iPad 3G Front Panel Assembly Replacement

Use this guide to replace the glass front panel and digitizer on your iPad 3G.

Use this guide to replace a broken front glass panel.

Tools (continued)
Relevant Parts

Edit Step 1 Display Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass.

  • Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPad's display until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.

  • Do your best to follow the rest of the guide as described. However, once the glass is broken, it will likely continue to crack as you work, and you may need to use a metal prying tool to scoop the glass out.

  • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes, and be careful not to damage the LCD screen.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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  • The iPad shown in the photos may look slightly different from your iPad, but the procedure is the same.

  • Insert a metal spudger between the right 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.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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  • 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.

  • Pry the display assembly away from the rear panel.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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  • Continue prying the display assembly away from the rear panel along the bottom and left edges of the iPad.

  • Use extreme caution as you approach the top edge of the iPad. The digitizer ribbon cable is located near the edge of the rear panel and can easily be damaged.

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

  • Do not excessively lift the display assembly off the rest of the iPad, as a fragile antenna cable with very little slack still connects the two components.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the antenna connector closest to the bottom of the iPad up off its socket on the communications board.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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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

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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  • Use the edge of an iPod 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.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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  • 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.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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  • Remove the display assembly from the rear panel assembly.

Edit Step 12 Ambient Light Sensor  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12 Ambient Light Sensor  ¶ 

  • If necessary, peel the strip of foam tape off the ambient light sensor.

  • It is not necessary to completely remove the foam tape attached to the antenna.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to carefully pry the ambient light sensor board off the adhesive securing it to the display frame.

  • Once you've gained enough clearance, peel the ambient light sensor off the LCD.

  • If necessary, attach the plastic view window to your new ambient light sensor before installation.

Edit Step 14 LCD  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14 LCD  ¶ 

  • If present, remove the strip of foam tape along the long edge of the display assembly near the digitizer cable.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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  • While holding the digitizer cable down, carefully peel back the piece of tape connecting the digitizer cable to the display frame.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to peel the antenna off the adhesive securing it to the top edge of the display.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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  • Remove the three T5 Torx screws securing the clips and LCD brackets covered in EMI tape near the home button switch.

  • Carefully peel the display clip and its attached tape off the black plastic display frame.

  • If you are replacing the LCD, be sure to transfer these pieces of EMI tape and their attached clips to the new LCD.

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  • Remove the remaining T5 Torx screws securing the LCD to the black plastic display frame.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Remove the small strip of tape securing the antenna lead to the LCD.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

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  • Insert the edge of an iPod opening tool under one of the ears attached to the steel LCD frame.

  • Twist the iPod opening tool to gently pry the LCD up off the adhesive securing it to the front glass panel.

  • Be sure not to excessively bend the LCD, as it is made of glass.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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  • Repeat the process detailed on the previous step to pry up the display around the three sides opposite the digitizer cable side of the display.

Edit Step 22  ¶ 

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Lift the LCD from its free end, and remove it from the display frame.

  • Carefully peel the adhesive securing the long side of the LCD to the display frame, then remove the LCD.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

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  • If it is still stuck to the front panel, remove the strip of EMI tape near the ambient light sensor socket.

  • If necessary, transfer this to your new LCD.

  • If it is attached to the LCD and you are reusing the LCD, skip this step. If you are replacing the LCD as well, transfer the strip of EMI tape to your new LCD.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

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  • If they are still in good shape, transfer the clips and EMI tape near the bottom of the LCD to your new LCD.

Edit Step 25 Front Panel Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 25 Front Panel Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the two T5 Torx screws securing the home button switch to the plastic display frame.

  • Remove the home button switch board from the front panel assembly.

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

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  • If you are reusing your LCD, use the edge of a plastic opening tool to lift up a corner of the foam tape attached to the LCD.

  • Remove the tape from the perimeter of the glass face of the LCD.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

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  • Be sure the face of the LCD is perfectly clean before proceeding.

  • Stick the tape down to the frame of the front panel assembly along the long edge of the LCD.

