iPad Mini Wi-Fi LCD Replacement

Replace the LCD in your iPad Mini Wi-Fi.

Use this guide to open your iPad Mini Wi-Fi and replace the display.

Edit Step 1 iOpener Heating  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 iOpener Heating  ¶ 

  • 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.

  • If you have not used your iOpener for some time, or if you're using a new iOpener for the first time, microwave it wrapped in a damp paper towel. This will prevent it from burning if it is overheated.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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  • Heat the iOpener for one minute on the highest power setting.

    • If you are using one of the new, gel-filled iOpeners, heat the iOpener for only thirty seconds.

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

    • If you are using one of the new, gel-filled iOpeners, only reheat the iOpener for thirty seconds at a time.

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

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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  • Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by the printed tag.

    • If your iOpener has no tag, grab it by a corner, or handle with an oven mitt to avoid burning yourself.

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

Edit Step 4 Front Panel  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Front Panel  ¶ 

  • 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 5  ¶ 

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  • Throughout the following procedure, you'll be placing the iOpener on the iPad to soften adhesive at several locations. Ensure the iOpener is hot before placing it on the iPad, and reheat it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds as needed.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener; never microwave it for longer than one minute, and always wait at least two minutes before reheating the iOpener.

  • Lay the iOpener flat on the right edge of the iPad, smoothing it out so that there is good contact between the surface of the iPad and the iOpener.

  • Let the iOpener sit on the iPad for approximately 90 seconds before continuing on to open the front panel.

  • As you may find yourself working with broken glass during this procedure, we recommend wearing safety glasses for protection from flying shards.

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  • Remove the iOpener from the iPad.

  • Place a suction cup on the bottom right of the front panel glass, just above the lower bezel and near the right edge of the device.

  • With one hand on the device, pull up on the suction cup enough to open a small gap between the front panel glass and rear panel.

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  • While still pulling up with the suction cup, insert a wide plastic opening tool into the gap created between the front panel and rear case.

  • Leave the opening tool in the gap and remove the suction cup from the iPad.

  • Unlike in the iPad 2,3, and 4, there is no plastic display bezel on the iPad Mini. Insert the plastic opening tool into the crack between the front panel and the rear case.

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  • Place the iOpener back along the right edge of the iPad and wait about a minute for it to warm the adhesive back up.

  • Insert a guitar pick 1/4" into the crack between the front panel and the rear case, to the left of the plastic opening tool.

    • The guitar pick will serve as a placeholder, to keep the gap spread open so the adhesive doesn't reseal the iPad shut as you move the plastic opening tool.

    • Be careful not to insert the guitar pick too deep, as it could scratch and damage the front of the LCD.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool toward the top of the iPad, breaking the adhesive seal between the front panel and rear case.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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  • Insert another guitar pick above the plastic opening tool, to keep the gap from resealing.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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  • Place the iOpener across the bottom on the iPad, after reheating it for 30-60 seconds if it has cooled down.

  • Let the iOpener sit for at least 90 seconds, to warm and soften the adhesive beneath this section of the front panel.

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  • Insert the plastic opening tool into the gap between the front panel and rear case, next to the lower placeholder guitar pick.

  • Slide the opening tool around the corner, separating the front panel from the rear case.

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  • Continue sliding the plastic opening tool along the bottom edge of the iPad.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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  • Insert a guitar pick into the bottom of the iPad as shown, between the front panel glass and rear case.

  • Be careful not to insert the guitar pick any closer than 3/4" from the right edge of the iPad, as you may damage the digitizer cable.

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  • Continue sliding the plastic opening tool along the next corner of the device, freeing the rest of the bottom edge of the front panel.

  • Leave the plastic opening tool in this position.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

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  • Insert another guitar pick under the bottom left corner of the front panel, breaking the adhesive beneath it.

    • If the guitar pick is hard to press in, reheat the iOpener for 30-60 seconds and reapply it to the iPad for another 90 seconds to resoften the adhesive.

  • Slide the guitar pick toward the home button, breaking the adhesive beneath.

    • For this pick, be sure to only slide toward the center, to prevent damage to the Wi-Fi antenna, located beneath the lower bezel.

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  • Place the iOpener back on the iPad, this time along the left edge of the front panel.

    • Remember to reheat the iOpener for an additional 30-60 seconds if it has cooled down after its last application.

  • Let the iOpener sit for 90 seconds to soften the adhesive along the left side of the iPad.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool a few inches along the left side of the iPad, continuing to break the adhesive securing the front panel to the rear case.

  • Insert a placeholder guitar pick to keep the adhesive from re-sealing and closing the gap made by the plastic opening tool.

    • Remember to only push the guitar pick in about 1/4", to avoid scratching the front of the LCD.

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  • Continue sliding the plastic opening tool the rest of the way along the left side of the iPad.

  • Insert another guitar pick in the top of the left side as shown, to keep the gap open.

