Remove the rear-facing 8 MP iSight camera
So your iPhone 5S rear facing camera has suddenly stopped working. And now what you see is just a blurred image which gets stuck. You tried and tested all sorts of resets and restores but nothing seems to fix it out.
After visiting all the iPhone repair shops, you’re being informed that your iPhone 5S rear camera needs an immediate replacement and it would cost you dearly. Now there is good news for all the iPhone 5S users that the DIY repair of your device is quite possible with only requisites being enormous patience, ample spare time as well as the correct handling and repair tools.
Reminder: Do visit the authorized iPhone service centre before attempting any of the DIY repairs, in case if your device is under warranty.
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- Spudger tool.
- Portable Suction Cup.
- Tweezers tool.
- Phillips #000 Screwdriver.
- Pentalobe Screwdriver.
- Plastic razor Tool.
- Now before starting the disassembly process, just power off your iPhone 5S device.
- Then just unscrew and remove both of the Pentalobe screws (3.9 mm), fixed right near the Lightning connector.
- Now just place your portable suction cup just above the screen, right over the home button.
- Just hold down your iPhone device with your one hand. Then use the portable suction cup to pull up the front panel assembly’s home button end and slightly detach it away from the back case.
- Use your plastic razor tool to carefully disconnect the back case’s edges down and away from the front panel assembly, while simultaneously pulling the front panel up with your portable suction cup.
Reminder: Don’t attempt to detach the front panel assembly completely from the rear case, as there might be numerous ribbon cables which are still secured with your iPhone’s top end.
- Just pull up the plastic nub and release the suction cup’s vacuum seal.
- Then detach the suction cup away from the front display assembly.
- Now open up your iPhone device till the point where the metal bracket wrapping up the home button cable is visible.
Reminder: Just don’t open your device too much or else the home button cable might get damaged.
- Use the spudger tool tip to release the bracket free and just detach it with tweezers tool.
- Again use the spudger tool tip to detach the home button cable connector away from its socket.
Reminder: Just make sure that the cable connector is separated from its socket and don’t attempt to open the entire socket up.
- After releasing the connector, just use your phone’s top end like a hinge and carefully detach the front panel assembly’s home button end away from the back case.
- Now unscrew and remove all the Phillips #000 screws (two 1.7 mm Phillips screws, single 1.2 mm Phillips screw and a single 1.3 mm Phillips screw) attaching the front panel assembly cable bracket with the logic board assembly.
- Gently detach the cable bracket of front panel assembly away from the logic board assembly.
- Use your spudger tool’s flat end to gently detach the front-facing camera cable as well as the sensor cable.
- While still holding the front panel assembly, carefully detach the digitizer cable connector.
- Then gently detach the LCD cable connector.
- Finally release the front panel assembly away from the back case.
Step 4:iPhone 5S battery connector:
- Now use your Phillips screwdriver to unscrew and remove both of the 1.6 mm Phillips screws attaching the metal battery connector bracket with the logic board assembly.
- Then gently detach the metal battery connector bracket away from your iPhone device.
- Use your spudger tool’s flat end to carefully detach the battery connector away from its socket on the logic board.
Reminder: Be very cautious to just open up only the battery connector and not the entire socket on the logic board, as you might damage the connector socket entirely.
Step 5:Rear facing camera:
- Now use your tweezers tool to toss the rubber camera cover up its clip towards the outer side of the back case.
Reminder: Don’t try to remove this rubber cover completely, as it is still secured with the rear case.
- Use your plastic razor tool to detach the rear camera cable connector away from the logic board.
Reminder: Be very cautious to only open up on the cable connector and not the entire socket.
- Just detach the rear-facing camera away from the back case.
- Now you are left with the bare rear facing camera component.
- Just replace the existing rear camera with the new camera.
- Now to reassemble your iPhone 5S device, just follow the above steps in the exact reverse order.
You’ve successfully replaced your iPhone 5S rear camera. We do hope that this article will definitely help you out in sorting out all your rear camera problems.