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Use this guide to replace the liquid crystal display (LCD) in your iPad 9. Unlike newer iPads and most phones, the glass digitizer and LCD on the iPad 9 are not fused together.

Note: this guide is for the Wi-Fi version only. For the LTE version, click here.

For your safety, discharge the battery below 25% before disassembling your iPad. This reduces the risk of fire if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

Be very careful when you isolate the battery using a battery blocker. The battery contacts are easily damaged, resulting in irreversible damage. If you choose to complete the guide without isolating the battery, avoid using metal tools except when completely necessary (like when removing screws) to prevent shorting the battery and damaging sensitive circuit components.

Some photos in this guide are from a different model and may contain slight visual discrepancies, but they won't affect the guide procedure.

  1. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Heat the left edge: Schritt 1, Bild 1 von 1
    • Be sure to power off your iPad before you begin your repair.

    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the left edge of the iPad for two minutes.

  2. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Screen removal information: Schritt 2, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Screen removal information: Schritt 2, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Screen removal information: Schritt 2, Bild 3 von 3
    • While you're waiting for the adhesive to loosen, note the following areas that are sensitive to prying:

    • Front camera

    • Antennas

    • Display cables

    • Ambient light sensors

  3. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Insert an opening pick: Schritt 3, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Insert an opening pick: Schritt 3, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Insert an opening pick: Schritt 3, Bild 3 von 3
    • If your display is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

    • Once the screen is warm to touch, apply a suction handle to the left edge of the screen and as close to the edge as possible.

    • Lift the screen with the suction handle to create a small gap between the digitizer and the frame.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap between the digitizer and the frame.

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    • Insert a second opening pick into the gap you just created.

    • Slide the pick toward the bottom-left corner of the iPad to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick in the bottom-left corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

    • Don't worry if you can see the opening pick through the digitizer—just pull the pick out. The LCD screen shouldn't be damaged, but you risk leaving behind hard-to-clean adhesive.

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    • If the opening pick gets stuck in the adhesive, "roll" the pick along the side of the iPad to continue separating the adhesive.

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    • Slide the first opening pick towards to top-left corner of the iPad to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick in the top-left corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  7. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Heat the top edge: Schritt 7, Bild 1 von 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the iPad for two minutes.

  8. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the top left adhesive: Schritt 8, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the top left adhesive: Schritt 8, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the top left adhesive: Schritt 8, Bild 3 von 3
    • Rotate the pick around the top-left corner of the iPad to separate the adhesive.

  9. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: Schritt 9, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: Schritt 9, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: Schritt 9, Bild 3 von 3
    • Slide the opening pick along the top edge of the iPad, stopping just before you reach the front camera.

    • Avoid sliding the pick over the front camera, as you may damage the lens. The following steps will show how to prevent this.

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    • Pull the pick out until only the tip is between the digitizer and the frame.

    • Slide the pick above the front camera to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick near the right side of the front camera before continuing.

  11. iPad 9 LCD Replacement: Schritt 11, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement: Schritt 11, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement: Schritt 11, Bild 3 von 3
    • Re-insert the pick and slide it towards the top-right corner of the iPad to completely separate the top adhesive.

    • Leave the pick in the top-right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  12. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Heat the right edge: Schritt 12, Bild 1 von 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the iPad for two minutes.

  13. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the top right adhesive: Schritt 13, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the top right adhesive: Schritt 13, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the top right adhesive: Schritt 13, Bild 3 von 3
    • Rotate the pick around the top-right corner of the iPad to separate the adhesive.

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    • Insert a new opening pick and slide it to the middle of the iPad's right edge.

    • The display cables are located approximately halfway from the bottom of the iPad. Stop sliding once you reach X" from the bottom of the iPad.

  15. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Heat the bottom edge: Schritt 15, Bild 1 von 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the bottom edge of the iPad for two minutes.

  16. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the bottom left adhesive: Schritt 16, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the bottom left adhesive: Schritt 16, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the bottom left adhesive: Schritt 16, Bild 3 von 3
    • Slide the bottom-left pick to the bottom-left corner to separate the adhesive.

    • Don't fully rotate the pick around the corner, as you may damage the antenna.

    • The third image shows the bottom-left antenna underneath the digitizer.

    • Leave the pick in the corner before moving to the next step.

  17. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: Schritt 17, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: Schritt 17, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: Schritt 17, Bild 3 von 3
    • Insert a new opening pick into the gap you just created on the bottom edge of the iPad.

    • Slide the pick over the antenna, stopping just before the home button.

    • Only slide the pick towards the home button and not away from it, as you may damage the antenna.

    • If you need to slide the pick over this section again, remove and re-insert it at the bottom-left corner.

    • Leave the pick to the left of the home button before continuing.

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    • Insert an opening pick into the gap you just created.

    • Slide the pick underneath the home button and towards the bottom-right corner, making sure only the tip is between the digitizer and the frame.

  19. iPad 9 LCD Replacement: Schritt 19, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement: Schritt 19, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement: Schritt 19, Bild 3 von 3
    • Re-insert the pick and slide it towards the home button to completely separate the bottom adhesive.

    • Only slide the pick towards the home button and not away from it, as you may damage the antenna.

    • If you need to slide the pick over this section again, remove and re-insert it at the bottom-right corner.

    • Leave the pick to the right of the home button before continuing.

