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iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement

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  1. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Remove the pentalobe screws: step 1, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Remove the pentalobe screws: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Before you begin, discharge your iPhone battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

    • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.

    • Remove the two 6.7 mm-long pentalobe screws at the bottom edge of the iPhone.

  2. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 1 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 2 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • If inserted too far, an opening pick can damage your device. Follow this step to mark your pick and prevent damage.

    • Measure 3 mm from the tip and mark the opening pick with a permanent marker.

    • You can also mark the other corners of the pick with different measurements.

    • Alternatively, tape a coin to a pick 3 mm from the tip.

  3. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 3, image 1 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 3, image 2 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • If your iPhone has a cracked screen, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping over the glass.

    • Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPhone's screen until the whole face is covered.

    • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any glass shaken free during the repair.

    • If you can't get the suction cup to stick in the next few steps, fold a strong piece of tape (such as duct tape) into a handle and lift the screen with that instead.

    • If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the screen.

  4. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 4, image 1 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 4, image 2 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 4, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Anti-Clamp
    $24.95
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    • The next three steps demonstrate the Anti-Clamp, a tool we designed to make the opening procedure easier. If you aren't using the Anti-Clamp, skip down three steps for an alternate method.

    • For complete instructions on how to use the Anti-Clamp, check out this guide.

    • Pull the blue handle backwards to unlock the Anti-Clamp's arms.

    • Slide the arms over either the left or right edge of your iPhone.

    • Position the suction cups near the bottom edge of the iPhone—one on the front, and one on the back.

    • Squeeze the cups together to apply suction to the desired area.

    • If you find that the surface of your iPhone is too slippery for the Anti-Clamp to hold onto, you can use tape to create a grippier surface.

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    • Pull the blue handle forwards to lock the arms.

    • Turn the handle clockwise 360 degrees or until the cups start to stretch.

    • Make sure the suction cups remain aligned with each other. If they begin to slip out of alignment, loosen the suction cups slightly and realign the arms.

  6. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Support your iPhone on something sturdy such as a hardcover book so it rests hands-free and parallel to the ground; this makes it easier to work with in the following steps.

    • Use a hair dryer to heat along the bottom edge of the iPhone. The screen should feel slightly too hot to touch.

    • For complete instructions on how to use a hair dryer, check out this guide.

    • Wait one minute to give the adhesive a chance to release and present an opening gap.

    • Insert an opening pick under the screen's plastic bezel when the Anti-Clamp creates a large enough gap.

    • If the Anti-Clamp doesn't create a sufficient gap, apply more heat to the area and rotate the handle a quarter turn.

    • Don't crank more than a quarter turn at a time, and wait one minute between turns. Let the Anti-Clamp and time do the work for you.

    • Skip the next three steps.

  7. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Heat the bottom edge of the phone: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Opening the iPhone's display will compromise its waterproof seals. Have replacement seals ready before you proceed past this step, or take care to avoid liquid exposure if you reassemble your iPhone without replacing the seals.

    • Heating the bottom edge of the iPhone helps soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.

    • Use a hair dryer or a heat gun to heat the bottom edge of the iPhone for 90 seconds or until the screen is slightly too hot to touch.

    • Never leave your hair dryer in one spot for an extended period of time.

    • If you have trouble during the opening procedure, the adhesive most likely cooled down. Apply more heat to further soften the adhesive.

  8. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Apply a suction handle: step 8, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Apply a suction handle: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • If you're using a single suction handle, apply it to the bottom edge of the phone, as close to the edge as possible.

    • If your display is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

  9. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Lift the screen slightly: step 9, image 1 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Lift the screen slightly: step 9, image 2 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Lift the screen slightly: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the screen and the frame.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap under the screen's plastic bezel.

    • The watertight adhesive holding the screen in place is very strong; creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you're having a hard time opening a gap, apply more heat, and gently rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you create enough of a gap to insert your tool.

  10. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Heat the right edge: step 10, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Heat the right edge: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use a hair dryer to heat the right edge of the iPhone (the edge with the power button) for 90 seconds or until the screen is slightly too hot to touch.

  11. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Separate the screen adhesive: step 11, image 1 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Separate the screen adhesive: step 11, image 2 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Separate the screen adhesive: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick around the bottom right corner and along the right edge of the iPhone, slicing through the adhesive holding the display in place.

    • Don't insert your pick more than 3 mm, as you may damage internal components.

  12. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Heat the top edge: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hair dryer to heat the top edge of the iPhone for 90 seconds or until the screen is slightly too hot to touch.

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    • The top edge of the display is secured with both glue and clips.

    • Insert your pick underneath the top-right corner of the display panel.

