OnePlus 5 - Replace front facing camera

Guide to replace the front facing camera for the OnePlus 5

  • OnePlus 5
  • 16 Steps
  • Medium
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

With this guide we show you how to replace the front facing camera of your OnePlus 5. Each step has detailed photos to guide you through this repair. We advice you to check your spare part before installation. If you find any visible errors, please contact your vendor before starting.

The OnePlus 5 is fairly easy to fix, because the screen isn't glued to the frame and there aren't many different screw types. Unclipping the display is a little tricky, though.

Run a data backup before the repair, use a clean work surface and take enough time. If you have questions, use the live chat on our website or write a comment.

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
  • iPlastix

    iPlastix

    Dein Smartphone zu öffnen kann eine sehr empfindliche Angelegenheit sein. Die Klinge des biegsamen aber stabilen iPlastix hat eine Dicke von nur 0,15 mm, sodass es auch in den kleinsten Spalten reinpasst, beispielsweise zwischen dem Display und dem Rahmen oder unter dem Logicboard. Das praktische iPlastix ist aus biegsamem Kunststoff und liegt gut in der Hand. Damit ist es der perfekte Helfer bei jeder Smartphone-Reparatur.

    €9.00 at the iDoc store
  • 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
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

    €9.00 at the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

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

    €2.00 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
  • Torx T1 screwdriver

    Torx T1 screwdriver

    Ganz gleich, ob du Schrauben festdrehen oder lösen möchtest, der Wiha PicoFinish T1 Torx-Schraubendreher eignet sich perfekt für Arbeiten an Geräten mit Torx-Schrauben. Der Schraubendreher wurde in Deutschland hergestellt und ist speziell für Reparaturen an elektronischen Geräten und andere Präzisionsanwendungen ausgelegt. Aufgrund des widerstandsfähigen Chrom-Vanadium-Molybdän-Stahls und seiner hochwertigen Verarbeitung ist dieser Schraubendreher besonders langlebig.

    €13.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

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Werkzeugset Torx T1

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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.

16 steps
  1. Switch off device

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    Turn off your OnePlus 5 completely to protect it from damage.

    1. Press and hold the standby button until the "Switch off" option appears.
    2. Tap again to confirm.
    3. If your OnePlus 5 touchscreen no longer works, you can also turn it off by pressing and holding the standby button for about 10-15 seconds.
  2. Removing the enclosure screws

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    • 2 × 2.5 mm Torx T1

    To open the OnePlus 5, you need a Torx T1 screwdriver. You can also work with a pentalobe screwdriver, although it doesn't fit right.

    1. Remove both screws on the bottom edge of the case. They are located to the right and left of the USB port and the audio jack.
    2. Place the screws on a common field of the magnetic mat or sorting box.
  3. Remove SIM tray

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    OnePlus 5 - Remove SIM tray 02

    Remove the SIM card holder with a SIM tool or paper clip. Push the tool into the small hole on the SIM tray and pull it out.

  4. Remove the back cover

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    The OnePlus 5 consists of a back cover and a display unit. All the electronics and the screen are installed in the display unit. The back cover is designed as a case.

    Avoid scratches on the OnePlus 5 by placing it on a soft and clean surface.

    To lift off the back cover you need a suction cup, a flat opening tool (like the iPlastix) and a pick. If the screen is badly cracked, cover it with a strip of packing tape so that the suction cup can stick.

    1. Attach the suction cup over the home button. Pull on the suction cup and then slide in the iPlastix or a plastic pick between the display and the rear panel.
    2. A small gap should appear. Here you can insert the pick. It is best to use a hard plastic pick with stopper, so that won't slip too far into the device.
    3. Now slide the pick around the whole frame. You can twist the pick a little to lever off the display. The device is not glued, but clipped. Use the plectrum to release the clips one by one. When all clips are released, you can lift off the back cover. The clips at the upper edge come off last.
    4. The back shell is still connected with a sensitive flex cable. Lift up the back cover and hold it to prevent damaging the cable.
  5. Unplug the connectors

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    OnePlus 5 - Unplug  the connectors 03
    • 1 × 2.3 mm Phillips
    • Battery connector
    • USB port connector

    The connectors for the battery and the back cover are under a bracket.

