Introduction

If you cannot take pictures with your device, you may need to replace the camera.

In this guide, you will learn how to replace the front camera.

Caution: Some images display the steps using a metal spudger. Use the heavy-duty spudger instead to avoid damaging your circuits.

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Image 1/2: Insert the plastic opening tool between the glass screen and the back cover so the curved end of the plastic opening tool is under the glass. Gently pry the back cover away from the glass screen. Image 2/2: Continue inserting the plastic opening tool around the whole device screen to completely separate the back cover from the glass screen.
  • The plastic opening tool may break during this step. You may need to use the heavy duty spudger instead.

  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the glass screen and the back cover so the curved end of the plastic opening tool is under the glass. Gently pry the back cover away from the glass screen.

  • Continue inserting the plastic opening tool around the whole device screen to completely separate the back cover from the glass screen.

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Image 1/2: If the screen will not separate from the back cover, try repeating step 1. Image 2/2: If the screen will not separate from the back cover, try repeating step 1.
  • Gently lift the screen up with your finger.

  • If the screen will not separate from the back cover, try repeating step 1.

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  • Using your fingers, remove the green tape covering the battery connector.

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Image 1/3: The metal spudger shown in the photo is not recommended due to the possibility of an electrical short. Use an ESD-safe tool, such as a heavy-duty (nylon) spudger. Image 2/3: The metal spudger shown in the photo is not recommended due to the possibility of an electrical short. Use an ESD-safe tool, such as a heavy-duty (nylon) spudger. Image 3/3: The metal spudger shown in the photo is not recommended due to the possibility of an electrical short. Use an ESD-safe tool, such as a heavy-duty (nylon) spudger.
  • Insert the flat end of the heavy-duty spudger between the wires and underneath the battery connector. Carefully lift the black battery connector up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • The metal spudger shown in the photo is not recommended due to the possibility of an electrical short. Use an ESD-safe tool, such as a heavy-duty (nylon) spudger.

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  • Gently lift the camera from its socket with the flat end of the heavy-duty spudger.

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  • Gently lift the gold cable connector with the flat end of the heavy-duty spudger to disconnect it from the device.

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Conclusion

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

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