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Introduction

Follow the steps in this guide to replace your iPad mini 4 display assembly, including the fused LCD and digitizer glass.

This procedure involves removing the screen then transferring the home button to your new assembly. In order to maintain Touch ID functionality you must transfer your original home button to the new screen.

Depending on your replacement part, you may also need to transfer the sleep/wake sensor for Smart Cover use, this portion of the procedure requires desoldering a cable.

Parts of this guide were shot with a Wi-Fi model and as such the internals may look slightly different from the LTE model. The procedure is the same for both models except where noted.

    • 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. For particularly bad breaks, you may need to lay down two layers.

    • 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.

    • Protect your eyes! This procedure will cause small pieces of glass to fly directly toward your face. Do not attempt without safety glasses.

  1. Heat an iOpener and apply it to the left edge for two minutes.
  2. Apply 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 with strong, steady force to create a gap.
    • Apply 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 with strong, steady force to create a gap.

    • Depending on the age of your device, this may be difficult. If you have trouble, apply more heat and try again.

    • Be careful to only lift the glass enough to insert an opening pick—any more and you risk cracking the glass.

  3. While holding the glass up with the suction cup, insert the point of an opening pick into the gap between the glass and body of the iPad. Don't insert the opening pick any deeper than 2 mm into the side of the display. Inserting the pick deeper than 2 mm could damage the backlight assembly, LCD display, or touchscreen.
    • While holding the glass up with the suction cup, insert the point of an opening pick into the gap between the glass and body of the iPad.

    • Don't insert the opening pick any deeper than 2 mm into the side of the display. Inserting the pick deeper than 2 mm could damage the backlight assembly, LCD display, or touchscreen.

    “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.”

    Unfortunately, you only know you have inserted it too far when you have, and you start seeing little bubble veins form between the glass screen and the LCD.

    The adhesive can be very stiff/hard, and if pushing through it can result in the pick plunging into the LCD when the adhesive finally gives way.

    Take your time, use alot of heat, and if you need to try and push the pick in, try and do so in a slicing motion along the edge, use the wide edge, or hold the pick so that your finger will hit the edge of the screen before the pick tip will pass the bezel.

    lucanos - Reply

    Adhesive strips are only 1mm wide on sides. Up to 5mm wide top and bottom. I used the Isclack. Screen seemed ok bending without breaking. Worth looking for a photo of the replacement adhesive strips so you know what you have to separate. Be extra careful at the lower right corner where the cables are.

    ian cheong - Reply

    This is a failure of a guide as it doesn’t tell you to insert at a downward angle so you don’t potrude into the LCD… Now I have to spend more money to replace the screen as I pushed adhesive between the LCD and the screen even though I went no farther than a millimeter short of the screen...

    Alec - Reply

    can you open the right side if the left is too cracked to use a suction cup on?

    clark overhiser - Reply

    This guide needs amending urgently.

    You MUST NOT put the pick or whatever you are using more than 2mm under the sides of the screen, or you will cut through the adhesive tape securing the backlight assembly to the LCD glass.

    This will push adhesive into the viewable area of the LCD and cause the backlight assembly to no longer be secured against the LCD fully.

    I now need a new screen.

    This line below from the guide is absolutely INCORRECT and will ruin your expensive display:

    ”Don't insert the opening pick any deeper than the black bezel on the side of the display.”

    The black bezel is 5mm to 6mm wide; you MUST NOT insert anything to that depth or you will destroy your display. 2mm maximum!

    jamesqb2001 - Reply

    thanks. will take this into account for my repair

    Adab Abu -

    A few thoughts after opening a number of Mini 4’s.

    1) if the display is warm enough you can squeeze the digitizer and LCD back together after a minor incursion with the opening pick and it will reseal.

    2) I’ve started going in at the top just to the right of the camera (I use an iFlex to get in then switch to a pick). Then I run down either side with my fingers choked up on the pick so there only a mm or 2 sticking out. Usually after running down one side, I can get the display open enough to get the pick in behind the LCD when I do the other side

    Stow - Reply

  4. Reheat and reapply the iOpener to the left edge for a few minutes.
    • Reheat and reapply the iOpener to the left edge for a few minutes.

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

    If your iPad is cold, consider leaving the iOpener on for longer than 5 minutes. The aluminum housing is a very large thermally dissipating mass and will quickly cool off the glass and make you have to start over and wait the 10 minutes to reheat. There’s a very slim window in which you’re able to insert the pick into the glass adhesive before it solidifies once again. I’ve been fighting with it for like 20 minutes following these instructions and it’s not working. You really need to leave it for longer than just 5 minutes to get the back housing hot too.

