Introduction

In this guide, we will learn how to replace the camera lens on the iPhone 7 Plus.

  1. Before you begin, discharge your iPhone battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.
    • 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 3.4 mm pentalobe screws at the bottom edge of the iPhone.

    • 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.

    The recommendation of discharging the battery is completely unnecessary. Even a 25% charged battery can explode. Completely ridiculous suggestion.

    pargoff - Reply

    The risk of thermal runaway on these batteries decreases with the battery's SOC (state of charge). Below 50% charge the risk is fairly low, and at 25% charge the risk of a thermal event is near zero. If I recall correctly, the same suggestion appears in Apple's official (non-public) service manuals for the iPhone.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    @jeffsu Yes, that is correct. Apple does require all certified staff to discharge the battery below 25%. This is an industry standard for all LiION batteries. If you don’t want to do this, just make sure to not puncture the battery and disconnect it first thing.

    Ben Meinhart - Reply

    Hang on a second here, doesn’t the Ifixit part I ordered come with the seals? The display assembly? It doesn’t. Now I have to wait another week?!

    Vanessa Pinter - Reply

    How do you turn off if the screen isn’t responding to touch?

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  2. Heating the lower edge of the iPhone will help soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.
    • Heating the lower edge of the iPhone will help soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.

    • Use a hairdryer or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the lower edge of the iPhone for about a minute in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

    How long should I use a hairdryer for?

    Warren Binder - Reply

    I used it until it was hot to the touch but not too hot where you burn yourself.

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    • Apply a suction cup to the lower half of the front panel, just above the home button.

      • Be sure the suction cup does not overlap with the home button, as this will prevent a seal from forming between the suction cup and front glass.

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    • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.

    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap.

      • The watertight adhesive holding the display 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, rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you can fit a spudger inside.

    • While pulling up on the suction cup, twist the spudger to widen the opening between the screen and rear case.

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    • Insert the flat end of the spudger between the front panel and the rear case at the lower left edge of the iPhone.

    • Slide the spudger up the left edge of the phone starting at the lower edge and moving towards the volume control buttons and silent switch, breaking up the adhesive holding the display in place.

    • Do not try to pry the top edge of the display away from the rear case, as it is held in place by plastic clips that may break.

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    • Remove the spudger from the left side of the phone and insert the flat end into the bottom right corner.

    • Slide the spudger up the right edge of the phone to the top corner, breaking up the adhesive holding the display in place.

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    • Pull up on the suction cup to lift up the display and open the iPhone.

      • Do not raise the display more than 10º as there are delicate ribbon cables along the right edge of the device connecting the display to the logic board.

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    • Pull up on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.

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    • Slide an opening pick underneath the display along the top edge of the phone to loosen the last of the adhesive.

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    • Pull the display assembly slightly away from the top edge of the phone to disengage the clips holding it to the rear case.

    • Open the iPhone by swinging the display up from the left side, like the back 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.

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    • Remove the following four tri-point Y000 screws securing the lower display cable bracket to the logic board:

      • Three 1.2 mm screws

      • One 2.6 mm screw

    Is it really safe to lay the device fully open like a book? The cable leading to the LCD gets stretched across the sharp edge of the aluminum edge of the back cover.

    u204863 - Reply

    Generally I'd say no, it's not safe. In reality I've seen a bit of variance in the cable length, and sometimes it'll be fine—but mostly I'd be prepared to prop the display up or hold it in place at a slight angle so it doesn't put too much stress on the cables. On prior iPhones it was easy to rubberband the display to a box or a can of soda, and something like that would probably work well here too. Use your own judgment.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    The tri wing screws are so hard to remove. What's the trick?

    shannon caldwell - Reply

    At first I think I was being too careful and was getting no where. I got better results by pressing down on the screwdriver with more pressure while turning and those little screws came right out.

    LadyTech - Reply

    I cannot remove one of the corner screws in this step and i have used the tweezers and the y000 tri tip and i am afraid that it is stripping it. is there a work around for this step?

    Katherine Monday - Reply

    @katmonday1 No workaround unfortunately. Make sure the driver tip is in good condition and fits the screw correctly. Seat it in the screw, hold the driver perfectly vertical, press down hard (and maintain it), and turn. It’ll come out. If it’s really stripped you’ll have to get more aggressive—try one or more of the techniques in this guide or get some help. Good luck!

    Jeff Suovanen -

    • Remove the lower display cable bracket.

    I am confused, please help. LOL the bracket, the very first one being removed. I see it has three screws the same size and one a different size? I've been trying to fix my daughter's phone and ordered a 0.6 mm Tri Wing screwdriver for iPhone 7 plus /Apple watch. It seems to fit the screws and it seems to be turning them although I can't see that well but they're not coming out. However when I used it on a smaller bracket with two screws they came right out so I'm thinking I don't have the right screwdriver I am at my Wit's End!! I have been working on this phone or attempting to for a while now. I cannot find a list anywhere of the exact size screwdrivers needed to Take apart an iPhone 7 plus. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    chris west - Reply

    If your tri-wing screwdriver worked for other tri-point screws in the phone, then it should work for the screws you are struggling with! If it feels like the screws are spinning but not coming out, try to use tweezers to pull them out. I often struggle with tri-point screws, and need to apply some downward pressure to remove them. This can be risky though, as you do not want to strip the screw or damage components underneath the bracket. If you continue to struggle, you can give this driver and this bit a try.

    Scott Havard - Reply

    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the battery connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the connector cable up slightly to prevent it from making contact with the socket and providing power to the phone.

