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Introduction

Follow the steps in this guide to replace the rear-facing iSight camera in your iPhone 6s Plus.

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  1. Before disassembling your iPhone, discharge the battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.
    • Before disassembling your iPhone, discharge the 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 3.4 mm Pentalobe screws on either side of the Lightning port.

  2. Optionally, apply mild heat to the lower edge of the iPhone using an iOpener or hair dryer for about a minute.
    • Optionally, apply mild heat to the lower edge of the iPhone using an iOpener or hair dryer for about a minute.

    • Heat softens the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.

  3. Opening the display on the 6s Plus separates a thin strip of adhesive around the perimeter of the display. If you prefer to replace the adhesive, have a set of new adhesive strips ready before you continue. It's possible to complete the repair without replacing the adhesive, and you probably won't notice any difference in functionality.
    • Opening the display on the 6s Plus separates a thin strip of adhesive around the perimeter of the display. If you prefer to replace the adhesive, have a set of new adhesive strips ready before you continue. It's possible to complete the repair without replacing the adhesive, and you probably won't notice any difference in functionality.

    • Apply a suction cup to the lower left corner of the display assembly.

  4. Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case. Pulling too hard may damage the display assembly. Apply just enough pressure to create a small gap between the display assembly and the rear case.
    • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.

    • Pulling too hard may damage the display assembly. Apply just enough pressure to create a small gap between the display assembly and the rear case.

  5. The safest place to pry from is the notch in the front panel above the headphone jack. While still maintaining pressure on the suction cup, insert the flat tip of a spudger into the gap, directly above the headphone jack. While still maintaining pressure on the suction cup, insert the flat tip of a spudger into the gap, directly above the headphone jack.
    • The safest place to pry from is the notch in the front panel above the headphone jack.

    • While still maintaining pressure on the suction cup, insert the flat tip of a spudger into the gap, directly above the headphone jack.

  6. Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the front panel and the rear case. Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the front panel and the rear case.
    • Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the front panel and the rear case.

  7. While firmly pulling up on the suction cup, slide the edge of the spudger under the bottom left corner of the display. While firmly pulling up on the suction cup, slide the edge of the spudger under the bottom left corner of the display. While firmly pulling up on the suction cup, slide the edge of the spudger under the bottom left corner of the display.
    • While firmly pulling up on the suction cup, slide the edge of the spudger under the bottom left corner of the display.

  8. Slide the tip of the spudger up the left side of the phone, between the front panel and the rear case. Slide the tip of the spudger up the left side of the phone, between the front panel and the rear case.
    • Slide the tip of the spudger up the left side of the phone, between the front panel and the rear case.

  9. Insert the flat tip of the spudger under the right edge of the display. Slide the spudger up the right side.
    • Insert the flat tip of the spudger under the right edge of the display.

    • Slide the spudger up the right side.

  10. Use a plastic opening tool to hold down the rear case while pulling up the suction cup to open the phone. Do not remove the display completely, or you will damage the data cables connecting the display near the top edge of the iPhone.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to hold down the rear case while pulling up the suction cup to open the phone.

    • Do not remove the display completely, or you will damage the data cables connecting the display near the top edge of the iPhone.

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  12. Pull up on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the display. Pull up on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the display.
    • Pull up on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the display.

  13. Gently grasp the display assembly and lift it up to open the phone, using the clips at the top of the front panel as a hinge. Open the display to about a 90º angle, and lean it against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone. Don't open the display more than 90º—it is still connected to the top of the phone by the display, digitizer, and front camera cables which can tear easily.
    • Gently grasp the display assembly and lift it up to open the phone, using the clips at the top of the front panel as a hinge.

    • Open the display to about a 90º angle, and lean it against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    • Don't open the display more than 90º—it is still connected to the top of the phone by the display, digitizer, and front camera cables which can tear easily.

    • Add a rubber band to keep the display securely in place while you work. This prevents undue strain on the display cables.

    • In a pinch, you can use an unopened canned beverage to support the display.

    • Remove two Phillips screws securing the battery connector bracket to the logic board, of the following lengths:

    • One 2.9 mm screw

    • One 2.3 mm screw

    • Throughout this guide, keep careful track of your screws so that each one goes back where it came from during reassembly. Installing a screw in the wrong place can cause permanent damage.

  14. Remove the battery connector bracket. Remove the battery connector bracket.
    • Remove the battery connector bracket.

