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iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement

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  1. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery 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 Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, 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. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Clampy - 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 backward 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.

  4. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 4, 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.

  5. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: 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. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, 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.

    • If you're having trouble making a gap, reapply a heated iOpener to the right edge for two minutes.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

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

  7. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Right edge information: step 7, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Right edge information: step 7, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Right edge information: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • There are two 2 cm-long magnets along the right edge of the screen. Don't insert your opening pick more than 2 mm to avoid damaging the screen in these locations:

    • The first magnet begins about 3 cm from the top of the iPad.

    • The second magnet begins about 3 cm from the bottom of the iPad.

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

  8. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the right adhesive: step 8, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the right adhesive: step 8, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the right adhesive: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Slide your opening pick along the right edge of the screen to separate the adhesive.

    • Angle your pick downward and insert up to a 2 mm depth near the magnet cutouts and 5 mm everywhere else.

    • Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner before continuing.

  9. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the corner adhesive: step 9, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the corner adhesive: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Slide your opening pick around the bottom right corner of the screen to separate the adhesive.

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

  10. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Heat the bottom edge: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the bottom edge of the screen for two minutes.

  11. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: step 11, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: step 11, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a second opening pick under 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 separate the bottom adhesive.

  12. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Slice the corner adhesive: step 12, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, 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. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Heat the left edge: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for two minutes.

  14. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Left edge information: step 14, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Left edge information: step 14, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Left edge information: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • There are three cutouts along the left edge of the screen where the adhesive is very thin. Don't insert your opening pick more than 2 mm to avoid damaging the screen at these cutouts:

    • The upper cutout begins 4 cm from the top of the frame and is 3 cm long.

    • The middle cutout begins 12 cm from the top of the frame and is 3 cm long.

    • The bottom cutout is 4 cm from the bottom of the frame and is 3 cm long.

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

  15. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Slice the left adhesive: step 15, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Slice the left adhesive: step 15, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Slice the left adhesive: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a third opening pick under the bottom left corner of the screen.

    • Slide your pick to the top left corner to slice the left adhesive, making sure to avoid the cutouts shown in the previous step.

    • Leave the pick inserted in the top left corner before continuing.

  16. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Slice the corner adhesive: step 16, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Slice the corner adhesive: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Slide 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. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Heat the top edge: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the top edge of the screen for two minutes.

  18. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Top edge information: step 18, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Top edge information: step 18, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Top edge information: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • While the top edge adhesive softens, note the following:

    • There are two ambient light sensors near the corners. Don't insert your pick more than 1 mm here.

    • The front-facing camera and additional sensors are in the center of the top edge. Don't insert your pick here—there is less than 1 mm of adhesive and you may damage the components.

    • For everywhere else, don't insert your pick more than 5 mm to avoid damaging the screen.

  19. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 19, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Slide your opening pick 9 cm toward the top right edge, stopping just before the camera assembly.

    • If you slide any farther, you risk damaging the camera's sensors.

    • Leave your pick inserted before continuing.

  20. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a new opening pick on the other side of the camera assembly, 4 cm from the previous pick.

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

  21. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 21, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 21, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Don't fully remove the screen, as it's attached to the frame by several cables.

    • Grab two opposing corners of the screen and lift up to separate it from the frame.

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

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

  22. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Unfasten the upper cable shield: step 22, image 1 of 1
    Tool used on this step:
    FixMat
    $36.95
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    • Throughout this guide, keep track of each screw and reinstall it exactly where it came from.

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

    • One 2.0 mm-long screw

    • One 1.8 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. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the upper cable shield: step 23, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, 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.

  24. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the upper sensors: step 24, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the upper sensors: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a 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. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 25, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 25, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the screen: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the right edge of the screen and open it like a book.

    • Don't pull up on the screen—the display cables are still attached.

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

    • Be careful not to strain the display cables.

  26. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Unfasten the display cable bracket: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the five screws securing the display cable bracket:

    • Four 1.1 mm-long screws

    • One 2.0 mm-long screw

  27. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 27, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 27, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the display cable bracket.

  28. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the SIM card reader: step 28, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the SIM card reader: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the SIM card reader cable press connector.

  29. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the SIM card reader cable: step 29, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the SIM card reader cable: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • The SIM card reader cable is lightly adhered to the battery.

    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to peel the SIM card reader cable away from the battery connector.

  30. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Unfasten the battery connector: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 1.7 mm-long screw securing the battery connector to the logic board.

  31. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the top display cables: step 31, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the top display cables: step 31, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the top display cables: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the two top display cable press connectors.

