Introduction

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

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

    • Remove the following T3 screws securing the midframe:

      • Thirteen 3.1 mm black screws

      • Four 4.3 mm silver screws

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

    • Remove the midframe from the phone.

      • You can tape over the side buttons to prevent them from falling out during your repair.

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

    • 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.

    • Using a T4 bit on your screw driver, remove the two 4.0mm screws from the metal bracket.

    • Remove the metal bracket.

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

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

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

    • 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.

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

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

    • Gently remove the entire motherboard from the phone.

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

    • Using the spudger, pry up the ZIF connector.

    • Remove the rear-facing camera.

Conclusion

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

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