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Follow this guide to remove and replace the rear camera for your iPhone SE 2020.

  1. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the pentalobe screws: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before you begin, discharge your iPhone battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

    • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.

    • Remove the two 3.5 mm pentalobe screws on the bottom edge of the iPhone.

    • Opening the iPhone's display will compromise its waterproof seals. Have replacement seals ready before you proceed past this step, or take care to avoid liquid exposure if you reassemble your iPhone without replacing the seals.

  2. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Heat the display: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Heating the lower edge of the iPhone will help soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.

    • Use a hairdryer or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the lower edge of the phone for about 90 seconds in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

  3. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the display: step 3, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Separate the display: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Apply a suction cup to the lower half of the front panel, just above the home button.

    • Be sure the suction cup does not overlap with the home button, as this will prevent a seal from forming between the suction cup and front glass.

    • If your display is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

  4. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • The watertight adhesive holding the display in place is very strong; creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you're having a hard time opening a gap, apply more heat, and gently rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you create enough of a gap to insert your tool.

  5. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick up the left edge of the phone starting at the lower edge and moving towards the volume control buttons and silent switch, breaking up the adhesive holding the display in place.

    • Stop near the top left corner of the display.

    • Do not try to pry the top edge of the display away from the rear case, as it is held in place by plastic clips that may break.

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    • Re-insert your tool at the lower right corner of the iPhone, and slide it around the corner and up the right side of the phone to separate the adhesive.

    • Don't insert the pick very far, or you may damage the display cables along this side of the iPhone. Insert it only a few millimeters, or about the width of the display bezel.

  7. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Gently pull up on the suction cup to lift up the bottom edge of the display.

    • Do not raise the display more than 15º or you'll risk straining or tearing the ribbon cables connecting the display.

    • Pull on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.

  8. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Slide an opening pick underneath the display around the top left corner and along the top edge of the phone to loosen the last of the adhesive.

  9. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the display assembly slightly down (away from the top edge of the phone) to disengage the clips holding it to the rear case.

  10. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 3 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Open the iPhone by swinging the display up from the left side, like the back cover of a book.

    • Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone's logic board.

    • Lean the display against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    • Remove four Phillips screws securing the lower display cable bracket to the logic board, of the following lengths:

    • Two 1.3 mm screws

    • Two 2.8 mm screws

    • Throughout this guide, keep careful track of your screws so that each one goes back where it came from during reassembly. Installing a screw in the wrong place can cause permanent damage.

    • Remove the bracket.

  11. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the battery connector out of its socket in the logic board.

    • Bend the battery connector cable slightly away from the logic board to prevent it from accidentally making contact with the socket and providing power to the phone during your repair.

  12. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the display and digitizer: step 13, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the display and digitizer: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the lower display connector out of its socket.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, 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 even slightly misaligned, the connector can bend, causing permanent damage.

  13. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the second lower display cable.

  14. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the three 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the bracket over the front panel sensor assembly connector.

    • Remove the bracket.

  15. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the front panel sensor assembly connector.

  16. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the display assembly: step 17, image 1 of 1
  17. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the rear camera: step 18, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Disconnect the rear camera: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the camera cable connector by prying it straight up from its socket.

    • Remove the two screws securing the rear-facing camera bracket:

    • One 3.0 mm standoff screw

    • One 3.1 mm Phillips screw

    • Standoff screws are best removed using a standoff screwdriver or 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.

  18. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the rear-facing camera bracket.

  19. iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the rear camera: step 21, image 1 of 2 iPhone SE 2020 Rear Camera Replacement, Remove the rear camera: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the rear camera by lifting it straight up out of its recess.

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our iPhone SE 2020 Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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Two things:

First, thanx for actually showing the Iphone SE. Almost every other repair vid/instructions I found were all rehashed Iphone 8 videos, and the opening of the phone is completely different. Your instructions showed me how to do it correctly, whereas everything else I saw had me stumped.

Also: Would love to see instructions about replacing scratched or broken glass cover for this lens. I currently can’t find anything online and have had to utilize my insurance to get a new SE at a cost of $99.00.

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