Introduction

Use this guide to replace the rear-facing camera in your Samsung Galaxy S4.

If you are getting a "Camera failed" error message, first open Camera app from the Application manager and select "Clear data," then restart the phone. If this doesn't solve the issue, try a factory reset of the phone (be sure to back up your data beforehand). If these options still don't help, try reinstalling Android OS, otherwise you will need to replace the hardware itself.

You can also test the camera from the Hidden/Test menu, dial *#0*# to access the service menu.

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  • Pry with a plastic opening tool, or your fingernail, in the divot to the left of the rear-facing camera, near the power button.

I snapped the back cover sorry m8

Daniel Anishchenko - Reply

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  • Lift the rear case by the corner nearest the divot and remove it from the phone.

Where is the divot? Please let me know that

James - Reply

Image 1/3: After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot. Image 2/3: Remove the microSD card. Image 3/3: For reassembly, push the microSD card into the slot until it clicks in place.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger, or your fingernail, to press 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.

  • Remove the microSD card.

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

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Image 1/3: Remove the battery from your phone. Image 2/3: Remove the battery from your phone. Image 3/3: Remove the battery from your phone.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool, or your finger, into the notch of the battery compartment and lift the battery upward.

  • Remove the battery from your phone.

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Image 1/3: After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot. Image 2/3: Remove the SIM card. Image 3/3: During reassembly, push the SIM card into the slot until it clicks in place.
  • Use a plastic opening tool, or your fingernail, to press 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.

  • Remove the SIM card.

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

Looks easy but doesn't work. No one has a plastic opening tool. Using fingernail, you can press SIM card into slot but it does not pop out so you can remove it.

Laurie McWherter - Reply

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  • Remove the nine 4.0 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the midframe to the display assembly.

How much it will cost to replace a midframe

kannan - Reply

How much cost will be on replace a midframe

Hiren pedhadiya -

I'm seeing midframes available on Ebay for around $10.

Alex - Reply

Image 1/2: Starting on the volume button side of the phone, insert your plastic opening tool between the chrome bezel around the display glass and the larger chrome border piece.  Look for the seam between the two. Image 2/2: Slide the opening tool along the seam, separating the plastic clips as you go.
  • The midframe is secured to the display assembly by several plastic clips behind the chrome bezel of the midframe. The next few steps will guide you through separating the clips to free the midframe.

  • Starting on the volume button side of the phone, insert your plastic opening tool between the chrome bezel around the display glass and the larger chrome border piece. Look for the seam between the two.

  • Slide the opening tool along the seam, separating the plastic clips as you go.

  • Be very gentle whilst prying, and pry only enough to separate the plastic clips—there are several thin points in the midframe bezel that may crack if you bend them too much.

I used same tool as in the photo and i broke the display. I think you should use a very thin plastic tool, such as a credit card but even more thin and flexible.

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Image 1/2: Slide your opening tool along the seam between the midframe and display along the bottom of the device, releasing more of the plastic clips. Image 2/2: Slide your opening tool along the seam between the midframe and display along the bottom of the device, releasing more of the plastic clips.
  • Continue prying around the corner of the phone.

  • Slide your opening tool along the seam between the midframe and display along the bottom of the device, releasing more of the plastic clips.

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Image 1/2: Slide the opening tool along the seam. Image 2/2: Slide the opening tool along the seam.
  • Again, pry around the corner, to the power button side.

  • Slide the opening tool along the seam.

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Image 1/2: At this point, you may want to run your plastic opening tool along the entire perimeter of the device again, to make sure you've released all of the plastic clips. Image 2/2: At this point, you may want to run your plastic opening tool along the entire perimeter of the device again, to make sure you've released all of the plastic clips.
  • Continue sliding the opening tool around the top of the phone, releasing the last of the clips and freeing the midframe from the display assembly.

  • At this point, you may want to run your plastic opening tool along the entire perimeter of the device again, to make sure you've released all of the plastic clips.

On my phone, there was another clip holding the white midframe to the battery compartment, in the middle of the top edge of the battery compartment, near the battery contacts. If you don't release that before removing the midframe, it is easy to break.

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  • Remove the midframe from the display assembly.

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Gabriel Barrandeguy - Reply

Just to be sure does the rear frame referred by etradesupply is the same as the middle frame? I' planning to refurbish the side panel because of the dents and scratches but I just want to make sure I'm buying the right thing. The etradesupply referring the housing as rear and front housing so Im not sure which one correspond to the middle frame. Below is the link to the website http://www.etradesupply.com/oem-samsung-...

Mohd Bahij Ahmad - Reply

My Sprint S4 was slightly different then the one pictured above but I just completed this repair in under 10 minutes.. It would have been slightly quicker but fooling around with those little screws can be irritating if you have big hands.

Michael Willis - Reply

Just did this on my S4. Instructions were extremely helpful, but I had to remove a screw (step 10.5?) to remove the upper display assembly bracket. Other than that, flawless! Thanks!

