Apple iPhone 4s - Replacing your rear camera

The rear-facing camera isn’t working.

  • iPhone 4s
  • 12 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 4s’ defective rear camera. You need this repair if the rear camera isn’t working, your pictures are blurry, or the camera doesn’t focus.

Required tools

  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

    We recommend storing your screws so you don’t mix up the various screws and small parts.

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  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

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  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

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  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

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  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

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  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • iPhone 4s iSight Rückkamera

    iPhone 4s iSight Rückkamera

    Der Austausch der iSight Kamera (auch Haupt- oder rückseitige Kamera) deines iPhone 4s ist notwendig, wenn diese nicht mehr funktioniert, die Fotos unscharf sind oder die Kamera nicht fokussiert. Auch störende Flecken auf dem Bild können durch den Tausch vermieden werden.

    €4.00 at the iDoc store
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Getting started

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment for each step. We’d be happy to help.

12 steps
  1. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 4s - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open your phone.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. They are located to the right and left of the dock connector. Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      2 x 3.6 mm pentalobe screws
  2. Removing the back cover

    iPhone 4s - Removing the back cover 01
    iPhone 4s - Removing the back cover 02

    1. Use your thumbs or the palm of your hand to push the back cover of your iPhone about 4 mm away from the bottom of the phone where the dock connector is (see figure 1).
    2. Then you can lift the back cover at the end that’s sticking out past the phone (see figure 2).
  3. Disconnecting the battery connector

    iPhone 4s - Disconnecting the battery connector 01
    iPhone 4s - Disconnecting the battery connector 02
    1. If your iPhone’s still on, turn it off now by holding down the standby button for about five seconds and following the prompt on the display.
    2. Remove the two Phillips screws on the battery connector using a Phillips screwdriver (see figure 1). Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      The contact point on the logic board could come off. If the contact point breaks off but the soldering points are still intact, you can solder the contact point back on.
    3. Now carefully lift off the battery connector by inserting the pointed ESD spudger slightly below the silver cover plate (see figure 2). If you don’t have a spudger, you can also try using your fingernail.
    4. For the rest of the repair, you can also use the metal laboratory spatula instead of the spudger. This may make some steps easier for you. However, we explicitly recommend using the ESD spudger produced specifically for precision electronics.
  4. Removing the battery

    iPhone 4s - Removing the battery 01
    iPhone 4s - Removing the battery 02
    iPhone 4s - Removing the battery 03
    1. The antenna cover is under the battery connector. Remove the cover and put it in the same compartment of your organizer tray as the Phillips screws you removed before (see figure 1).
    2. Now remove the battery. It’s sometimes glued firmly in place. Insert the flat end of the spudger into the space (about 1 cm to the left of the volume down button) between the battery and the outer frame, and slowly lift the battery (see figure 2). If the battery’s really stuck on, use other leverage points to the right and left of the original spot to pry it off. If you still can’t detach the battery, you can use a heat gun to warm it slightly from the outside and soften the glue.
    3. Now you can also disconnect the antenna connector by carefully pulling it off the plug head using the spudger (see figure 3).
  5. Removing the cover

    iPhone 4s - Removing the cover 01
    iPhone 4s - Removing the cover 02
    iPhone 4s - Removing the cover 03
    1. Remove the four Phillips screws from the cover (see figure 1). Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray. It’s easy to tell them apart.
      1 x 2.6 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw (thin thread)
    2. The cover is slightly clamped in place on the midframe (see figure 2). In order to remove the cover, use the spudger to push it slightly to the left, toward the dock connector (see figure 3).
  6. Removing the rear camera

    iPhone 4s - Removing the rear camera 01
    1. Use the spudger to lift off the camera connector and remove the camera.
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  8. Installing the rear camera

    iPhone 4s - Installing the rear camera 01
    1. Put in the new camera. Check whether you need to transfer the gaskets on the lens to the new camera.
  9. Installing the cover

    iPhone 4s - Installing the cover 01
    iPhone 4s - Installing the cover 02
    1. Carefully put on the cover. It will be slightly clamped in place (see figure 1).
    2. Fasten all the Phillips screws on the connector cover (see figure 2):
      1 x 2.6 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw (thin thread)
  10. Installing the battery

    iPhone 4s - Installing the battery 01
    iPhone 4s - Installing the battery 02
    iPhone 4s - Installing the battery 03
    1. Now put the battery back in the iPhone.
    2. First you have to attach the antenna connector again (see figure 1).
    3. Then install the antenna cover (see figure 2).
    4. Now click the battery connector back into place and screw it in (see figure 3).
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
  11. Attaching the back cover

    iPhone 4s - Attaching the back cover 01
    1. Put the back cover back on and carefully push it the last few millimeters toward the dock connector.
  12. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 4s - Fastening the enclosure screws 01

    1. Now screw in the two screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
      2 x 3.6 mm pentalobe screws
    2. Then all you have to do is push in the SIM card tray.
  13. Setting the time

    iPhone 4s - Setting the time 01

    When the battery is removed from the device, the iPhone loses the time and sets itself to 1:00 a.m. on 1/1/1970. You could have trouble connecting to the cellular network if the time isn’t set.

    After a repair, complete the following steps:

    1. Synchronize your iPhone with iTunes or connect to a WLAN network and wait until the time is set.
    2. Remove the SIM tray with the SIM card and reinsert it.
    3. Activate airplane mode on the device and then deactivate airplane mode.
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