    Chris Storer - Reply

  5. Insert a second opening pick alongside the first and slide the pick down along the edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive as you go. Throughout the rest of the procedure, if you encounter significant resistance while sliding the pick, stop and reheat the section you're working on. Applying too much pressure with the pick can crack the glass. Throughout the rest of the procedure, if you encounter significant resistance while sliding the pick, stop and reheat the section you're working on. Applying too much pressure with the pick can crack the glass.
    • Insert a second opening pick alongside the first and slide the pick down along the edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive as you go.

    • Throughout the rest of the procedure, if you encounter significant resistance while sliding the pick, stop and reheat the section you're working on. Applying too much pressure with the pick can crack the glass.

    I have found that wedging a blue pry tool in between the frame and the glass can give you a better edge enough to slide the pick in.

    Chris Storer - Reply

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

  7. Take the first pick you inserted and slide it up toward the top corner of the iPad. Take the first pick you inserted and slide it up toward the top corner of the iPad.
    • Take the first pick you inserted and slide it up toward the top corner of the iPad.

  8. Reheat the iOpener and place it on the top edge of the iPad, over the front-facing camera.
    • 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.

  9. Slide the opening pick around the top left corner of the iPad to separate the adhesive. Slide the opening pick around the top left corner of the iPad to separate the adhesive. Slide the opening pick around the top left corner of the iPad to separate the adhesive.
    • Slide the opening pick around the top left corner of the iPad to separate the adhesive.

  10. Slide the opening pick along the top edge of the iPad, stopping just before you reach the camera. As you reach the front-facing camera, pull the pick out slightly and continue sliding it across the top edge. 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.
    • Slide the opening pick along the top edge of the iPad, stopping just before you reach the camera.

    • As you reach the front-facing camera, pull the pick out slightly and continue sliding it across the top edge.

    • 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.

  11. 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, where the first pick just was. Slide it back to the corner to completely cut any remaining adhesive. Leave the second pick in place to prevent the corner adhesive from re-sealing as it cools.
    • 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, where the first pick just was. Slide it back to the corner to completely cut any remaining adhesive.

    • Leave the second pick in place to prevent the corner adhesive from re-sealing as it cools.

  12. Insert the previous pick deeper into the iPad and slide it away from the camera toward the corner. Insert the previous pick deeper into the iPad and slide it away from the camera toward the corner.
    • Insert the previous pick deeper into the iPad and slide it away from the camera toward the corner.

  13. Leave the three picks in the corners of the iPad to prevent re-adhering of the front panel adhesive.
    • 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 long side of the iPad—along the volume and lock buttons.

  14. Insert a new opening pick and slide it down the right edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive as you go. Insert a new opening pick and slide it down the right edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive as you go. Insert a new opening pick and slide it down the right edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive as you go.
    • Insert a new opening pick and slide it down the right edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive as you go.

  15. Continue sliding the opening pick down the right edge of the iPad, reheating the edge using an iOpener if necessary. Be careful not to slice too deep near the bottom right corner, or you risk damaging the display cable. Be careful not to slice too deep near the bottom right corner, or you risk damaging the display cable.
    • Continue sliding the opening pick down the right edge of the iPad, reheating the edge using an iOpener if necessary.

    • Be careful not to slice too deep near the bottom right corner, or you risk damaging the display cable.

  16. Leave the opening picks in place and reheat the iOpener.
    • Leave the opening picks in place and reheat the iOpener.

    • Remember not to overheat the iOpener—no more than once every ten minutes.

    • Set the reheated iOpener on the home button end of the iPad and let it rest for a few minutes to soften the adhesive beneath the glass.

  17. Insert a new opening pick at the bottom right corner of the display, below the last opening pick you used to slice down the right edge. Rotate the new pick around the lower right corner of the device. Rotate the new pick around the lower right corner of the device.
    • Insert a new opening pick at the bottom right corner of the display, below the last opening pick you used to slice down the right edge.

    • Rotate the new pick around the lower right corner of the device.

  18. Slide the pick from the bottom right corner along the lower edge of the device. Stop about half an inch shy of the home button. Slide the pick from the bottom right corner along the lower edge of the device. Stop about half an inch shy of the home button.
    • Slide the pick from the bottom right corner along the lower edge of the device. Stop about half an inch shy of the home button.

  19. Insert a final opening pick at the lower left corner of the iPad, directly below the existing one. Insert a final opening pick at the lower left corner of the iPad, directly below the existing one.
    • Insert a final opening pick at the lower left corner of the iPad, directly below the existing one.

