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Difficulty: Very difficult
Difficulty: Very difficult
Difficulty: Very difficult
|iPad 2 CDMA|| |
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|iPad 2 Wi-Fi EMC 2415|| |
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi EMC 2560|| |
March 3, 2014
Broken screen on the iPad2, it's my wife's artist studio machine and it took a tumble while she was moving around canvases. It had an interesting straight line crack from side-to-side which in turn contained the crazing to 25% of the glass.
Repair guide was helpful and accurate. The plastic pry tool left a bit to be desired as it deformed and got boogered pretty quickly. Found an exacto blade to be helpful but requires a deft hand.
I'm not sure that it's possible to remove the glass without killing the wifi antenna. I suppose it's possible with practice but I'm glad I followed the advice to purchase this together with the front panel kit. Not sure why adhesive is needed on frame and glass sides of the antenna but what do I know?
I inadvertently failed to tighten the logic board screws which leads to an unexpected result of the iPad rebooting whenever you tilt the device. Luckily the front panel came off easily and the screw tightening fixed the issue.
1)Heat gun is a very useful additional tool.
2)Duct tape had enough adhesion to be useful in removing crazed glass slivers in intact chunks (I read a number of reports that packing tape didn't help).
3)Eye glass cleaning micro-cloth is a great way to clean LCD and both sides of glass
4)Shared the experience with my 11 year old son. He's a good extra set of hands and expert micro-screw turner/organize
February 25, 2014
Dropped iPad2 and shattered glass
Went well. Complete in approximately 1 hour.
1. With cracked glass, start somewhere where the glass is cracked and work your way around. It is easier to get started at a crack than it is to start at the location identified in the guides.
2. use a hair drier to heat the adhesive. the iOpener is OK, but not quite as easy to use. As long as you don't over do the heat.
3. As someone else mentioned, I built a jig to hold the iPad. I used a small piece of plywood and attached a small strip of wood along one edge at the top. The iPad rested up against the wood strip and kept the iPad from slipping away from me as I was pushing the guitar picks into the adhesive. I also attached a small strip of wood to the bottom of the plywood. on the opposite edge from the top-side strip. That hooked on the edge of the table I was working at and prevented the whole jig from sliding away.
February 14, 2014
my little sister was walking to the bus stop to head to school and she slipped on some ice and dropped her ipad and although i was in a portfolio case the screen shattered. so being the geek in my family she came to me. i order the parts acouple days later.
The repair was easy and went without a hitch it just took awhile to get all of the little pieces of glass of my table afterwards.
when you get a new gadget always get a super protective case so you wont have to repair it.
December 30, 2013
I dropped my Ipad and shattered the glass
getting the old screen off was not easy.
The first guide I saw on your website recommended the iOpener as the way to get the cover off. It worked, but I have a heat gun and it turned out to be far more effective.
I really like fixing things so I got over excited and wrecked the wifi antenna and the PMV cable.
Some big warnings at the beginning for people like me would be nice.
tools required (bare minimum) and best option (for example the heat gun and that really slick opener on your website)
Before you start in big bold letters 'these are the other parts that can break if you're not careful. I know you have that information on your site but it didn't seem to register very well for me.
There are also some things in re-assembly that are not simply the reverse of disassembly.
I had some nicks in the plastic bezel after I opened the ipad up. those, the adhesive residue and some very small glass bits made the first attempt to re-install the cover a bit of an ordeal.
I used the square edge of a sharp chisel to clean out the gutter in the bezel and remove the excessive adhesive residue. that made it go back together nicely.
I also pre heated the adhesive with a heat gun so that it was nice and sticky when I pressed it back together. and I stacked the Ipad on the bubble wrap from replacement front panel with a few old textbooks to let the adhesive set. before I did that, the home button wasn't working reliably because the front cover was not completely seated.
I had a fair bit of trouble with the #00 Philips screwdriver that you provided. I don't have super steady hands but I found it didn't grip the screws very well. I happened to have a Wiha set with a #00 Philips in it and it worked beautifully.
The magnetic mat is brilliant. I am going to order a few of the pro ones when you get them back in stock.
all told it was a great learning experience and I'm not afraid to tackle any other repair on your site. I'll just make sure I'm a bit more careful next time.
December 27, 2013
It looked like my daughter dropped her IPad from a two story window but it was only from her bed. She likes to read from it to fall asleep! Alas, no carpet flooring just tile. The tile wins!
The instructions online were terrific and clear. The front panel was so shattered the guitar picks were not enough so I also used an exacto knife. But in doing so I cut the Wi-Fi antenna. No problem though I followed the suggestion and ordered one to send back. When everything was together again the screen shook and acted erratic. I was frustrated then but to the rescue the troubleshoot section of instructions told me to check the connection and un-kink the flat part to the screen (see how technical I am?). It worked, the IPad works, I'm happy, my daughter is happy, what could be better? CARPET!
It helps that I have taken apart many electrical components. Before doing such a repair find an old junk amplifier, radio, computer and take it apart for fun!
December 13, 2013
My unfortunate son dropped an ipad2 off of the top of a bunk bed and the screen didn't survive the sudden change of direction from the metal pole it struck on the way down. It was the typical spider web splintered screen though it still worked (if you didn't mind losing slivers of skin when you used it like running your fingers over a microscopic mandolin).
