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How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen

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  1. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Prepare your iPad for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Allow your iPad's battery to fully drain before starting this repair. A charged battery may catch fire if damaged during the repair.

    • Unplug any cables and fully shut down your iPad.

  2. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Heat the right edge: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the right edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the iPad—the screen and internal battery are susceptible to heat damage.

  3. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Anti-Clamp
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    • The next three steps demonstrate the Anti-Clamp, a tool we designed to make the opening procedure easier. If you aren't using the Anti-Clamp, skip down three steps for an alternate method.

    • For complete instructions on how to use the Anti-Clamp, check out this guide.

    • Pull the blue handle backwards to unlock the Anti-Clamp's arms.

    • Place an object under your iPad so it rests level between the suction cups.

    • Position the suction cups near the middle of the right edge—one on the top, and one on the bottom.

    • Hold the bottom of the Anti-Clamp steady and firmly press down on the top cup to apply suction.

    • If you find that the surface of your iPad is too slippery for the Anti-Clamp to hold onto, use tape to create a grippier surface.

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    • Pull the blue handle forward to lock the arms.

    • Turn the handle clockwise 360 degrees or until the cups start to stretch.

    • Make sure the suction cups remain aligned with each other. If they begin to slip out of alignment, loosen the suction cups slightly and realign the arms.

  5. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen: step 5, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Wait one minute to give the adhesive a chance to release and present an opening gap.

    • If your screen isn't getting hot enough, you can use a hair dryer to heat along the right edge of the iPad.

    • For complete instructions on how to use a hair dryer, check out this guide.

    • Insert an opening pick under the screen when the Anti-Clamp creates a large enough gap.

    • If the Anti-Clamp doesn't create a sufficient gap, apply more heat to the area and rotate the handle clockwise half a turn.

    • Don't crank more than a half a turn at a time, and wait one minute between turns. Let the Anti-Clamp and time do the work for you.

    • Skip the next step.

  6. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • If your screen is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

    • Apply a suction handle to the screen as close to the center of the right edge as possible.

    • Pull up on the suction handle with a strong, steady force to create a small gap between the frame and screen.

    • The large screen is very fragile. Only create a gap big enough to insert an opening pick.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't insert the pick more than 5 mm to avoid damaging the screen.

  7. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Right edge information: step 7, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Right edge information: step 7, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Right edge information: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Along the frame's right edge, there are two cutouts for the screen magnets where the adhesive is very thin. As you slice along this edge in the next step, don't insert your opening pick deeper than 2 mm in these locations:

    • One magnet begins 2 cm from the top edge and is 2.5 cm long.

    • The second magnet begins 3 cm from the bottom edge and is 2.5 cm long.

  8. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the right edge adhesive: step 8, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the right edge adhesive: step 8, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the right edge adhesive: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Slide your opening pick back and forth along the right edge of the screen to slice the adhesive.

    • Angle your pick downward and insert it no more than 2 mm near the magnet cutouts and 5 mm everywhere else.

  9. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the corner adhesive: step 9, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the corner adhesive: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Rotate your opening pick around the bottom right corner of the screen.

    • Leave your pick in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  10. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Heat the bottom edge: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the bottom edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the iPad—the screen and internal battery are susceptible to heat damage.

  11. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the bottom edge adhesive: step 11, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the bottom edge adhesive: step 11, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the bottom edge adhesive: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a second opening pick in the bottom right corner of the screen.

    • Don't insert your opening pick more than 5 mm.

    • Slide your pick to the bottom left corner to slice the bottom edge adhesive.

  12. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the corner adhesive: step 12, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the corner adhesive: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Rotate your opening pick around the bottom left corner of the screen.

    • Leave your pick in the bottom left corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  13. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Heat the left edge: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the iPad—the screen and internal battery are susceptible to heat damage.

  14. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Left edge information: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Along the left edge of the screen, there are three cutouts for cables where the adhesive is very thin. As you slice along this edge in the next step, don't insert your opening pick deeper than 2 mm in these locations:

    • The upper cutout begins 4 cm from the top edge and is 2.5 cm long.

    • The middle cutout is exactly in the middle of the frame and is 2.5 cm long.

    • The lower cutout begins 4 cm from the bottom edge and is 2.5 cm long.

    • Everywhere else, don't insert your opening pick more than 5 mm.

  15. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the left edge adhesive: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a third opening pick in the bottom left corner of the screen.

    • Slide your pick to the top left corner to slice the left edge adhesive.

  16. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the corner adhesive: step 16, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the corner adhesive: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Rotate your opening pick around the top left corner of the screen.