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  • Lay the iOpener on the top edge of the iPad, and let it sit for 90 seconds to melt the adhesive securing the top of the front panel to the rear case.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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  • Insert the wide plastic opening tool into the gap held open by the guitar pick on the iPad's left side.

  • Slide the plastic opening tool around the top left corner of the iPad, bringing the gap to the top edge of the front panel.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool along the top edge, separating the edge of the front panel from the rear case.

  • Leave the plastic opening tool in the gap beneath the front panel, near the iPad's top right corner.

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  • Push a guitar pick in between the front panel and rear case near the top left corner of the iPad.

  • Slide the guitar pick toward the front-facing camera to break the layer of adhesive beneath the top display bezel.

    • Stop once you reach the camera, as you might damage the camera or its cable if you slide the guitar pick over the camera.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool around the iPad's top right corner.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

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  • Push a guitar pick in between the front panel and rear case just to the right of the front-facing camera.

  • Slide the guitar pick toward the outside edge of the iPad to break the layer of adhesive beneath the top display bezel.

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  • At this point you should have opened the gap between the front panel and rear case around all four edges and underneath the top and bottom bezels, leaving guitar picks to hold the gap open as shown.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

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  • Lift the front panel glass from the top, folding it up and over the iPad.

    • Do not remove the front panel from the rest of the iPad; the digitizer cable still connects the two.

Edit Step 28 LCD Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 28 LCD Assembly  ¶ 

  • Small pieces of foam tape cover the top and bottom right-hand screws securing the LCD to the rear case.

  • Use tweezers to peel up and remove the rectangular piece of foam tape covering the top right LCD screw.

  • Remove the triangular tape covering the lower right LCD screw.

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  • The top left LCD screw may be covered by adhesive tape from the front panel.

  • If the tape is present, use the flat end of a spudger to pry the tape up and away, exposing the LCD screw beneath.

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  • Remove the four 3.9 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the LCD to the rear case.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

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  • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the small piece of tape connecting the LCD frame to the right speaker.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

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  • A thin strip of foam tape on the LCD frame is covering a piece of tape connecting the LCD to the panel beneath it. To proceed, you'll have to break and peel up some of the foam tape to expose the tape hidden beneath.

  • Use a pair of thin tweezers to pull up the top of the foam tape surrounding the LCD.

    • Be careful not to touch the LCD with the tweezers, as you may damage the display.

  • Use the tweezers to peel the foam tape up to expose the top of the LCD.

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  • Insert the tip of a spudger between the LCD frame and the tape on the top of the LCD.

  • Slide the spudger along the space between the LCD frame and tape, separating the tape from the LCD frame.

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  • The LCD is glued to the metal LCD shield plate behind it along the top, left, and right edges. In order to safely loosen this adhesive, you'll be using a guitar pick to shift the LCD a couple of millimeters left and right several times.

  • Insert a guitar pick into the gap between the LCD and rear case, near the top of the left side of the LCD.

  • Bend the pick slightly away from the iPad, just enough to spread the gap between the LCD and rear case.

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  • Insert the guitar pick into three more locations down the left side of the LCD and bend it over in each location, to slide the LCD over to the right side of the rear case.

Edit Step 36  ¶ 

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  • Now switch to the right side of the LCD, and pry with the guitar pick in several places along the side to shift the LCD back to the left.

  • Repeat this and the previous step a few times, until the LCD is easily moved left and right.

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  • In the next few steps, you'll be sliding a spudger between the LCD and the metal backing plate to fully separate the LCD from the adhesive beneath.

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the LCD frame and the metal backing plate.

    • Be sure to get the spudger between the LCD frame and backing plate, and not beneath the plate. Prying up on the plate will damage it, because it is screwed down to the rear case beneath the LCD.

Edit Step 38  ¶ 

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  • Starting at the top right of the device, slide the spudger in between the LCD frame and metal backing plate, which will separate the adhesive as you push.

    • The goal is to separate the adhesive, not to pry the LCD up, so keep the pointed tip of the spudger as low as possible to prevent bending the LCD.

  • If inserting the spudger causes the corner of the LCD to bend up, repeat the steps with the guitar pick to further loosen the adhesive.

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  • Repeat the previous procedure along the top of the LCD.

  • Insert the flat end of the spudger between the LCD frame and metal backing plate and gently push the spudger in across the top of the device, separating adhesive.

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  • Continue with the left side of the LCD: insert the flat end of the spudger between the LCD and shield plate and insert the spudger as far as it will go.

  • At this point the LCD should be loosened from the adhesive holding it. If it is not, re-insert the spudger on the right side or top to fully free the LCD.

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  • Lift the LCD up a couple inches from the rear case to ensure it's free from the adhesive.

Edit Step 42  ¶ 

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  • Two wide strips of tape connect the LCD to the speakers.

  • While holding the LCD with one hand, Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between this tape and the left speaker.

  • Gently pull the LCD away from the speakers while rotating the spudger outward to separate the tape from the speaker.

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  • Insert the flat end of the spudger into the gap between the right speaker and the LCD tape.

