I know I know, The droid incredible has a pretty sweet camera, and you are prob. thinking why would i ever want to remove it? Well i work for the DOD and they have a strict policy against camera phones. I took apart my phone the other night and took a look at the camera, it appears to be soldered down.
Does anyone know if the camera can be removed?
Will this effect how the phone functions, minus the obvious lack of camera?
To any Verizon people, can you order a Droid Incredible without the phone?
- 05-03-2010, 03:14 PM #2
I pried on mine a little bit and it almost looks like it might just pop off. I'm not taking it any further than that though. Usually you need to remove all the screws and then pull it off. You would be left with holes in your battery cover.
I doubt it would affect the phones ability to function, but who knows until you actually do it.
No there is not a non camera version.
Ok this is for all of you government employees that need to remove your camera: This was very easy and only takes about two min. to do.
1) Remove the back cover of the phone
2) Take out the battery and remove the SD card
3) Remove the 4 screws located in each corner
4) Carefully unsnap the front face from the back ( work your way around the phone doing one at a time)
5) Puch in the black tab sticking out of the camera housing.
6) Pull off the metal housing and remove camera.
The camera just sits down in a socket, there are not wires to unhook or anything to crazy, it just pulls out.
7) Replace the metal housing
8) Snap phone back together
9) Replace screws battery , SD card and battery cover and your finished
I have had mine out for a day and have not noticed any difference to the operation of my phone.
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- 05-07-2010, 09:14 AM #7
Just a dumb thought here, but some of our customers here at work require phones without cameras on their site. I don't go offsite much so this isn't an issue for me. However, if I do go to a customer site and I need my phone (ie can't leave it in the car or guardhouse), they put a sticker on it over the camera. If you remove the sticker it says "void" or something like that on phone, so its a way for them to tell when you leave if you've done something you shouldn't.
I wonder if that would be an option for you guys. Food for thought.
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Just followed the directions that the OP provided, and used the following Youtube video for video clarification on the first part of disassembly...
It worked GREAT! I did this to a BB Storm a few yars ago, and the Dinc was sooo much easier to work with. Great writeup!
- 11-08-2010, 01:07 PM #19
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Now all security has to do is check for any camera lenses and your good to go. (That way they know you wont put it back on later while at work.)
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Re: Camera Removal?
Security likes to see Epoxy in place of the lense. They will push on it and try to remove it as some try to get away with covering the lense to get it signed off, but later removing it to still have a camera.
My question is what about the front facing camera?
I love the Droid Incredible, just hate going back and forth between phones for work. But I'm about to go to the iPhone cause I know there are companies out there who can remove both cameras. I'm just not an Apple fan, but love having my smartphone on me. Plus it plays music... Makes long days go by a little faster.