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iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement

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  1. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, 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. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Heat the left edge: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • You can also use a hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate—but extreme heat can damage the screen and/or internal battery, so proceed with care.

  3. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Screen removal information: step 3, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Screen removal information: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • While your iPad looks uniform from the outside, there are delicate components under portions of the screen. To avoid damage, follow instructions exactly as written and note the following areas as you open your iPad:

    • Camera module and ambient light sensors

    • Display cables

    • Screen magnets

    • Display edges

  4. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 4, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 4, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 4, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Anti-Clamp
    $24.95
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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 left 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.

  5. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  6. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement: step 6, 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 left 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.

  7. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 7, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 7, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 7, 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 top left edge of the screen.

    • Pull up on the suction handle with firm, constant pressure to create a gap just small enough to insert an opening pick.

    • Only create a gap small enough to insert an opening pick. Overbending the screen will damage it.

    • Insert the tip of an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't insert the opening pick more than 3 mm or you'll damage the display edges.

    • Leave the pick in to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  8. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 8, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 8, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Don't insert the pick more than 3 mm or you'll damage the display edges.

    • Insert a new opening pick in the gap you just created.

    • Slide the opening pick along the left edge to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick in the bottom left corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  9. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Heat the bottom edge: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the bottom edge of the screen for two minutes.

  10. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Don't insert the pick more than 3 mm or you'll damage the display cables.

    • Insert a new opening pick in the bottom left corner.

    • Slide the opening pick along the bottom edge to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  11. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Heat the right edge: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the right edge of the screen for two minutes.

  12. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • The right edge of the iPad contains the screen magnets, display cables, and a digitizer cable. These components are easily damaged if an opening pick is inserted too far.

    • Insert a new opening pick in the bottom right corner and slide along the right edge to separate the adhesive. Make sure to note the following marked areas:

    • Don't insert an opening pick more than 2 mm or you'll damage the screen magnets.

    • The screen magnets are located directly above the SIM card slot (Wi-Fi + Cellular models only) and volume buttons.

    • Don't insert an opening pick more than 3 mm or you'll damage the display and digitizer cables.

    • Don't insert an opening pick more than 5 mm or you'll damage the display edges.

    • Leave the pick in the top right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  13. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Heat the top edge: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the top edge of the screen for two minutes.

  14. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 14, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 14, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • The top edge of the iPad contains the front camera module and two ambient light sensors. These components are easily damaged if an opening pick is inserted too far.

    • The two ambient light sensors can be hard to see and can be located using a flashlight or by placing the iPad under a bright light.

    • Insert a new opening pick in the top right corner and slide along the top edge to separate the adhesive. Make sure to note the following:

    • Don't insert an opening pick more than 5 mm or you'll damage the display edges.

    • Don't insert an opening pick more than 3 mm or you'll damage the ambient light sensors.

    • Don't insert an opening pick more than 2 mm or you'll damage the front camera module.

    • Leave the pick in the top left corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  15. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 15, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 15, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Don't try to remove the screen yet, as it's still attached to the frame by delicate ribbon cables.

    • Grip the left edge of the screen and fold it open like a book.

    • 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.

  16. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 16, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 16, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    FixMat
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    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 1.8 mm screw securing the battery connector to the logic board.

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

  17. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Battery connector information: step 17, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Battery connector information: step 17, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Battery connector information: step 17, 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.

  18. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Create a battery blocker: step 18, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Create a battery blocker: step 18, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Create a battery blocker: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Cut two 6 mm wide strips from a playing card or cardstock to use as a battery blocker.

    • The strips should be about 4 cm long so you can easily grip them.

  19. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Insert the card strips: step 19, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Insert the card strips: step 19, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Insert the card strips: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the card strips on each side of the battery connector until they stop.

  20. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Unfasten the display and digitizer cable brackets: step 20, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Unfasten the display and digitizer cable brackets: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three screws securing the display and digitizer cable brackets to the logic board:

    • Two 1.1 mm screws

    • One 1.5 mm screw

  21. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 21, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 21, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • The display cable bracket is held in place by a small latch at the bottom.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to pivot the latch out from the top and remove the bracket.

  22. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the digitizer cable bracket: step 22, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the digitizer cable bracket: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers or your fingers to remove the digitizer cable bracket.

  23. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 23, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 23, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the two display cables by lifting straight up on the press connectors.

    • 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 and cause permanent damage.

  24. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the digitizer cable: step 24, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Disconnect the digitizer cable: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Repeat the previous step for the digitizer cable.

  25. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the screen: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Grip the left edge of the screen and lift it away.

    • During reassembly, before installing a screen, remove any remaining adhesive from the frame, and clean the glued areas with high-strength (>90%) isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth. This helps prep the iPad for fresh adhesive and ensures that it will bond properly.

    • If you plan to reinstall your existing screen, remove any remaining adhesive from the back and clean the adhered areas with isopropyl alcohol.

    • Follow this guide to install pre-cut adhesive strips on your iPad before sealing it up.

  26. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Unfasten the front camera cable bracket: step 26, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Unfasten the front camera cable bracket: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 1.2 mm screw securing the front camera cable bracket to the frame.

  27. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the front camera cable bracket: step 27, image 1 of 2 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the front camera cable bracket: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers or your fingers to remove the front camera cable bracket.

  28. iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 28, image 1 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 28, image 2 of 3 iPad Air 5th Generation Front Camera Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 28, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Tesa 61395 Tape
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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the two display cables by lifting straight up on the press connectors.

    • 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 and cause permanent damage.

    • Use tweezers to remove the front camera.

    • The camera is secured to the frame with weak foam adhesive.

    • During reassembly, use a small piece of Tesa tape to secure the front camera to the frame.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement camera to the original one—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new camera before installing it.

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 Air 5th Generation answers community for help.

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