iPhone Camera Repair - The Hardest Thing to Fix on an iPhone?

Rick Dec 09, 2021
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The camera is one of the biggest highlights in smartphones. The R&D of camera and performance improvement are important projects for major phone manufacturers. Apple's iPhone is known for its prowess in camera development. iPhone has grown from featuring an original 2-megapixel rear camera to a current 12-megapixel rear triple-camera.

 

iPhone Camera Repair

 

The Hardest Thing to Fix on an iPhone

 

The camera is one of the most sophisticated components inside the iPhone and can be easily damaged if dropped during daily use. For a damaged camera, the repair solution is generally a replacement. The cost of replacement is high. In addition, Apple has encrypted the camera of the iPhone 12 series and later models. So if the camera is changed, the “Important Camera Message” will pop up. Therefore, camera replacement will undoubtedly become a trend.

 

iPhone Camera

 

REWA LAB will share with you a repair case

 

Today, REWA LAB will share with you a repair case of an iPhone camera and walk you through some knowledge of iPhone camera repair. Open the phone camera. When taking photos with the wide-angle camera, cracks appear. The ultra-wide camera works fine. We can judge that the optical filter of the wide-angle camera is damaged.

 

phone and try to repair the camera

 

Then we disassemble the phone and try to repair the camera. First of all, put the camera on the specialized Heating Platform at 100 °C. When the temperature reaches 100 °C, remove black adhesive around the camera with a Sculpture Knife. Then pry up the wide-angle camera.

 

specialized Heating Platform

 

camera with a Sculpture Knife

 

Attach the camera to the specialized holder. Before repair, apply protection tape to the camera. Separate the camera edges with a Sculpture Knife. Next, remove the metal cover with Hot Air Gun at 120 °C.

 

apply protection tape to the camera

 

Keep heating with Hot Air Gun

 

Keep heating with Hot Air Gun at 120 °C. Remove black adhesive with Tweezers. Apply some Paste Flux. Separate the motor from the CMOS with ultrathin Soldering Iron at 380 °C.

 

Apply some Paste Flux

 

CMOS with ultrathin Soldering Iron

 

It can be seen that the optical filter is broken while the motor and blue lens are good. If the motor is damaged, the camera will fail to focus or shake. A motor replacement can help you solve the problem. The middle part of the motor is the blue lens. If the blue lens is damaged, the camera will become blurry. The solution is to replace the blue lens.

 

broken while the motor

 

Then we replace the cracked optical filter with a new one. Apply some UV adhesive to the broken optical filter. Put the new optical filter in position. Solidify with a UV Lamp.

 

cracked optical filter

 

broken optical filter

 

Solidify with a UV Lamp

 

Remove side adhesive with Hot Air Gun. Then push the cracked optical filter out with the specialized holder. Remove residual shards and black adhesive with Hot Air Gun.

 

Remove side adhesive with Hot Air Gun

 

Remove residual shards

 

Then remove dust spots with a specialized swab. Please be extremely careful not to damage the CMOS during operation. If the CMOS is damaged, the camera will be unrepairable. Then apply some UV adhesive and a new optical filter.  Solidify with UV Lamp.

 

CMOS during operation

 

UV adhesive

 

Then we assemble the camera. Apply some Paste Flux around the motor. Solder the motor with the CMOS with Soldering Iron. Clean the camera with alcohol.

 

assemble the camera

 

Paste Flux around the motor

 

CMOS with Soldering Iron

 

Next, we install the wide-angle camera for testing. The camera works fine.

 

wide-angle camera for testing

 

Apply B7000 to fix the wide angle camera. That’s all for the optical filter replacement of iPhone camera. iPhone camera repair not only includes optical filter replacement but also blue lens replacement, etc.. Please stay tuned for more iPhone camera repair content. For camera repair, REWA offers third-party repair service. If you have such repair needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can buy the tools used in this blog from our online shop.

 

B7000 to fix the wide angle camera

 

replacement of iPhone camera

 

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