iPad Wi-Fi Battery Replacement

Replace your iPad Wi-Fi's internal lithium battery.

Use this guide to replace your iPad's battery.

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Edit Step 1 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • Insert a metal spudger between the top edge of the display assembly and the rear panel assembly.

  • Rotate the spudger away from you to release the tabs along the top edge of the display.

  • Insert a second metal spudger between the top edge of the display assembly and the rear panel assembly to keep the tabs from snapping back into place.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • With one spudger, work your way along the right edge of the iPad.

  • The front panel is held to the aluminum back by metal clips on the top, bottom, and left sides. The right side has plastic tabs which slide into recesses in the backplate.

  • Once the clips are released, lift the left side of the front panel up and slide it to the left to clear the tabs from the aluminum backplate.

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  • Lift the display assembly away from the rear panel assembly by its bottom edge.

  • Do not attempt to remove the display at this time, as it is attached to the rear panel assembly.

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  • In the following steps, you will disconnect the three cables attaching the display assembly to the logic board. The cables are for the following components:

    • Digitizer

    • Ambient Light Sensor

    • Display Data Cable

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  • Use the edge of a plastic opening tool to flip up the retaining flaps holding the digitizer ribbon cables in their sockets on the logic board.

  • Be sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the digitizer ribbon cables straight out of their sockets.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to remove the ambient light sensor connector from its socket by gently prying upward.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the display data cable from the main board by flipping up the metal retainer by its black plastic pull tab.

  • Pull the cable connector away from its socket.

  • Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board.

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  • Remove the display assembly from the rear panel assembly.

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Edit Step 9 Logic Board  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of a plastic opening tool to:

    • Pry the side button connector up off the logic board from underneath the wires.

    • Pry the speaker connector up off its socket on the logic board from beneath the speaker wires.

  • Carefully flip up the ZIF ribbon cable retaining flap on the socket near the headphone jack.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the headphone jack ribbon cable toward the left side of the iPad to disconnect it from its socket.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the logic board to the rear panel assembly.

    • Two 4.56 mm T5 Torx screws.

    • Two 3.76 mm T5 Torx screws.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of a plastic opening tool to carefully pry the dock cable connector straight up off the logic board.

  • Lift the logic board out of the rear panel assembly.

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Edit Step 12 Battery  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 2.84 mm T5 Torx screws securing the speaker assembly to the rear panel assembly.

  • Remove the single T5 Torx screw securing the middle of the dock cable to the rear panel assembly.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 2.84 mm T5 Torx screws securing the dock connector cable to the rear case.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Using a plastic opening tool, carefully remove the plastic cover shielding the WiFi/Bluetooth board and dock connector cable.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Carefully pry the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas up from their respective sockets on the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth board.

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  • Lift the dock connector cable out of the rear panel assembly.

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • De-route the speaker cable from the left side of the battery case.

  • De-route the Wi-Fi antenna through its channel in the speaker assembly.

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Lift the speaker assembly and push it forward until the ports clear the bottom side of the lower case.

  • Remove the speaker assembly from the rear panel assembly.

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  • The battery is held to the rear panel by an excessive amount of adhesive. Proceed with patience and caution.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently pry the battery up from the the lower case.

  • Gently continue to enlarge the gap by wiggling the spudger and running it along the right side of the battery.

  • Continue to pry until the right side of the battery is free from the rear panel.

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger under the top edge of the battery and continue to separate the adhesive.

  • Continue doing so until the top of the battery is free from the rear panel.

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • When there is enough clearance, use your hands to peel the battery off any adhesive still securing it to the rear panel.

  • Remove the battery from the rear panel.

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

For more information, check out the iPad Wi-Fi device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Metal Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

T5 Torx Screwdriver

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

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Comments Comments are onturn off

make sure when putting back together to push down the digitizer clasps

zach, · Reply

Tried this with 2 ebay "OEM" cheapo batteries. Both failed- wouldn't charge, reboot every few minutes.

Solution: Dissected both new and original batteries. Snipped out old LI-ION cells from original Apple battery pack frame. Soldered new LI-ON cells into original battery frame.

Success!

The battery pack includes both LI-ION cells and an small circuit board. The cheapo replacement battery packs don't work (with newer IOS versions? are they actively blocking 3rd party battery replacements?)

Using the circuit board from the original battery pack with new LI-ION cells seems to fix everything.

Be ready to peel off a lot of adhesive label stickers and maybe use a bit of electrical tape to produce a renovated battery pack that works- original Apple battery frame + new LI-ION cells..

Jason Sodergren, · Reply

Tip* "ONLY WITH METAL SPUDGER* heat it with a lighter till its warm to touch, then slide it like a butter knife. it reduces chances of chipping glass.

luckie , · Reply

I've found that by using a thicker iPad tool dents the back less(not at all if your careful) and start prying just under the volume button and working my way down works better as the metal clips are on all sider except the right side.

richard, · Reply

Great guide, but to me it's hard to justify all this work when Apple will exchange for a like-new iPad with a new battery for $106, and the battery and tools cost ~60. http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=s...

Matthew Elvey, · Reply

Its seems easier to undo the clips on the left and bottom by levering them with an iPad tool and pusing the clips in from the edge with another tool when i can visually see them. One the right side, bottom and most of the left side is done there isnt much need to do the top as it will slide off if moved about a centimeter

richard, · Reply

By it's BOTTOM edge.

jonathan, · Reply

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