Apple iPhone 7 Plus - Replacing the front camera sensor cable

The front-facing camera isn’t working or your pictures are blurry.

  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • 17 Steps
  • Medium
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 7 Plus’ defective front camera/sensor cable. You need this repair if the front camera isn’t working or your pictures are blurry. Even if your screen no longer goes dark when you’re talking on the phone, replacing this cable will fix the problem. Also replace the cable if your microphone no longer works for videos or FaceTime.
Back up all your data before the repair, and touch something like a radiator to get rid of any static charges.

Required tools

  • Hartplastik-Plektren

    Hartplastik-Plektren

    You need a flat but stable tool such as a pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • Heat gun

    Heat gun

    You can use a heat gun to heat parts that are glued on so they’re easier to remove. In most cases, you can also use a hairdryer.

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  • 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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  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

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  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

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

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

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  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

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  • Y-type Y000 screwdriver

    Y-type Y000 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing Y-type screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • iPhone 7 Plus Facetime Kamera/Sensor Kabel

    iPhone 7 Plus Facetime Kamera/Sensor Kabel

    Wenn deine Frontkamera nicht funktioniert, die Blende geschlossen bleibt oder deine Fotos unscharf sind, ist wahrscheinlich das FaceTime-Kamera-/Sensor-Kabel deines iPhone 7 Plus defekt. Der Austausch dieses Kabels hilft auch dann, wenn der Bildschirm beim Telefonieren nicht mehr abdunkelt oder das Mikrofon bei FaceTime-Video mit der Frontkamera oder bei der Kommunikation mit Siri nicht mehr funktioniert. Das neue Flachbandkabel umfasst die FaceTime-Kamera, das Umgebungsmikrofon, den Helligkeitssensor, den Näherungssensor sowie die Kontaktpunkte für die Hörmuschel.

    €17.00 at the iDoc store
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iPhone 7 Plus Facetime Kamera/Sensor Kabel

Wenn deine Frontkamera nicht funktioniert, die Blende geschlossen bleibt oder deine Fotos unscharf sind, ist wahrscheinlich das...

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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.

17 steps
  1. Switching off your device

    iPhone 7 Plus - Switching off your device 01
    1. Turn your iPhone off completely to avoid damaging it during the repair. Turn your iPhone off completely to avoid damaging it during the repair.
      Press the Sleep/Wake button for about three seconds until the slider labeled “power off” appears.
    2. Swipe it from left to right. Now your iPhone will shut down completely, which can take about ten seconds.
  2. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    • 2 × 3,3 mm Pentalobe
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver (PL1) to open the iPhone 7 Plus.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. They’re to the right and left of the Lightning connector. Put the screws in the same section of your magnetic pad.
  3. Removing the display

    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the display 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the display 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the display 03
    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the display 04
    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the display 05
    1. Avoid scratching the back of the iPhone 7 by placing it on a soft and clean surface.
    2. To lift the front screen you need a suction cup, a hard plastic plectrum and a heat gun. If the screen is badly cracked, first tape it all over with package tape.
    3. The screen is glued to the frame. Heat the display around the edges using a heat gun to about 60°C.
    4. Attach the suction cup over the Home button (if possible), or next to it. While lifting the screen with the suction cup, insert the hard plastic pick between the aluminum frame and the display and press down the aluminum frame. Because the display is glued on, you have to slide the pick all around the iPhone. Don’t insert the pick too far on the side where the Sleep/Wake button is, because it could damage the display cables flex cables.
    5. Now use the pick to push the display toward the Lightning connector so the tabs come out of the aluminum frame.
    6. Rest the display on the aluminum frame, so you don’t overstretch the flex cables.

    If necessary, heat the outer edges of the display a few times. Don’t forget that the flex cables for the display are on the side with the Sleep/Wake button. The display is also engaged at the edge of the earpiece.

  4. Disconnecting the battery

    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the battery 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the battery 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the battery 03
    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the battery 04
    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the battery 05
    • 1 × 2,4 mm Y-Type
    • 3 × 1,1 mm Y-Type
    • Battery Connector

    Before starting the repair, disconnect the battery contact to prevent short circuits and avoid accidentally turning on your device during the repair.

    1. Remove the three Y-Type screws using a Y-Type screwdriver (Y000) and lift off the bracket plate. Put all the parts in the same box of your magnetic pad.
    2. Now carefully pry off the battery connector by carefully inserting a spudger under it. If you don’t have a spudger, you can also try using your fingernail.
  5. Disconnecting the display connectors

    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the display connectors 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the display connectors 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the display connectors 03
    • Display Connector
    • Home Button Connector
    1. Use the spudger to disconnect the display and Home button cables.
  6. Disconnecting the FaceTime connector

    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 03
    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 04
    iPhone 7 Plus - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 05
    • 1 × 1,3 mm Y-Type
    • 2 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • Facetime Connector
    1. Remove the three Y-Type screws using a Y-Type Screwdriver (Y000) and lift off the cover. Put all the parts in the same box of your magnetic pad.
    2. Using a spudger, carefully disconnect the FaceTime connector from the circuit board.
    3. Now you can take off the display all the way.
  7. Removing the earpiece

