How To Repair a Broken iPad Screen

Having an accident with an iPad and breaking the screen does not necessarily need to mean it should be replaced. With the right guidance repairing an iPad screen can actually be relatively cheap and easy.

There are some tools things that will be necessary for the screen repair process.

The iSesamo Tool

This is a thin metal tool that has been designed to open iPads. This is the best tool to use when opening an iPad. It helps with leverage so the screen won’t crack when opening and fits neatly between the iPad case and the screen.

A Small Screwdriver Set

Although the iPad does not have that many screws, but using a decent screwdriver is recommended for the ones that do need removal.

iPad Digitizer Screen Adhesive

For any kind of iPad repairing the adhesive strips that keeps the screen in place is necessary.
A cracked is screen is most of the time actually a digitizer that has been cracked.
Replacement parts are available rather cheaply, but low quality alternative should be avoided.
The screen needs to be removed to get access to the iPad’s internals. The screen consists of two parts:

The LCD screen: This is the part that shows the image under the digitizer.
The digitizer: This is glass part that gets touched by the black bezel.

Strong adhesive holds the digitizer in place, and in order to get into the inside of the iPad, this adhesive must be loosened and the digitizer lifted away.

Use the iSesamo tool to open the iPad by inserting it about a centimeter between the metal case and the black bezel of the digitizer. Leaving the small plastic lip that is between the digitizer and the ipad’s case will save time later on.

Run the iSesamo tool carefully around the case separating the main body and the screen. Be extremely careful not to cut the ribbon cable that connects the main body and the touch screen.

As the screen is removed, there might be small pieces of glass, depending on the extent of the damage. Be careful of these small pieces flying off with the screen removal.

After the digitizer is properly removed, to remove any remaining glass shards and adhesive, use the iSesamo tool flat against the case. Cleaning the iPad case as thoroughly as possible is essential in ensuring the new screen will sit correctly when replaced.

The ribbon cable that connects iPad and the digitizer to each other is underneath the LCD screen. Thus, although LCD screen is not being replaced, it still needs to be removed. It is held in place by 4 small screws, in each corner. Use the small screwdriver to remove them.

Still attached to the main part of the iPad by a ribbon cable, the LCD screen should now be able to be lifted out easily.

Locate where the main body of the iPad and the digitizer is connected by the ribbon cables. Hold the cable as close possible to connector and firmly pull.

The digitizer can now be removed from the iPad completely.

Lay the new screen in the correct position next to the iPad. Connect the new digitizer’s cable and connect it to the iPad the way the old one was connected. Push the cable inside firmly, but make sure that it does not bend, until the white indicator line cannot be seen anymore.

The LCD screen can be screwed back into its place when the digitizer is reconnected. Ensure that the ribbon cable is tucked in correctly and neatly beneath the LCD screen.

Majority of new digitizers don’t come with Home buttons, so the Home button from the damaged screen should be transferred to the new one. Lift the Home button from the old screen using the iSesamo tool. This task should be easy since the Home button is held in place with nothing more than adhesive.

The digitizer must now be replaced on the iPad. For this, place adhesive strips along the edge of the iPad’s case and when certain all the strips are as they should be, the backing paper can be removed.

Make sure the LCD screen is clean and has no lints, dust or fingerprints on it.

Remove the backing film off the digitizer (if still on). Then the digitizer must be placed very carefully over the iPad as accurately as is possible. When satisfied, press down all over to guarantee good sealing.

That is the basic how to for repairing the iPad screen.