Has anyone attempted to separate LCD from Glass Digitizer?
I know its been discussed already, so my question is Simple. I thought someone who had replaced the whole piece may have tried to see whether it was possible or not to separate the LCD from the broken glass.
I have seen both Digitizer and LCD alone for sale or ebay which made me think that they actually CAN be separated and replace only the glass or lcd, but people just like to go the easiest and safest way.
Migue Ford, I don't think that all the great people on here who specialize in the iPhone repair "like to go the easiest and safest way." I bet some have even tried it and probably bend or destroyed their LCD's. Nobody said that it can not be done, all everyone says that it is difficult and cumbersome with a high degree of failure. Just because you can buy the piece separate does not mean that it is meant to be repaired like that. But you might just be on to something here and if you already have the pieces, why not give it a try and let us all know so that we can learn something new. Good Luck to you....
Hi, I repair iphones, ipods, and many other devices for a living. I literally have a box stacked full of the broken lcd/digi's that we have repaired. We have tried many solutions and suggestions to separate them. Heat gun, oven, ect. It CAN be done, but the chances of you succeeding are very slim. The biggest problem is that your applying alot of heat to the LCD, and if you are to succeed in separating them the life span/integrity of the LCD is greatly shortened during the process.
Not to discourage you but thought id give my input. The LCD and Digitizer are fused together during the manufacturing process, the best method i have found is a heat gun and a low setting. It takes a lot of patience as they will not quickly separate. I start in a corner of the LCD with the thinnest blade you can find. Good luck, hope this helps.
dont do it, i tried last night and destroyed my digitizer!
the entire ipod is fragile and can be destroyed very easily. I took mine completely apart last night before is discovered I could not separate the glass from the digitizer. I ordered a new assembly on eBay and I am returning the lcd screen i bought. It was a waste of money. upon putting it back together i destroyed my digitizer from trying to heat the glass off. buy a whole assembly!
stick it in the oven, cant remember the temp think its about 280 C or somewhere close, it should be left for just long enough to melt the glue that holds them together but not long enough to melt the plastic, oh one tip, you may need to take the silver backing off, be very very careful with all steps, and dont forget its hot! you should then be able to slip in a very slim tool between lcd and digitiser, get any glue off the lcd while its hot as it will be almost impossible otherwise! but for what you are saving in money it is alot of hassle!
Hello, I found this post by searching for a new screen for my sons ipod, I was able to seperate the lcd from the digitizer in about 30 seconds. I used a little flat head screwdriver. i noticed on the outside edge of the lcd screen are 5 places that appear to be tabs, (they are not tabs, they hold the lcd to the backing) i slid the tip of the screwdriver under each of these "tabs" and twisted and they raised up. they are located on the outside of each of the 4 corners and one on the middle of one of th sides. After i did that I just slid the screwdriver in just a little bit and lifted, it comes off just like the front cover, it has a light adhesive holding it on but it comes off pretty easy. Hope this helps somebody.
I’ll pose yet another question to answer your question…
What will it cost and what mechanical knowledge is required to professionally separate digitizer glass from the LCD?
There are two scenarios:
1. You’ve damaged your digitizer screen and want to salvage the LCD. You want to defy everything that you’ve heard about botched screen extractions. You’ve purchased a digitizer screen and LCD, separately, from two different foreign companies. The neither foreign seller can offer you instruction or even instructional video on how to do the repair. They’ll just say: “it’s easy.” Right, buddy!
2. You’ve managed to come across a local company that has the proper equipment, but wait…
The parts cost you USD$30.00 altogether and the company that will fuse the parts together, properly, will want $20.00 to do it for you. Under the circumstances you should have simply purchased the digitizer/LCD full assembly and spared yourself the runaround and backflips.
Scenario #1: has a failure rate of 9.5 out of 10 attempts.
Do you really own the 10 iPhones that you'll inevitably brick?
If you just happen run or own a repair shop, you just bought yourself 9.5 new assemblies for those customers, because the LCD was not broken when you got it from them. Will you lie to save your skin?
Scenario #2: It’s unlikely that you’ll find a factory that will repair your piece, because they’re too busy doing large volume manufacturing and can’t be bothered. They’ve invested in various pieces of industrial equipment that you’d never see or use, unless you have several hundreds of thousands of dollars to invest in such a facility.
What’s in the factories that manufacturer these aftermarket iPhone parts?
ACF Tacking Machine $8,000.00
Liquid OCA Bonding Machine $5,000.00
Pre-bonding Machine, $6,000.00
Lamination Machine with Auto Alignment $12,000.00
Polarizer Attaching Machine $7,000.00
Polarizer Removal Machine $15,000.00
LCD Panel Polarizer Film (Sold by the sized sheet, price varies)
Engineers to do calibrations
Good luck with your .99 cents plastic removal and repair kit tool! You've been duped if you actually purchase such kit. They're sold all over the internet to unknowing, nieve and weary consumers, who are trying to save a buck with DIY, which is a wonderful ambition to have.
There are literally millions of online re-sellers of aftermarket parts that don't know much if anything at all about the products they sell and technical support is basically improvised. I'm sure that they'll keep selling the digitizer glass to consumers and make millions, but the consumer will always do a bad repair or unprofessional repair. When they sell the parts to a factory or manufacturer that actually has this equipment; that's a well-matched business relationship.
To sell these useless components is a SCAM! The irony is that the re-seller has no idea that there is a problem, so they'll keep selling them randomly and make millions. I almost purchased a digitizer glass myself, but when I asked the seller how to install it, he could not give a reasonable answer, but said " It's easy, just purchase it."
Fortunately I Googled and did my research. This is how I'm able to report my findings to you all, right here. I heart ifixit :)