Fairphone 1 - Replacing your rear camera

The rear-facing camera isn’t working.

  • Fairphone 1
  • 18 Steps
  • Medium
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your Fairphone’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.

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
  • 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.

    €5.00 at the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

    €9.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • Fairphone 1 Rear Camera

    Fairphone 1 Rear Camera

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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.

18 steps
  1. Removing the back cover

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the back cover 01
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the back cover 02
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the back cover 03
    1. Lift the back cover with your finger to detach it from the smartphone. There’s an indentation in the side of the Fairphone for this purpose.
    2. Remove the back cover from the device.
  2. Removing the battery

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the battery 01
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the battery 02
    1. Remove the battery from your Fairphone by lifting it at the bottom.
  3. Removing the SIM and microSD cards

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the SIM and microSD cards 01
    1. Remove the SIM cards and the microSD card.
  4. Disconnecting the chassis

    Fairphone 1 - Disconnecting the chassis 01
    Fairphone 1 - Disconnecting the chassis 02
    1. Remove the seal so you can access the screw.
    2. Remove the five Phillips screws.
      5 x 3.9 mm Phillips screws
  5. Removing the chassis

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the chassis 01
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the chassis 02
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the chassis 03
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the chassis 04
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the chassis 05
    1. The chassis is hooked onto the display frame. Use a pick to detach the chassis. Insert the pick between the chassis and the display frame. Repeat this process for the entire device.
    2. Remove the chassis.
  6. Removing the buttons

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the buttons 01
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the buttons 02
    1. Remove the standby button and the volume rocker switch from the display frame.
  7. Disconnecting the contacts

    Fairphone 1 - Disconnecting the contacts 01
    Fairphone 1 - Disconnecting the contacts 02
    Fairphone 1 - Disconnecting the contacts 03
    Fairphone 1 - Disconnecting the contacts 04
    1. Use the flat end of the spudger to detach the antenna cable from the logic board.
    2. Carefully remove the cover from the sensor contact using a pair of tweezers.
    3. Use the spudger to release the flexible flat cable.
    4. Carefully disconnect the flexible flat cable from the logic board.
  8. Removing the logic board

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the logic board 01
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the logic board 02
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the logic board 03
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the logic board 04
    1. Remove the three Phillips screws.
      3 x 2.2 mm Phillips screws
    2. Lift the logic board, but don’t remove it yet. The logic board is still connected to the bottom of the display.
    3. Tilt the logic board upward by 90° so you can disconnect the display connection under it.
    4. Use the spudger to disconnect the display contact.
  9. Removing the rear camera

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the rear camera 01
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the rear camera 02
    1. The rear-facing camera is glued to the display frame. Using the steel spatula, carefully detach the camera.
    2. Remove the camera.
  10. Installing the rear camera

    Fairphone 1 - Installing the rear camera 01
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the rear camera 02
    1. Put the rear-facing camera in its original position on the display frame.
    2. Gently press the camera in.
  11. Installing the logic board

    Fairphone 1 - Installing the logic board 01
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the logic board 02
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the logic board 03
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the logic board 04
    1. Put the logic board on the display at a 90° angle to the display.
    2. Connect the display to the logic board.
    3. Put the logic board back in the right position on the display frame.
    4. Then fasten it with the three Phillips screws.
      3 x 2.2 mm Phillips screws
  12. Connecting the contacts

    Fairphone 1 - Connecting the contacts 01
    Fairphone 1 - Connecting the contacts 02
    Fairphone 1 - Connecting the contacts 03
    Fairphone 1 - Connecting the contacts 04
    1. Connect the flexible flat sensor cable to the logic board.
    2. Lock the plug connection in place.
    3. Put the cover back on.
    4. Connect the antenna cable to the logic board.
  13. Installing the buttons

    Fairphone 1 - Installing the buttons 01
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the buttons 02
    1. Install the standby button and the volume rocker switch again. Put them in their original positions in the display frame.
  14. Installing the chassis

    Fairphone 1 - Installing the chassis 01
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the chassis 02
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the chassis 03
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the chassis 04
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the chassis 05
    1. Position the chassis on the display again.
    2. The chassis has to be hooked onto the display frame. Press the chassis against the frame until it clicks into place.
  15. Attaching the chassis

    Fairphone 1 - Attaching the chassis 01
    Fairphone 1 - Attaching the chassis 02
    1. Use the five Phillips screws to attach the chassis.
      5 x 3.9 mm Phillips screws
    2. Put the seal back on.
  16. Inserting the SIM and microSD cards

    Fairphone 1 - Inserting the SIM and microSD cards 01
    1. Put the SIM cards and microSD card back in.
  17. Installing the battery

    Fairphone 1 - Installing the battery 01
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the battery 02
    1. Put the battery back in your device.
    2. Make sure the battery’s three gold contacts are touching the three gold springs in your smartphone.
  18. Attaching the back cover

    Fairphone 1 - Attaching the back cover 01
    Fairphone 1 - Attaching the back cover 02
    1. Put the back cover back on. Make sure the two tabs on the back cover hook into the chassis.
    2. Press the back cover on until you hear it click into place.
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