iPad Wi-Fi Metal Display Clips Replacement

Replace broken metal retaining clips on your iPad Wi-Fi's front panel assembly.

Use this guide to replace any clips broken during removal of the display assembly.

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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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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • 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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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • 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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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • 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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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the display assembly from the rear panel assembly.

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Edit Step 9 Metal Display Clips  ¶ 

  • During the display assembly removal process, it is highly likely that the metal clips around the perimeter of the of the display assembly will break.

  • To replace a broken clip, first remove the T5 Torx screw securing the broken base of the clip to the display assembly.

  • Place a new clip on the positioning pins molded into the display frame, and reinstall the T5 Torx screw to secure the two pieces together.

  • Repeat this process for any other broken clips around your display assembly.

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

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

Required Tools

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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I'm fixing an ipad wifi for a friend and he managed to break the clips around the digitizer panel. These are held in place with hexalobe screws and some have EMI tape on them... Does anyone know where I could find replacement mounting clips?

Jake Midwicki, · 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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