  15. Use a spudger or a clean fingernail to disconnect the battery connector by prying it straight up off the logic board. Use a spudger or a clean fingernail to disconnect the battery connector by prying it straight up off the logic board. Use a spudger or a clean fingernail to disconnect the battery connector by prying it straight up off the logic board.
    • Use a spudger or a clean fingernail to disconnect the battery connector by prying it straight up off the logic board.

  16. Bend the connector back to ensure it doesn't make contact and power the iPhone on while you're working on it. Bend the connector back to ensure it doesn't make contact and power the iPhone on while you're working on it. Bend the connector back to ensure it doesn't make contact and power the iPhone on while you're working on it.
    • Bend the connector back to ensure it doesn't make contact and power the iPhone on while you're working on it.

  17. Remove the following Phillips screws:
    • Remove the following Phillips screws:

    • Three 1.3 mm screws

    • One 1.6 mm screw

    • One 3.0 mm screw

    • During reassembly, it's critical to place this 3.0 mm screw in the top-right corner of the bracket. Placing it anywhere else may damage the logic board.

  18. Remove the display cable bracket. Remove the display cable bracket.
    • Remove the display cable bracket.

  19. Be careful to only pry up on the connector itself and not the socket on the logic board. Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and sensor cable connector.
    • Be careful to only pry up on the connector itself and not the socket on the logic board.

    • Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and sensor cable connector.

  20. Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the digitizer cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board. When reconnecting the digitizer cable, do not press the center of the connector. Press one end of the connector, then press the opposite end. Pressing in the center of the connector can bend the component and cause digitizer damage.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the digitizer cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

    • When reconnecting the digitizer cable, do not press the center of the connector. Press one end of the connector, then press the opposite end. Pressing in the center of the connector can bend the component and cause digitizer damage.

  21. Make sure the battery is disconnected before you disconnect or reconnect the cable in this step. Disconnect the display cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.
    • Make sure the battery is disconnected before you disconnect or reconnect the cable in this step.

    • Disconnect the display cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

  22. Remove the display assembly. During reassembly, pause here if you wish to replace the adhesive around the edges of the display.
  23. Peel up any tape covering the iSight camera bracket screws. Peel up any tape covering the iSight camera bracket screws. Peel up any tape covering the iSight camera bracket screws.
    • Peel up any tape covering the iSight camera bracket screws.

  24. Remove the following Phillips screws over the camera bracket:
    • Remove the following Phillips screws over the camera bracket:

    • One 1.9 mm screw

    • One 2.4 mm screw

  25. Remove the iSight camera bracket. Remove the iSight camera bracket.
    • Remove the iSight camera bracket.

  26. Disconnect the iSight camera connector from its socket on the logic board. Be sure to pry up only the connector and not the socket on the logic board.
    • Disconnect the iSight camera connector from its socket on the logic board.

    • Be sure to pry up only the connector and not the socket on the logic board.

  27. Insert the flat end of the spudger between the iSight camera and rear casing. Gently pry the camera out from its housing.
    • Insert the flat end of the spudger between the iSight camera and rear casing.

    • Gently pry the camera out from its housing.

  28. Remove the iSight camera. Remove the iSight camera.
    • Remove the iSight camera.

Conclusion

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

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really useful.

vickyhhchang - Reply

Great instructional video which saw me through the entire disassembly of my phone, and then clear and concise enough steps on the page to help me put it back together after installing the new camera. Thank you!!!!

chyke_dawg - Reply

I completed this repair at the same time as replacing my battery and headphone/lightening jack assembly. The problem I was experiencing with my camera was jittery video and unusable photos. The stabilization gimbal had died, though I am not sure that is the right word for it. It's more like it had an overdose. Anytime I would come to use the camera you could hear a tiny clicking noise as the lens armature shot itself about within its tolerances. Photos were out of focus and jittery, even when taken with the phone completely stable and untouched. I could most of the time just manage to make it take photos to deposit checks by holding the phone horizontally and in very bright sunlight, sometimes tapping the phone until the clicking noise stopped. Videos would hunt for focus and look as though I was actively shaking the camera, no matter what. Sometimes it was worse than others. Replacing this assembly completely fixed all issues.

Michael Cornforth - Reply

Michael, you might have been interested to know that the focusing problems you experienced are chronic in the iPhone 6 Plus and Apple has created a repair program. You might have found this page useful if your serial number was eligible. https://www.apple.com/support/iphone6plu...

Talon - Reply

Micheal, I am having that same problem as well! Good to know that replacing it fixes it!

Talon, the repair program Apple has is only for the 6 plus not the 6s plus.

Andy Perkins - Reply

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