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Introduction

Follow this guide to remove or replace the liquid crystal display (LCD) in an iPad 7. Unlike newer iPads and most phones, the glass digitizer and LCD on the iPad 7 are not fused together.

Note: this guide is for the LTE version only. For the Wi-Fi version, click here.

Be very careful when you isolate the battery using a battery blocker. The battery contacts are easily damaged, resulting in irreversible damage. If you choose to complete the guide without isolating the battery, avoid using metal tools except when completely necessary (like when removing screws) to prevent shorting the battery and damaging sensitive circuit components.

Some photos in this guide are from a different model and may contain slight visual discrepancies, but they won't affect the guide procedure.

  1. iPad 7 LCD Replacement, iOpener Heating: step 1, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, iOpener Heating: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener.

    • Place the iOpener in the center of the microwave.

    • For carousel microwaves: Make sure the plate spins freely. If your iOpener gets stuck, it may overheat and burn.

  2. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Heat the iOpener for thirty seconds.

    • Throughout the repair procedure, as the iOpener cools, reheat it in the microwave for an additional thirty seconds at a time.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair. Overheating may cause the iOpener to burst.

    • Never touch the iOpener if it appears swollen.

    • If the iOpener is still too hot in the middle to touch, continue using it while waiting for it to cool down some more before reheating. A properly heated iOpener should stay warm for up to 10 minutes.

  3. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the two flat ends to avoid the hot center.

    • The iOpener will be very hot, so be careful when handling it. Use an oven mitt if necessary.

  4. iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Alternate iOpener heating method: step 4, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Alternate iOpener heating method: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • If you don't have a microwave, follow this step to heat your iOpener in boiling water.

    • Fill a pot or pan with enough water to fully submerge an iOpener.

    • Heat the water to a boil. Turn off the heat.

    • Place an iOpener into the hot water for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the iOpener is fully submerged in the water.

    • Use tongs to extract the heated iOpener from the hot water.

    • Thoroughly dry the iOpener with a towel.

    • The iOpener will be very hot, so be careful to hold it only by the end tabs.

    • Your iOpener is ready for use! If you need to reheat the iOpener, heat the water to a boil, turn off the heat, and place the iOpener in the water for 2-3 minutes.

  5. iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Front Panel: step 5, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Front Panel: step 5, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Front Panel: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  6. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Handling it by the tag, place the heated iOpener on the side of the iPad to the left of the home button assembly.

    • Let the iOpener sit for at least a minute to soften the adhesive beneath the glass.

  7. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • While the iPad looks uniform from the outside, there are delicate components under the front glass. To avoid damage, only heat and pry in the areas described in each step.

    • As you follow the directions, take special care to avoid prying in the following areas:

    • Front-facing camera

    • Antennas

    • Display cables

  8. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully place a suction cup halfway up the heated side.

    • Be sure the cup is completely flat on the screen to get a tight seal.

    • While holding the iPad down with one hand, pull up on the suction cup to slightly separate the front panel glass from from the rear case.

    • If your iPad's screen is badly cracked, covering it with a smooth layer of clear packing tape may help the suction cup adhere. Alternatively, use a strong piece of tape (such as duct tape) and fold it into a handle.

  9. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Place an opening pick in the gap opened by the suction cup.

    • Don't insert the opening pick any deeper than the black bezel on the side of the display. Inserting the pick too far may damage the LCD.

    • Pull the suction cup's plastic nub to release the vacuum seal and remove the suction cup from the display assembly.

  10. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Reheat and replace the iOpener.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair procedure. Always wait at least ten minutes before reheating the iOpener.

  11. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Place a second opening pick alongside the first and slide the pick down along the edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive as you go.

  12. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Continue moving the opening pick down the side of the display to release the adhesive.

    • If the opening pick gets stuck in the adhesive, "roll" the pick along the side of the iPad, continuing to release the adhesive.

  13. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Take the first pick you inserted and slide it up toward the top corner of the iPad.

    • If you can see the tip of the opening pick through the front glass, don't panic—just pull the pick out just a little bit. Most likely, everything will be fine, but try to avoid this as it may deposit adhesive on the front of the LCD that is difficult to clean off.

  14. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Reheat the iOpener and place it on the top edge of the iPad, over the front-facing camera.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair procedure. Wait at least ten minutes before reheating the iOpener.

    • If you have a flexible iOpener, you can bend it to heat both the upper left corner and the upper edge at the same time.

  15. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick around the top left corner of the iPad to separate the adhesive.

  16. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick along the top edge of the iPad, stopping just before you reach the camera.

    • The third image shows where the front-facing camera and housing are in the iPad.

    • Avoid sliding the opening pick over the front facing camera, as you may smear adhesive onto the lens or damage the camera. The following steps will detail how to best avoid disturbing the front facing camera.

  17. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the pick out slightly, and slide the very tip gently along the top of the front-facing camera section of the top edge.

  18. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Leave the opening pick in the iPad slightly past the front-facing camera.

    • Take a second pick and insert it to the left of the camera, and then slide it to the corner of the iPad to finish cutting the adhesive on that edge.

  19. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the previous pick deeper into the iPad and slide it away from the camera toward the corner.

  20. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Leave the three picks in the corners of the iPad to prevent re-adhering of the front panel adhesive.

    • Reheat the iOpener and place it on the remaining side of the iPad—along the volume and lock buttons.

