Introduction

Use this guide to replace the front-facing camera.

The following four steps can be accomplished without a plastic opening tool. However, it's recommended to use a  tool to best avoid breaking any clips along the perimeter of the rear case. Insert a plastic opening tool or fingernail into the notch in the gap between the rear case and the rest of the phone, located at the top of the device.
  • The following four steps can be accomplished without a plastic opening tool. However, it's recommended to use a tool to best avoid breaking any clips along the perimeter of the rear case.

  • Insert a plastic opening tool or fingernail into the notch in the gap between the rear case and the rest of the phone, located at the top of the device.

  • Gently twist the opening tool to disconnect the clips securing the top of the rear case.

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Slide the plastic opening tool left along the top edge and repeat the twisting motion to widen the gap between the rear case and the phone. Slide the plastic opening tool left along the top edge and repeat the twisting motion to widen the gap between the rear case and the phone.
  • Slide the plastic opening tool left along the top edge and repeat the twisting motion to widen the gap between the rear case and the phone.

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Continue to move the plastic opening tool around the perimeter of the top left corner, gently prying up along the rear case. Continue to move the plastic opening tool around the perimeter of the top left corner, gently prying up along the rear case.
  • Continue to move the plastic opening tool around the perimeter of the top left corner, gently prying up along the rear case.

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Pry along the top right side, and continue prying down the right side of the rear case. Pry along the top right side, and continue prying down the right side of the rear case.
  • Pry along the top right side, and continue prying down the right side of the rear case.

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Lift up and remove the rear case from the phone. You may need to peel the case up to separate it from any clips still holding it to the bottom of the phone.
  • Lift up and remove the rear case from the phone.

  • You may need to peel the case up to separate it from any clips still holding it to the bottom of the phone.

very easy to follow instructions clear and concise

Deric JONES - Reply

This step can be accomplished without the need of a plastic opening tool. Just use your finger if you want to. Wedge a plastic opening tool into the small notch above the battery.
  • This step can be accomplished without the need of a plastic opening tool. Just use your finger if you want to.

  • Wedge a plastic opening tool into the small notch above the battery.

  • Pry the battery up out of its recess.

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Remove the battery. Remove the battery.
  • Remove the battery.

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Using your fingernail, push the SIM card slightly deeper into its slot, until you hear a click. After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot. For reassembly, push the SIM card into the slot until it clicks in place.
  • Using your fingernail, push the SIM card slightly deeper into its slot, until you hear a click.

  • After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot.

  • For reassembly, push the SIM card into the slot until it clicks in place.

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Use your thumb to slide enough of the SIM card out of its slot to grab ahold of it. Grasp and remove the SIM card away from the phone. Grasp and remove the SIM card away from the phone.
  • Use your thumb to slide enough of the SIM card out of its slot to grab ahold of it.

  • Grasp and remove the SIM card away from the phone.

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Using your fingernail, push the microSD card slightly deeper into its slot, until you hear a click. After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot. For reassembly, push the microSD card into the slot until it clicks in place.
  • Using your fingernail, push the microSD card slightly deeper into its slot, until you hear a click.

  • After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot.

  • For reassembly, push the microSD card into the slot until it clicks in place.

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Use your thumb to slide the microSD card out of the slot. Remove the microSD card from the phone.
  • Use your thumb to slide the microSD card out of the slot.

  • Remove the microSD card from the phone.

Forgot about the step to remove the back casing...pretty simple though, just several screws then pop it off.

Courtney - Reply

Remove the ten 4.0 mm Phillips #0 screws securing the midframe to the front panel assembly.
  • Remove the ten 4.0 mm Phillips #0 screws securing the midframe to the front panel assembly.

What would you use to remove the screws

Curt the heneke - Reply

I used both P#000 and J#00 precision bits to good effect. I tend to prefer the Japanese Standard bits in place of Philips, as the JIS bits seem not to cam out and strip screws as easily.

E West -

Grasp the left side of the plastic midframe with your thumb and forefinger and lift it away from the phone. The midframe lightly snaps in place, and can be removed with very little force.
  • Grasp the left side of the plastic midframe with your thumb and forefinger and lift it away from the phone.

  • The midframe lightly snaps in place, and can be removed with very little force.

There's another piece of the frame that needs to be taken out, but it doens't come out as nicely... unless I did something wrong. It's the part that covers the speaker. I couldn't find a nice way of taking it out.

David - Reply

I had to use a guitar-pick to pry that section off of the frame. Start at the front-facing camera edge and run the pick underneath the plastic cover. The catches should release.

Takashi Alekseev - Reply

I used a pointed prying too to get it started, then the flat one. It took some fiddling but finally came off nicely.

Nick B - Reply

READ ME!

For a guide that takes you step by step on how to remove the SIM and microSD, I'm surprised they didn't mention the top part of this midframe (still attached, in the pictures). This top part of the midframe also needs to be removed before you can take out the motherboard.

