I recently replaced the lens on my iPhone 4. It was incredibly easy and had quite remarkable results. Here’s how and why:
Take a look at this photo. Does it look clear and bright? It should do. It's taken in a bright room with my iPhone 4.
For a while now, my iPhone has not been taking very good quality pictures or videos and I put it down to me expecting too much... but I began to suspect that it was actually the phone, not me.
A quick search of the internet told me that this was a fairly common issue and could be easily and cheaply fixed with a new lens.
Easy and cheap? I've heard that before! I decided to give it a shot though with some very pleasing results IN LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES!
Let me show you....
- Necessary Items
- Your iPhone
- The new lens cover
- Either a pentaoble or #00 crosshead screwdriver
- Something to pry the old lens out with (I used a sharp paring knife)
Oh, and a couple of spare minutes to do it.
You can Get the lens on Amazon for about $5.
- Starting Off
There are just two screws to undo. They're on the bottom edge of the phone and will either have a standard phillips cross-head pattern on them or a 5-pointed star.
If the ones on your phone have the cross head then you need a #00 or #000 phillips screwdriver. I got mine for $5 from a hardware store.
If yours have the five pointed star, you'll need a pentaoble or T5 screwdriver. You can get them on Amazon or other places online.
First thing to do is unscrew and remove those two screws and push the back of the phone up and away from where you unscrewed them. It will slide up about half an inch.
- Remove The Lens
The back will then just lift off, exposing the glorious interior of your little toy!
You can ignore the main part of the phone (so you don't break anything) and just look at the inside of the back. You'll find the lens at the top right. It's glued in so use something to gently pry it out.
- Finishing Up
Once the old lens is out, simply drop the new one in place and put the back cover back on the phone and slide it into place.
The lens comes with a film cover over it which you can't see.... using your nail, scrape that off or your pictures will be worse than before!
Screw the screws back in place and you're done!!!
The end result for me was quite stunning... as you can see:
And that was that. It really is as easy as that.
Undo, two screws, slide the back off, pop the old lens out and drop the new one in, slide the back on and screw it up.
… and your camera will be as good as new!