  32. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the bottom display cables: step 32, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the bottom display cables: step 32, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the bottom display cables: step 32, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the two bottom display cable press connectors.

  33. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the screen: step 33, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the screen: step 33, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the screen: step 33, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the screen.

  34. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board tape: step 34, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board tape: step 34, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board tape: step 34, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Metal tape conceals three screws that secure the logic board cover.

    • Use an opening tool to scrape the metal tape off the logic board enough to grab it with tweezers.

  35. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 35, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 35, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers to peel up the tape at the screw locations.

  36. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Unfasten the logic board cover: step 36, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the eight screws securing the logic board cover:

    • Five 2.0 mm-long screws

    • Three 1.1 mm-long screws

  37. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board cover: step 37, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board cover: step 37, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board cover: step 37, image 3 of 3
    • Peel back the logic board cover and remove it.

  38. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the front camera assembly: step 38, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the front camera assembly: step 38, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the front camera assembly: step 38, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the three front camera assembly cable press connectors.

  39. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 39, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 39, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 39, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • The left front camera cable is lightly adhered to the logic board.

    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to peel the left cable off the logic board.

  40. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 40, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 40, image 2 of 2
    • The middle front camera cable is lightly adhered to the logic board.

    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to peel the middle cable off the logic board.

  41. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Unfasten the front camera assembly: step 41, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T-3 screwdriver to remove the two 2.2 mm-long screws securing the front camera assembly.

  42. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 42, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 42, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 42, image 3 of 3
    • The front camera is strongly adhered to the frame with heat-resistant epoxy. Work slowly to avoid damaging surrounding components.

    • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the front camera, between the middle and right cables.

    • Twist the spudger to separate the epoxy securing the front camera.

    • This may require significant force.

    • Remove the front camera.

    • During reassembly, use a spudger to scrape off any remaining epoxy before reinstalling the front camera.

  43. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Unfasten the bottom speaker bracket: step 43, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 2.0 mm-long screw securing the bottom speaker bracket to the logic board.

  44. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the bottom speaker bracket: step 44, image 1 of 1
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the bottom speaker bracket.

  45. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the bottom speakers: step 45, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the bottom speakers: step 45, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the bottom speakers: step 45, image 3 of 3
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the four bottom speaker connectors.

    • Pry up under the cables, as close to the connector head as possible.

  46. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the Smart Connector: step 46, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the Smart Connector: step 46, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the Smart Connector press connector at the bottom of the logic board.

  47. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the top speakers: step 47, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the top speakers: step 47, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the top speakers: step 47, image 3 of 3
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the four top speaker connectors.

    • Pry up under the cables, as close to the connector head as possible.

  48. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the rear camera: step 48, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the rear camera: step 48, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the rear camera cable press connector.

  49. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the top microphone: step 49, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the top microphone: step 49, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the top microphone press connector.

  50. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 50, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna: step 50, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna by prying as close to its coaxial connector as possible.

  51. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the top antenna: step 51, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the top antenna: step 51, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the top antenna press connector.

    • Don't bend this cable more than needed, as it might break.

  52. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the bottom antenna: step 52, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the bottom antenna: step 52, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the bottom antenna press connector.

    • Don't bend this cable more than needed, as it might break.

  53. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi antenna cable: step 53, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi antenna cable: step 53, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the Wi-Fi antenna cable by prying as close to its coaxial connector as possible.

  54. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the Wi-Fi cable: step 54, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the Wi-Fi cable: step 54, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Reposition the Wi-Fi cable: step 54, image 3 of 3
    • Peel the Wi-Fi cable toward the right edge of the iPad.

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    • Continue peeling the cable toward the bottom edge of the iPad to separate it from the logic board.

  56. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the Apple Pencil charger: step 56, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the Apple Pencil charger: step 56, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Disconnect the Apple Pencil charger: step 56, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the left microphone and Apple Pencil charger cable press connectors.

  57. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Apply isopropyl alcohol: step 57, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Apply isopropyl alcohol: step 57, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Apply isopropyl alcohol: step 57, image 3 of 3
    • Apply high concentration (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol to the right edge of the logic board.

  58. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 58, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 58, image 2 of 2
    • Tilt the right edge of the iPad upward to allow the isopropyl alcohol to work its way underneath the logic board.

    • Wait for one minute to allow the isopropyl alcohol to weaken the adhesive.

  59. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 59, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 59, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 59, image 3 of 3
    • At this point, you can remove the battery blocker card strips.

    • Slide an opening pick under the top edge of the logic board to separate the bottom adhesive.

