.

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Insert the sim card eject tool (0.8mm sim card eject head) into the small hole on the sim card tray. Press inward with some force to eject the tray. Pull the sim card tray out of the phone.
  • Insert the sim card eject tool (0.8mm sim card eject head) into the small hole on the sim card tray.

  • Press inward with some force to eject the tray.

  • Pull the sim card tray out of the phone.

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Remove the two 5.5mm Phillips #00 screws from the base of the phone. Remove the two 5.5mm Phillips #00 screws from the base of the phone.
  • Remove the two 5.5mm Phillips #00 screws from the base of the phone.

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Insert the plastic opening tool into the seam between the glass screen and the metal body.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool into the seam between the glass screen and the metal body.

  • Pry the glass from the body only a slight amount.

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Insert the Spudger into the now open space between the body and screen. Push inward to separate the screen even more.
  • Insert the Spudger into the now open space between the body and screen.

  • Push inward to separate the screen even more.

  • Slowly slide the nylon spudger up the edge the phone till the screen pops out of the body.

  • When putting the screen back in, press the edges down from the top of the phone to the bottom. The screen should "pop" into place.

My LCD started to let loose using this way to saparate the top and bottom of the phone.

I used a guitar pick and slided it from the bottom to the top like the dude in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV10zyw8...

Didn’t had to use a lot of force this way, and my screen almost didn’t bend !

Ray Bas - Reply

Yep! I did it also with this method. Wayy better and easier ;)

ronlad.garud -

My screen cracked taking it out following ifixit method . Right when I got to the part where it starts to curve at the top. Just shattered.

Randy - Reply

Peel the screen away from the body.  The two parts should be completely separated. Peel the screen away from the body.  The two parts should be completely separated.
  • Peel the screen away from the body. The two parts should be completely separated.

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Insert the plastic opening tool between the screen-ribbon connector and the motherboard, then pull up. It should pop out easily. Insert the plastic opening tool between the screen-ribbon connector and the motherboard, then pull up. It should pop out easily. Insert the plastic opening tool between the screen-ribbon connector and the motherboard, then pull up. It should pop out easily.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the screen-ribbon connector and the motherboard, then pull up. It should pop out easily.

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After detaching the ribbon, carefully remove the camera using tweezers After detaching the ribbon, carefully remove the camera using tweezers
  • After detaching the ribbon, carefully remove the camera using tweezers

The camera is attached to the frame with adhesive- use a nylon screen opening tool or a spludger to help lift the camera off of the body. Tilt it out at a 45 degree angle to clear the PCB and you're ready for replacement!

Camden Stensland - Reply

I found it easier to use some guitar picks to separate the screen from the body. I lifted the screen away from the body using a prying tool, then insert the guitar pick in the gap. I worked it along the seam until I got to the top of the phone, then worked on the other side.

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Conclusion

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

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This worked great and took me about 10 minutes!

Mark - Reply

Great instructions. This was my first time taking apart any phone. Everything went smoothly and my camera now works! thank you

Christopher Piatt - Reply

the camera is held down with sticky tape and I wasn’t comfortable pulling hard under the processing board, so I pulled the six screws holding that down and removed it first. Unfortunately for me the new camera still doesn’t focus…

Ray White - Reply

This worked great for me. I was a little nervous prying on my phone, especially when I heard the first POP. But after that, it was not hard at all. The new camera focuses great for me now and I can get back to taking great pictures with my G5!

Thanks for the detailed instructions, tools and affordable part!

Brad - Reply

You may want to mention that the original camera is glued in. It takes a bit of prying to pop it out.

Ryan - Reply

I can’t pry the screen off with the plastic tools I purchased with ifixit. what now?

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