Quick iPad Repair Tips
Here are some tips we recommend when repairing an iPad which helps speed up the process and avoid common issues that can occur.
1. Identifying the iPad: Why this is important? You need to know how to open the device which varies by model. In addition, you want to make sure you have the right part for the repair. When it comes to iPads there are certain models that look very similar but to tell them apart, just look up the model number located on the back of the iPad.
2. Disconnecting the battery: This is important with any device repair to help prevent all kinds of issues from happening. The big one is backlight damage which can happen when you unplug or plug a screen in while the device has power going through it. You'll want to use a heating pad to do this. The key here is looking for separation of battery connector to the device.
3. Avoiding home button damage: We see home button damage specifically in two places the joint & near the home button. When we teach iPad repair we teach about danger areas which are areas we don't recommend either inserting a tool at all in or using extreme caution.
4. Charging ports: Apple has had soldered off charging ports from the iPad Air all the way up to the newer pros. If you don't know how to solder then you may not want to continue with this repair.
5. Screw placement: This is a big one because there isn't a lot of screws to deal with on iPad but if you do mix them up you can end up with a couple of different issues. If you put long screws into the brackets you can drill through the board & cause long screw damage. You can avoid this by keeping your screws organized. Another big one is the battery screw, if you put a longer screw in there it can damage the threading that's in the frame that will hold the screw in there. This could lead to boot looping.
6. Opening iPad: It's important to know what model you are working with. If you open the device the wrong way you could damage the home button. Use a heating pad to make this process easier. Start at the top right corner & work your way across & down. Take your flat blade & dip it in alcohol, then switch over to picks which helps separate the screen. Heat the area with a heat gun while your lifting slightly & the screen should easily peel off.
This is all about practice and taking your time during a repair. Follow these simple tips can save you headaches and make sure your customers are happy with the repair you performed.