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  1. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, Rear Case: step 1, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, Rear Case: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  3. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Continue to move the plastic opening tool around the perimeter of the top left corner, gently prying up along the rear case.

  4. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Pry along the top right side, and continue prying down the right side of the rear case.

  5. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  6. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, Battery: step 6, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, Battery: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  7. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the battery.

  8. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, SIM Card: step 8, image 1 of 3 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, SIM Card: step 8, image 2 of 3 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, SIM Card: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  10. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, microSD Card: step 10, image 1 of 3 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, microSD Card: step 10, image 2 of 3 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, microSD Card: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  11. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Use your thumb to slide the microSD card out of the slot.

    • Remove the microSD card from the phone.

  12. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, Plastic Midframe: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the ten 4.0 mm Phillips screws securing the midframe to the front panel assembly.

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    • 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.

  14. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, Headphone Jack/Speaker Assembly: step 14, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, Headphone Jack/Speaker Assembly: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  15. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  16. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the headphone jack/speaker assembly out of the Galaxy S III.

  17. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, Motherboard Assembly: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

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    • 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.

  21. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 3.0 mm Phillips screw securing the motherboard to the front panel assembly.

  22. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  23. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement, Front-Facing Camera: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 2.0 mm Phillips screw securing the front-facing camera bracket to the front panel.

  24. Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy S III Front-Facing Camera Replacement: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

Conclusion

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

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2 Comments

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 .

carlo jose guela - Reply

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