Technique: iOpener Instructions
Basic instructions for using the iOpener to open up glued-shut devices.
- Author: Andrew Optimus Goldberg
- Time required: 30 minutes
- Difficulty: Moderate
The iOpener is an insulated, heat-retaining bag that can be heated in a microwave and used to transfer heat to the adhesive along the edge of an iPad or similar device. Use these basic instructions to get started with your iOpener.
For detailed instructions specific to your device and repair, see our set of iPad repair guides.
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Place the iOpener in the microwave and heat it for one minute on the highest power setting.
Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair procedure. Wait at least two minutes before reheating the iOpener.
If you have not used your iOpener for some time, or this is the first time you are using the iOpener, microwave it wrapped in a damp paper towel. This will prevent it from burning if it is overheated.
We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener.
Lay the iOpener flat on the edge of the device, over an adhesive seal you wish to heat. Smooth the iOpener along the surface to ensure good contact with the device.
Let the bag sit on the device for approximately 90 seconds before attempting to open the front panel.
At this point you should be able to begin prying under the screen with a plastic opening tool. Be sure to see your device's specific guide for where and how to do this.
Throughout the procedure you may need to reheat the iOpener. To prevent overheating the iOpener, always wait at least two minutes before microwaving again. Do not microwave the iOpener for more than one minute at a time.