Introduction

In this guide we will learn how to replace the camera lens on the iPhone 7 plus

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.
  • 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.

  • Opening the iPhone's display will compromise its waterproof seals. Take extra care not to expose your iPhone to liquid damage after completing your repair.

  • Remove the two 3.4 mm pentalobe screws at the bottom edge of the iPhone.

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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.

  • I like to put the phone on a heating matt at 80*C (176F) for about 10-15 minutes. or you could use the method below.

  • 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.

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I then take my prytool and carefully insert it at the bottom left corner.
  • I then take my prytool and carefully insert it at the bottom left corner.

  • Follow the outer line while carefully pulling the prytool upwards so that the screen separates.

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Do not pull the screen up more than around 10 degrees as you might rip or damage the screen cables.
  • Do not pull the screen up more than around 10 degrees as you might rip or damage the screen cables.

    • The screen is tucked in at the top and needs to be pushed down towards the charging port and then it opens like a book to the right.

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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.
  • 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:
  • 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

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  • Remove the lower display cable bracket.

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

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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 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.

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

  • During reassembly, pause here if you wish to replace the adhesive around the edges of the display.

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Remove the two screws securing the rear-facing camera bracket: One 1.6 mm Phillips screw
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the rear-facing camera assembly from the top edge of the iPhone.

  • 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 soldered with camera lens ring. So you need much effort and it's not surprised to break the bracket. 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.
  • It's difficult to remove this bottom bracket. The inside round edge of this bracket seems soldered with camera lens ring. So you need much effort and it's not surprised to break the bracket.

  • 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.

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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.
  • 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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nicolay.94

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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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