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Introduction

This guide shows how to remove and replace the rear-facing camera for the OnePlus 3.

Due to the phone’s design, you have to loosen/remove the motherboard in order to remove the rear-facing camera. The hardest part of the guide is getting the frame clips of the back cover free.

Some guide images will show the battery already removed from the phone. You do not need to remove the battery for the rear-facing camera procedure.

  1. Insert a SIM eject tool, bit, or straightened paperclip into the hole located between the SIM card slot and the power button. Press firmly to eject the SIM card tray. During reinstallation, make sure that the SIM card tray is properly oriented. It fits in only one direction.
    • Insert a SIM eject tool, bit, or straightened paperclip into the hole located between the SIM card slot and the power button.

    • Press firmly to eject the SIM card tray.

    • During reinstallation, make sure that the SIM card tray is properly oriented. It fits in only one direction.

  2. Remove the two 2.6 mm T2 screws from the bottom edge of the phone.
    • Remove the two 2.6 mm T2 screws from the bottom edge of the phone.

  3. There is a high risk of damaging the display panel if this opening procedure is improperly followed. The following three steps show how to pry the rear case from the plastic frame. Read through the steps first before attempting the procedure. There are two different seams between the screen and the body of the phone:
    • There is a high risk of damaging the display panel if this opening procedure is improperly followed.

    • The following three steps show how to pry the rear case from the plastic frame. Read through the steps first before attempting the procedure.

    • There are two different seams between the screen and the body of the phone:

    • Display panel seam: This seam is part of the display assembly. Do not pry at this seam, or you will separate and damage the display panel.

    • Frame seam: This is where the plastic frame meets the back cover. Only pry at this seam.

    • There are fourteen clips that hold the frame against the rear case. Be aware of their location as you pry the back cover off in the following steps.

  4. As you work, try not to accidentally power on the phone. If you do, turn the phone off before resuming disassembly. Place a suction cup near the bottom edge of the display. Pull on the suction cup with strong steady force.
    • As you work, try not to accidentally power on the phone. If you do, turn the phone off before resuming disassembly.

    • Place a suction cup near the bottom edge of the display.

    • Pull on the suction cup with strong steady force.

    • Press the edge of an opening tool straight into the frame seam near the suction cup until the edge wedges between the plastic frame and the back cover's lip.

    • Due to tight tolerances, this will take substantial force. Using a new opening tool with an unmarred edge will help with this step.

    • Do not use metal tools, as they will most likely crack the screen.

  5. Once the opening tool's edge is wedged in position, carefully slide the tool along the bottom edge of the phone. Carefully guide the opening tool around the left corner of the phone while keeping the tool's edge within the seam. Carefully guide the opening tool around the left corner of the phone while keeping the tool's edge within the seam.
    • Once the opening tool's edge is wedged in position, carefully slide the tool along the bottom edge of the phone.

    • Carefully guide the opening tool around the left corner of the phone while keeping the tool's edge within the seam.

  6. Continue sliding the opening tool along the long edge, releasing the clips along the way. The last clip in the top-left corner near the alert switch is recessed and can be difficult to release. Take your time and use the flat end of a spudger or an opening pick to help.
    • Continue sliding the opening tool along the long edge, releasing the clips along the way.

    • The last clip in the top-left corner near the alert switch is recessed and can be difficult to release. Take your time and use the flat end of a spudger or an opening pick to help.

    I found I had to use a couple of those “guitar picks” to get the screen off, left the first one inserted on the bottom and then went around the side of the phone with the second.

    C McIsaac - Réponse

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  8. With the bottom and left edge of the phone freed, gently wiggle the frame to release the top and right edge clips. Lift the screen up and remove it. During reassembly, pause here to test your phone's functionality before securing the back cover.
    • With the bottom and left edge of the phone freed, gently wiggle the frame to release the top and right edge clips.

    • Lift the screen up and remove it.

    • During reassembly, pause here to test your phone's functionality before securing the back cover.

    • To reinstall the back cover:

    • Align the top edge of the frame to the back cover and ensure that the top clips slip into place.

    • Squeeze along the long edges of the phone to snap the remaining clips into place.

  9. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from its socket, located above the top right corner of the battery pack. Bend the connector away from the socket to prevent accidental contact.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from its socket, located above the top right corner of the battery pack.

    • Bend the connector away from the socket to prevent accidental contact.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  10. Remove the 3 mm Phillips screw securing the cable bracket. Remove the cable bracket.
    • Remove the 3 mm Phillips screw securing the cable bracket.

    • Remove the cable bracket.

  11. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect flex cable from the motherboard, which is located above the battery. Repeat the process to disconnect the daughterboard flex cable from the motherboard. Repeat the process to disconnect the daughterboard flex cable from the motherboard.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect flex cable from the motherboard, which is located above the battery.

    • Repeat the process to disconnect the daughterboard flex cable from the motherboard.

  12. Slide the point of a spudger underneath the antenna interconnect cable located at the bottom left corner of the motherboard. Pry up and disconnect the antenna interconnect cable.
    • Slide the point of a spudger underneath the antenna interconnect cable located at the bottom left corner of the motherboard.

