iPad 7 2019 10.2 LCD Touch Screen Replacement: Full Guide

Introduction

Hey there, everyone! Bennett from ProFixer here. Today, we’re diving into a repair on an iPad 7th generation 10.2-inch model. One of the cool features of this model is that you can replace just the glass, unlike the Pro versions where the LCD is fused to the digitizer. Everything I use in this video, including the digitizer, is linked in the description below. Be sure to like the video, subscribe, and comment on what you’d like to see in future videos. Without further ado, let’s take this iPad and make it new again!

Step-by-Step Guide

Initial Assessment and Preparation

Here on the workbench, I have the iPad 7th generation 10.2-inch model with a big crack across the screen. The crack is interesting as it doesn’t have shatter points; it just broke in straight lines, making me think it might have been repaired before, but it’s unlikely since it’s a new model. The home button feels very OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).

I’ve had the iPad sitting on my bench for a few minutes at 60 degrees Celsius to heat the adhesive, making it easier to remove. Since the cracks are straight lines, we should be able to take off the digitizer without further cracking it.

Removing the Digitizer

  1. Insert a Razor: Start by inserting a razor in the side and bending it back to create space. This will allow you to insert a plastic playing card and cut down the adhesive along the edge.
  2. Fatigue the Adhesive: Work slowly, using slight alcohol if necessary, but be cautious not to damage the LCD.
  3. Care Around Flex Cables: Be extra careful along the right-hand side where the flex cables are located, especially the home button flex cable.
  4. Open Like a Book: Once the digitizer is loose, open it like a book and rest it on something to keep it lifted. If any debris gets on the LCD, wait until the LCD is out to clean it off.

Removing the LCD

The LCD in newer iPads is glued in, but it’s relatively easy to remove. Use tweezers to pry up the edges and lift it carefully. Do not lift it completely as it is still connected underneath.

  1. Remove Screws: Remove the screws covering the battery. Use a plastic playing card to isolate the battery, cutting all power to the iPad. Ensure the iPad is completely off by checking the power button.
  2. Remove LCD: Once the battery is isolated, remove the LCD by lifting it up and moving it forward slightly. Place it in a safe spot.

Disconnecting the Digitizer and Home Button

  1. Remove Digitizer Connectors: Lift up the digitizer connectors and the home button connector to avoid damaging them.
  2. Heat and Clean: Place the digitizer on a heat mat to make it easier to remove the home button. Clean the bezel using a new razor blade at a 45-degree angle and remove the bulk adhesive.
  3. Use Acetone and Alcohol: Clean the remaining adhesive with acetone and then isopropyl alcohol. Be careful as acetone can damage plastics.

Preparing the New Screen

  1. Prime the Bezel: Use primer 94 or Tessa adhesion promoter to prepare the bezel. This will ensure a strong hold for the new digitizer.
  2. Test the New Screen: Before installing, test the new screen by connecting it and powering up the device. Make sure the touch functions work properly by drawing shapes and testing all areas of the screen.

Installing the Home Button and New Digitizer

  1. Remove the Old Home Button: Carefully remove the old home button and its bracket. Use alcohol to help release the adhesive if necessary.
  2. Install the Home Button: Prime the new screen where the long flex will sit and align the home button properly. Use Tessa tape to secure the home button bracket.
  3. Apply Adhesive: Apply adhesive strips to the new screen, mimicking the original adhesive pattern. Ensure all edges and corners are covered.

Final Assembly

  1. Reconnect the Digitizer and LCD: Once the adhesive is in place, reconnect the digitizer and LCD connectors.
  2. Secure Everything: Make sure the home button and all connectors are properly aligned and secured. Close up the iPad carefully, ensuring no cables are pinched or misaligned.
  3. Final Test: Power up the iPad one last time to ensure everything is working correctly, including the home button and touch screen.

Conclusion

That’s it for the iPad 7th generation 10.2-inch screen replacement! This method ensures a clean and effective repair, saving you from having to replace the entire LCD and digitizer assembly. If you found this video helpful, don’t forget to like, subscribe, and comment on what you’d like to see next. All the tools and parts used are linked in the description below. Happy repairing!

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