Replacing the iSight camera

The rear-facing camera isn’t working.

  • iPhone 7
  • 14 Steps
  • Medium
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 7’s defective rear camera on your own. You need this repair if the rear camera isn’t working, your pictures are blurry, or the camera doesn’t focus.
Back up all your data before the repair, and touch something like a radiator to get rid of any static charges.

Required tool

  • Hard Plastic Pick

    Hard Plastic Pick

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

    €1.00 in 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.

    €10.00 in the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

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

    €2.00 in the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

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

    €3.00 in the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €10.00 in the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €7.00 in the iDoc store
  • Y-type screwdriver

    Y-type screwdriver

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

    €12.00 in the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • iPhone 7 iSight Camera

    iPhone 7 iSight Camera

    The pictures you take with the iSight camera on your iPhone 7 aren’t all they should be? You need to replace your iSight camera (also known as the main or rear-facing camera) if it stops working, your pictures are blurry, or the camera won’t focus. A new iSight camera can also keep annoying spots from appearing in your pictures.

    €59.00 in the iDoc store
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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

With our tools and the right replacement part, your repair will be a success.

iPhone 7 iSight Camera

The pictures you take with the iSight camera on your iPhone 7 aren’t all they should be? You need to replace your iSight camera...

Tool Kit for iPhone 7

No matter what the problem is, our iPhone 7 tool kit can help you fix it. This repair kit includes an opening tool; Wiha PicoFinish Phillips,...

together for €93.00

Getting started

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

14 steps
  1. Switching off your device

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    1. 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.
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  2. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 7 - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    iPhone 7 - Removing the enclosure screws 02
    • 2 × 3,3 mm Pentalobe-Schraube

    You need a pentalobe screwdriver (PL1) to open the iPhone 7.

    1. 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.
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  3. Lifting the display

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    1. Put your iPhone 7 on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. To lift the front panel, you need a suction cup, a hard plastic pick and a heat gun. If the screen is severely cracked, cover all of it with packing tape before you continue.
    3. The screen is glued to the frame. Use a heat gun to heat the outer edges of the display to about 60°C (140°F).
    4. Place 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 frame and press down the aluminum frame. Because the display’s glued on, you have to slide the pick all around the iPhone between the aluminum frame and the display frame. Don’t stick the pick in too far on the side where the Sleep/Wake button is because that could damage the flexible flat display cables.
    5. Now use the pick to push the display toward the Lightning connector so the tabs come out of the aluminum frame. Then you can fold the display over to the side.
    6. Set the display on the aluminum frame so you don’t stretch the flexible flat cables too much.

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

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  4. Disconnecting the battery contact

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    • 1 × 2,4 mm Y-Type-Schraube
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type-Schraube
    • 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. Use a tri-point screwdriver (Y000) to remove the four tri-point screws. Then take off the cover. Put all the parts in the same section of your magnetic pad.
    2. Now carefully lift off the battery contact by inserting a spudger slightly below the connector. If you don’t have a spudger, you can also try using your fingernail.
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  5. Disconnecting the display contacts

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    • Display
    • Home Button
    1. Use the spudger to disconnect the contacts for the display and Home button.
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  6. Disconnecting the FaceTime contact

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    • 2 × 1,2 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • Facetime Connector
    1. Use a Phillips screwdriver (PH00) to remove the two Phillips screws. Then take off the cover. Put all the parts in the same section of your magnetic pad.
    2. Using a spudger, carefully disconnect the FaceTime contact from the PCB.
    3. Now you can take off the display all the way.
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  7. Removing the iSight camera

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    • 1 × 2,3 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 1 × 1,3 mm Phillips-Schraube
    1. Unscrew the two Phillips screws from the camera cover and take it off.
      1 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
    2. Disconnect the camera connector by placing the spudger very slightly below the contact and lifting it up.
    3. Use the spudger to push the camera out of its frame and take out the camera.
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  8. Connecting the iSight camera

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    1. Put the camera in its frame and connect the camera’s connection cable.
    2. Now install the camera cover and screw it in place.
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  9. Connecting the FaceTime contact

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    iPhone 7 - Connecting the FaceTime contact 02
    iPhone 7 - Connecting the FaceTime contact 03
    • Facetime-Kontakt
    • 2 × 1,2 mm Phillips-Schraube
    1. Hold the display upright on the frame and connect the FaceTime contact to the logic board.
    2. Set the display on the side of the frame.
    3. Put the FaceTime contact’s cover back in the iPhone and secure it with the two Phillips screws.
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  10. Connecting the display

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    • Display
    • Homebutton
    1. Connect the two contacts from the Home button and display to the logic board.
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  11. Connecting the battery contact

    iPhone 7 - Connecting the battery contact 01
    iPhone 7 - Connecting the battery contact 02
    iPhone 7 - Connecting the battery contact 03
    • 1 × 2,4 mm Y-Type-Schraube
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type-Schraube
    1. Reconnect the battery by connecting the battery contact.
    2. Put the cover back in the iPhone and secure it with the four tri-point screws.
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  12. Attaching the display

    iPhone 7 - Attaching the display 01
    iPhone 7 - Attaching the display 02
    iPhone 7 - Attaching the display 03
    1. Put the display on the side of the frame and lower it onto the iPhone.
    2. Push the display toward the Sleep/Wake button so the tabs click into place.
    3. Then press the entire display into the frame.

    We can’t guarantee that it will still be waterproof. You’d have to reglue the display to make sure of that.

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  13. Fastening the enclosure screws

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    • 2 × 3,3 mm Pentalobe-Schraube
    1. Screw the two pentalobe screws to the left and right of the Lightning connector into the enclosure.
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  14. Setting the time

    iPhone 7 - 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.
      The time won’t be set automatically unless you enable this feature in the settings.
      Settings > General > Date & Time > Set Automatically
    2. Remove the SIM tray with the SIM card and reinsert it.
    3. Activate airplane mode on the device and then deactivate airplane mode.
      Settings > Airplane Mode
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