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How to replace the screen on an iPad 2 and the new iPad 3

Posted by | July 17, 2012 .

A cracked screen is very common on an iPad. Here is detailed instructions to help you replace the cracked screen by yourself.

What you will need in order to complete the process:

  • Replacement digitizer
  • Hair Dryer or heat gun
  • iPad opening tool
  • Replacement iPad adhesive kit
  • #00 Phillips Screwdriver
  • Metal Spudgers
  • 4-6 pry tools

    Now lets get started

    Step 1:Power off the iPad

    Step 2: Use precaution with sensitive parts
    Take extreme caution to the sensitive areas of the iPad, this includes the cellular antenna, the WiFi antenna, and the digitizer cable.

    The cellular antenna is located on the top of the screen, it runs along both sides of the front facing camera. Be very careful when removing the glass as it will get attached to the adhesive causing you to damage it. Use the pry tool to hold it down when removing the cracked screen.

    The WiFi antenna is located along the bottom of the iPad directly to the right of the home button. Take the same precaution as you did with the cellular antenna as the WiFi antenna can also get stuck to the adhesive when you remove the cracked screen.

    The Digitizer cable is located at the bottom left corner of the iPad, even though you will be replacing it you still need to take precaution and not to push too hard. Pressing real hard on the digitizer cable will cause it to push into the LCD and damage it.

    Step 3: Remove the cracked screen

    – This is the most difficult part of the process, the screen is held on with nothing but adhesive. You will have to heat it up with the heat gun in order to soften the adhesive. After the adhesive is soft, slowly remove the screen with the iPad opening tool. Make sure you take your time with this step.
    – Use your iPad opening tool and carefully insert it in between the digitizer and the plastic frame right below where the digitizer cable should be. If it does not want to slide in easily, heat up the adhesive some more.
    – Once the pry tool is inserted, rock it back and forth to break the adhesive bond around it, there is also a foam adhesive that runs around the LCD, you will need to separate that as well.
    – When you have a small section free, slip the plastic pry tool underneath to hold it up. Continue to work your way around the entire display. This is a tedious process, take your time and don’t be too rough…You will break one of the sensitive parts!!
    – Once you have gotten the adhesive separated all the way around, you can pry up the digitizer.
    – Carefully lift up the right side of the digitizer so it can be swung to the left of the iPad.
    – When the digitizer is completely separated from the frame you can cut the digitizer cable and remove it from the iPad. (Don’t throw it away right now)

    Step 4: Remove the LCD assembly

    – Remove the 4 screws on each corner of the LCD with the #00 phillips screwdriver
    – Use the pry tool hold the LCD along the right side and gently lift it up, be careful as the cable is still attached
    – Now with the LCD lifted up, use the pry tool to peel back the tape that is holding the LCD cable in place.
    – Use the pry tool to lift up the clasp that is holding the cable in place and easily pull the LCD cable out of the socket
    – Place the LCD in a safe place

    Step 5: Remove the remains of the old digitizer cable

    – Remove the tape that is holding the old digitizer cable in place, pop up the 2 clasps with the pry tool and slowly back the cable out of the socket carefully not doing damage to the clasp.
    – You can throw away the old end of the digitizer cable

    Step 6: Clean the frame of the iPad

    – You will need to clean out the excess glass and adhesive in the frame. Make sure you remove all of it before placing it in the new assembly. It is easier to use the heat gun and soften up the left over adhesive in order to remove it.

    Step 7: Preparing the new assembly

    – This step is only to be performed on digitizer assemblies that DID NOT come with the home button, if it did.. skip to step 8
    – Use the pry tool to remove the following items off the old digitizer, home button bracket, home button, and camera hold

    Step 8: Place the home button on the new assembly

    – Place the home button on the new assembly and use the edge of the frame to make sure it is lined up correctly and straight
    – Once you’ve gotten the new Home button lined up correctly, flip it over to make sure that it’s straight in the frame. If it’s not, adjust it accordingly.
    – Make sure the adhesive is pressed down all the way so it doesn’t come loose.
    – Now place the Home button bracket on top of the Home button adding more adhesive if you need to
    – Make sure the bracket is lined up straight and directly over the home button. Press down firmly
    – Flip over the assembly, press the home button. If the button depresses normally then you have it on correctly

    Step 9: Attach the new digitizer assembly

    – Once you’ve gotten the new assembly ready to go we can attach it to the iPad.
    – Carefully insert the two ends of the digitizer cable into the socket you removed the old one from.
    – Most replacement cables will have white lines on each side. Make sure the digitizer cable is pushed in to or a little past the white lines or the touch screen may not fully respond.
    – Once you’re sure the cable is pushed in all the way you can use your pry tool to snap back down the clips that hold it in place.
    – Now replace the piece of protective tape that you removed from the old cable.
    – Place the digitizer cable all the way into place noting that the bottom portion will tuck under the frame a bit. You may have to push it under with your pry tool.

    Step 10: Replace the LCD assembly

    – Just like you attached the digitizer assembly, carefully re-attach the LCD assembly in the same way.
    – Make sure the cable is pushed all the way in. Once it is, fasten the clip that holds it into place and replace the tape over the socket.
    – Lay the LCD into place carefully and replace the 4 screws around the edge of the LCD.

    Step 11: Test out the digitizer assembly

    – Before peeling off the back of the new adhesive, test out the assembly making sure it works
    – Flip over the digitizer and power on the iPad. Make sure you can slide to unlock it. flip through a few of the pages on the home screen
    – If everything looks good, power off the iPad again

    Step 12: Remove the adhesive and installing the new digitizer

    – Pull the backing off all the adhesive taking care around the digitizer cable and making sure that the cable doesn’t get stuck.
    – Carefully flip the digitizer into place making sure that you are lining up the frame at the top and the bottom. Pay specific attention around the front-facing camera and by the bottom around the Home button. Test the Home button and make sure it depresses ok and look at the front-facing camera to make sure it’s lined up correctly.
    – Continue working your way around the frame gently pushing it into place.
    – The bottom left corner where the digitizer cable sits may need a bit of extra pressure to make sure it secures over the cable.
    – Once you’re satisfied with how the digitizer is sitting, pull out your heat gun and gently heat around the frame one last time.
    – Use a cleaning cloth so you don’t burn your fingers and slowly work your way around the frame applying even pressure in each section to secure the digitizer to the frame. I’d recommend heating up small portions at a time and holding each section down for 30 seconds until you’ve made your way around the entire iPad.

    Thats it, you’re done

    Disclaimer: As with any repair, The iPhone Addict is NOT to be held responsible for any damage you may do to your device. It’s also worth considering that opening up your device to perform any repair or modification can and will void your Apple warranty. If you don’t feel comfortable opening your device, don’t. Use extreme care and caution when performing a repair on any device.

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