Google Pixel 2 Rear Camera
No click or snap. The screen should just fit in perfectly, resting on the adhesive. It’s hard to not get any folds in the adhesive, I failed at this. In the end, I used a razor to cut out the folds and made all the adhesive flat again.
As ericdowens says above, there’s a small silver sliver of a connector (next to the front-facing camera). The guides on youtube said it was a grounding wire. This guide doesn’t mention it. Mine broke when I removed the midframe. No big deal. I stuck it back down with some tape when I put it all back together. Phone works fine.
I used a hairdryer to weaken the adhesive. If you place your finger in the path of the hairdryer you’ll have a good idea of when too much heat has been applied (when your skin becomes unhappy at the temperature). BE VERY GENTLE. I cracked my screen because I didn’t weaken the adhesive enough. I also chipped(dog eared) the corner of the OLED screen underneath with one of the plastic tools. Don’t stick it in too far. As the guide says, use the flat edge or the pick to help control this.
Yeah, I skipped the battery removal/replacement.
Definitely not needed. And considering how tough the adhesive is under the battery, I’d say it’s best not to remove it.
Yes. This fixed my Pixel 2 camera crashing issue. My original symptom was that the autofocus stopped working properly. Then a month or so later the rear camera would crash 49 out of 50 times I opened it (completely unusable). Many people online swear this is a software issue caused by an android update but because I had that focus issue crop up first I suspected my issue was physical damage. I’m generally pretty careful with my phone, it lives in an official case. The only potentially damaging behaviour my phone is exposed to is my placing it in a windscreen mounted phone holder. Perhaps the repeated vibration can break something. Now my camera is fixed I will continue to place it in the phone holder and report back if it breaks again. For science. BE VERY CAREFUL REMOVING THE SCREEN. The guide is not being overly cautious about the screen removal. I broke my screen removing it and turned my $50 camera job into a $200 job with a new screen. Still worth it but I wish I’d heeded the warnings and cautions.
I needed to remove my screen to replace the camera module (Common Pixel 2 camera problem which was solved by replacing the camera module) and I did not heed the caution warnings as well as I thought I did. BE VERY CAREFUL. These screens are damaged very very easier. Do not stick the pick in too far. Perhaps use playing cards as some youtube videos show. I know it’s a pain but USE A HAIRDRYER or other heat source, it softens the screen and speaker adehsive and makes things much easier and safer. Also, watch some youtube teardown videos. The proper tools from iFixit will help you a bunch. Don’t skimp on the tools like I did the first time around (regrets). All in all this job isn’t that hard. You just need to take your time and get it right.