  • While pulling the LCD away from the speakers, rotate the spudger outward, widening the gap and releasing the tape from the speaker.

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  • Flip the LCD over and rest it on top of the front panel glass.

  • Do not attempt to remove the LCD from the iPad, as it is still connected by its data cable.

Edit Step 45 LCD Shield Plate  ¶ 

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Edit Step 45 LCD Shield Plate  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the LCD shield plate to the rear case of the iPad:

    • Two 2.6 mm Phillips #00

    • Thirteen 1.7 mm Phillips #00

    • One additional 1.7 mm Phillips #00 on some devices.

Edit Step 46  ¶ 

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  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the center of the LCD shield plate from the bottom end of the iPad.

  • Pry up on the spudger to free the plate from the sides of the rear case.

Edit Step 47  ¶ 

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Edit Step 47  ¶ 

  • Remove the LCD shield plate from the iPad.

Edit Step 48 Battery Connector  ¶ 

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Edit Step 48 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Remove the three 1.3 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the connector shield to the logic board.

  • Be sure to not substitute these three screws with any other screws, specifically the screws securing the LCD shield plate to the rear case of the iPad. Any slightly longer screws may strip the screw holes and result in irreparable damage to the logic board.

Edit Step 49  ¶ 

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Edit Step 49  ¶ 

  • Use a pair of tweezers to grasp and remove the connector shield from the iPad.

Edit Step 50  ¶ 

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  • Use a plastic opening tool to gently pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  • Be very careful to only pry up on the battery connector and not on the socket itself. If you pry up on the logic board socket, you may break the connector entirely.

Edit Step 51 LCD  ¶ 

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Edit Step 51 LCD  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the LCD connector from its socket on the logic board.

  • Do not pry against the large IC next to the connector, or you may break it. Gently pry from the side of the connector as shown.

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  • The LCD is still connected to the rest of the iPad by two wide strips of adhesive tape that run up from the inside of the rear case to the front bottom LCD frame.

  • While holding the LCD with one hand, insert the flat end of a spudger between the LCD and tape on the iPad's right side.

  • Slide the spudger outward, separating the tape, while gently lifting up on the LCD to pull it away from the tape.

  • It may help to twist the spudger, to spread the gap the rest of the way and separate the LCD from the tape.

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  • While still holding the LCD up with one hand, move on to the iPad's left side and repeat the previous step's procedure to separate the second piece of tape.

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the LCD frame and tape, and slide outward while gently lifting up on the LCD.

Edit Step 54  ¶ 

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  • Lift and remove the LCD from the iPad Mini.

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

For more information, check out the iPad Mini Wi-Fi device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

You need to be really careful when lifting the LCD up. The adhesive is strong in places and I destroyed a couple of LCD's before perfecting it.

Dave, · Reply

Follow the directions and its not hard at all. Took about 90 minutes from start to finish. Make sure you read each direction at a time and don't skip any.

gvelasquez, · Reply

I'm sorry, but I started laughing uncontrollably at this point! It's like something out of a Conan or Fallon sketch for the all but non sequitur of microwave use, but it's clearly what needs to be done for the glue. I came from a 2007 MBP, and personally replaced the battery multiple times (one step). I was curious about how it was done with my new 2014 model. 32 steps might as well be a punch line...

JeffH, · Reply

In my case the 4 screws are not the same. One is 4mm, and 3 of 3.5mm, or better 2 x 3.5mm and one 3.45mm. I put the longest one at the left edge at left of the LCD flat cable.

mitja

Mitja Jankovic, · Reply

Hi Mitja. I just checked the measurements with an electronic digital caliper. I got 3.9 mm for all four screws. Are you sure it was the same model? Thanks.

Walter Galan,

The top left screw is longer than the other 3 - iPad mini Retina Wi-Fi.

sandro, · Reply

At the iPad mini retina Wi-Fi there are only 7 screws.

sandro, · Reply

Note: These three screws are smaller than the rest of the screws holding the larger LCD shield although they look similar. If you substitute the larger screws, you will pop a screw bracket which can damage the board on both the mini original and mini 2 retina. I just wrote a blog post about how this happens: http://mendonipadrehab.com/entries/gener...

jessabethany, · Reply

Hi jessabethany. Thank you for the warning. I read your blog post and found it to be very informative. Thanks for adding the warning to the step. It will most definitely help others avoid any damage to the logic board. Thanks!

Walter Galan,

Be careful: At iPad mini retina Wi-Fi there are thw short and one longer screw! Don't mix them!

sandro, · Reply

Make sure you disconnect the battery. If not and ipad is still on you can have problems with the LCD backlight. To fix that problem you have to solder

Mattis, · Reply

I may be experiencing the backlight problem you mentioned. What connection needs to be soldered?

Grillwrecka,

Removing this tape and such to take the LCD off completely is unneccessary when replacing just the glass and digitizer, the digitizer cable is easily removed without further work to the LCD

Nick Hughes, · Reply

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