How to remove and replace Google Pixel 3 dual selfie camera

The Google Pixel 3 teardown done by iFixit revealed that it has separate dual front-facing cameras. It is very much possible that one can be damaged while the other isn’t. Needless to say, you can also replace one with a new module of the same specs and leave the other one untouched.

One of the signs that would tell you if the selfie camera of your device has been damaged is when you keep on getting the error “Camera failed.” Of course, it is very much possible that it’s just a problem with the app that’s why you need to rule out such possibility by doing some troubleshooting procedures. If you’re certain that it’s not a problem with the camera app, then that’s the time you decide to replace one or both selfie cameras.

In this post, I will walk you through on how to open up your Pixel 3 and replace the dual selfie camera which are immediately accessible once the back cover is removed. But before that, if ever you’re looking for a solution to a different problem, make sure to drop in on our Pixel 3 help guides as we’ve already addressed some of the most common problems with this device. We might have already published articles that could help you fix your problem.

Things you need

  • Suction cup
  • Prying tools
  • Screwdriver
  • Heat gun or hair dryer
  • OEM selfie camera for Google Pixel 3 (28mm wide angle and/or 19mm ultra wide angle)

Step-by-step instructions

As I said earlier, the Pixel 3 has two separate selfie cameras; a 28mm wide angle 8 MP camera and 19mm ultra wide angle 8 MP camera. When replacing these parts, you should know which one is damaged and which is not or it’s better to have both cameras handy just in case you need to replace both.

  1. Firstly, you need to carefully and successfully remove the back cover of your Google Pixel 3 and you may be spending more time doing it since it’s the primary protection of your phone. I did publish an article just for it so visit this link so you’ll be guided on how to do it properly.
  2. Remove the bracket at the side of the phone that’s secured with a couple of screws to access the battery connector and the wireless charging flex cable.
  3. Remove the wireless charging module and then proceed.
  4. Disconnect the battery from the motherboard by removing the connector with a prying tool. This is to lessen the possibility of short circuit while you’re doing something. This is especially important if you’re using a metal prying tool or tweezers.
  5. The dual selfie camera is secured properly by a bracket that’s held down by a couple of screws. Remove those screws to remove the bracket and access the cameras.
  6. Disconnect each camera from the motherboard and you can easily remove them after that.
  7. Assuming you already know which one is damaged, replace it with a new module and make sure they’re in their proper places.
  8. Reconnect the cameras and then secure them with the bracket.
  9. You may now reconnect the battery and turn the on and then test the selfie camera to see if it works.
  10. If everything works, then replace all the other components you’ve removed a while ago and make sure they’re properly connected to their connectors.
  11. Reconnect the fingerprint sensor and then place the back cover back on.

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