    • If you're having trouble inserting the pick, apply isopropyl alcohol directly to the top edge.

    • Leave the opening pick inserted to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  60. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the logic board adhesive: step 60, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the logic board adhesive: step 60, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the logic board adhesive: step 60, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick under the top right edge of the logic board.

    • Slide the opening pick toward the battery connector to separate the right adhesive.

    • Leave the opening pick inserted next to the battery connector to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  61. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 61, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 61, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a new opening pick under the logic board across from the battery connector.

    • Slide the opening pick toward the bottom of the iPad to separate the remaining adhesive.

    • At this point, the logic board should be fully separated from the frame. If the logic board still feels stuck, slide an opening pick around its perimeter to slice any remaining adhesive.

  62. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 62, image 1 of 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 62, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the logic board.

    • During reassembly, make sure all of the connectors are above the logic board before securing it back to the frame.

  63. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the stretch-release adhesive: step 63, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the stretch-release adhesive: step 63, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Remove the stretch-release adhesive: step 63, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • The next two steps will demonstrate how to remove the 12 stretch-release adhesive strips.

    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to carefully peel and separate the pull tab from the battery—enough so you can grab it with your fingers.

    • Take care not to puncture or bend the battery with your tool—a punctured or bent battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a fire.

  64. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 64, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 64, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 64, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the strip out slowly and steadily at a low angle. Give it plenty of time to stretch and un-stick from under the battery.

    • If the adhesive strip breaks off, try to retrieve it using your fingers or blunt nose tweezers, and continue pulling—but don't pry under the battery.

    • If you removed all of the stretch-release adhesive, skip to this step. Otherwise, follow the next two steps for each battery cell with remaining adhesive.

  65. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Apply isopropyl alcohol: step 65, image 1 of 1
    • Apply high-strength (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol along the edge of the battery.

    • Tilt the iPad to allow the isopropyl alcohol to work its way underneath the battery.

  66. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the adhesive: step 66, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the adhesive: step 66, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the adhesive: step 66, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Plastic Cards
    $2.99
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    • Insert a plastic card into the gap between the battery and the frame.

    • Use the plastic card to slice the adhesive underneath the battery.

    • Repeat for each battery cell with remaining stretch-release adhesive.

  67. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 67, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 67, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 67, image 3 of 3
    • The next two steps demonstrate how to remove the adhesive along the outer edge of the left battery cell.

    • Apply high-strength (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol along the edge of the left battery cell.

    • Tilt the iPad to allow the isopropyl alcohol to work its way underneath the battery.

  68. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 68, image 1 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 68, image 2 of 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen Battery Replacement: step 68, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a plastic card under the left battery cell.

    • Slide the card along the outer edge of the battery to separate the adhesive.

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    • Apply high-strength (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol along the bottom edge of the left battery board.

    • Tilt the iPad to allow the isopropyl alcohol to work its way underneath the battery.

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    • Insert an opening pick under the left battery board to create an initial gap.

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    • Slide the plastic card under the left battery board to separate its adhesive.

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    • If your SIM card reader cable is not adhered to the battery board, skip this step.

    • Peel the SIM card reader cable toward the right edge of the iPad to separate it from the battery board.

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    • Apply high-strength (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol along the bottom edge of the right battery board.

    • Tilt the iPad to allow the isopropyl alcohol to work its way underneath the battery.

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    • Insert an opening pick under the right battery board to create an initial gap.

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    • Slide the plastic card under the right battery board to separate its adhesive.

    • At this point, the battery should be separated from the frame. If there's still resistance around the edges, slide an opening pick around the perimeter of the battery.

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    • Remove the battery.

    • During reassembly, remove the old adhesive with tweezers and isopropyl alcohol.

    • If there are any drops of isopropyl alcohol remaining, use a lint-free cloth to wipe them away or allow the iPad to air dry before installing a new battery.

    • Apply stretch-release adhesive strips, double sided adhesive tape, or pre-cut adhesive to secure the new battery.

    • Don't reuse the battery after it has been removed, as doing so is a potential safety hazard.

Conclusion

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

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

For optimal performance, calibrate your newly installed battery after completing this guide.

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 12.9" 3rd Generation Answers community for help.

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Hey guys! After the battery replacement(i made all the steps from the list) the ipad isn’t charging, when I plug in charger its display switches on but it doesn’t indicate that It is charging, then I’ve changed the battery back and it acts the same, what could be an issue? Thank you!

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I had the same problem. After I replaced the USB charging socket, everything worked again.

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