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This repair guide was authored by the iFixit staff and hasn’t been endorsed by Google. Learn more about our repair guides here.

Follow this guide to remove and replace the rear-facing camera for the Pixel 3. Since the camera is connected to the motherboard’s underside, you have to partially remove the motherboard in order to replace the camera. You can always choose to completely remove the motherboard, which would make the procedure slightly longer, but easier. The procedure involves removing many small grounding clips, which are easy to lose.

It may be possible, but more difficult, to partially remove the motherboard without removing the loudspeaker module. Note that removing the loudspeaker will compromise its ingress seal.

  1. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Weaken the back cover's adhesive: step 1, image 1 of 1
  2. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Create a gap in the seam: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Create a gap in the seam: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Create a gap in the seam: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a suction cup to the heated bottom edge of the back cover.

    • Make sure you did not mistake the screen side for the back cover side.

    • If your back cover is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere.

    • Lift on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap.

    • Depending on how aged your phone is, this may take significant force. If you are having trouble, apply more heat and try again.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't use metal tools to pry, or you'll mar or shatter the glass back cover. If the panel won't budge, apply more heat, either with a hair dryer or heat gun.

  3. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • When inserting an opening pick above the power button, be careful not to insert the pick too deeply, or you will damage the fingerprint sensor cable.

  4. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 4, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 4, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Cut through the adhesive: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Slice the adhesive along the bottom edge of the phone and around the right corner.

    • Leave a pick in the bottom edge to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  5. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Heat the right edge with an iOpener and continue slicing the adhesive with an opening pick.

    • The adhesive can be very gummy. Push the pick in and out in a sawing motion to help with slicing.

  6. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Continue heating and slicing through the rest of the phone perimeter. Leave a pick in each edge to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

    • When slicing above the power button, do not insert the pick more than halfway in to avoid damaging the fingerprint sensor cable.

  7. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Lift the left edge of the back cover: step 7, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Lift the left edge of the back cover: step 7, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Lift the left edge of the back cover: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Once you have sliced around the perimeter of the phone, carefully lift the left edge of the back cover.

    • Do not attempt to remove the back cover. It is still attached to the phone by the fingerprint sensor cable.

    • Flip the back cover along its long axis and rest it so that the fingerprint sensor cable is not strained.

    • Remove the two 4.1 mm long Phillips screws securing the fingerprint connector bracket.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

    • During reassembly, be careful not to over-tighten these screws, or you may damage your display.

  8. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the fingerprint connector bracket: step 9, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the fingerprint connector bracket: step 9, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the fingerprint connector bracket: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to slide the fingerprint connector bracket out from under the NFC coil.

    • Remove the fingerprint connector bracket.

  9. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint connector: step 10, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the fingerprint connector: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the fingerprint connector from its socket.

    • When you disconnect connectors like these, be careful not to dislodge the small surface-mounted components surrounding the socket.

    • 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. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 11, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 11, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the back cover.

    • Before you install a replacement back cover, be sure to remove all adhesive residue from the phone frame. Use an opening tool to scrape and high concentration isopropyl alcohol to clean the surface.

    • If you are re-using the back cover, be sure to clean off any adhesive, and apply new back cover adhesive.

    • If you are installing a replacement back cover, be sure compare it with the original part. Transfer any remaining parts (such as the flash diffuser) over to your replacement part.

  11. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the screws: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the five Phillips screws securing the wireless charging coil:

    • Two 1.9 mm screws

    • Two 4.2 mm screws

    • One 4.3 mm screw

  12. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the charging coil: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Lift up and remove the wireless charging coil.

  13. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the battery cable: step 14, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the battery cable: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery press connector from its socket near the right edge of the phone.

  14. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the screws: step 15, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the screws: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two screws securing the camera bracket:

    • One 4.1 mm Phillips screw

    • One 4 mm standoff screw

    • Standoff screws are best removed using a standoff bit. In a pinch, a small flathead screwdriver will do the job—but use extra caution to ensure it doesn't slip and damage surrounding components.

    • Remove the camera bracket.

  15. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Identify the cameras: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • If you are replacing front-facing cameras, determine which one you need to replace:

    • Normal view camera

    • Wide-angle camera

    • If you are doing the motherboard removal procedure, you will need to remove both cameras.

  16. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the camera(s): step 17, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the camera(s): step 17, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the camera(s): step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the connector for the camera(s) you are replacing.

  17. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Loosen the camera(s): step 18, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Loosen the camera(s): step 18, image 2 of 2
    • The cameras are held in place with adhesive.

    • Insert the point of a spudger behind the edge of the camera module and pry up to loosen it from the frame.

    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to remove the camera(s).

    • If the adhesive holding the camera module is in good condition, you can re-use the adhesive. Otherwise, replace the adhesive with double-sided Tesa tape.

    • When installing a replacement camera module, make sure that the phone frame lens are free of adhesive residue or debris.

  18. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the loudspeaker: step 20, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the loudspeaker: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the loudspeaker connector from its motherboard socket near the right edge of the phone.

    • Be careful not to puncture the battery with the spudger.

  19. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the screws: step 21, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the screws: step 21, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the screws: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the following four Phillips screws:

    • One 1.9 mm screw

    • One 4.3 mm screw

    • Two 4.3 mm screws with thinner shanks

    • Remove the tiny grounding clip from the left screw hole. Be careful not to lose it.