  21. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening pick around the top right corner of the iPad, releasing the adhesive there.

    • Leave this pick in place to keep the adhesive from re-sealing itself, and grab a new pick for the next step.

  22. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a new opening pick and slide it to the middle of the right edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive as you go.

    • The display cables are located approximately halfway from the bottom of the iPad. Stop sliding the pick when you get ~4.5" from the bottom of the iPad.

  23. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Leave the opening picks in place, and set the reheated iOpener on the home button end of the iPad.

  24. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 24, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the lower left pick to the lower left corner to cut the adhesive on that corner.

    • Leave the pick at the corner. Do not pry any farther, and do not remove the pick from the iPad.

    • The third image shows the two antennas and the home button cavity in the lower case of the iPad.

    • The following steps will direct you where to pry to avoid damage to these components. Only apply heat and pry where directed.

  25. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 25, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • Leave the pick from the last step in place to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

    • With a new pick, slice gently over the left-hand antenna, stopping before the home button.

    • Only slide the pick from the outer edge toward the center of the iPad. Do not move the pick back toward the outer edge, as moving in this direction may damage the antenna.

    • If you need to slide the pick over the lower section more than once, remove it and re-insert at the outer edge, and slide inwards.

    • Leave the pick in place before moving on.

  26. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 26, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 26, image 3 of 3
    • Take a new pick and slip it in to the right of the previous pick.

    • Slide across the home button and right-hand antenna using only the very tip to remove the adhesive.

  27. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • With the adhesive loosened, you can now insert the pick near the right-hand corner. Slide the pick to the left, and stop just short of the Home button.

    • Just like with the left antenna, only slide from the outer edge toward the center. Reversing this direction may damage the antenna.

  28. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Reheat and reapply the iOpener to the volume control side of the iPad.

  29. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Be very careful with this step. Take your time and ensure the adhesive is hot and soft, and that you've been through all of the adhesive with an opening pick. Don't be afraid to stop and reheat.

    • On the side of the iPad opposite the volume controls, you should have a pick lodged into each corner. Twist the picks to lift the glass slightly, separating the last of the adhesive along the display cable edge.

    • If you encounter a significant amount of resistance, leave the picks in place, reheat, and reapply the iOpener to the problem areas.

  30. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 30, image 2 of 2
    • Lift slowly and gently to further detach the adhesive along the display cable edge.

  31. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 31, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • While supporting the front panel glass, use an opening pick to cut the last of the adhesive.

    • Be very careful not to cut or damage any of the display cables.

  32. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Once all of the adhesive has been separated, open the glass panel like a page in a book and rest it on your workspace.

    • During reassembly, clean the remains of the adhesive from the case (and the front glass if you are re-using it) with isopropyl alcohol, and replace the adhesive using our display adhesive application guide and pre-cut adhesive strips.

    • It's easy to pinch a flex cable between the front glass and the iPad's frame during reassembly. Be mindful of the flex cables and make sure they gently fold and tuck under the frame. If the folds in a flex cable are pressed completely flat, it may be damaged beyond repair.

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four 4.3 mm-long screws securing the LCD to the frame.

    • Remove any tape obscuring the LCD screws.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

  33. iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Flip the LCD over: step 34, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Flip the LCD over: step 34, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Flip the LCD over: step 34, image 3 of 3
    • Don't attempt to fully remove the LCD during this step, as it's still connected by several cables at the home button end.

    • Only lift the LCD from the front-facing camera end.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the LCD out of its recess just enough to grab it with your fingers.

    • Flip the iPad LCD like a page in a book, lifting near the camera and turning it over the home button end of the rear case.

    • Lay the LCD down onto a clean, soft, lint-free surface to allow access to the display cables.

  34. iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 35, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the single 2.3 mm-long screw securing the battery connector to the logic board.

  35. iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Battery connector information: step 36, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Battery connector information: step 36, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Battery connector information: step 36, image 3 of 3
    • These photos show what the battery connector looks like underneath the logic board. Use these photos as a reference while you safely disconnect the battery.

    • Notice that the battery connector has cantilever springs on the logic board that press against the battery contact pads. Since both the logic board and battery are glued down, you'll need to slide something thin and flexible between the contact points to disconnect the battery.

  36. iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 37, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 37, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 37, image 3 of 3
    • Be careful when you isolate the battery using a battery blocker. The battery contacts are easily bent or broken, resulting in irreversible damage.

    • Ensure that the iFixit logo on the battery blocker is facing up.

    • Slide the battery blocker underneath the logic board's battery connector at a 35 degree angle.

    • Don't push the battery blocker underneath the connector with excessive force. If you're having trouble fitting the battery blocker underneath the logic board, you can try using a playing card to disconnect the battery instead.

    • The battery blocker or playing card ideally should slide under the logic board without encountering any blockages. After insertion, it should rest at about a 15 degree angle.

    • Leave the battery blocker in place as you work.

  37. iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 38, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three 1.4 mm-long screws securing the display cable bracket.

  38. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 39, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 39, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the display cable bracket.

  39. iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the LCD: step 40, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 LCD Replacement, Disconnect the LCD: step 40, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the LCD cable by lifting straight up on the press connector.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  40. iPad 7 LCD Replacement: step 41, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the LCD completely and rest it face down on a clean, soft, lint-free surface.

Conclusion

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our iPad 7 Answers community for help.

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