• Can I fix my iPhone 4's scratched camera?

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  • I love my iPhone 4's camera, but my resistance to using a case has lead to the glass in front of the lens to become scratched. Are there any quick/easy fixes for this sort of thing?

    -- oliver

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    Question by Oliver Hulland

Hmmm... I would suggest headlamp restorer first. The car industry has a few solutions for this, along the lines of pastes that you work into scratches and then continually buff out, going less and less gritty until you've polished it back to form. I would image at that scale, a Dremel is your tool of choice.

However, if it's just the glass, maybe the folks that repair iPods also fix the glass on iPhones too. I can't imagine it being very difficult to do if you have the replacement part and tools -- sourcing is harder than the task.

Are looking DIY?


Answer by christopher

Drop by an Apple store for a new lens glass piece (and new glass back) for $30. Techs routinely change the glass that covers the lens when replacing the back glass on iPhone 4/4s.

Answer by hughes

Definitely use a replacement lens. Tangentially, the bionic version of a headlight restoring kit (much better but similar; used to restore small aircraft windshields for example) can be had in a small format retail here https://www.google.com/shopping/product/8274008141707160378?scoring=r&safe=off&q=micromesh&sa=X&ei=r5GwUKjXHMiKiAKCloCwCg&ved=0CHkQ8wIwAA if urls' are a no-no the keyword you want is "micro mesh".

Answer by chunk
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