How to Replace an iPad Air Screen

Tech Tips

If you need an iPad Air screen replacement, it’s good to know all of your options for repair. Choosing between bringing it to the Apple store, trying a DIY repair, or bringing it to a repair professional can be tough, but it’s important to do what’s best for your device.

iPad Air Screen Repair Costs

When determining which repair option is best for you, it’s important to examine what each option will cost.

If you pay monthly for certain tiers of AppleCare or your device is under a year old, your repair might be covered. Typically, repairs under warranty have to be caused by a manufacturer malfunction, not accidental damage.

If you don’t believe that your screen repair is covered by the manufacturer, your other repair option for your iPad Air Screen replacement is to bring it to a local repair professional, like uBreakiFix.

The approximate price of getting your iPad Air screen replaced at uBreakiFix is $100, though this cost can vary based on location and the condition of the device. Getting a repair is a convenient and affordable option for those who do not want to be separated from their devices for long periods of time. The typical iPad repair Plus, you get to keep your original device with all of your data safely stored.

If you don’t consider yourself tech-savvy enough for a DIY repair but you don’t want to spend a fortune on a brand new device, getting a repair is the easy choice. To see if there is a uBreakiFix in your area, search for your zipcode on our locations page.

iPad Air Screen Replacement: A DIY Guide

Many people who are tech savvy choose to repair their own devices instead of seeking help from a professional. DIY iPad Air screen replacements require the proper tools and can be difficult and time-consuming. You must have access to several pieces of equipment like a heat gun and specialty screwdrivers as well as know your way around the inside of an iPad.

Once those steps are finished, you need to remove the screen and disconnect it from the attached hardware (mostly cables and casings). After that, the components must be reconnected, the replacement screen set, and the adhesive carefully reapplied.
Tools You Will Need

You will need the following tools to perform an iPad Air screen replacement:

  • Heat gun
  • Metal Prying Tool
  • Opening Picks
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • (Optional) A heat plate can be used in lieu of the heat gun.
  • Set the temperature to 90°.
  • Leave device on heat plate for 5 minutes to loosen adhesive.
  • Steps to Replace an iPad Air Screen
  • Turn device off.
  • Apply heat to the front left of iPad.
  • Pry under left front of glass screen and slide along adhesive.
  • Leave opening picks in left edge of iPad.
  • Heat top of iPad.
  • Slide opening pick around left corner & across top of iPad; don’t remove pick.
  • Heat left edge of iPad.
  • Slide pick down right edge, stopping 4 ½ inches from bottom; don’t remove pick.
  • Heat bottom of iPad.
  • Pick adhesive in lower left corner only; don’t remove pick.
  • Pick over the antenna, stopping before Home button; don’t remove pick.
  • Pick Home button and right antenna.
  • Heat right side of tablet.
  • Twist left picks to lift glass until you see display cable (bottom right).
  • Pick adhesive on right side.
  • Set glass to right (still attached to tablet).
  • Heat Home button.
  • Pry open Home button casing.
  • Peel off Home button cable from screen.
  • Remove Home button.
  • Remove LCD screws with a screwdriver
  • Lift LCD upwards.
  • Unscrew the metal casing in bottom right and pull up.
  • Unplug dual digitizer cables with prying tool.
  • Remove camera bracket and Home button ring using with heat and prying tool.
  • Reinstall camera bracket and Home button on replacement glass screen.
  • Apply adhesive to perimeter of tablet.
  • Slide and lock Home button into place.
  • Reinstall digitizer cables into ports.
  • Snap LCD cable into place.
  • Screw in metal casing.
  • Screw in LCD screen.
  • Remove interior glass screen seal.
  • Apply pressure to corners of glass screen to seal.

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