JackieME - Reply

The 3rd image of the 11th step shows that when the midframe is removed, some parts come along with it (at the bottom part of it). What are these parts? should they be removed too and placed in the new midframe? Are they easy to remove?

Chris - Reply

Image 1/3: Disconnect the front-facing camera cable connector. Image 2/3: Disconnect the earpiece speaker assembly cable connector. Image 3/3: Disconnect the earpiece speaker assembly cable connector.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the USB board connector.

  • Disconnect the front-facing camera cable connector.

  • Disconnect the earpiece speaker assembly cable connector.

Does it matter which motherboard I get? Why are there different prices depending on the phone company?

Zoe Carpenter - Reply

Image 1/3: Disconnect the display/digitizer cable connector. Image 2/3: Disconnect the antenna cable connector. Image 3/3: Disconnect the antenna cable connector.
  • Disconnect the headphone jack assembly cable connector.

  • Disconnect the display/digitizer cable connector.

  • Disconnect the antenna cable connector.

Replacing the S4 advance display, I've broken the plug on motherboard of the antenna, which part should I replace now ?

Second question, when display replaced, the "home" buttton was working just as the "return", did I make a wrong thing ? (perhaps ending the daughterboard) and what is the countermeasure ?

LEMEUR JMarc - Reply

My model had an antenna connection next to the usb board connector in addition to the antenna connection near the display cable connector.

Drew - Reply

That's point a, on the daughter board (where the USB is located is point b. You must connect it from a to b

djweijers1997 -

Same as Drew. My model has two antenna connections. One as shown, and one on the left side of the motherboard.

Gavin McMorrow - Reply

Mine does too. I can't get that one to reconnect. What is it?

seeshelle -

I could not get the screen connector to fit on with the motherboard assembly in place. I had to remove the motherboard assembly, attach the screen connector, and then carefully replace the motherboard assembly, with the screen connector still attached..

Tom4G - Reply

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  • Remove the single 2.4 mm Phillips #00 screw from the motherboard assembly.

As Sam Lionheart states at the end of this guide, some of these phones have an additional antenna on the opposite side of the phone. Be sure to detach it before removing the motherboard.

mcr4u2 - Reply

Image 1/2: Hold the motherboard by its edges to prevent ESD damage. Be careful not to snag it on any cables as you extract it from the display assembly. Image 2/2: Hold the motherboard by its edges to prevent ESD damage. Be careful not to snag it on any cables as you extract it from the display assembly.
  • Gently remove the motherboard.

  • Hold the motherboard by its edges to prevent ESD damage. Be careful not to snag it on any cables as you extract it from the display assembly.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the rear-facing camera connector.

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  • Using tweezers, or your fingers, slide the rear-facing camera out of its notch in the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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Where do you recommend getting the new rear facing camera from?

Justin - Reply

where do you recommend to buy a new rear camera?

sujatha - Reply

Useful step by step guide, I was able to replace the cracked lens on the camera following the instructions here. Without them I wouldn't have had a clue where to start and what to unclip. The kit I used was purchased from ebay and was straight forward enough to complete that part without the need for further instruction. For a few pounds I have increased the value of my phone for trade in at next upgrade. Very pleased with this result. Thank you for the comprehensive instructions.

Jenny Miller - Reply

what a great guide! took me less than an hour to replace the camera...this success gives me the inspiration to do the bigger job of replacing the sealed battery in my sisters macbook pro 13' late 2013 model...for those asking about where to get a replacement camera, I got mine from ebay for $19 AUD including postage!

gautamgoraya - Reply

Hi, Can the same technique and part be used on the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini?

vdthaoanh - Reply

It would be great if I could put a better camerain it. Something with lower f stop. Is it possible to put a different camera in it?

bscruggs99 - Reply

I have to replace the rear camera of a galaxy S4 Black Edition

Does anybody know if this replacement guide is fully compatible with S4 Black Edition?

Thanks for advance

Jordi Morral Cid - Reply

Beautiful tutorial! Took me ten minutes from start to finish!

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Congratulations to the Author of this guide. I made it thanks to you whoever you are.

Deeply grateful.

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Xaninha - Reply

By the way... and your hands are beautiful.

Xaninha -

Terrible guide, steps 7 - 11 only a very vague explanation of what you are separating. Pictures do not do a great job either at showing what is actually going on. I saw no seem what and ended up utterly destroying my glass / digitizer, thanks. This could have been very clear and simple if the guide had recommend starting under the home button instead since the seem is visible there. The second phone I repaired went much smoother starting on the bottom and moving around & up the edge to the side with the power button. This is more natural place to separate the frame. The problem with doing it the way the guide suggested is that by the time you work your way to the corner you will have already broken off retaining clips if you are in the wrong place with your tool + the second you get down to the corner glass will break. No mention what so ever of spring loaded retaining clip that will come flying out once you life out the main-board. For the very first here I would have to tell you find another guide.

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