    • The grounding clip installs such that the contoured edge faces the left side of the phone.

    • Remove the small plastic insert from the right side of the USB-C port.

    • Be sure to reinstall this insert before you screw down the daughterboard.

  20. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Loosen the loudspeaker: step 22, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Loosen the loudspeaker: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • The loudspeaker is still held in place by a strong adhesive gasket. Before attempting to remove it, pry it up in a few different places to break the adhesive seal.

    • Insert the point of a spudger under the bottom right corner of the loudspeaker.

    • Pry up to loosen the loudspeaker from the phone.

  21. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the point of a spudger under the top left corner of the loudspeaker.

    • Be careful not to puncture the battery with the spudger.

    • Pry up to loosen the loudspeaker.

  22. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of the spudger under the top edge of the loudspeaker, towards the left edge.

    • Pry up to loosen the loudspeaker.

  23. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 25, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the loudspeaker: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the loudspeaker.

    • Before you install a replacement loudspeaker, check the adhesive gasket.

    • If it is in good condition, you can re-use the gasket. Make sure that the gasket does not cover the exit hole.

    • If the gasket is pulled out of place, remove it and replace the adhesive with a pre-cut strip or Tesa tape.

  24. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the charging assembly: step 26, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the charging assembly: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the charging assembly's connector from its motherboard socket, near the right edge of the phone.

  25. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Peel away the black tape: step 27, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully pry up the black tape holding the display flex cable in place, near the right edge of the phone.

    • Do not use metal tools to pry, or you may damage the flex cable.

  26. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the press connectors: step 28, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Disconnect the press connectors: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the following seven press-fit connectors from their motherboard sockets:

    • External buttons connector

    • Top microphone connector

    • Earpiece connector

    • Left squeeze sensor connector

    • Screen connector

    • Right squeeze sensor connector

    • SIM tray connector

  27. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Move the earpiece speaker cable away from the motherboard: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat of a spudger to carefully bend the earpiece speaker's flex cable upwards, out of the way of the motherboard.

  28. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the screws: step 30, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the screws: step 30, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the screws: step 30, image 3 of 3
    • Some of these screws hold very small grounding clips in place. Be careful not to lose these clips as you remove the screws.

    • Remove the six screws securing the motherboard in place:

    • One 4.2 mm Phillips screw

    • Three 1.9 mm Phillips screws

    • One 4.3 mm Phillips screw

    • One 3.83 mm standoff screw

    • Standoff screws are best removed using a standoff bit. In a pinch, a small flathead screwdriver will do the job—but use extra caution to ensure it doesn't slip and damage surrounding components.

    • Remove and retain the three small metal grounding clips.

  29. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the antenna bracket: step 31, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the antenna bracket: step 31, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the antenna bracket: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully remove the antenna bracket from the top left edge of the phone.

    • To reinstall the small metal grounding clips:

    • Orient the clips such that the silver side is facing upwards.

    • The teardrop shaped clips should have their points facing towards the phone edge.

    • The double-holed clip dips downwards towards the frame's top-right screw hole.

  30. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Check the motherboard: step 32, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Check the motherboard: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the point of a spudger near the top left corner of the motherboard, right below the rear-facing camera.

    • Pry up gently to loosen the motherboard, bending all flex cables away to accommodate for the movement.

    • If the motherboard feels firmly seated, check for any still-connected flex cables or screws.

  31. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Loosen the motherboard: step 33, image 1 of 2 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Loosen the motherboard: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the spudger underneath the top edge of the motherboard and carefully pry up to loosen the motherboard.

    • The earpiece speaker's flex cable will press tightly against the motherboard. Take your time and carefully guide the motherboard around the flex cable.

  32. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 34, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 34, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 34, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the left edge of the motherboard and carefully swing upwards towards the right. Carefully push any press connectors snagging the motherboard out of the way.

    • Do not attempt to fully remove the motherboard. It is still attached to the frame with some antenna cables.

    • When you reinstall the motherboard, be careful not to trap any flex cable connectors underneath it.

  33. Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the rear-facing camera: step 35, image 1 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the rear-facing camera: step 35, image 2 of 3 Google Pixel 3 Rear-Facing Camera Replacement, Remove the rear-facing camera: step 35, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the rear-facing camera connector from its motherboard socket.

    • Lift the camera module away from the motherboard, peeling the adhesive in the process.

    • Remove the rear-facing camera.

Sonuç

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

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Pixel 3 and pixel 3xl rear cameras are same. If I buy pixel 3 camera and can I use this on pixel 3xl?

Suren - Yanıt

Time is not correct for this job. Only the disassembly itself takes 90 - 120 minutes. But assembly is a separate type of torture. Only to separate the old adhesive tape is very hard. For the instructions thank you, with bolts during assembly helped, but I do not recommend to disassemble it on your own. In my case, a professional replaced the camera for about 5 hours until I took my phone back.

Ruslan Dorokhin - Yanıt

It is possible to remove the rear camera without dismantling upper or lower speaker. The main PCB is sufficiently flexible. However, take care of the speaker connections while moving the PCB.

Most difficult step is the initial opening of the the back cover of the phone. I broke it (as it is made of glas), though being really carefully using dental floss to “cut” the glue. All other steps are not particular challenging.

Thanks for the ifxit guideline!

Frank Zoellner - Yanıt

I noticed pixel 3 cameras have different model numbers. Must the model number for the old camera be the same with the replacement?

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