  20. Slide the pick around the lower left edge of the iPad. Slide the pick around the lower left edge of the iPad.
    • Slide the pick around the lower left edge of the iPad.

  21. Continue sliding the pick at the lower left edge of the display toward the center of the iPad, until it is roughly half an inch from the home button. Continue sliding the pick at the lower left edge of the display toward the center of the iPad, until it is roughly half an inch from the home button. Continue sliding the pick at the lower left edge of the display toward the center of the iPad, until it is roughly half an inch from the home button.
    • Continue sliding the pick at the lower left edge of the display toward the center of the iPad, until it is roughly half an inch from the home button.

  22. Twist the two picks at the top edge of the iPad to break up the last of the adhesive holding the display assembly in place. Lift the display from the top edge to open the device. Lift the display from the top edge to open the device.
    • Twist the two picks at the top edge of the iPad to break up the last of the adhesive holding the display assembly in place.

    • Lift the display from the top edge to open the device.

  23. To avoid stressing any cables, hold the display assembly perpendicular to the body of the iPad until it is disconnected.
    • To avoid stressing any cables, hold the display assembly perpendicular to the body of the iPad until it is disconnected.

    • Remove the four 1.2 mm Phillips screws over the battery/display connector bracket.

    What you need to do is move the display inboard up to the edge area of battery! That will relieve all the stress on the cables. Simply holding it straight up is not enough, especially later when you go back to reconnect the cables and the bracket over the connectors.

    Fixrights - Reply

  24. Remove the battery/display cable bracket.
    • Remove the battery/display cable bracket.

    Your bracket may look different to this. Mine had a black covering on the long edge being held between the fingers in this illustration. Same screws, same position, just a different color.

    lucanos - Reply

    Is it the end of the world if the bracket is not reinstalled, will the device function normally or will it eventually have issues with the connectors coming loose following shock?

    Thomas Langford - Reply

    Note that the left had side of the bracket hooks under a lip on the edge of the case. Always recommend to replace connector brackets. If you forget and leave it out, best to buy a new set of adhesive strips for the day when the connector comes loose.

    cheongi - Reply

  25. When disconnecting any press connectors from the logic board, be sure to lift the connector straight up to avoid ripping the socket off the board. Use the flat tip of a spudger to disconnect the battery connector from its socket on the logic board.
    • When disconnecting any press connectors from the logic board, be sure to lift the connector straight up to avoid ripping the socket off the board.

    • Use the flat tip of a spudger to disconnect the battery connector from its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the battery connector ribbon cable up slightly to prevent it from making contact and powering on the iPad.

    When i was starting to disconnect the lcd to the board i hit the black film and it lit and now even the new display wont display anything how to fix it? The black film near the lcd connector.

    tyroon_jul27 - Reply

  26. Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the display data connector from its socket on the logic board. Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the digitizer cable connector from its socket on the logic board. When reconnecting these, press down from one end of the connector to the other. If you press in the middle of the connector, you may bend it, causing damage or a poor connection.
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the display data connector from its socket on the logic board.

    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the digitizer cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

    • When reconnecting these, press down from one end of the connector to the other. If you press in the middle of the connector, you may bend it, causing damage or a poor connection.

  27. Remove the display assembly.
    • Remove the display assembly.

    • To reinstall your display assembly, you will need to replace the display adhesive. Use our display adhesive application guide to reapply your display adhesive and reseal your device.

    Ich habe eine Bücherstütze benutzt um das Display in senkrechter Position zu halten, während ich die vier Schräubchen gelöst habe.. So zieht man nicht so an den Flexkabeln….!

    Fridtjof Schüssler - Reply

  28. Use the pointed tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the home button ZIF socket. Use the pointed tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the home button ZIF socket.
    • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the home button ZIF socket.

  29. Use tweezers to unplug the home button ribbon cable from the ZIF socket. Continue peeling the ribbon cable up to the EMI shield. Continue peeling the ribbon cable up to the EMI shield.
    • Use tweezers to unplug the home button ribbon cable from the ZIF socket.

    • Continue peeling the ribbon cable up to the EMI shield.

  30. Use tweezers to lift the home button control hardware module off the display assembly. Use tweezers to lift the home button control hardware module off the display assembly.
    • Use tweezers to lift the home button control hardware module off the display assembly.

  31. Use an opening pick to continue separating the home button ribbon cable from the display assembly. If you use metal tools to separate this cable, you may scratch the iPad glass, removing some paint.
    • Use an opening pick to continue separating the home button ribbon cable from the display assembly.

    • If you use metal tools to separate this cable, you may scratch the iPad glass, removing some paint.

