iPad Glass Screen Quick Start
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Set up / Preparation
- Watch a few repair videos on YouTube prior to starting repair. Videos »
- Have a PC or another device to watch video while doing repair
- Review what tools are included and how to use in tool kit - includes different screwdriver heads and it is important to use the right one as to not strip the screw heads.
- Back up your device via iCloud or iTunes before proceeding
- Confirm the device is powered off before starting AND disconnect your battery after it is open (with all of the original hardware still connected).
- Stay organized - Many screws will be removed and then re-installed when replacing the screen. These screws are of different size and length.
Mark each screw and related assemble with number so that you can recognize them easily. If you put a screw into a wrong place, your phone could be damage.
- Keep all pieces organized and numbered and work on a well lit white paper base so that you can see any little pieces that might go missing.
- Take your time - Allow 1-2 hours for repair and be patient. Most mistakes are caused by rushing through steps.
- Static Free, Clean Environment - Make sure to be careful and minimize static electricity which can damage your device.
Use a rubber mat - one designed for anti-static or just a household table place mat.
- Use proper grounding techniques such as wearing an anti-static wrist strap (available in our store) or touch a steel table leg to discharge any static before starting work on anything.
Have a nice clean space to work in with minimal distractions. A room that's not carpeted would be ideal.
Here are additional household items that can help to have on hand.
- Scotch tape
- Hair dryer or heat gun
- Putty knife
- Microfiber cloth
- Magnifying glass to view tiny screws
Preparing the Device for Repair
Take precautions to prevent the broken glass from shattering when the old screen is removed. Apply Scotch tape over the broken glass can help to hold the shards together when the glass is removed.
Loosening the iPad Glass Digitizer and Opening
The glass digitizer screen is held in place by strong glue. Apply heat to the glass, using either a hair dryer or a heat gun, to melt the adhesive so that the glass can be removed. The heat must be directed at the edges of the glass until it starts to loosen. Once the adhesive loosens, slide the opening tool between the top of the glass and the frame of the device. Next, take a putty knife or the opening tool and slide it into the gap that the opening tool opens up. When the glue has sufficiently softened by the heat, the opener will easily slide from the top of the phone to the bottom, separating the glass screen from the LCD. Insert the picks as you go to keep the screen separated. This may take a few attempts so be patient.
Tip: Do not force or pry your screen apart. Heating the adhesive allows the screen to be separated. Using extreme force to pry the screen off can damage LCD and digitizer.
CAUTION: Before opening the iPad, be aware that the home button flex cable is attached to the home button bracket. Be careful as you open to not tear this delicate cable.
CAUTION: With a badly damaged digitizer, peices of glass may have fallen onto the LCD.
Remove the glass using a very soft bristled brush such as a cosmetic brush. You don't want to scratch the LCD.
Cleaning and Preparing the LCD
Properly clean the previous adhesive from the housing. You can use IPA or Acetone to soften up the adhesive, and then scrape away most of it with a flat tool like a putty knife (be careful of the inner flexes and components). Use a solvent/alcohol wipe (included in some kits) to clean the rest off.
Treat Flex Cables Gently - Very Fragile
- Use tools instead of your finger during the installation. Otherwise, it will damage the screen!
- Check for any dust or debris in between the flex cables and motherboard. Clear it with a brush or an alcohol dipped cloth.
- IMPORTANT: Don't bend the flex cables.
- Review just how flex cables release and lock and also the correct cable orientation (gold contacts up and down). When reinstalling new flex cables be sure to inspect connections to assure flex cable is properly seated (white line) on flex cable will be flush with flex cable connector socket when properly seated. Remember to push the flex cable lock back down to secure cable in connector.
Make sure the flex cables are properly sitting within the device, as even the tiniest amount of pressure will eventually cause the adhesive to let go of the glass digitizer.
After Repair - Check Functions
Before completing repair and closing up device, test all functions by powering it on and checking the following:
- Power button
- Mute switch
Display and Light
Camera - Front and Rear
WiFi and Cell signal
Fitting the New Glass Screen with Adhesive
Finally, on the new glass digitizer, remove the film from the pre-installed adhesive tape around the edges and place it on the LCD. If you are using separate adhesive tape, just stick around edges of glass. The adhesive on the glass digitizer is pressure-activated so you need to apply a SLIGHT pressure to the digitizer for 4-6 hours, to make sure the adhesive remains in contact with the frame of the iPad while it is drying/curing. You can place your iPad face down on a towel and put a 3" thick textbook/phone book on it.IMPORTANT: Too much pressure will crack the new screen.
- Premium Phillips Screwdriver #000 - + point used to remove cross screws which secure various metal brackets and inside components.
- Nylon Wedge Black Spudger - 5" black tool is made of nylon and has one flat end and one pointed end. Used to open clips and remove components without damage.
- Metal Tip Tweezers - used to remove some of the small parts inside of the device including front camera ring and the proximity sensor bracket.
- Easy Opening Tool - to remove housing from frame (rectangle tool)
- (4) Pry Picks - shaped like a triangle, used for opening iPad screen
- Alcohol Swab Pads - to remove adhesive from edge of screen
- Cleaning Cloth