Sony Xperia Z5 Compact - Replacing your rear camera

The rear-facing camera isn’t working.

  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • 16 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your Xperia Z5 Compact’s defective rear camera on your own. You need this repair if the main 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.

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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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  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

    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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  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

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

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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.

16 steps
  1. Removing the SIM and microSD cards

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    Xperia Z5 Compact - Removing the SIM and microSD cards 02
    1. Use your finger or the spudger to open the cover at the lower end of the smartphone. You can turn the cover 90° to access the card slot better.
    2. Remove the SIM and microSD cards. The SIM card is in a tray.
  2. Removing the back cover

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    1. The back cover is glued to the chassis. Heat the back cover with a heat gun to soften the glue.
    2. Attach a suction cup to the lower end of the device and pull on it while pressing down the chassis with a plastic pick.
    3. As soon as a gap appears between the chassis and back cover, insert the pick into it.
      The back cover is painted on the inside. Remove any adhesive residue carefully to avoid scratches or cracks.
    4. Move the pick once around the entire device to completely detach the glue. If you have more than one pick, you can insert one at each corner.
    5. Take off the back cover.
  3. Removing the type plate

    Xperia Z5 Compact - Removing the type plate 01
    1. Remove the type plate. The type plate is installed in the SIM and microSD card slot.
  4. Removing the NFC antenna

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    1. Disconnect the NFC antenna’s plug contact from the chassis.
    2. Disconnect the antenna from the battery. The antenna is glued to the battery. Carefully insert the steel laboratory spatula between the antenna and the battery. Heat the NFC antenna a little if the glue’s too strong.
    3. Remove the NFC antenna.
  5. Removing the main antenna

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    Xperia Z5 Compact - Removing the main antenna 02
    1. Unscrew the two Phillips screws holding the main antenna in place.
      2 x 4.5 mm Phillips screws
    2. Remove the main antenna from the device.
  6. Removing the chassis

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    1. Using the steel laboratory spatula, carefully detach the LED flash from the chassis. The flash is glued to the chassis.
    2. Remove the eight Phillips screws that attach the chassis to the display.
      8 x 4.5 mm Phillips screws
    3. The chassis is hooked onto the display. Use the steel spatula to detach the chassis from the display. Insert the spatula between the chassis and the display.
    4. Remove the chassis.
  7. Disconnecting the battery

    Xperia Z5 Compact - Disconnecting the battery 01
    1. Disconnect the battery contact from the logic board.
  8. Removing the rear camera

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    Xperia Z5 Compact - Removing the rear camera 02
    1. Disconnect the rear camera’s plug connection from the logic board.
    2. Remove the rear-facing camera.
  9. Installing the rear camera

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    Xperia Z5 Compact - Installing the rear camera 02
    1. Put the rear camera in the original position in the enclosure.
    2. Connect the rear camera to the logic board.
  10. Connecting the battery

    Xperia Z5 Compact - Connecting the battery 01
    1. Connect the battery contact to the logic board.
  11. Installing the chassis

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    1. Position the chassis on the display.
    2. Press the chassis a little so it clicks into place on the display frame.
    3. Use the eight Phillips screws to attach the chassis to the display.
      8 x 4.5 mm Phillips screws
    4. Attach the LED flash to the chassis.
  12. Installing the main antenna

    Xperia Z5 Compact - Installing the main antenna 01
    Xperia Z5 Compact - Installing the main antenna 02
    1. Position the main antenna in the enclosure.
    2. Attach the main antenna to the device with the two Phillips screws.
      2 x 4.5 mm Phillips screws
  13. Installing the NFC antenna

    Xperia Z5 Compact - Installing the NFC antenna 01
    Xperia Z5 Compact - Installing the NFC antenna 02
    1. Position the NFC antenna on the battery. Press the antenna onto the battery so the glue will stick again.
    2. Connect the NFC antenna’s plug contact to the chassis.
  14. Installing the type plate

    Xperia Z5 Compact - Installing the type plate 01
    1. Install the type plate. You have to attach the type plate in the SIM and microSD card slot.
  15. Attaching the back cover

    Xperia Z5 Compact - Attaching the back cover 01
    Xperia Z5 Compact - Attaching the back cover 02
    1. Position the back cover on the chassis. Press it on firmly along all the edges so the chassis and back cover are securely glued together.
    2. If necessary, heat the back of the device so it will stick better. It helps to clamp the device so there’s constant pressure on the back cover.
  16. Inserting the SIM and microSD cards

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    Xperia Z5 Compact - Inserting the SIM and microSD cards 02
    1. If the cover is closed again, use your finger or the spudger to open it. You can turn the cover 90° to access the card slot better.
    2. Put the SIM and microSD cards back in. Put the SIM card in the tray.
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