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iPad Wi-Fi Display Frame Replacement

Use this guide to replace a broken display frame. To replace a broken glass panel, use our front panel assembly guide.

Schritt 1 Display Frame  ¶ 

In the following steps you will use a heat gun to soften the adhesive securing the black plastic frame to the front glass. Do not allow the stream of hot air to contact the thin rubber strip around the outer perimeter of the front glass as it may melt, permanently deform, and lose texture.

Schritt 1 Display Frame  ¶ 

  • In the following steps you will use a heat gun to soften the adhesive securing the black plastic frame to the front glass. Do not allow the stream of hot air to contact the thin rubber strip around the outer perimeter of the front glass as it may melt, permanently deform, and lose texture.

  • Use a heat gun to gently heat the plastic display frame near the home button from the inner side of the front glass panel.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

When the adhesive has been adequately heated, use the edge of a plastic opening tool to gently pry the plastic display frame away from the front glass panel. Run your tool under the plastic display frame to separate it from the front glass near the home button area.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

  • When the adhesive has been adequately heated, use the edge of a plastic opening tool to gently pry the plastic display frame away from the front glass panel.

  • Run your tool under the plastic display frame to separate it from the front glass near the home button area.

  • If the panel does not separate from the frame, reheat the area you are working on and try again. The adhesive must reach a certain temperature before it will yield, and reaching that point may require reheating the area several times. Once the adhesive has reached the right temperature, it should be fairly easy to run a plastic opening tool under the frame to separate it from the front glass panel.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

Heat the lower right corner (as viewed from the front of the iPad) of the plastic display frame to soften the adhesive securing it to the front glass panel. Use your plastic opening tool to continue to pry the plastic frame away from the front glass panel, being careful not to damage the rubber strip around the glass panel's perimeter.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

  • Heat the lower right corner (as viewed from the front of the iPad) of the plastic display frame to soften the adhesive securing it to the front glass panel.

  • Use your plastic opening tool to continue to pry the plastic frame away from the front glass panel, being careful not to damage the rubber strip around the glass panel's perimeter.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

Continue to heat and pry the plastic display bracket along the lower half of its right edge until it is freed from the front glass panel.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

  • Continue to heat and pry the plastic display bracket along the lower half of its right edge until it is freed from the front glass panel.

  • Near the top right edge of the panel (as viewed from the front of the iPad), the frame is secured to the front glass panel by rubber between the two pieces. Use the following procedure to separate this section.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

Lightly heat the rubber connection area. Use a plastic opening tool to separate the plastic display frame from the front glass panel enough to access the rubber area.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

  • Lightly heat the rubber connection area. Use a plastic opening tool to separate the plastic display frame from the front glass panel enough to access the rubber area.

  • While holding the display frame away from the front glass, use a razor blade to carefully cut through the many rubber "dots" attaching the frame to the front panel.

  • The razor blade may scratch the black painted border off the inside of the glass panel. If you are reusing your front glass panel, try not to scratch the glass while cutting. Also, to prevent cosmetic damage, avoid cutting through the outer rubber strip.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

Continue to heat and pry the top edge of the frame until it separates from the glass panel.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

  • Continue to heat and pry the top edge of the frame until it separates from the glass panel.

  • Due to the heavy construction of the display frame's top edge, it may be helpful to use the flat end of a normal spudger to pry it away from the front glass panel.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

To separate the ribbon cable side of the display bracket, begin by heating near the lower left corner of the panel (as viewed from the front of the iPad). Carefully separate the lower edge of the ribbon cable side of the frame until you reach another area where rubber connects the frame to the glass panel. Repeat the process outlined in previous steps to cut through the rubber "dots" connecting the two pieces.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

  • To separate the ribbon cable side of the display bracket, begin by heating near the lower left corner of the panel (as viewed from the front of the iPad).

  • Carefully separate the lower edge of the ribbon cable side of the frame until you reach another area where rubber connects the frame to the glass panel.

  • Repeat the process outlined in previous steps to cut through the rubber "dots" connecting the two pieces.

  • Be careful when separating this side, as there is fragile ribbon running beneath the frame.

Schritt 8  ¶ 

In this step, you will heat and remove the plastic frame near the digitizer cable. Do not directly heat this ribbon cable, as it is extremely thin and sensitive to heat. Use a heat gun to soften the adhesive next to both sides of the digitizer cable, being careful not to melt the cable.

Schritt 8  ¶ 

  • In this step, you will heat and remove the plastic frame near the digitizer cable. Do not directly heat this ribbon cable, as it is extremely thin and sensitive to heat.

  • Use a heat gun to soften the adhesive next to both sides of the digitizer cable, being careful not to melt the cable.

  • Pry the final section of the plastic display frame away from the front glass.

Schritt 9  ¶ 

Remove the display frame from the front glass, being careful not to rip the digitizer cable in the process.

Schritt 9  ¶ 

  • Remove the display frame from the front glass, being careful not to rip the digitizer cable in the process.