Introduction

Follow these steps to remove your Droid's broken rear-facing camera.

Power off your phone before you begin working.
  • Power off your phone before you begin working.

  • Pop out the SIM card with pointed tweezers or a SIM card eject tool by gently pushing inwards until the tray pops out.

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Use the spudger to remove the back cover by gently guiding the spudger around the perimeter of the cover.
  • Use the spudger to remove the back cover by gently guiding the spudger around the perimeter of the cover.

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Use the spudger  to gently remove the two plastic covers.
  • Use the spudger to gently remove the two plastic covers.

The two plastic covers do not fit snugly in place, so after putting them back in place, use small bits of electrical tape to secure them before installing a new adhesive back cover. I tested my phone thoroughly before the last step, so that I would not have to buy a new cover if something didn't work.

Bill Koonce - Reply

Under the two plastic covers will be two connectors.
  • Under the two plastic covers will be two connectors.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry up the two connectors. These do not completely come off.

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Remove the 17 screws from the board using a T3 bit on your screw driver. Or, use a T4 bit if the screw is slightly stripped.
  • Remove the 17 screws from the board using a T3 bit on your screw driver. Or, use a T4 bit if the screw is slightly stripped.

  • The four silver screws on the top and bottom are 4.0mm Phillips #00, and the 13 black screws around the sides are 3.0mm Phillips #00.

Your direction to use a T3 bit (supplemented by the picture showing 17 Torx screws) and your note that says they are all Phillips #00 screws are in direct conflict.

Which statement is correct?

pj.catania - Reply

My phone (purchased 12/2015) has only 2 silver screws top and bottom (4 total), and they're also T3, not Philips.

With a Torx screw this tiny, it pays to take time to make sure that the driver is well seated before turning it. This will eliminate stripped screws. Also, I loosened each screw first, and then removed them. Breaking them free before turning them also helps prevent stripping.

Bill Koonce - Reply

And T3 "drill bit"? Are you sure that is not a typo?

Dan - Reply

Also need to add to the tool list: PH00 and PH000. These should be in the iFixit tool kit.

Dan - Reply

great. So by burying this conflicting information, I have a stripped screw that I can't get out

Bill Polewchak - Reply

Remove the back cover from the phone. The volume and power buttons are likely to fall out of the device when removing the back cover. This is normal.
  • Remove the back cover from the phone.

  • The volume and power buttons are likely to fall out of the device when removing the back cover. This is normal.

I'm assuming the reverse of the buttons falling out is just to put them back in. The question I have, however, is... Are they reversible, or is there only one orientation in which each of these buttons fits back in?

pj.catania - Reply

The buttons will NOT "fall in" when reassembling, so it's important to remember to put them back. I found that putting them in the frame before replacing it is the only way. Check to see how they fit on the phone first, then drop them into their slots outside-in. The power button will fit only one way; the volume buttons should go in oriented as they fit best on the phone. Be sure to test them to make sure they click freely often! It's easier to readjust them before all those screws are back in.

Bill Koonce - Reply

Going to make a small etch on the very bottom (as the phone is held portrait) of each button before beginning the project. A fine tip Sharpie might also work for some people.

Dan - Reply

Using your fingers, carefully remove the black tape from the battery.
  • Using your fingers, carefully remove the black tape from the battery.

  • Try not to rip the tape as you will use it on the new battery.

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Using a T3 bit on your screw driver, remove the two 4.0mm Phillips #00 screws from the metal bracket. Remove the metal bracket.
  • Using a T3 bit on your screw driver, remove the two 4.0mm Phillips #00 screws from the metal bracket.

  • Remove the metal bracket.

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Use the angled tweezers to lift up the small orange plastic piece near the bottom right corner of the battery.
  • Use the angled tweezers to lift up the small orange plastic piece near the bottom right corner of the battery.

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Use the pointed tweezers to remove the transparent gold tape on top of the ZIF connector.
  • Use the pointed tweezers to remove the transparent gold tape on top of the ZIF connector.

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Slightly unlatch the ZIF connector with the spudger. It will pop up, but it will not completely detach.
  • Slightly unlatch the ZIF connector with the spudger. It will pop up, but it will not completely detach.

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Using the blunt tweezers, remove the transparent gold tape from the small gold ribbon near the bottom right of the battery. Use the spudger to then unlatch the ribbon cable connector.
  • Using the blunt tweezers, remove the transparent gold tape from the small gold ribbon near the bottom right of the battery.

  • Use the spudger to then unlatch the ribbon cable connector.

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Use the spudger or tweezers to unlatch the gold ribbon.
  • Use the spudger or tweezers to unlatch the gold ribbon.

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Using a plastic opening tool, unclip the small black ribbon near the upper right corner of the battery.
  • Using a plastic opening tool, unclip the small black ribbon near the upper right corner of the battery.

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Gently lift up the motherboard and use  the blunt tweezers to detach the black antenna cable connector near the top of the battery.
  • Gently lift up the motherboard and use the blunt tweezers to detach the black antenna cable connector near the top of the battery.

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Gently remove the entire motherboard from the phone.
  • Gently remove the entire motherboard from the phone.

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Using the pointed tweezers, remove the tape that covers the ZIF connector.
  • Using the pointed tweezers, remove the tape that covers the ZIF connector.

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Using the spudger, pry up the ZIF connector.
  • Using the spudger, pry up the ZIF connector.

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Remove the rear-facing camera.
  • Remove the rear-facing camera.

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Conclusion

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

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