    • Leave your pick in the top left corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  17. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Heat the top edge: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the top edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the iPad—the screen and internal battery are susceptible to heat damage.

  18. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Top edge information: step 18, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Top edge information: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • While the top edge adhesive softens, note the following:

    • There are two ambient light sensors near the corners. Only insert the very tip of your pick here to avoid damaging them.

    • There are three strips of heat dispersion tape. Angle your pick upward as you slice here.

    • The front-facing camera assembly is in the center of the top edge. Don't insert your pick here to avoid damaging them.

    • Everywhere else, don't insert your pick deeper than 5 mm to avoid damaging the screen.

  19. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the top edge adhesive: step 19, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Slice the top edge adhesive: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Slide your opening pick 9 cm toward the center of the top edge to slice the adhesive, paying attention to the spots mentioned in the previous step.

    • If you slice farther than 9 cm, you will reach the front camera assembly and risk damaging its components.

    • Leave your pick inserted. You will use another pick to slice the remaining adhesive.

  20. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen: step 20, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a fourth opening pick to the right of the front camera assembly, 4 cm from the previous opening pick and 9 cm from the right edge of the screen.

    • Slide your pick to the top right corner to slice the remaining adhesive.

  21. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Reposition the screen: step 21, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Reposition the screen: step 21, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Reposition the screen: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Grab two opposing corners of the screen and gently shift it around to separate it from the frame.

    • Don't fully remove the screen yet, as it's still attached by several cables.

    • If the screen feels stuck, slide your opening picks around the perimeter to separate any remaining adhesive. Pay attention to sensitive components mentioned in the previous steps.

    • Shift the screen towards the bottom right corner of the frame until the ribbon cable near the top edge is uncovered.

  22. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Unfasten the upper cable shield: step 22, image 1 of 1
    Tool used on this step:
    FixMat
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    • Throughout this guide, keep track of each screw and reinstall it exactly where it came from.

    • Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the upper cable shield:

    • One 1.8 mm-long screw

    • One 2.0 mm-long screw

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to power on your iPad and test all functions before sealing it up. Be sure to power your iPad back down before you continue working.

  23. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Remove the upper cable shield: step 23, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Remove the upper cable shield: step 23, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grab and remove the upper cable shield.

    • During reassembly, orient the shield so the notch faces up and to the right.

  24. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Disconnect the upper sensors: step 24, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Disconnect the upper sensors: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of your spudger to pry up and disconnect the upper sensors press connector.

    • To re-attach press connectors, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Don't press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend and cause permanent damage.

  25. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Reposition the screen: step 25, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Reposition the screen: step 25, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Reposition the screen: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the right edge of the screen and fold it open like a book.

    • Don't pull on the screen—the ribbon cables near the bottom are still attached.

    • Lay the screen down over the left edge of the iPad.

  26. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Unfasten the lower cable shield: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the five screws securing the lower cable shield:

    • Four 1.1 mm screws

    • One 2.0 mm screw

  27. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Remove the lower cable shield: step 27, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Remove the lower cable shield: step 27, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grab and remove the lower cable shield.

  28. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Unfasten the battery: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the 1.7 mm screw securing the battery connector to the logic board.

  29. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Create a battery blocker: step 29, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Create a battery blocker: step 29, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Create a battery blocker: step 29, image 3 of 3
    • You need to place a barrier between the battery connector and logic board to disconnect the battery. Follow this step to create a battery blocker out of a playing card.

    • Cut two 6 mm-wide strips from a playing card to block the connections to the battery.

  30. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Insert the card strips: step 30, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Insert the card strips: step 30, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Insert the card strips: step 30, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the card strips under each side of the battery connector.

    • If you can't slide the cards under the battery connector, use an opening pick to gently lift the connector to help insert the card strips.

    • Don't pry or lift the connector too much—it's soldered onto the logic board and may break if stressed.

    • During reassembly, this is a good time to apply replacement adhesive, if you have it. Follow this guide to clean your screen and apply new adhesive strips.

  31. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Disconnect the screen: step 31, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Disconnect the screen: step 31, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Disconnect the screen: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of your spudger to pry up and disconnect the upper two display press connectors from the logic board.

  32. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen: step 32, image 1 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen: step 32, image 2 of 3 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen: step 32, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of your spudger to pry up and disconnect the lower two display press connectors from the logic board.

  33. How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Remove the screen: step 33, image 1 of 2 How to Remove Your iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Screen, Remove the screen: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • Grab and remove the screen from the frame.

Conclusion

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

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen Answers community for help.

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