Motorola Droid Camera Assembly Replacement

A guide to replace your Droid's broken or malfunctioning camera.

A guide to replace your Droid's broken or malfunctioning camera.

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Slide the battery cover downwards while applying pressure to the center of the battery cover with your thumb.

  • Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Grasp the upper left corner of the battery and lift it out of its housing.

Edit Step 3 Rear Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Rear Case  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to lift and remove the black plastic screw cover at the top of the phone near the camera.

  • The cover is attached by adhesive, so some force may be required.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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  • Using the tip of a spudger, peel up one corner of the gold ribbon beneath the battery compartment.

  • Peel the ribbon up off the phone.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Carefully peel the device information label that covers the motherboard EMI shields.

  • This label contains important information specific to the phone. Remove it with care and keep it in a safe place.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry the plastic camera cover up off the phone.

  • The thin plastic cover is attached to the phone with an adhesive. Work slowly and carefully.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the seven 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws securing the rear case to the inner case.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry downwards to release the plastic tab holding the rear case to the motherboard screw.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Gently insert a spudger between the rear case and front case at the top of the phone, near the audio jack.

  • Carefully pry the top edge of the rear case up from the rest of the phone.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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  • With the spudger still inserted between the rear case and front case, slide the spudger along the right edge of the device, moving toward the bottom, prying as you go.

  • Continue prying along the bottom edge of the device from right to left, freeing it from the front panel.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Continue prying the rear case from the front case along the left side, moving from bottom to top.

  • Lift the rear case up out of the phone.

Edit Step 12 Speaker  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12 Speaker  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift and remove the speaker assembly up out of the phone.

Edit Step 13 Motherboard  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry the antenna cable connectors from their respective sockets on the motherboard and the speaker/antenna board.

  • De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Peel the black tape covering the side button and display ribbon connectors on the motherboard.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the power button/volume button connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the display ribbon connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Remove three 3.8 mm T5 Torx screws securing the motherboard to the front case.

  • Don't attempt to remove the motherboard yet, it is still attached by the keypad ribbon connector.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the motherboard from the front case and lay it next to the Droid, minding the keypad connector that is still attached.

  • Disconnect the keypad connector by prying it straight up off its socket on the motherboard.

  • Remove the motherboard from the phone.

Edit Step 19 Camera Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19 Camera Assembly  ¶ 

  • Orient the motherboard so that the camera lens is face down.

  • Disconnect the camera connector from its socket by prying it straight up with a spudger.

  • Remove the camera assembly.

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

For more information, check out the Motorola Droid device page.

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This is actually extremely difficult to do with the plastic spudger pictured. I was forced to use the thin sharp tip on a metal spudger to get any leverage, which slightly damages the plastic.

Robert Ciaccio, · Reply

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