Introduction

Use this guide to remove the rear-facing camera in the Nexus 5X.

You’ll need replacement adhesive to reattach components when reassembling the device.

  1. Power off your phone before beginning disassembly. 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.
    • Power off your phone before beginning disassembly.

    • 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 until you can get a good grip. Gently detach the rear panel from the plastic clips next to the fingerprint scanner.
    • Tilt the opening pick to lift the rear panel a little bit until you can get a good grip.

    • Gently detach the rear panel from the plastic clips next to the fingerprint scanner.

    • Remove the rear panel.

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

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  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

    • Carefully remove the midframe.

  11. Use the edge of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery flex cable. Use the edge of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery flex cable.
    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery flex cable.

  12. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the rear facing camera's flex connector. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the rear facing camera's flex connector.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the rear facing camera's flex connector.

  13. Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive beneath the rear facing camera. Place the iOpener across the top part of the phone for about 1 minute.
    • Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive beneath the rear facing camera. Place the iOpener across the top part of the phone for about 1 minute.

  14. Apply the flat end of a spudger to the left side of the rear-facing camera and carefully lever it out of its recess. Apply the flat end of a spudger to the left side of the rear-facing camera and carefully lever it out of its recess.
    • Apply the flat end of a spudger to the left side of the rear-facing camera and carefully lever it out of its recess.

  15. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the rear facing-camera.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the rear facing-camera.

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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Hi! I just replaced the entire screen panel on my Nexus 5x because it stopped working (it flipped 180* the screen and the image it showed was mirrored -- completely impossible to use the phone). I read several reviews describing the same issue and fixing it by replacing the screen panel. Now I'm having issues with the camera. The front camera works, but the back one doesn't. I reopened the phone to check it was plugged in correctly to the motherboard, and it was. Is there a way to figure out if it's the actual camera that's not working or if it has something to do with the motherboard?

Thanks! -MJ

mariajrodriguezotoya - Reply

Hello,

I replaced the back camera, but unfortunately the autofocus of the new camera does not work. All pictures are blurred. When I open the camera-app a "click-noise" can be heard. I also installed 3rd-party app, which has the option to change the focus manually. But that did not work as well. I also did a secure boot, but that also did not solve the problem. Do you have an idea, what I can do?

Thanks in advance,

Klaus

Klaus M. - Reply

Hello,

just an update for my former question: I exchanged the camera-module again and now it is working. It seems, that the other "new" module was broken!

Cheers,

Klaus

Klaus M. -

I had a similar issue. After replacing the camera, the auto focus wouldn't work anymore. I did not test it with a manual focus app.

After some research i found out that this could have been caused by a faulty connection of the ribbon cable.

I reopened the phone, detached the ribbon cable and firmly pressed it on again. Had to repeat this twice, and after the second time the camera is doing auto focus again!

bert.wijnants -

Anyone knows where to buy the OEM Back Camera for the Nexus 5x? The connector is broken after screen replacement.

Maybe you guys can help me,

Remy B

Remy B - Reply

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