    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the earpiece 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the earpiece 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the earpiece 03
    • 1 × 2,7 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 2 × 1,7 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 2 × 2,1 mm Phillips-Schraube
    1. The earpiece is on the back of the display unit. Remove the five Phillips screws from the bracket place on the earpiece. Put all the parts in the same box of your magnetic pad.
    2. Note that the screws have different lengths. Mixing them up could cause damage to the display during assembly.
    3. The earpiece is under the front camera’s flex cable. Fold the cable slightly to the side so you can remove the earpiece.
  8. Removing the FaceTime cable

    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the FaceTime cable 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the FaceTime cable 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the FaceTime cable 03
    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the FaceTime cable 04
    iPhone 7 Plus - Removing the FaceTime cable 05

    Remove the cable set. Follow these two steps:

    1. First remove the sensors by lifting them carefully.
    2. Now insert the spudger or spatula under the flex cable at the point where the ambient microphone is. It’s firmly glued in place there.
    3. Now you can take out the cable set.
    Use the heat gun to soften the glue on the FaceTime cable.
  9. Attaching the FaceTime cable

    iPhone 7 Plus - Attaching the FaceTime cable 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Attaching the FaceTime cable 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Attaching the FaceTime cable 03
    1. Paste the FaceTime cable to its original location.
    2. Insert the microphone.
    3. Then place the sensors in their original positions.

    Make sure to position the proximity sensor correctly, or it won't respond properly.

  10. Installing the earpiece

    iPhone 7 Plus - Installing the earpiece 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Installing the earpiece 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Installing the earpiece 03
    • 2 × 2,1 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 2 × 1,7 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 1 × 2,7 mm Phillips-Schraube
    1. Put the earpiece back in its place under the flex cable and between the FaceTime camera and the sensors. Then put back the bracket plate.
    2. Now fasten the bracket plate using five Phillips screws. Make sure that the front camera is centered on the front of the display and adjust it if necessary.

    Never tighten the screws too much, otherwise they will pierce through the paint on the front side.

  11. Attach the frame sticker

    iPhone 7 Plus - Attach the frame sticker 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Attach the frame sticker 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Attach the frame sticker 03
    iPhone 7 Plus - Attach the frame sticker 04
    iPhone 7 Plus - Attach the frame sticker 05
    1. To make sure that the new frame sticker will really stick, remove all residue of the old glue and dirt.
    2. Remove the first backing film.
    3. Position it carefully on one side and press it on gently.
    4. Remove the second piece of film.

    Please note the correct orientation of the frame sticker. The corners of the sticker differ and will help you.Even if you use a new frame sticker, your iPhones' water resistance may not be 100% what it was before!

    The photos show the iPhone 8 Plus, but there procedure is the same.

  12. Connecting the FaceTime cable

    iPhone 7 Plus - Connecting the FaceTime cable 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Connecting the FaceTime cable 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Connecting the FaceTime cable 03
    • Facetime Connector
    • 2 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,3 mm Y-Type
    1. Hold the display upright on the frame and connect the FaceTime connector to the logic board.
    2. Rest the display on the right-hand edge of the frame.
    3. Put the bracket plate of the FaceTime connector back into the iPhone and secure it with the three Phillips screws.
  13. Connecting the display

    iPhone 7 Plus - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Connecting the display 03
    • Display Connector
    • Home Button Connector
    1. Connect the Home button and display cables to the logic board.
  14. Connecting the battery

    iPhone 7 Plus - Connecting the battery 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Connecting the battery 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Connecting the battery 03
    iPhone 7 Plus - Connecting the battery 04
    • Battery Connector
    • 3 × 1,1 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 2,4 mm Y-Type
    1. Reconnect the battery cable.
    2. Put the bracket plate back in the iPhone and secure it with the four Y-type screws.

  15. Attaching the display

    iPhone 7 Plus - Attaching the display 01
    iPhone 7 Plus - Attaching the display 02
    iPhone 7 Plus - Attaching the display 03
    1. Attach the display on the right-hand edge of the frame and fold it onto the iPhone.
    2. Slide the display in the direction of the standby button so that the tabs engage.
    3. Then press down the display all over the frame to lock it in.

    Your phone is no longer water-protected. You have to reglue the display to restore water protection.

  16. Fastening the back cover screws

    iPhone 7 Plus - Fastening the back cover screws 01
    • 2 × 3,3 mm Pentalobe
    1. Screw the two pentalobe screws to the left and right of the Lightning connector into the case.
  17. Setting the time

    iPhone 7 Plus - Setting the time 01

    When the battery is removed from the device, the iPhone's clock resets to 1:00 a.m. on 1/1/1970. You could have trouble connecting to the cellular network if the time is not set.

    After a repair, complete the following steps:

    1. Synchronize your iPhone with iTunes or connect to a WiFi network and wait until the time is set.
    2. The time won’t be set automatically, unless you enable this feature in the settings.
    3. Settings > General > Date & Time > Set Automatically
    4. Remove the SIM tray with the SIM card and reinsert it.
    5. Activate airplane mode on the device and then deactivate airplane mode.
    6. Settings > Airplane Mode
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