All in all for my first time ever going inside the case of one of these beasts it went well. I used to take lots of things apart as a kid, but this was a whole different ballgame. The shattered glass made removing the old screen much more difficult than I anticipated, but softening the glue with that heating thing helped a lot.
I ended up breaking both the wifi antenna and the right cellular antenna while trying to get everything out. Partly due to the broken glass making it hard to be subtle removing the old screen, partly because as I got frustrated I was probably using more force than the situation warranted.
However, otherwise the old glass got out and (after a second order to replace the broken antennas) once all of the pieces were back in their proper home, everything worked great. This came as a very great and pleasant surprise to me considering how many things I had to pull out to replace those antennas.
It took longer than I anticipated, probably 5-6 hours between both sessions, but considering this was my first time getting into an ipad I don't think that's too bad. It would be much faster the next time. I learned a lot doing this, had fun with it, and would definitely do it again. Thanks for the awesome guides that made the process so much easier.
Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures, so I apologize for the lack of historical evidence.
Take your time, especially if the screen is broken to start with. I would strongly suggest safety goggles. As I was leveraging up the old screen, the glass was splintering into a kajillion-million tiny shards that were expelled from the glass like tiny trebuchets assaulting my face. You should definitely have some kind of eye protection. Covering the old screen with packing tape helped, but was hard to work around. It was also very hard to get all of the microscopic shards of glass out of the dining room table, so preparing your environment is also important.
One other trick that helped me a lot. Even though it looks at first glance like all of those teensy-weensy screws are the same size, they are not. So as I removed components, instead of dumping the screws into a bowl (which is my norm), or trying to mark them accordingly, I just put them back into the holes they came from before I moved on to the next step. Then I didn't have to worry about what screws went where when I was reassembling.
My biggest advice is to not be afraid of tackling something like this. It's not trivial but it's definitely doable.
June 29, 2013
I got a call from my little brother like always when he has a problem from his iDevices. Lucky for him that I am good with fixing things with the help from iFixit. He dropped his iPad 2 at home and the display got broken.
I order the iPad 2 display kit and once I got it, it took me just one hour to fix his iPad 2.
The only advice that I got his to charge your little brother for the work done and order from iFixit and watch the videos.
April 15, 2013
Wife dropped iPad 2 and shattered the screen.
Ordered the iPad 2 Front Panel Assembly and Repair Kit. The ifixit repair guide was really great and easy to follow. I agree with others, though, that the process is much more tedious and takes longer with the shattered screen because the screen does not come off in one piece. I had to use a tiny flat-headed screw driver to scrape/peel all of the little glass shards off of the adhesive. Took about 2 hours to get all of the glass off then only 10 minutes to install the new front panel. iPad works great again.
Wear googles if working with a shattered screen.
April 9, 2013
My wife - the clumbsy little darling she is, dropped her iPad one times too many. Alas the dreaded spiderweb tiptoed across her screen, and into the bedroom she waltzes. Why the loud face hunny...!?
Not sure about the "iOpener" however a heat gun works wonders. An added plus is that you don't need to keep getting up and putting it in the microwave. Just turn it on low aim it in the areas where the adhesive is and wait for it to get hot. After spending about three hours painstakingly peeling off the broken screen in sections, the rest was a sinch.
Wear safety glasses/goggles
February 1, 2013
My wife's iPad2 GSM tipped over on a tile floor and cracked. Spider cracks covered the entire front surface and went right to the edges of the glass.
Having recently successfully replaced an iPhone5 front digitizer, I approached this project a bit over-confident. I found this repair to be quite a bit longer and more challenging. I followed the repair guides which I feel were pretty good. My challenge was that as I worked to pry up the broken digitizer, the glass kept splintering, cracking and coming off in small chips. The underlying adhesive tended to keep the larger pieces in place but tiny shards of glass were flying everywhere - wearing eye protection is a MUST!
My expierience with the iFixit heating "tube" was less than ideal. Though it got hot, it didnt seem to generate quite enough heat for my situation. After finding some other online videos that showed people using heat guns, I got mine out and tried using it and had better results. I was sure to only apply in short bursts so as not to overheat and damage internal components. It did a better job of loosening the adhesive.
I proceded cautiously as I did not want to break anything. Total repair time for me was 3 hours, with 2 of those simply working to get the front digitizer glass off. The last hour was spent carefully reassembling. I had just a little trouble getting the digitizer cable to lie flat and fold properly, but with a little fidgeting, the new glass went into place and looks as good as new.
With this first iPad repair under my belt, I would not hesitate to do another, and am confident the next experience would go more quickly and smoothly. Thanks to iFixIt for great products delivered quickly and at a reasonable price.
1) Take your time - be patient and work slowly
2) I spread a large sheet of paper out on your work space - good for catching and seeing small pieces of glass that came away. Avoid working on a carpet, placemat or other fabric surface.
3) Wear eye protection!
4) See point 3 above!
5) Consider gentle use of a heat gun if the iOpener heating pad doesn't work well for you.
6) As noted by others and the guides, be very careful near the WiFi antenna to the right of the home button. Do not pry too deeply when working to release the adhesive.