DIY: Repairing iPhone camera glass
August 13, 2020
A picture says more than a thousand words.
As you can see if the camera glass has a small crack there will eventually be dust on top of the lens and really reduce
the image quality.
This is just a quick tutorial on how to fix a broken camera glass on an iPhone 7 (works for 8 and SE 2nd Edition as well - probably applicable for other series).
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the total repair was actually pretty simple and took only 5-10 minutes.
Full set of tools
- Set with glue and new camera glass
- Pair of small tweezers
- Cotton swab
- Water / display cleaner
- Broken iPhone
Completely remove the broken glass with a pair of small tweezers. This requires some force due to the glue but be careful to not damage the lens itself.
Clean the lens with some small tissue / cotton swab (and water / display cleaner - depends on the amount of dust). Again be really careful and don’t apply too much pressure otherwise you might damage the autofocus. If completed take a picture and check if there are any dust spots left.
Place the new glue ring (double-sided tape) on top of the border around the lens and make sure it does not overlap. Then press glue firmly and remove upper side from the tape.
Place the new camera glass on top of the tape. Be careful to not touch the glass with your fingers since may cause visible finger/fat prints. Again apply some pressure to strengthen the glue.
And voilà everything complete
Personal Blog written by Nicolas Gehlert, software developer from Freiburg im Breisgau. Developer & Papa. Github | Twitter
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