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    • Make sure the battery is disconnected before you disconnect or reconnect the cables in this step.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger or a fingernail to disconnect the two lower display connectors by prying them straight up from their sockets on the logic board.

    • To re-attach press connectors, press down on one end until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other end. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is even slightly misaligned, the connector can bend, causing permanent damage.

    • If you have a blank screen, white lines on the display, or partial or complete lack of touch response after reassembling your phone, try disconnecting and carefully reconnecting both of these cables and make sure they are fully seated.

    The note about the danger of pressing on the connector incorrectly is very legitimate. Though I find it more practical to use a wide (1.5 cm) case opener tool to press it down all at once. Minimizes risk of bending the connector.

    Talon - Reply

    What can happen if the battery is not disconnected before the two lower display connectors?

    Alextay - Reply

    • Remove the three tri-point Y000 screws securing the bracket over the front panel sensor assembly connector:

      • One 1.3 mm screw

      • Two 1.0 mm screws

    • Remove the bracket.

    Posted a comment above on the first step. The screwdriver that I ordered Works taking out these two screens shown in the picture. However it does not work on the first bracket that needs to be removed. It seems that all screw sizes are somewhat different but I'm not finding a list showing different screwdriver sizes needed. Does this make sense? Could anybody please give me some advice on this thank you much.

    chris west - Reply

    I know your comment was posted a long time ago but just in case someone else has the same problem, the only difference in the screws are the lengths. The ends are the same.

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    • Disconnect the front panel sensor assembly connector from its socket on the logic board.

    • This press connector should also be reconnected one end at a time to minimize the risk of bending.

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    • Remove the two screws securing the rear-facing camera bracket:

      • One 1.6 mm Phillips screw

      • One 2.2 mm standoff screw

        • Standoff screws are best removed using an iPhone Standoff Screwdriver Bit and driver handle.

        • In a pinch, a small flathead screwdriver will do the job—but use extra caution to ensure it doesn't slip and damage surrounding components.

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    • Remove the bracket covering the rear-facing camera assembly.

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    • Use an iFixit opening tool or a fingernail to disconnect the two camera cable connectors by prying them straight up from their sockets.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the rear-facing camera assembly from the top edge of the iPhone.

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    • Remove the rear-facing camera assembly.

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    • It's difficult to remove this bottom bracket. The inside round edge of this bracket seems to be soldered with camera lens ring; so you need much more effort and it's not surprising to break the bracket altogether.

    • I like to take a flat screw driver and push it in where it wont damage any components and just pull until I hear small tears.

    • Thats where the soldering have happened, you can also see it in picture three.

    I pulled the tabs with a small pair of pliers. Did the job neatly with less risk of damaging surrounding components.

    Martin Cooper - Reply

    • The last step is to push the cracked camera lens out from inside.

    • First, find a tool you prefer and easy to use with effort. Then, put your hands where your power will land to protect the rear case from bending. Next, push the camera lens with effort. Please be careful with the phone and your hand very much.

    • When you place the new camera lens, you will need glue or adhesive to fasten the camera lens as well as the new bottom bracket.

      • You don't have to have a new bracket, its not necessary.

    • If you worry about the iPhone 7 Plus being damaged, please send it to an Apple center.

    • What I do here is that I put the phone firmly at the table with the camera sticking out, I place my flat screwdriver where the red marker is and I slightly tap the screwdriver with a hammer.

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    • To insert a new one you place it on the table and gently lay your phone above it pushing it back inside.

      • Make sure that the new camera lens is flush with the back and you are good to reverse the steps.

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Conclusion

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

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When will you pretend finish this guide with picture? I have the same problem but I don’t want to loss the waterproof. Do you know another form to fix or soleve this problem?

Jose Juan Castro Ojeda - Reply

You will lose waterproof unfortunally. Seals may be replaced but will not be 100%

nicolay.94 -

Adding pictures today.

nicolay.94 -

I read that the bottom bracket you mention at the end is fallen alignment bracket and it aligns the camera lens. Do you know how to add it back? Or we’ll install a new one

pxolo10 - Reply

You will have to get this part: iPhone 7 Plus Rear Camera Alignment Bracket

as the other one is soldered and will break and bend. You will have to align the bracket yourself to replace it.

nicolay.94 -

What kind of glue or adhesive did you use to secure the Camarena lens?

pxolo10 - Reply

B-7000 Clear is what I use.

nicolay.94 -

I write in Russian. Вчера я сделал это самостоятельно для iPhone 7 plus. Предварительно купил для камеры Metal Holder (bottom bracket) и Shockproof Sponge. Рамку стекла я вытолкнул карандашом после некоторых усилий, это выполнимо. Сначала я пытался нагреть, но это не облегчает задачу. В конце концов я применил механическое давление. Я разбил стекло камеры, приложил карандаш к твердой поверхности, просунул второй конец карандаша в отверстие камеры, обхватил корпус iPhone удобно пальцами и сильно, но аккуратно стал давить. Спустя 2 минуты давления рамка камеры поддалась и вытолкнулась. Я использовал черный автомобильный герметик чтобы вклеить новую рамку (мой iPhone черного цвета), проблем не возникло. Metal Holder тоже намазал герметиком. Я думаю, что так же можно использовать пяти минутный эпоксидный клей. При сборке корпуса я так же промазал герметик по периметру, я подумал, что это будет лучше, чем черный скотч 3М. Бросать в воду я не стану, но думаю водонепроницаемость моего iPhone в порядке.

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