My iPhone 5 camera has gotten some grime inside it, and my pictures are all yucky because of it. I’ve procrastinated taking it to the Apple Store to get cleaned out because, hey, I’m
Luckily, there’s a guy on YouTube whose buddy had the same problem, and he put up a video showing how to clean out the iPhone 5 with a tiny screwdriver, suction cup, can of air, and a plastic non-marring tool.
A quick disclaimer: if you choose to try this fairly simple iPhone 5 surgery, you’re responsible for any damage that might occur. Please don’t email us asking for a replacement iPhone.
Here’s the video, so you can follow along.
Basically, you’ll need to take out the two screws on the bottom of the iPhone 5, and then pry up the bottom of the case with the plastic spudger tool, being careful not to rip out any of the tiny connecting cables at the top of the device.
Then, you’ll need to gently disconnect those same cables, and remove three more screws that hold in the rear camera. Once that’s open, spray some air in there to get rid of the dust and dirt.
If you want, you can dig a bit deeper into the internals of your precious iPhone 5 and clean out the front camera in the same way. Personally, I’m only unhappy with the dirt on the rear camera, as it’s totally killing my Instagram shots of my food and pets.
Regardless, now I don’t have to go to the Apple Store; I can stay here at home, huddled in the basement, and clean out my own damn iPhone 5.