  20. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Heat the right edge: Schritt 20, Bild 1 von 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the iPad for two minutes.

  21. iPad 9 LCD Replacement: Schritt 21, Bild 1 von 2 iPad 9 LCD Replacement: Schritt 21, Bild 2 von 2
    • Be very careful with this step. Take your time, ensure the adhesive is hot and soft, and make sure you separated all of the adhesive with a pick. Don't be afraid to stop and reheat.

    • Twist the two opening picks on the left corners of the iPad to lift the digitizer slightly, separating the the last of the adhesive in the process.

    • If there's a significant amount of resistance, reheat the edges and work along them with an opening pick.

  22. iPad 9 LCD Replacement: Schritt 22, Bild 1 von 2 iPad 9 LCD Replacement: Schritt 22, Bild 2 von 2
    • Lift the left edge of the digitizer upwards to further separate the adhesive along the right edge of the iPad.

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    • Once all of the adhesive has been separated, open the digitizer like a book and rest it parallel to the iPad.

    • During reassembly, clean the remaining adhesive from the frame—and the digitizer if you're re-using it—with isopropyl alcohol. Replace the adhesive with our adhesive strips or pre-cut adhesive cards.

    • Be mindful of the display cables when reassembling the iPad. Make sure they are folded properly underneath the LCD screen to prevent any damage.

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four 4.2 mm-long screws securing the LCD to the frame.

    • Remove any tape obscuring the LCD screws.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your iPad.

  25. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Flip the LCD over: Schritt 26, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Flip the LCD over: Schritt 26, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Flip the LCD over: Schritt 26, Bild 3 von 3
    • Don't attempt to fully remove the LCD during this step, as it's still connected by several cables at the home button end.

    • Only lift the LCD from the front-facing camera end.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the LCD out of its recess just enough to grab it with your fingers.

    • Flip the iPad LCD like a page in a book, lifting near the camera and turning it over the home button end of the frame.

    • Lay the LCD down onto a clean, soft, lint-free surface to allow access to the display cables.

  26. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: Schritt 27, Bild 1 von 2 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: Schritt 27, Bild 2 von 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 2.3 mm-long screw securing the battery connector to the logic board.

  27. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Battery connector information: Schritt 28, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Battery connector information: Schritt 28, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Battery connector information: Schritt 28, Bild 3 von 3
    • These photos show what the battery connector looks like underneath the logic board. Use these photos as a reference while you safely disconnect the battery.

    • Notice that the battery connector has cantilever springs on the logic board that press against the battery contact pads. Since both the logic board and battery are glued down, you'll need to slide something thin and flexible between the contact points to disconnect the battery.

  28. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: Schritt 29, Bild 1 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: Schritt 29, Bild 2 von 3 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: Schritt 29, Bild 3 von 3
    • Be careful when you isolate the battery using a battery blocker. The battery contacts are easily bent or broken, resulting in irreversible damage.

    • Ensure that the iFixit logo on the battery blocker is facing up.

    • Slide the battery blocker underneath the logic board's battery connector at a 35 degree angle.

    • Don't push the battery blocker underneath the connector with excessive force. If you're having trouble fitting the battery blocker underneath the logic board, you can try using a playing card to disconnect the battery instead.

    • The battery blocker or playing card ideally should slide under the logic board without encountering any blockages. After insertion, it should rest at about a 15 degree angle.

    • Leave the battery blocker in place as you work.

  29. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Unfasten the display cable bracket: Schritt 30, Bild 1 von 2 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Unfasten the display cable bracket: Schritt 30, Bild 2 von 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three 1.4 mm-long screws securing the display cable bracket.

  30. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: Schritt 31, Bild 1 von 2 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: Schritt 31, Bild 2 von 2
    • Remove the display cable bracket.

  31. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the LCD: Schritt 32, Bild 1 von 2 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the LCD: Schritt 32, Bild 2 von 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the LCD cable press connector.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  32. iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Remove the LCD: Schritt 33, Bild 1 von 2 iPad 9 LCD Replacement, Remove the LCD: Schritt 33, Bild 2 von 2
    • Remove the LCD completely and rest it face down on a clean, soft, lint-free surface.

Abschluss

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our iPad 9 Answers community for help.

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I love you guys and what you do here, but this is not an iPad 9 in your photos. Although there are similarities with the 7th and 8th Gen, there are also some minor differences between those and the 9th gen. The front camera retention bracket (which is why I wanted to view this tear down. The replacement screen I was sent from a different vendor (not from ifixit, I'll clarify) as a 9th gen did not have the proper orientation of the camera retention bracket, nor the openings for the dual ambient light sensors. The adhesive cutout is also different on the 9th gen to accommodate these things) is not the same as the 7th and 8th gen. As a matter of fact, many part suppliers are selling 7th gen screens as compatible with 9th gen iPads. The connectors may be the same, but the location of the ambient light sensors as well as the camera retention bracket and home button flex hold down are NOT the same. I know for the basic repair technique they are similar, but there does seem to be some confusion in the industry about these minor (but important) differences.

Chad McCollister - Antwort

Hi Chad!

Thanks for your response and feedback. Yes, you're right—the top half of the iPad 9 is quite different from previous generations. This is actually why we haven't posted any guides for the front-facing camera or other top components—we're currently writing the specific guides! This guide is specifically for replacing the LCD panel. We decided to use existing content because the procedure is the same, and the new changes shouldn't affect the LCD replacement procedure.

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