You need to disconnect a ribbon not listed in these directions first, then pry that midframe up with the help of a guitar pick. This ribbon is located by the back-camera, next to the digitizer ribbon. This ribbon is connected to the midframe so it is essential you disconnect this before lifting the frame up.

The frame is really snapped in there so don't be afraid to use a little force - for reference, you will use more force to pull this frame off than you did to pull off the back-cover of the phone. Once this piece is off, your phone should look like the picture in step 14.

Jess - Reply

Use a plastic opening tool to pry the rear-facing camera connector up from its socket on the motherboard. Make sure you are prying on the connector and not the socket, or you may damage the motherboard.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the rear-facing camera connector up from its socket on the motherboard.

  • Make sure you are prying on the connector and not the socket, or you may damage the motherboard.

This is not a rear facing camera connector. This is the connector for the lHeadphone Jack/Speaker Assembly

Chasity Miller - Reply

Insert a plastic opening tool outboard of the speaker portion of the headphone jack/speaker assembly. Gently pry the headphone jack/speaker assembly up from the front assembly.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool outboard of the speaker portion of the headphone jack/speaker assembly.

  • Gently pry the headphone jack/speaker assembly up from the front assembly.

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Lift the headphone jack/speaker assembly out of the Galaxy S III.
  • Lift the headphone jack/speaker assembly out of the Galaxy S III.

Worked perfectly. Thanks!

brewclay - Reply

Use a plastic opening tool to pry the front-facing camera connector from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the front-facing camera connector from its socket on the motherboard.

  • Do not try to remove the front-facing camera just yet. Its cable is still routed beneath the motherboard assembly to the ambient light sensor.

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Disconnect the digitizer cable by gently prying its connector up from its socket on the motherboard. Disconnect the digitizer cable by gently prying its connector up from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the digitizer cable by gently prying its connector up from its socket on the motherboard.

Step 18 says the front digitizer connector, but later calls it the earpiece/buttons/ambient light sensor ribbon cable.

Is the Digitizer connector part of the display connector, or is it elsewhere?

Kyle Mattfield - Reply

Disconnect the display data cable from the motherboard. Disconnect the display data cable from the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the display data cable from the motherboard.

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Pry the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector up from its socket on the motherboard. Gently move the cable out of the way of the  motherboard. Gently move the cable out of the way of the  motherboard.
  • Pry the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector up from its socket on the motherboard.

  • Gently move the cable out of the way of the motherboard.

Be very careful,as it is very easy to break the connector off the motherboard.

vjmickelson - Reply

Has anyone tried just folding the motherboard back to the left after removing all the screws WITHOUT disconnecting the wi-fi antenna? I'm just a little worried about this one step.

Cullen Johnson - Reply

Folding the motherboard back without disconnecting the WiFi antenna worked for me! :)

Alec -

I broke the WiFi antenna connector bit off motherboard. How do I fix it?

rileygoldsmith - Reply

Remove the single 3.0 mm Phillips #0 screw securing the motherboard to the front panel assembly.
  • Remove the single 3.0 mm Phillips #0 screw securing the motherboard to the front panel assembly.

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Carefully lift the bottom of the motherboard assembly away from the front panel assembly. Remove the motherboard assembly from the front panel assembly, minding any cables that may snag on it.
  • Carefully lift the bottom of the motherboard assembly away from the front panel assembly.

  • Remove the motherboard assembly from the front panel assembly, minding any cables that may snag on it.

When reassembling your device, there can be a problem with connecting display data cable to the motherboard. I fixed display data cable on the motherboard before mounting motherboard: it gave me some freedom and simplified positioning of data cable on the motherboard

fomondik - Reply

If I am not mistaking, there is a screw also on the motherboard needs to be removed before removing motherboard from the assembly

blingblingyourlink - Reply

It's covered in Step 21

Amy Losh -

Remove the single 2.0 mm Phillips #0 screw securing the front-facing camera bracket to the front panel.
  • Remove the single 2.0 mm Phillips #0 screw securing the front-facing camera bracket to the front panel.

Will screw with b sometimes difficult but how do u still remove it?

kendrick - Reply

Use a pair of tweezers to lift the front-facing camera/ambient light sensor/rear microphone assembly out from its socket in the front panel assembly. Use a pair of tweezers to lift the front-facing camera/ambient light sensor/rear microphone assembly out from its socket in the front panel assembly.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to lift the front-facing camera/ambient light sensor/rear microphone assembly out from its socket in the front panel assembly.

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Conclusion

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

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I have an s3 & no matter what I do , the front facing camera will not work, help !!!

robertmyatt62@yahoo.com

robert myatt - Reply

Yeah that's my problem too man. I did all the hard reset $@$* and nothing happened .

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