    1. Remove the screw from the bracket and remove the bracket. It is latched in on both ends.
    2. First disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits. Disconnect the battery connector with a plastic tool.
    3. Then disconnect the second connector. It connects the USB port to the mainboard.
  6. Remove the speaker

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    • 6 × 2.3 mm Phillips
    1. Remove the 6 Phillips screws on the speaker unit.
    2. Then pry out the speaker with a flat tool.
    3. Now you can take it out of the device.
  7. Remove the mainboard

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    • 7 × 2.3 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. First disconnect all connectors from the mainboard.
    2. Unplug the antenna connector with a slight twist of the tweezers.
    3. Unplug the connector of the large flex cable from the mainboard.
    4. Unplug the small coaxial plug of the WiFi antenna next to the camera.
    5. Remove the 7 Phillips screws from the mainboard. One of the screws has a moisture indicator sticker. You can remove this sticker and reuse it later or just throw it away.
    6. Unplug the flex cable running over the battery.
    7. The antenna cable is clipped onto the mainboard. Release the antenna cable from the bracket.
    8. Bend all cables to the side so that you can easily remove the mainboard.
    9. Now you can take the mainboard out of the device.

  8. Remove the front facing camera

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    1. Disconnect the connector of the front camera with a spudger from the logic board.
    2. Then turn over the Logic Board and carefully loosen the tape with tweezers or your fingernail.

    The camera is attached to the back of the Logic Board with an adhesive strip.

  9. Install the new front facing camera

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    1. Connect the new camera to the logic board.
    2. Put the tape back on. You might have to take it from the old front facing camera.
  10. Insert the mainboard

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    • 7 × 2.3 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. First bend away all connectors so they don't get stuck under the board.
    2. Put the motherboard into the device.
    3. Press it in lightly. Make sure that the rear camera is positioned correctly.
    4. Press the antenna cable into its clamp.
    5. Plug the connector of the large flex cable to the sub-board.
    6. Plug the connector of the small antenna to the top of the mainboard.
    7. Plug the large connector to the mainboard.
    8. Position the plug of the antenna cable and gently press it on so that you feel a light snap.
    9. Fasten the 7 screws of the mainboard.

    Be careful not to slip with the connectors, as the small pins may get damaged. You should feel the connectors engage with a light snap.

  11. Insert the speaker

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    • 6 × 2.3 mm Phillips
    1. Put the speaker in its place.
    2. Fasten the 6 screws of the speaker unit.
  12. Attach the connectors

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    • Connector
    1. Place the back cover perpendicular to the device.
    2. Attach the USB port connector to the main board.
    3. Attach the battery connector to the mainboard.
    4. Attach the bracket and make sure it's latched in at both ends.
    5. Fasten the screw of the bracket.
  13. Attach the back cover

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    1. Put the back cover on the display unit. Attach the upper edge first. The backcover has three clips here.
    2. Clipping the device together takes some strength. It is best to grab the device with both hands and squeeze the edges together with your fingers.

    Press the device together with your fingers, not on the table, to avoid damaging the display.

  14. Insert the SIM tray

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    1. Insert any SIM/SD cards and slide the tray back into the device.
  15. Fasten the back cover screws

    OnePlus 5 - Fasten the back cover screws 01
    • 2 × 2.5 mm Torx T1
    1. Fasten the two screws to the left and right of the USB port.
  16. Test the device

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    1. Check the minimum and maximum brightness of the display and check for pixel errors.
    2. Drag any app across the screen in a zig-zag pattern. If it doesn't jump, the touch function is OK.
    3. Also test other functions, such as the cameras, the speaker and the earpiece, using a recording app for example.
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