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GoPro 4 Teardown – Button fix – Crack Lens Replacement

Today I’m going to be repairing a GoPro
Hero 4. The top button and the side button do not work. During a wreck, the centrifugal force of the GoPro tumbling messed up the internal components and I’ll show you what
they look like here in a second. But without the top button and the side button, you can’t
record video and you can’t connect it to a phone to see what you’re recording. So
the GoPro is effectively useless and needs to be repaired. So let’s open it up and
bring it back to a working order. Going to slide the battery out of the bottom
and then the face plate pops off of the front housing. There are a few little clasps and
adhesive holding it down to the main frame. Lift it up and set it off to the side. And
remove the button as well; it’s just sitting on top of the little mechanism. There are
four screws holding the internals into the frame. Remove the SD card as well, and then
you can slide the internals out of the back housing. There are two cables along the left
side so be very gentle when you’re pulling it apart. One is for the power, the bottom
one, and then the top one is what controls the shutter button and the settings button
on the side. You can see that the connector that connects the ribbon cable to the motherboard
is just ripped completely off the board and this is what happened when the GoPro was taking
a tumble. So let’s swap out this main board. There is one screw on the back, two screws
on the front that we’re going to remove. And then we’re going to disconnect the power
button and LCD ribbon from the back of the motherboard. Slide that out of the little
slot. Then there are four screws on the back of the sensor and the little Lego-like connection
that holds it to the motherboard. Remove that and then the front lens will just pop off
from the motherboard. You can see here that I have two broken GoPros: the number 3 and
the number 7; I’ve labeled them myself. And the top latch is broken from the number
3 GoPro so we’re just going to swap the motherboards. Take the motherboard from the
number 7 GoPro and put it into the housing from GoPro number 3. Going to remove the broken
latch from the ribbon cable here, then I can plug the power into the working motherboard
and plug the ribbon cable into the working latch on the good motherboard that’s not
damaged. Lock it into place with the little latch and then stick the black tape on top
so it doesn’t come loose again. And then slide the lens into the motherboard. Now this
is good information to have because if you have two broken GoPros you can Frankenstein
them together into one working one. Or you can buy broken GoPros locally off your local
Craig’s List or EBay and splice them together and make a little bit of cash. I’m going
to take the sensor, put those four screws into place, and then use the Lego connection
to get it back on the motherboard. There are two screws on the front of the housing and
one screw on the rear. You can also buy replacement LCDs and lenses; basically everything on this
GoPro camera is modular which is very very convenient for repair guys like myself. I’m
going to plug in the LCD ribbon cable into the back of the motherboard and latch it down.
Make sure to put that tape into place as well because these GoPros are dropped fairly regularly
and you don’t want that to come loose. Once it’s down to the housing you can take the
battery and plug that back into place. Turn the GoPro on and it looks like the shutter
button is reacting. I’m going to put an SD card into the side and double check. And
it looks like that solved our problem. That broken connector on the old motherboard was
the issue. It was not receiving signal from the top and side buttons, but now that we’ve
swapped the motherboard from the GoPro number 7 into the GoPro number 3 housing, everything
is working. Just for reference, the GoPro number 7 was not working either. It had problems
with the power transfer from the battery to the motherboard. But that was part of the
housing, and now we have a working GoPro so it’s worth it. Make sure that power button
is situated in the correct spot so it lines up with the housing. And then latch the front
face plate into place. I will link whatever replacement parts that I can find down in
the video description right below this video. If you have any questions leave them in the
comments, and as always, thanks a ton for watching. All of the behind the scenes stuff
can be found on my Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram. I’m most active on Twitter and Instagram.
Thanks for watching.

50 thoughts on “GoPro 4 Teardown – Button fix – Crack Lens Replacement

  1. I am from India, and I own a Xiaomi Mi5. Accidentally I dropped it in water and after that Display has lost its colours, it has become dull. Service Centre is charging me 150 USD which is very expensive. I can purchase the replacement display for 50-60 USD from local Market but I DONT KNOW HOW TO FIX IT ! NEED HELP !

  2. As i watched this video i thought how cool would it be if you would do a scratch and burn test on the gopro hero 4

  3. What was wrong with the #7? Why couldn't you just use that one?

    EDIT nevermind I didn't watch it through :)))) Great video as always though!

  4. What if the camera sensors in phones were as big as the one in this GoPro? I don't know much about that and I'm sure it would be hard to fit a camera that size in a phone, but how would that affect the quality, would it improve drastically over what we have now?

  5. How do you know how to take apart everything? You're so good at it and seem to do it so flawlessly. Are there guides or do you tear it down before and then do it a second time?

    Another great video. Keep it up!

  6. hi man i have a gitup git2 that its to similar to gopro, my shutter doesnt work and i need to replace it, do you know where i can find that button?

  7. my go pro have exactly the same problem as yours, Do you think that I can send it to you so you can fix it to me and you tell me the price of the replacement parts?

  8. Do you know what would cause a hero 4 black to freeze?.. It's literally a paper weight now.. As the freezing happens right off the bat when you turn on the gopro.. Apparently it happens to a lot of gopros.. Any advice?

  9. Thanks! I just fixed my screen from another tutorial and broke my shutter button in the process, I fixed it following your tutorial. Thanks again.

  10. My mode button is also not working, but unfortunately I don’t have another broken GoPro to replace it with.
    What’s the part called you replaced? I’m trying to find the part online

  11. Hi, I have a GoPro Black 4 which I just used your tear down procedures to dismantle mine to inspect the lens. Great vid! Thanks. The lens happens to be perfectly clear however, it is still shooting "Foggy" video footage. Any ideas as to what might be causing the fogginess? I initially thought it was fungus in the lens but have exhausted that as a cause now. Eager to hear what you think. Thanks in advance.

  12. Hi Jerry, Great video. I'm working on a Hero 4 black. Is the shutter switch part of the rear housing? While working on mine, one of the battery wires came off at the battery box. It would be hard to repair without removing it. I removed the two screws that look like they hold the shutter switch assy to the box. Is that removable and how?


  13. i had to change the display of my gopro but all replacement displays come without the wake/sleep button. do you have a link for me were i can find it ? the old one is broken

  14. Thank you for this excellent video. I bought a broken GoPro Hero 4 Black, that would freeze up. I ordered an Image Sensor, but when I when to install, I pulled out the shutter connection. There are not too many components so could have done it on my own but your video took any stress out of the procedure …. and most likely halved my time. I subscribed and look forward to watching more of your videos.

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