Samsung Galaxy S8 - Replacing the front camera

The front-facing camera isn’t working or your pictures are blurry.

  • Galaxy S8
  • 20 Steps
  • Medium
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

In this repair guide, we show you how to replace your Galaxy S8's defective front camera on your own. You need this repair if the front camera isn’t working, the aperture doesn’t open, or your pictures are blurry.

Required tools

  • Flat Pick

    Flat Pick

    You need a very flat tool such as a flat 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.

    €10.00 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
  • 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
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

    €14.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €9.00 at the iDoc store
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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

Our tools plus the right spare part help you fix your device easily.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Front Camera with Iris Scanner

Replacing the front-facint camera (also selfie cam) pof your Samsung Galaxy S8 is necessary, if it no longer works, the photos...

PH00 Toolkit

Whatever’s wrong with your phone, our tool kit can help you fix it. Each repair kit includes a steel laboratory spatula, an opening tool, a...

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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.

20 steps
  1. Switching off your device

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    1. Turn off your device by holding down the power button until the “Power off” option appears.
    2. Use your finger to confirm that you want to shut down your Galaxy S8 and wait until the screen goes blank.
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  2. Removing the SIM and microSD card tray

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    1. Use the SIM tool to eject the SIM card tray from your device and then remove the tray with your fingers.
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  3. Removing the back cover

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    1. The back cover’s really glued to the chassis. Heat the device evenly with hot air to soften the glue.
    2. Then carefully try to lift the rear glass using a flat, blunt tool. It’s best if you find a loose spot where you can insert the first pick. Then work your way around the device step by step.

    Use a suction cup to lift the glass if you can’t find anywhere to insert the tool.

    This step can take a pretty long time. You may have to heat the rear glass or the glue a few more times before you can finally detach it. Don’t take off the back cover all the way because you have to disconnect the connector for the fingerprint reader first.

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  4. Disconnecting the fingerprint sensor

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    1. After detaching the back cover, carefully lift it and disconnect the fingerprint sensor using the spudger.
    2. Then you can completely remove the back cover and set it aside.
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  5. Removing the screws

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    • 14 × 3,6 mm Phillips Schraube
    1. Remove the 14 screws that attach the midframe to the display.

    If the screws get caught, use a pair of tweezers to remove them.

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  6. Removing the plastic covers

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    1. The cover with the NFC antenna is glued onto the battery. Heat the part with the NFC antenna slightly with a heat gun or hairdryer.
    2. Then carefully insert a flat tool under the antenna and remove it. The cover is hooked onto the enclosure.
    3. Remove the middle cover.
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  7. Disconnecting the battery contact

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    • Battery Connector
    1. Using the spudger, carefully disconnect the battery contact from the motherboard.
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  8. Removing the speaker

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    1. Use a flat object like a pair of tweezers to detach the speaker and then remove it.
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  9. Removing all contacts from the motherboard

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    1. Using the spudger, carefully disconnect the highlighted contacts from the motherboard.

    Make sure not the damage the motherboard when removing the antenna cable.


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  10. Removing the motherboard

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    1. Now you can carefully remove the motherboard. Make sure it’s not caught on the connectors you already disconnected.
    2. The USB port is still connected to the back of the board. Once you’ve lifted the board, you can use the spudger to disconnect this connector.
    3. Then set the board aside in a safe place.
    There's a small plastic pin in the opening of the SIM tray. Make sure it doesn't fall out.
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  11. Removing the front camera

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    1. Simply pry the front camera out of the chassis to remove it.
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  12. Installing the front camera

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    1. Put the front camera in the recess in the upper edge of the enclosure.
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  13. Installing the motherboard

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    Now you can put the motherboard back in.

    1. First connect the connector on the back side of the motherboard.
    2. Now you can put the motherboard back in the chassis. Make sure no cables or connectors get stuck under the board.
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  14. Connecting the contacts on the motherboard

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    1. Now connect the marked contacts to the board again.
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  15. Installing the speaker

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    1. Now put the speaker at the lower end of the enclosure.
    2. Press it gently with your fingers until it clicks into place in the enclosure.
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  16. Connecting the battery

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    1. Connect the battery to the motherboard. Press the contact onto the connection on the motherboard until you hear it click into place.
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  17. Installing the plastic covers

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    1. First put the middle cover back on the logic board and press it firmly until it clicks into place.
    2. Then put the cover with the antenna back in the enclosure after hooking it onto the top of the enclosure.
    3. Then press the cover with your fingers until it clicks gently into place all over.
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  18. Fastening the screws

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    • 14 × 3,6 mm Phillips Schraube
    1. Fasten all 14 screws.
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  19. Attaching the back cover

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    1. Put the back cover back in its original position.
    2. Connect the fingerprint sensor again.
    3. Press the back cover on all over so the glue will stick.

    You can also heat your device with hot air and then clamp it or weight it down with a couple books so the glue will stick better.

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  20. Inserting the SIM and microSD card tray

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    1. Insert the SIM card tray back into your device. Make sure the tray is positioned properly.
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