Replace camera glass on LG V30

They're not just for making phone calls anymore. But they sometimes need repairing.
kevm14
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Re: Replace camera glass on LG V30

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I did end up buying that cover on Amazon. I got the full part that included the power button with integrated finger print reader and camera lens cover. Don't want to have to transpose anything or otherwise piecemeal this install. $27.81 with tax.

And I just completed the rear cover replacement.

It took a bit of effort to crack the seal and ultimately I did use a utility blade but after that I was able to work around it with plastic stuff while applying heat (aimed for about 200F with temp gun checks) which would have been way easier with another set of hands. But I did get it off. It cracked quite a bit more but so what.

Also notice the date - Sept 2017. So the phone is actually over 3 years old. I got it in Jan 2019 (for $220) so approaching 2 years of ownership.
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I also removed all the old glue, which was in some weird places. But I simply looked at the old and new covers to figure out where the glue was going to be and removed it. Some areas were not obvious (like not around the perimeter). I also caught that there is a little pad right under the power button. It stayed with the phone so if I put the new cover on, it would have had a double pad and possibly bulged a little. Some Amazon reviews mentioned bulging and most likely they just didn't pay close enough attention to preparing the phone body by removing all the old stuff. Fitment seems perfect. The power button works the same as before, and the finger print reader works the same, too. I cleaned the cameras, and also the back side of the new lens covers.

Oddly this is now a "Verizon" phone but that's not really a problem. I suppose it could make resale a little tricky but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it, and that's if I even decide to sell it.
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These last pics are actually from my phone. Nice and clear again.
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It is my hope that the new cover with adhesive with "factory" installed power button and lens cover assembly will finally rid this phone of the chronic lens cover lint issue that has plagued it pretty much since day 1. That would sure be nice. And now that the cover is new it no longer looks all smashed.

I guess the goal is just to run it until it is no longer sufficient (or until something breaks that I can't/won't fix). I was sort of coveting Adam's V40 at lunch but I'll stick with my V30 for now. The camera is really pretty decent when not covered in lint.
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Re: Replace camera glass on LG V30

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It just occurred to me: this might actually be waterproof now. Probably not going to test it....
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Re: Replace camera glass on LG V30

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So almost 2 months later and there is still no sign of dust on the inside. My only real complaint is that I think the optical quality of the outer lens is maybe not as good as OEM so I do see some blurring on the edges of wide angle shots. I guess it's possible it did that stock but not going to worry too much about it. I'll have to check back around month 3 and if it's still good probably declare victory FINALLY.
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Re: Replace camera glass on LG V30

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So at the 4-1/2 month mark I can report NO lint inside the camera. This was in fact my issue. Problem is, I should have replaced the damn battery while I was in there because it's getting pretty weak these days. Sigh. May just tough it out and move to another phone when it gets below some threshold of usefulness. Otherwise the phone actually works well still. The headphone jack still collects lint and needs to be cleaned out every once in a while. It also glitches when I connect it in my cars and sometimes triggers the google assistant, skips tracks and does weird stuff. Good news: it's extremely unlikely that my next phone will have a headphone jack anyway....so I'll have to buy those Bluetooth receiver modules for all of my cars. That will be annoying but I guess more convenient. Maybe I can find something that does better than basic 15 year old A2DP streams.
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Re: Replace camera glass on LG V30

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I found something. Actually I remember seeing this linked from the E55 forum.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078J3GTRK/re ... 744HR0S739

BT 5.0 with aptX HD streams. Basically as good as it gets for BT audio streaming.

Should arrive today. If this is as good as I hope I might order a few more. I could put one in each car, one for the home stereo that I never use and one for the garage audio that I DO use all the time. Nice.
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Re: Replace camera glass on LG V30

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I love this thing. Highly recommended if you have persistent analog connections that you make (in the car or something like my garage audio which is similarly annoying). I ordered a second one for the garage in fact.
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