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iPhone 7 Front Camera and Sensor Cable Replacement

Replace the front camera and sensor cable in an iPhone 7.

  • Author: Evan Noronha
  • Time estimate: 30 minutes - 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Is your iPhone's selfie camera failing to take photos? It may be time to replace the front camera. Use this guide to replace the front camera sensor assembly, including the ambient light sensor and microphone in an iPhone 7.

Step 1 Front Camera and Sensor Cable  ¶ 

Reheat your iOpener and apply it to the upper edge of the display assembly to soften the adhesive holding the front camera and sensor assembly in place.

Step 1 Front Camera and Sensor Cable  ¶ 

  • Reheat your iOpener and apply it to the upper edge of the display assembly to soften the adhesive holding the front camera and sensor assembly in place.

  • Wait about two minutes before moving on to the next step to adequately soften the adhesive.

Step 2  ¶ 

Use a spudger  to gently pry the ambient light sensor out of its recess on the front panel. Try to get your tool all the way under the sensor to pry it away from the clear plastic beneath. If you pry only against the cable, the sensor may separate from the cable assembly and will need replacement. If you're replacing the sensor/cable assembly anyway, then it doesn't matter.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to gently pry the ambient light sensor out of its recess on the front panel.

  • Try to get your tool all the way under the sensor to pry it away from the clear plastic beneath. If you pry only against the cable, the sensor may separate from the cable assembly and will need replacement. If you're replacing the sensor/cable assembly anyway, then it doesn't matter.

Step 3  ¶ 

Slide the pick towards the front facing camera housing, separating the adhesive holding the cable to the front panel. Stop just before the screw posts. Slide the pick towards the front facing camera housing, separating the adhesive holding the cable to the front panel. Stop just before the screw posts. Slide the pick towards the front facing camera housing, separating the adhesive holding the cable to the front panel. Stop just before the screw posts.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Slide the pick towards the front facing camera housing, separating the adhesive holding the cable to the front panel. Stop just before the screw posts.

Step 4  ¶ 

Use the pick to lift the camera cable up off of the two plastic posts on the front panel and separate it from the last of the adhesive. Use the pick to lift the camera cable up off of the two plastic posts on the front panel and separate it from the last of the adhesive. Use the pick to lift the camera cable up off of the two plastic posts on the front panel and separate it from the last of the adhesive.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Use the pick to lift the camera cable up off of the two plastic posts on the front panel and separate it from the last of the adhesive.

Step 5  ¶ 

Remove the front camera and sensor cable.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the front camera and sensor cable.