    • Slide the pick around the top right corner. Because of the clips you might encounter some resistance.

    • Don't insert your pick more than 3 mm, as you may damage the front panel sensor array.

    • Gently pulling the front panel assembly towards the bottom edge of the phone simplifies this step a little.

    • Slide the pick along the top edge and cut any remaining adhesive securing the display.

  14. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Heat the left edge: step 14, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Heat the left edge: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use a hair dryer to heat the left edge of the iPhone for 90 seconds or until the screen is slightly too hot to touch.

  15. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Screen information: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • There's a delicate cable along the left edge of your iPhone. Don't insert your pick here, as you may damage the cable.

  16. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 16, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a second opening pick in the bottom left corner of the iPhone.

    • Twist both picks simultaneously until the left edge clips release.

    • Apply the twisting force gradually.

    • If you're having trouble separating the adhesive, reheat the left edge.

  17. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 17, image 1 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 17, image 2 of 3 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Rotate your iPhone so the right edge faces you.

    • Open the iPhone by swinging the display up from the right side, like the front cover of a book.

    • Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone's logic board.

    • Lean the display against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    • During reassembly, lay the display in position, align the clips along the top edge, and carefully press the top edge into place before snapping the rest of the display down. If it doesn't click easily into place, check the condition of the clips around the perimeter of the display and make sure they aren't bent.

  18. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Unscrew the battery and display connector cover: step 18, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Unscrew the battery and display connector cover: step 18, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Magnetic Project Mat
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    • Remove the 1.25 mm-long Y000 screw securing the battery & display connector cover bracket.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your iPhone.

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to power on your iPhone and test all functions before you seal the display in place. Be sure to power your iPhone back down completely before you continue working.

  19. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Remove the battery and display connector cover: step 19, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Remove the battery and display connector cover: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the battery & display connector bracket.

    • There are two little hinges on the right edge of the connector bracket. Make sure to align them with their counterparts during reassembly.

  20. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 20, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger or a clean fingernail to pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • Try not to damage the black silicone seal surrounding this and other board connections. These seals provide extra protection against water and dust intrusion.

    • Bend the connector slightly away from the logic board to prevent it from accidentally making contact with the socket and providing power to the phone during your repair.

  21. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Disconnect the OLED display cable: step 21, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Disconnect the OLED display cable: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger or a clean fingernail to pry the OLED panel cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  22. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Unscrew the front sensor assembly cover: step 22, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Unscrew the front sensor assembly cover: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the five 1 mm-long Y000 screws securing the front sensor assembly cover bracket.

  23. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front sensor assembly bracket.

  24. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Disconnect the front sensors: step 24, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Disconnect the front sensors: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger or a clean fingernail to disconnect the front sensor assembly cable connector.

  25. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Remove the display assembly: step 25, image 1 of 1
  26. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Unscrew the camera module cover: step 26, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Unscrew the camera module cover: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two 1.6 mm-long Phillips #000 screws.

  27. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Remove the camera module cover: step 27, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Remove the camera module cover: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the camera module cover bracket.

    • On the right side of the bracket are two little nibs which are tucked into the iPhone frame. Grab the bracket on its left edge and pull it in the direction of the volume buttons in order to remove it safely.

    • During reassembly make sure to align the two metal nibs with their appropriate slots in the iPhone frame.

  28. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Disconnect the camera flex cables: step 28, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Disconnect the camera flex cables: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • The camera flex cables in the iPhone 12 mini are layered above each other and therefore need to be dis- and reconnected in correct order.

    • Use a spudger to disconnect the ultra wide angle camera flex cable by prying it straight up from its socket.

  29. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the wide camera flex cable by prying it straight up from its socket.

  30. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Pry up the camera module: step 30, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Pry up the camera module: step 30, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the pointed end of a supdger between the upper edge of the camera module and the iPhone frame.

    • Use the spudger to pry the camera module out of its recess by tilting the spudger downwards.

  31. iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Remove the camera module: step 31, image 1 of 2 iPhone 12 mini Rear-Facing Cameras Replacement, Remove the camera module: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the camera module.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order. Apply new adhesive where necessary after cleaning the relevant areas with isopropyl alcohol (>90%).

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our iPhone 12 mini Answers community for help.

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2 Comments

Removing these screens is no joke folks. There is a backing on the screen that is also adhered to the phone casing, and it is very easy to separate this from the front of the screen, destroying or at the very least damaging it in the process.

Hunter Strathman - Reply

Once the stupid screen is off, it's an easy task. I wasn't able to get it off without the clamp. So I would order the clamp straight away with it!

Robertvo - Reply

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