  • Carefully lower the LCD down into its recess in the new front panel frame, being sure it is properly positioned.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

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  • Hold back the strips of EMI tape along the lower edge of the LCD as you remove the two T5 Torx screws securing the retaining clips shown.

  • Stick the tape down against the new clips and reinstall the two T5 Torx screws.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

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  • Remove the two pieces of protective film from the inner side of the GPS antenna.

  • Stick the GPS antenna down against the LCD.

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

For more information, check out the iPad 3G device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

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Metal Spudger

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T5 Torx Screwdriver

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Plastic Opening Tools

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Ok, a word of caution that can't be overstated. The off screen switch, the lock swith, and the volume switch can all be broken easily. I would stay away from this area completely. The bracket on the off switch is tack welded and can be broken. The volume/lock swith can be malformed to become unusable. So avoid the area and you will be better off.

Carl Rossi, · Reply

Most of the spring clips mounted to the digitizer panel (sandwitched between the LCD display mount tabs and digitizer frame) are guaranteed to break. I recommend just purchasing a set (I found on one Amazon for less then $6). With that said, even though I broke most of mine while removing the glass panel/frame assembly, I was able to remount the glass. It seems fairly secure, but I'm going to put the iPad (3G/Wifi) in a case, anyway.

stevetsi, · Reply

Pas besoin de pistolet a chaleur, il faut juste faire sauter les clips qui maintiennent l'ensemble écran et LCD. Bien commencer par la droite, car se sont juste des picots en plastique a faire sauter par dessus le rebord en alu, puis soulever la partie du bas en cassant les 4 clips ( pas moyen de les garder entier). Ensuite la partie gauche (avec 6 clips) se détachera facilement. La partie haute n'est pas éclipser mais retenus par un cable.

tibo, · Reply

Be very careful as the left side has plastic pins that go into the cover, the right side and bottom have metal clips which break easily.

After unlocking the left side, pull away from the right side, as to save the metal clips.

Neven Dilkov, · Reply

During reassembly, it can be difficult to get the clips back into the body. I found that I had to put two (sturdy) metal spudgers on either side of the lower-right clip in order to gain enough space to get the clip into the body. Even then it required a fair amount of force (obviously not so much as to damage the display).

cgkemper, · Reply

There are four black angle metal foil corner pieces that just fall out of the case. They are about 4 mm long and 2mm on each leg. Have no clue what they do or where they go.

Carl Rossi, · Reply

That's probably broken Metal Display Clips. Easy to replace, but you'll need to purchase a set of new clips. Luckily, they're not expensive :-)

orb,

The display data cable may be glued into place along the right and top side of the right battery. You should use an iPod opening tool to pry it away from the adhesive. This will allow you to get a wider opening between the display and iPad body in order to access and remove other cables.

cgkemper, · Reply

Whats this antenna for? What is I accidentally tore it out? what will it affect?

Laith, · Reply

This is the GSM antenna cable connector.

orb,

did u find out what it did as I pulled the whole connector socket off can this be repaired

dods,

The antenna cable is easily broken when separating the screen from body.

The whole antenna can be purchased for about $5 new on eBay.

mpaint, · Reply

There are 2 small cable with golden connector plugged into the sockets,

unfortunately the lower one the cable and golden connector is broken when I move the display assembly off, what shall I do to fix it:-(

oliveryb, · Reply

Some know the function of these 2 cable? My lower cable broken with the golden connector...

oliveryb, · Reply

Two opening tools make this process much easier allowing you to move progressively around the LCD while separating it from the frame.

cgkemper, · Reply

My replacement screen required I transfer the cable (z-shaped with a flat socket at the other end) I removed the tape, revealing the socket and flipped a bar over that was securing it.

William Boulby, · Reply

Is it necessary to remove the tape from the LCD? My replacement front panel did not include the tape. I therefore left the tape on the LCD and it worked out fine.

cgkemper, · Reply

Not all replacement displays will have film over the GPS antenna.

cgkemper, · Reply

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