There’s nothing worse than having to
take a picture with your selfie cam because your rear facing camera is
broken. So today I’m going to show you how to replace the rear facing camera
in your Galaxy S7. For this repair you’re going to need a
heat gun, a Philips #00 screwdriver, an iSclack or a suction cup, opening
picks and a spudger. Just a warning opening your Galaxy S7 may reduce the
water resistance capabilities of this device. Before we begin, understand this
repair is on the difficult side due to all the adhesive. Take caution and be
patient as it’s easy to break components that are adhered. As always make sure that the
phone is completely turned off. Once you’ve turned off the phone we’re going
to try to remove the back panel start by taking out the SIM card at the top of
the phone. The S7 is unfortunately held together with adhesive so you’ll need to
heat and loosen the glue on the back before moving on. We are using a heat gun
for this device please take caution not to overheat your device. Do this by
staying in the lowest power and not getting too close.
Heat up all sides of the phone. Then use your iSclack or suction cups to lift
up one edge of the panel just enough to insert an opening pick. This pick will
ensure that the glue does not reset as it cools. Now use an additional pick to
cut the adhesive up the left side and another one to the right if you run into
a lot of resistance just use more heat before cutting with the picks. Once everything is cut, you should be
able to lift the back panel from the phone. Time to remove the 12 Phillips
screws holding the antenna module, the NFC module and the speakers in place.
Once the screws are removed lift the modules out of the phone. It’s important
to note that you should disconnect the battery as soon as the connector is
accessible, no matter what component you’re going to replace. Now we can see
the battery to remove the battery we’ll need to pry a bit of adhesive to get it
out of the phone. You can use this budget but I found these picks work quite nice. Moving on to the motherboard! Disconnect
all the cables holding the motherboard down, including the two small antennas on
the left side. With everything disconnected you should be able to lift
the motherboard carefully from the top of the phone. Do not remove the
motherboard completely as there’s a cable connected to the underside of the
board. Disconnect that and remove the board from the phone. To release the rear
facing camera you just need to turn the board over and disconnect the cable
holding it in place. Then you can push the camera through the board. You can
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