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.

  • Insert a SIM eject tool, SIM eject bit, or a straightened paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray.

  • Press to eject the tray.

  • Remove the SIM card tray assembly from the phone.

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Heat an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the phone for a minute.
  • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the phone for a minute.

  • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

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  • Angle an opening pick and firmly press so that it slips under the back cover.

    • Depending on the age of the phone, this can be difficult. Additional heating with the iOpener may help. You can pry carefully with a metal spudger to create a gap for the opening pick.

Use a heat gun to loosen adhesive prior top using spudger

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  • Slide the opening pick along the top edge of the phone to break up the adhesive.

    • Use the pick to release the deeper areas but avoid slicing through the camera bezel area.

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  • Repeat the iOpener heating and slicing procedures for the remaining three sides.

  • Make sure to cut into the deeper areas as the back cover is held on by a large adhesive surface.

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  • Once you have cut through the adhesive, slowly peel the back cover away from the frame.

  • Remove the back cover.

  • Before reassembly, check if the phone operates normally. Remove all adhesive residue from the back cover and the frame, and apply new adhesive to the body.

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  • Insert an opening pick under the flash connector rubber cover and pry forward to remove it.

  • To reinstall the cover, align the cover and use your finger to push it forward into place.

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.

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  • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and remove the coil connector rubber cover.

  • To reinstall the cover, align the cover and use your finger to push it forward into place.

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  • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the flash connector.

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  • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the wireless charging coil connector.

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  • Remove the following T3 screws securing the midframe:

    • Thirteen 3.1 mm black screws

    • Four 4.3 mm silver screws

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

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

Dan - Reply

eitherway its a T4 torx in my phone. Double checked my bit. T-4 same for all these screws

Raymond Lewis - Reply

T4 in mine as well. Stripped out a T3 bit figuring this out.

Shane Kennington -

They were all T3’s in the one I am repairing. Must be different depending on where it is manufactured.

James Blaine - Reply

I recommend placing your phone down on a flat surface and then you can put good pressure straight down to remove the screws.

Leif Thorson - Reply

One of the small screws was stripped. I used a 1/8” drill to eliminate the head - very . The mid-plane came off, and I finished removing the screw with a small pair of needle-nose pliers.

Larry Peterson - Reply

  • Insert an opening pick along the frame seam and twist slightly to release the midframe from the phone.

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  • Remove the midframe from the phone.

  • If buttons fall out of the midframe, reinsert them in the orientation as shown before you reinstall the midframe.

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

I have not done this yet but, try using a small bit of electrical tape to secure them to the mid-frame before removal

jerryj26 - Reply

I dropped the volume button on the floor. The electrical tape is brilliant.

Larry Peterson - Reply

Be careful putting the mid-plane back on. The volume control innards were bent and straightening it back out took a lot of time - on phone #2.

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  • 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 T4 bit on your screw driver, remove the two 4.0mm 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

It is easier to disconnect the antenna cable on the other side especially for the reassembly.

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  • Gently remove the entire motherboard from the phone.

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

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  • Using the spudger, pry up the ZIF connector.

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  • Remove the rear-facing camera.

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Conclusion

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

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