  32. Use a plastic opening tool to pry the home button bracket off the display assembly. When replacing this bracket, it's recommended to use some high-bond tape to secure it. When replacing this bracket, it's recommended to use some high-bond tape to secure it.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the home button bracket off the display assembly.

    • When replacing this bracket, it's recommended to use some high-bond tape to secure it.

    The tip about the high-bond tape is great, but high-bond tape is something that should be mentioned at the beginning in the list of supplies we need. Because I have the whole thing taken apart, and now I’m told I need something that I don’t have on hand. So what am I supposed to do, just let everything sit around open, until I get to the store to see if they have some high-bond tape?

    Robb M - Reply

  33. Heat an iOpener and lay it over the lower edge of the front panel to soften the adhesive holding the home button in place.
    • Heat an iOpener and lay it over the lower edge of the front panel to soften the adhesive holding the home button in place.

    what is another option if you dont have heat iopener

    premal06 - Reply

    A hairdryer and much patience

    BeLeFu -

  34. The home button is held in place by a thin, delicate, rubber gasket that is mildly adhered to the front panel. Slowly push the home button up and out of the display assembly to separate the gasket from the front panel.
    • The home button is held in place by a thin, delicate, rubber gasket that is mildly adhered to the front panel.

    • Slowly push the home button up and out of the display assembly to separate the gasket from the front panel.

    • Be careful to not push the gasket past its tearing point. If the adhesive is adequately heated, it will separate from the front panel with some gentle pressure.

  35. Remove the home button assembly.
    • Remove the home button assembly.

    What is the proper way to reinstall the home button bracket?

    chris crawford - Reply

  36. Examine your replacement part, and your original display carefully to be sure they match. Your replacement screen may be missing the sleep/wake sensor that is necessary for Smart Cover use. If you want to maintain functionality you will need to transfer the component. Desolder the six solder pads from the lower left of the display to remove the sensor assembly cable.
    • Examine your replacement part, and your original display carefully to be sure they match.

    • Your replacement screen may be missing the sleep/wake sensor that is necessary for Smart Cover use. If you want to maintain functionality you will need to transfer the component.

    • Desolder the six solder pads from the lower left of the display to remove the sensor assembly cable.

    This is an important step that’s missed by a lot of people resulting in negative reviews on replacement screens. Screen suppliers never mention this step or people would not buy from them. Save yourself a headache and time and buy a screen-digitizer with the sleep/wake sensor already soldered.

    Thomas Tommy - Reply

    Is there any reason to replace this if you won’t use it? If I don’t move over the old sensor, will it still work? I’ve never soldered something this small and expensive before.

    drumminherbie - Reply

    hab es ohne gemacht, da es auch keine lötstellen gibt - seither gibt es gar keine Standyby funktion mehr!

    junk - Reply

    LÖSUNG: in den Systemeinstellungen “anzeige und Helligkeit” Sperren/entsperren deaktivieren.

    junk -

    Was meinst du damit “weil es keine Lötstellen gibt”? Sind auf deinem neuen Display keine Lötstellen gewesen wo du den Sensor hättest dran löten können?

    Funktioniert dein Lösungsweg für dich noch: “anzeige und Helligkeit” Sperren/entsperren deaktivieren“ ?

    Ich stehe vor der gleichen Herausforderung und will ungern löten und würde mich über eine Antwort freuen :/

    eugen_roth -

    This is something that should be mentioned in the beginning of the article, or even as a *warning, so people know what they’re getting into PRIOR to taking the entire iPad apart.

    Robb M - Reply

    I replace my iPad mini 4 screen-digitizer and did not have to replace this sensor because it did not have one, but the new screen-digitizer came with the sleep/wake sensor in place. Small electronics needs careful and tedious work. Thanks iFixit for the instructions to fix my iPad. I have to mention that I am a technician from the old school.

    wogriffith - Reply

Conclusion

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

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Please post a caution about the home button ribbon cable. I was removing it from an extremely damaged screen and I accidentally slightly ripped it. Now I’m not sure what to do :( If I had known about the problems associated with changing a touch ID home button I would have been 100x more cautious but I’ve only ever had to fix my Mini 2 before so this wasn’t an issue.

Patrick Giordano - Reply

I have an iFixit replacement screen (C-stock) that has some existing adhesive already on it, but there are a few parts of the adhesive that are folded over on itself. I also have replacement adhesive. Two questions:

Should I replace the existing, possibly-worn adhesive with new adhesive, or is it better to stay with the already-applied adhesive?

Should I warm up the adhesive when I’m applying the screen back onto the body? Or should I keep it room-temperature?

Michael Innes - Reply

Just want to say Thank you for for the guide and what i can only describe as the perfect pctures to go along! Nice1

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