    • Pry up and disconnect the antenna interconnect cable.

    Connector may go oval, push with spudger to make circular again

    Caidan Whittaker - Réponse

  13. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display connector from its socket on the motherboard. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display connector from its socket on the motherboard.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display connector from its socket on the motherboard.

  14. Remove the seven Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the frame:
    • Remove the seven Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the frame:

    • Four 3 mm black screws

    • Three 2.9 mm silver screws

    • Some of these screws may be covered by stickers. Remove the stickers to access the screws.

  15. Make sure you have ejected the SIM tray before performing this step. The motherboard is still held in place near the top by clips. Slide the flat end of a spudger underneath the top left corner of the motherboard.
    • Make sure you have ejected the SIM tray before performing this step.

    • The motherboard is still held in place near the top by clips.

    • Slide the flat end of a spudger underneath the top left corner of the motherboard.

    • Twist the spudger and pry up to release the motherboard from its recess.

    I find it easier to pry from the opposite side, where the antenna cable connector are as it required less force to release the motherboard.

    Munir Ibrahim - Réponse

  16. Remove the motherboard.
    • Remove the motherboard.

    • During reinstallation, be careful not to trap any flex cables or antenna cables underneath the motherboard.

  17. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the rear-facing camera connector from its motherboard socket. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the rear-facing camera connector from its motherboard socket.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the rear-facing camera connector from its motherboard socket.

  18. Remove the rear-facing camera.
    • Remove the rear-facing camera.

    • If your replacement part did not come with a black cover, carefully peel the cover off from your old camera and transfer it to your replacement part.

    My replacement camera didn’t have the black rubber cover as pictured in this step so I simply removed the one in place and put it on my new one. It’s not stuck with glue or anything, just placed on top. I assume it’s useful for something, keeping it in place perhaps, I just think it’s worth mentioning in this step.

    Billy Rooke - Réponse

    Hi Billy,

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve updated the step to mention that.

    Arthur Shi -

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our OnePlus 3 Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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14 commentaires

Why do I have to take out the MoBo? For me it looks like the camera connector is accessible without removing everything, one less step to swap screws etc...

Tilman Heß - Réponse

I haven't done this procedure yet, but it looks like there is a metal tab that protrudes from the top of the camera module that is tucked under the PCB.

Averie Albright -

Fantastic! Many thanks. That fixed the problem: no more blurry rear camera. For less than 9 €… You’re the boss!!!

Renaud Migeot - Réponse

under 10 bucks finally fixed my broken auto focus, great tutorial!

Sore Brain - Réponse

It worked pretty well for me, but I had to use a metal 0.3mm Guitar Pick for the very first opening step, as neither the plastic opening tools nor plastic picks worked for me.

@jackhutchinson60: The back cover is taken off first (which has no eletrical connections) and then the motherboard is removed, but it’s all screws and plugs, so no problem there. According to youtube lens cover fixes are cheap and doable as well.

Sebastian Jauert - Réponse

Very easy to follow! Great ten buck fix. The hardest part was definitely opening the phone, but with a little elbow grease it is possible. I used the iFixit opening tools, and would recommend getting a few, as you will dull some out at first. Overall, great guide. Took me about 90 minutes (mostly from trying to pry open the phone.

Eric Maines - Réponse

Thank you for this great guide!

I just replaced the rear facing camera on my OP3 (original was no longer able to focus image) and now I can finally use my camera again!

I used the iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit for the repair and that worked great. Only the opening tools did not work as well for removing the backshell as the ones pictures in the guide, but after some struggling, I managed to open the phone just fine.

Marcus Zottl - Réponse

a few tips from my repair: (*note 3T)

careful when prying the bottom of the rear housing off, there are rubber gaskets around the usb and speaker than can be damaged

the motherboard connectors are easier to remove before you unscrew it

the philips bits you’ll need are PH00 and PH000, and you’ll need tweezers (which are not listed in the equipment needed)

one of the small screws is covered with a water

the front facing camera does not come away with the motherboard, and is attached to security tape

otherwise, great tutorial. all is fixed, thank you.

Christopher Murray - Réponse

Great instructions, I’ve changed my faulty rear camera following your video in less than 1 hour, without any troubles.

The key is be patient opening the case, as it is very tight fit, but it’s all pretty straightforward as shown on the video.

Thanks!

Marc Bres - Réponse

Awesome guide, thank you very much for the steps. I have had some difficulty in removing the back cover, but completed the process successfully. I have just replaced my camera and so far so good.. hope the new camera lives longer than the original…

Anand Reddy Palugulla - Réponse

Great Instructions….Thanks Again

Katherina Nicols - Réponse

Worked really well, thanks for the detailed instructions!

Alex Mandel - Réponse

Thanks for this - a great guide! I would add that when prying off the mobo, it’s important to pay attention to a small plastic tab that clips it in place, in the middle of the top part. It seems much more secure to help that clip along while prying the rest of the PCB.

Michał Obuchowski - Réponse

Thanks Michał!

I updated the step to add that info.

Arthur Shi -

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