Don't panic! In this instruction, we'll show you how to replace the defective rear iSight camera on your iPhone SE to get back to taking sharp pictures.

The photos in this repair guide show the iPhone 8 because we decided to use the photos from the iPhone 8 manual. Since the iPhone SE (2nd generation) and the iPhone 8 are virtually identical in construction, we don't see any problem here. Also the repair steps to be carried out have not changed.

Good luck with your repair! If you like, you can leave us an evaluation of our instructions.

Required tools

  • Hard Plastic Picks

    Hard Plastic Picks

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

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  • 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.

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  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

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

    €3.00 at the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €13.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €13.00 at the iDoc store
  • Y-type Y000 screwdriver

    Y-type Y000 screwdriver

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

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Getting started with the repair of your iPhone SE (2020)

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15 steps
  1. Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation)

    iPhone SE (2020) - Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) 03
    1. Turn off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) completely in the first step, to protect it from potential damage during repair.
      To do so, keep the standby button pressed until the "Power off" slider appears.
    2. Wipe the slider from left to right. Your iPhone will shut down completely in about ten seconds.
  2. Removing the rear case screws

    • 2 × 3.4 mm Pentablobe
    1. Remove the two Pentalobe screws to the right and left of the Lightning connector with a Pentalobe screwdriver. Then put the screws in your screw storage box.

    In order not to lose any of the removed parts or screws, we recommend that you use a screw storage box. For example, you can convert an old sewing box into a screw storage box. We use a high-quality magnetic pad on which you can also arrange the components exactly as you found them in your phone. This way you know exactly where each screw has been and makes it much easier for you to assemble it later.

  3. Heating up the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Heating up the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Heating up the display 02
    Used tools
    1. First, place your iPhone SE on a soft, clean surface to prevent scratches when lifting the display.
    2. Since the display is glued to the edge, you will need to heat it up to make it easier to detach from the rest of the case.
      To do this, use a hot air device like a heat gun or alternatively a regular hairdryer to drive evenly over the edge of the display from the outside.

    The rule of thumb for warming up is: you should still be able to touch your device without it becoming unpleasantly hot.

    Used tools
  4. Detaching the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Detaching the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Detaching the display 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Detaching the display 03
    Used tools

    After opening the iPhone SE (2nd generation) the warranty for protection against dust and splashing water of the IP67 classification expires.

    1. Press the suction cup on the display in the area above the home button and pull it upwards. By lifting the display screen, you create a narrow gap between the aluminium and display frames.

    If the display screen is badly broken, apply parcel tape to it beforehand.

    1. Insert a flat plastic tool into the narrow gap between the aluminium frame and the display frame and try to use it to additionally push the aluminium frame upwards. We use flat plastic picks for this.

    Take care not to insert the picks on the side of the standby button too far, in order not to damage the display's flex cable.

    1. Drive the pick once completely around the display frame. Keep warming the edge of the display and leave individual picks in the frame to prevent the adhesive from rejoining in the areas that have already been loosened.
    Used tools
  5. Opening the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Opening the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Opening the display 02

    Never open the display more than 180° while it is still connected, otherwise the flex cables may tear.

    1. Now carefully push the display upwards with the plectrum so that the lugs come off the aluminium frame.
    2. Then open it laterally towards the standby button. Lean the display against a stable object to avoid overstretching the flexible cables,
  6. Disconnecting the battery connector

    • 2 × 2.6 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    • Connector

    Disconnect the battery connector immediately at the beginning of the repair. This not only prevents a short circuit, but also ensures that you do not accidentally switch on your phone during the repair.

    We're using photos of iPhone 8 in this guide. The battery connector may look slightly different in iPhone SE (2nd generation), but it's in the same place in the device.

    1. Using a Phillips screwdriver, loosen the four screws of the contact cover and carefully lift it out of your device with tweezers.
    2. Now disconnect the battery contact by carefully sliding a plastic spudger under the plug and lifting it off. We always use a plastic spudger for this.


  7. Disconnecting the display connectors

    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 04
    Used tools
    • Connector
    1. Using the plastic spudger, lever off the two connectors that are attached to the display (display and home button).
    Used tools
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  9. Disconnecting the FaceTime connector

    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 04
    • 3 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    1. Using the Phillips screwdriver (PH00), loosen the three Phillips screws to remove the cover over the FaceTime connector.
    2. Use a spudger to carefully detach the FaceTime connector from the board.
    3. Now you can remove the display completely.
  10. Removing the iSight camera

    • 1 × 2.9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 3.0 mm Standoff
    • Connector
    1. Unscrew the two screws which fasten the bracket plate of the iSight camera and put the bracket plate aside.

    There are special screwdrivers for removing the internal thread screw, but you can also use a regular, thin slotted screwdriver.

    1. Disconnect the camera by carefully prying off its connector using a spudger.
    2. Then remove the camera from your iPhone using tweezers.
  11. Installing the iSight camera

    • Connector
    • 1 × 2.9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 3.0 mm Standoff
    1. Put the camera back into its case opening and press it firmly.
    2. Now attach the camera connector.
    3. Put the cover plate of the camera back on and screw it tight.
  12. Attaching the FaceTime connector

    • Connector
    • 3 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    1. Place the display upright on the upper case frame and connect the FaceTime connector on the logicboard.
    2. Now sideline the display on the the case frame.
    3. Place the bracket plate back over the FaceTime connector and fix it with the three Phillips screws.
  13. Connecting the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Connecting the display 03
    • Connector
    1. Attach the connectors from the home button and the display to the logic board.
  14. Attaching the battery connector

    • Connector
    • 2 × 2.6 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    1. Reattach the battery connector.
    2. Place the bracket plate over the battery connector and fix it with the four Phillips screws.
  15. Attaching the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Attaching the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Attaching the display 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Attaching the display 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Attaching the display 04
    • Wrong position
    • Right position
    1. Position the display on the side of the case frame and carefully fold it onto your iPhone.
    2. If a specific cable is not seated correctly, problems like spots on the display can occur. Therefore, before closing, make sure that the chip on the cable is in the right position. Use our photo to find the exact position.

    3. Then press the entire surface of the display into the case frame.
  16. Fastening the rear case screws

    iPhone SE (2020) - Fastening the rear case screws  01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Fastening the rear case screws  02
    • 2 × 3.4 Pentalobe
    1. Screw the two pentalobe screws to the left and right of the Lightning connector into the rear case of your iPhone SE.
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