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June 18, 2015
My back camera stopped working. My battery was dying a little quickly, so I swapped that out while I was performing surgery.
Repair was easier than I expected, especially putting everything back together. Took about an hour. The hardest parts were separating the screen and getting the battery out. By hardest I mean they were the most seemingly sketchy parts.
My only complaint is that the camera quality is not was good as the original camera. This is actually a pretty big deal to me. I am going to look for a better camera and try to swap it out again.
Putting things back together wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Take your time with the glass. When putting the main board back in, make sure everything that is supposed to be under is is under and everything that is supposed to be above it is above.
May 19, 2015
Rear camera on iPhone 5 was stuck at fixed focal length. Wouldn't focus and would often crash when using the camera app to take photos and would not work at all on video.
Probably took 45 minutes to get through it...the first time. After putting it all back together, I had light leakage from the top of the screen. I didn't get the screen assembly cables fully seated and it was putting pressure on the screen. So had to take it apart and repeat the first couple of steps and once all back together, it works great.
Use tweezers if the flash enclosure is stuck to the case; the new camera already came with the enclosure. Look at the old rear camera and how the cable bends when attached and put back into the phone; other wise it may not fit smoothly. Be sure to check for dust between the camera lens and case (i had a few specks of dust, cured with a Qtip and some canned air)
The flash enclosure you want to make sure you line up that it seats correctly. Mine wanted to move until I put the plate in place the holds the camera and flash in place.
Make sure cables are reseated properly or your screen may show weird colors and you have to take it apart again.
Happy picture taking!
May 1, 2015
The rear camera in my iphone 5 failed.
The process went fine. I used the ifixit repair steps. One thing I missed when I re-installed the logic board was I had installed it over the wifi cable which caused me to have to remove the logic board a second time to free it. So be wary of the cables on the side of the
One thing I missed when I replaced the logic board was I had installed it over the wifi cable which caused me to have to remove the logic board a second time to free it. Also, I had the issue where the it is in constant "searching" mode on the cell radio even though it is working. My date/time was synced (which I read in comments as being an issue) so I just cycled "set automatically" and the dots showed back up. Also, the 1.6mm screw on step 13 would not screw into the standoff screw underneath so I left it out.
February 20, 2015
My camera showed something like "burned" spots and some dust specs all around.
I sweated a lot :)
I did not remove the battery.
One of the screws that held the battery bracket was broken; luckily the standoff screw underneath got unscrewed and I was able to remove the bracket with the screw attached.
The flash lens was the most difficult part to put back in properly. The cable of the camera does not come already bent, so it takes a bit of trial and error to put it correctly.
Camera works perfectly now, flash too.
When I rebooted it did not find the cellular signal, I put the phone in airplane mode and then back, and it works :)
I read all the comments before doing the fix. Among the best ones: do not remove the battery, and "use a ice cube tray to store screws".
January 30, 2015
The problem I had with my camera was that I pointed a green laser into the lens and burnt it. Was a great idea to see all the beautiful colors on the screen but not such a good idea afterwards. After I did some research and found out that the high frequency light had damaged my camera lens I felt embarrassed :)
So I began with ordering the wrong part. I somehow managed to order the iPhone 5 rear camera instead of the 5c. So thanks to the helpful lads at iFixit they set up RMA for me to return it and I ordered the right one.
The repair itself went well and quick. I've changed parts on some iPhone 4's and 4s before but the 5c was a lot more straight forward.
I also like to add that the Pro Tech Toolkit that I purchased with the part is by far the best precision toolkit I've had.
Well the advice. Just beware of the front assembly cables that connect to the MB at the top of the unit when you lift up the screen. From there it's pretty much easy.
January 9, 2015
Rear camera stopped responding, black screen only and frozen. Front camera still working fine. Tried hard resets, etc. Replaced the camera and now all is good again. works like new.
Fine, followed the guide and all went well. However, there should be a note about bending the flash cable on the new camera.
Only problem was the 00 phillips from ifixit was too big, needed to get a smaller jewellers phillips.
Be prepared to bend the flash cable and attache the flash module to the replacement camera.
January 7, 2015
The rear camera got damaged after an accident where the iPhone hit the floor a little bit to hard. Even the rear case got damaged. And then the battery only worked for a hour, I desided it was time to do something.
Thanks to Ifixit, I got both the "how-to" and the replacement parts. It took a long time - almost 5 hours! The repair did go well, even the tiny parts, but I had to redo something - some connectors who got forgotten (difficult to use the phone when You forgot to connect the cellular data antenna...). But I'm satisfied - the phone is saved from the trashcan - it works as it is brand new!
The "how-to" could be a little more informative on how to assemble the iPhone - I got some problems because some of the connectors were hiding under the "main unit". But overall: Can I, can You!
December 31, 2014
Battery going bad and out of focus rear camera
It went well, the guides were great and easy to follow
Improve on the tools that was provided.
The suction cup did not work, it was not in a good condition, bad quality, thus it was not able to provide any suction.
The screw driver tip is too soft even for small screws it shredded on the second screw. I was lucky to find a spare at home.
Basically the suction cup and the screw driver I bought with the parts were poor quality and unusable
November 22, 2014
The camera on my iPhone 5 was taking bad pictures. At first, they were spotty. Dust maybe? I used the info on iFixit to open it up and look inside. Dust didn't seem to be the problem and it seemed the pictures were gradually getting worse. I was losing Instagram followers at an amazing rate. Actually, I was getting bummed out about taking pictures at all. What good is a phone without a decent camera? I took it to my friendly neighborhood Apple Genius and he let me know I could have the whole phone replaced for the low, low price of $250. They couldn't order just the camera part. I saw I could get one from iFixit and so began the rebirth of my phone.
Since I had opened the phone before -- with some tools I got at the local computer joint -- I felt like it was going to be a breeze. As I looked through the instructions, though, I started to get worried. It looked like I was going to have to remove every screw in the whole darn phone. No worries, what's the worst thing that could happen? If I break the whole thing I'll just get an iPhone 6. Did I secretly want an iPhone 6? Possibly, but I'd also like to keep that money in my pocket, so I put my head down and went to work. I put everything on a large tray in front of the laptop screen and pulled a desk light over head and took my time. I even went to my son's school performance after I took it apart and before replacing the camera. I don't recommend leaving the project and coming back if you can allow yourself a couple hours. Put on some Netflix, some music, or something and go slow and steady. If you have to quit in the middle and come back, never fear. Just keep things organized.
I built a custom screw tray out of LEGO® parts. Each tray held the screws and brackets for each step, so when I was done taking it apart I just had to turn around and go in reverse. Then when I was done my screw tray became a house for a homeless minifigure.
At the end of the day, the photos on the
November 18, 2014
For some reason my rear camera would not work. Just blacked out like a satelite feed in West Virginia in a rain storm. Every now in then it would work for 1 second but then fade away.
As the title says this task was dom-a-hated. Obliterated. I cracked this phone open like a cardiothoracic surgeon repairing a 100% clotted left anterior descending coronary artery if you know what I mean. Sure, one good sneeze and these screws would be on the floor. And chances are you won't find these screws while spending 45 min on the kitchen floor with your cheek on the tile, army crawling around like some type of giant slug. This did not happen to me but because my repair process went smoothly I had to pump up my story. I took 8 shots of espresso just to amp up the challenge.
Don't be a baby about crackin that $650 phone open and fixing it yourself. It will be a fraction of the price that a repair shop would cost. And I would rather throw hot tea on my face before dealing with Apple or the "geniuses". These phones are built pretty simply and organization is the key. DON'T BE A BABY.....no one likes babies.