iPad Screen Replacement Quick Start
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Important: READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STARTING
This guide is suitable for iPad glass digitizer or iPad LCD display and digitizer screen replacement (2 parts) including iPad Air, iPad 7th Gen, iPad 6th Gen, iPad 5th Gen, iPad 4, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 1.
Test the Screen BEFORE closing device
Steps to follow:
- Test after ALL connectors/cables are transfered from old screen to new screen.
- Attach original or new home button and power on your device.
- Test if the image and touch screen (all letters) are working. Run for 10 minutes.
- If failure - clean connectors with 95% alcohol and repeat steps above. Refer to Troubleshooting for more help.
Preparation / Safety Cautions
- Watch a few repair videos and read Quick Start guide before starting. Have a PC or phone to watch video and pause while doing repair. Repair Videos »
- Take your time - Allow 1-2 hours for repair and be patient. Most mistakes are caused by rushing through steps.
- Back up your device via iCloud or iTunes before proceeding
- IMPORTANT: To avoid any damage to hardware, make sure the device is powered off before starting repair.
- IMPORTANT: Must disconnect battery BEFORE removing any cables and DO NOT reconnect until all new cables are
attached. Power during repair can damage device and make iPad not accept new screen.
- We recommend discharge your device battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured during repair.
- Wear safety glass to protect your eyes. Bits of glass can fly up if glass snaps while repairing.
- Heat Gun: Always operate at lowest setting. Heat gun should never get closer than 2 inches to the item being heated. Keep heat moving. Never stay in one spot. Be careful as the nozzle can get very hot.
Additional household items to have on hand:
- Scotch tape
- Hair dryer or heat gun
- Playing card / credit card/ razor blade / Exacto knife or putty knife
- Microfiber cloth
Treat Flex Cables Gently - Very Fragile
- IMPORTANT: Don't bend the flex cables. Plug in or unplug with extreme caution
- Use tools instead of fingers during the installation. Otherwise, it will damage the screen!
- Make sure the flex cables are properly connected with a “clicking” sound. Start at one end of the connector and use a gentle rocking motion while you work your way to the other end.
- The cables are super-sensitive to being just a little out of place. Review how flex cables release and lock and also the correct cable orientation (contacts up and down). When reinstalling new flex cables be sure to inspect connections to insure flex cable is properly seated. Flex cable will be flush with flex cable connector socket when properly seated.
- WARNING - Don’t force the connectors together until they are properly lined up. If a part doesn't fit quite right, don't force it. Take a step back and see if something's out of place such as a loose screw.
- If screen isn’t responding to touch or is only responding in certain areas (i.e. top half of the screen or dead spots) , check to make sure the flex cables are plugged in fully and there is no debris in connectors. Check for dust or debris in between the flex cables and motherboard. Clear it with pressurize air, a brush or an alcohol dipped cloth/q-tip.
- Battery Connector may be held down by light adhesive and solder. If not cautious, it will come off motherboard.
- Motherboard: small surface mount components can be easily damaged if they are nicked by tools. Always take your time and never touch the surface of the motherboard.
Stay Organized - Tiny Screws
- Many screws will be removed and then re-installed. Screws are of different size and length.
Mark each screw in order that you remove and related assembly with a number so that you can recognize them easily.
If you put a screw into the wrong spot, your device could be damaged.
- Keep all pieces organized and numbered and work on a well lit WHITE paper base (like a sheet of paper or paper towel) so that you can see any little pieces that might go missing.
Static Free, Clean Environment
Note: If you have to reinstall the LCD more than once, when you connect the flex cable to the motherboard the second time static will be generated. If you get static lines on display, it will take 30 minutes to clear the static electricity on the screen after reconnected, since it is a capacitive touchscreen.
- Make sure you have a nice clean space to work in with minimal distractions. A room that's not carpeted would be ideal. Make sure to be careful and minimize static electricity which can damage your device.
- 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. Static electricity can cause lines on your screen if not discharged.
- If possible, use latex gloves or work on rubber mat, one designed for anti-static or just a household table place mat.
The screen is held in place by strong glue. Heating the adhesive allows the screen to be separated. Apply heat to the edges, using either a hair dryer or a heat gun. The heat must be directed at the edges of the glass until it starts to loosen. Once the adhesive loosens, slide the plastic prying tool (or playing card/razor blade/ exacto knife) between the top of the glass and the frame of the device. Insert the picks as you go to keep the screen separated. This may take a few attempts so be patient. Do not slide tool too far into screen.
After clearing adhesive, DON'T OPEN all the way. To protect the delicate flex cable, make sure the angle between screen and body is less than 90 degrees.
CAUTION: 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: 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 . Remove any broken glass that may have fallen on LCD using a very soft bristled brush such as a cosmetic brush. You don't want to scratch the LCD.
Transfering Home Hutton
Transfering the home button from original to new screen takes patience. Take your time on this.
1. Make sure you have all the components correct in the home button assembly. Here are typical components and position: Glass, spacer, home button, soft gasket then holding bracket. You can transfer or purchase home button components from the original screen including the gasket or spacer and bracket. Use adhesive to secure bracket which holds home button. If transfering gasket, apply a little heat to loosen so you don't tear.
2. Make sure you're also using the plastic spacer ring. It positions the button at the proper depth and helps prevent the edges of the button from catching under the glass. These are delicate so be careful or they can tear. A new gasket may also help to hold button better.
3. To secure home button, scrape off as much of the old adhesive from the bracket as possible. Then clean the bracket and the glass where the home button bracket sits with acetone or isopropyl alcohol (90% or greater). Apply double-sided adhesive tape, hot-melt glue, or superglue on the bracket to secure it. Some repair professionals use multi-purpose B7000 liquid glue on the left and right hand side edges of the bracket. And let the glue set for 24 hours. IMPORTANT: Make sure the bracket is aligned correctly before allowing adhesive to set or the home button will not click when pressed.
Adhesive and Sealing Screen
- It is best to clean the original 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 flex cables and components) Use an alcohol wipe if you have to clean the rest off.
- 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 and re-open.
The adhesive is pressure-activated. If pre-installed tape, remove the film from the adhesive and place it on the LCD or frame. If you are using separate adhesive tape, stick around all edges of glass. Apply a very SLIGHT pressure to the digitizer for 4-6 hours, to make sure the adhesive remains in contact with 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.
CAUTION: Too much pressure will crack the new screen. DO NOT press the corners or near home button.
Important: remove any protective film on glass (inside/ outside) before sealing.
- Review how to use tools in Repair Tool Kit - here. Note there may be a few tools that do the same thing and a video might use a different one.
The tool kit may include different screwdriver heads and it is important to use the right one as to not strip the screw heads. NEVER over-torque a screw, it can easily damage something else or get stripped and stuck.
- To release screws: Apply pressure on the screw and twist counterclockwise to initally loosen it, then lighten the pressure and continue twisting until the screw is gently released.
- 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
If you have trouble, check out our
iPad Screen Repair Troubleshooting Tips »
Covers common issues and how to resolve