OnePlus 6 - Replace the main camera

Guide to replace the camera for the OnePlus 6

  • OnePlus 6
  • 14 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 60 min.
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Introduction

With this guide we show you how to replace the camera of your OnePlus 6. We advice you to check your spare part before installation. If you find any visible errors, please contact your vendor before starting.

The repair is somewhat more difficult because the OnePlus 6 has to be opened via the glass back cover.

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.

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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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  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

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  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

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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.

14 steps
  1. Switch off the device

    OnePlus 6 - Switch off the device 01
    OnePlus 6 - Switch off the device 02

    Turn off your OnePlus 6 completely.

    1. Press and hold the standby button until the "Turn off" option is displayed.
    2. Confirm the power off with a second tap.
  2. Remove the back cover

    OnePlus 6 - Remove the back cover 01
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the back cover 02
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the back cover 03
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the back cover 04
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the back cover 05

    To loosen the back cover, use a heat gun or an ordinary hair dryer. Warm glue is easier to loosen, allowing you to remove the back cover. The easiest way to loosen the back cover is to use a flat and flexible tool such as the iPlastix or iFlex.

    You will also need several plastic picks to unstick the back cover all around.

    1. Heat the spot where you start.
    2. Press a flat tool between the back cover and the frame.

    The iPlastix is made of plastic, so it won't scratch the device. On the other hand, it's very soft and tricky to insert.You can use a suction cup to help lift the rear glass slightly.

    Be extra careful, the back cover can break very easily. If necessary, apply the heat several times and try again. Removing the back cover might take half an hour. Take a little more time and work carefully to make sure you don't break anything.

    1. Once the tool is inserted, stick a pick into the gap to keep it open.
    2. Then run the tool around the entire edge to gradually loosen the glue.
    3. Heat the next part and insert the picks one by one.
    4. Once the back cover is loosened, lift it very slightly. The fingerprint sensor underneath the camera is still connected with a cable.

    If your backcover is broken as well as in this case, you can try to leave it intact and not damage it further. You could use it again after replacing the display, as long as the cracks don't bother you.

  3. Disconnect the fingerprint sensor

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    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the fingerprint sensor  02
    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the fingerprint sensor  03
    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the fingerprint sensor  04
    • Fingerprint Connector
    1. Now carefully lift up the loosened back cover and fold it over.
    2. Loosen the adhesive strip over the cover plate.
    3. Remove the cover over the connector with tweezers or your fingers.
    4. Then carefully disconnect the connector with a spudger or your fingernail and remove the back cover.
  4. Disconnect the battery

    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the battery 01
    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the battery 02
    • Battery Connector
    1. Now the battery connector is free.
    2. Disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits during the repair.
  5. Remove the top cover

    OnePlus 6 - Remove the top cover 01
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the top cover 02
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the top cover 03
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the top cover 04
    • 10 × 3,0 mm Phillips

    The main board and all other contacts are located under a cover, which is fastened with several screws and hooked into the edges. One of the screws is covered with a moisture indicator (small white sticker).

    1. Carefully remove the moisture indicator to reattach it later.
    2. Loosen the Phillips screws.

    If the screws get stuck, you can use a pair of tweezers to remove them.

    1. Lift up the cover on one side and carefully remove it.
  6. Remove the mainboard

    • Connector
    • 1 × 3,0 mm Phillips

    To replace the main camera, the mainboard has to be removed first.

    1. Disconnect all connectors from the mainboard.
    2. Disconnect the antenna connectors with a slight rotation of the tweezers. Be careful not to damage the sockets.
    3. Remove the SIM holder with a SIM tool or a paper clip.
    4. Loosen the single Phillips screw that fixes the mainboard.
    5. Bend all cables to the side so that you can easily remove the mainboard.
    6. Now you can take the mainboard out of the device.
  7. Remove the camera

    OnePlus 6 - Remove the camera 01
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the camera 02
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the camera 03
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the camera 04
    • Camera Connector
    1. Take the mainboard in your hand and loosen the two contacts of the camera.
    2. Then you can simply slide the camera through the opening.
  8. Attach the camera

    OnePlus 6 - Attach the camera 01
    OnePlus 6 - Attach the camera 02
    OnePlus 6 - Attach the camera 03
    OnePlus 6 - Attach the camera 04
    • Camera Connector
    1. Place the new camera in the mainboard.
    2. Connect both contacts and check again if the cameras are inserted correctly.
  9. Insert the mainboard

    OnePlus 6 - Insert the mainboard 01
    OnePlus 6 - Insert the mainboard 02
    OnePlus 6 - Insert the mainboard 03
    OnePlus 6 - Insert the mainboard 04
    OnePlus 6 - Insert the mainboard 05
    OnePlus 6 - Insert the mainboard 06
    OnePlus 6 - Insert the mainboard 07
    • Connector
    • 1 × 3,0 mm Phillips
    1. Put the mainboard back into the device and press it down lightly. Make sure that the cameras are inserted correctly.
    2. Fasten the mainboard with the single Phillips screw.
    3. Insert the SIM holder.

    If the SIM holder is stuck and cannot be inserted properly, the mainboard probably does not fit properly yet.

    1. Connect the antenna connectors to the mainboard. Position the contacts with a pair of tweezers and press them down carefully.
    2. Connect the remaining connectors.



  10. Install the top cover

    OnePlus 6 - Install the top cover 01
    OnePlus 6 - Install the top cover 02
    OnePlus 6 - Install the top cover 03
    OnePlus 6 - Install the top cover 04
    • 10 × 3,0 mm Phillips

    The top cover is hooked into the frame on several sides.

    1. Attach the cover to the top edge and press it firmly.
    2. Make sure that the noses on the sides are inside of the frame and do not look beyond it.
    3. Fasten the cover with the Phillips screws.
  11. Connect the battery

    OnePlus 6 - Connect the battery 01
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the battery 02
    • Connector
    1. Connect the battery to the mainboard.
  12. Connect the fingerprint sensor

    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 01
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 02
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 03
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 04
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 05
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 06
    • Fingerprint Connector
    1. Put the back cover next to the device.
    2. Position the fingerprint sensor cable over its mainboard contact and connect it.
    3. Put on the cover with the red rubber piece. Reattach the black glue.
  13. Test the device

    OnePlus 6 - Test the device 01
    OnePlus 6 - Test the device 02
    OnePlus 6 - Test the device 03
    OnePlus 6 - Test the device 04

    Before you finally close the device again, you should test it.

    1. Turn on the device and check the screen first.
    2. Slide an app along the edge and zigzag it across the display to make sure the touchscreen responds correctly at all points.
    3. Also test the minimum and maximum brightness.
    4. Test the front and rear cameras and the flash.
    5. Call someone to test the microphone and earcup.
    6. Mute the phone to test the vibration motor.
  14. Attach the back cover

    OnePlus 6 - Attach the back cover 01
    OnePlus 6 - Attach the back cover 02
    OnePlus 6 - Attach the back cover 03

    You can reuse the glue still on the frame and back cover. Make sure that it is spread as evenly as possible and remove any glue that has wrinkled or protrudes.

    1. Heat the device again to soften the glue of the back cover.
    2. Press the back cover firmly onto the frame of the device.

    Clamp the device between a few books for example and give the glue an hour to set.

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