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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the front-facing camera in your Nexus 5X.

  1. Insert a SIM card ejection tool into the hole on the SIM card tray, located on the left edge of the phone. Press in to eject the SIM card tray. Remove the SIM card tray.
    • Insert a SIM card ejection tool into the hole on the SIM card tray, located on the left edge of the phone.

    • Press in to eject the SIM card tray.

    • Remove the SIM card tray.

  2. Place an opening pick in the opening of the SIM card tray slot and twist it sideways to release the first plastic clip that holds the rear panel in its place. Slide the opening pick around the top edge of the phone to release the plastic clips that secure the rear panel. Slide the opening pick around the top edge of the phone to release the plastic clips that secure the rear panel.
    • Place an opening pick in the opening of the SIM card tray slot and twist it sideways to release the first plastic clip that holds the rear panel in its place.

    • Slide the opening pick around the top edge of the phone to release the plastic clips that secure the rear panel.

  3. Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel. Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel. Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel.
    • Continue to slide the opening pick around all sides of the phone to release all clips that secure the rear panel.

  4. Tilt the opening pick to lift the rear panel a little bit. There are two more plastic clips next to the fingerprint sensor. Release them by gently pulling the rear panel.
    • Tilt the opening pick to lift the rear panel a little bit.

    • There are two more plastic clips next to the fingerprint sensor. Release them by gently pulling the rear panel.

    • Remove the rear panel.

  5. Remove the ten 3.6 mm Phillips screws that secure the midframe.
    • Remove the ten 3.6 mm Phillips screws that secure the midframe.

  6. Insert an opening pick into the SIM card tray slot and twist the opening pick sideways to release the plastic clips. Insert an opening pick into the SIM card tray slot and twist the opening pick sideways to release the plastic clips.
    • Insert an opening pick into the SIM card tray slot and twist the opening pick sideways to release the plastic clips.

  7. Continue sliding the opening pick around the upper part of the midframe to release the plastic clips. Continue sliding the opening pick around the upper part of the midframe to release the plastic clips.
    • Continue sliding the opening pick around the upper part of the midframe to release the plastic clips.

  8. Use the plastic pick to pry open the plastic clips on the long edge of the midframe and on the bottom edge. Make sure the clips on the long edge are released. The midframe is prone to break here if they are not disconnected properly.
    • Use the plastic pick to pry open the plastic clips on the long edge of the midframe and on the bottom edge.

    • Make sure the clips on the long edge are released. The midframe is prone to break here if they are not disconnected properly.

  9. Make sure all the clips are free. Carefully remove the midframe.
    • Make sure all the clips are free.

    • Carefully remove the midframe.

  10. Use the edge of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery flex cable located at the bottom right of the motherboard. Use the edge of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery flex cable located at the bottom right of the motherboard.
    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery flex cable located at the bottom right of the motherboard.

  11. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the front-facing camera flex cable. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the front-facing camera flex cable.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the front-facing camera flex cable.

  12. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front-facing camera from its recess.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front-facing camera from its recess.

Conclusion

If possible, turn on your phone and test your repair before installing new adhesive and resealing the phone.

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

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Nexus 5X Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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