Introduction

If the front camera on your phone is cracked or has stopped working, you might need to replace it. Use this guide to replace the front camera on your Motorola Moto Z Play.

Heat around the edges of the screen with a heat gun for 2-3 minutes to soften the adhesive.
  • Heat around the edges of the screen with a heat gun for 2-3 minutes to soften the adhesive.

  • Power off your phone before attempting any repairs.

  • The screen is held on with a strong adhesive that must be heated prior to prying the screen off. The longer you heat the screen, the easier it will be to remove.

  • A hair dryer is a suitable replacement for a heat gun.

  • Tape down the screen if it is shattered to prevent injuries and reduce cleanup.

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Wedge the metal spudger between the screen and the metal casing starting at the charging port. Gently pry up the screen. Work your way around the screen with the blue plastic opening tool carefully.
  • Wedge the metal spudger between the screen and the metal casing starting at the charging port.

  • Gently pry up the screen.

  • Work your way around the screen with the blue plastic opening tool carefully.

  • The screen is very delicate so any aggressive prying can crack the screen.

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Disconnect the ribbon cable at the bottom right of the phone by gently pulling it out of the connector. Disconnect the ribbon cable at the bottom right of the phone by gently pulling it out of the connector.
  • Disconnect the ribbon cable at the bottom right of the phone by gently pulling it out of the connector.

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Unlock the digitizer’s ZIF connector by prying up the locking bar with the plastic opening tool. Remove the cable by gently pulling the it out of the connector. The locking bar is the small black bar that runs across the ZIF connector.
  • Unlock the digitizer’s ZIF connector by prying up the locking bar with the plastic opening tool.

  • Remove the cable by gently pulling the it out of the connector.

  • The locking bar is the small black bar that runs across the ZIF connector.

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Remove the SIM card by firmly pressing the 0.8 SIM eject tool into the SIM card removal hole on the top left edge of the phone until the SIM slot pops out of the phone. Completely remove the SIM card from the device.
  • Remove the SIM card by firmly pressing the 0.8 SIM eject tool into the SIM card removal hole on the top left edge of the phone until the SIM slot pops out of the phone.

  • Completely remove the SIM card from the device.

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Remove the five 3mm T3 screws from the camera cover at the top of the phone. Pry the camera cover up with your fingers to pop the camera cover clips loose. Pry the camera cover up with your fingers to pop the camera cover clips loose.
  • Remove the five 3mm T3 screws from the camera cover at the top of the phone.

  • Pry the camera cover up with your fingers to pop the camera cover clips loose.

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Remove the remaining three 3mm T3 screws holding the motherboard in place. Lift the motherboard up and out of the frame of the phone. Lift the motherboard up and out of the frame of the phone.
  • Remove the remaining three 3mm T3 screws holding the motherboard in place.

  • Lift the motherboard up and out of the frame of the phone.

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Turn the motherboard over.
  • Turn the motherboard over.

  • Remove the front facing camera by gently pulling the camera's ribbon cable loose from the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

Reminder: Use 3M VHB Double Sided Tape to stick the screen back onto the phone.

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