A busted screen on your iPad can cost a lot to get fixed, but you can do it at home if you’re up to the challenge. Macworld spoke with Rory Pierce, a certified Apple technician, about the steps you should take when replacing the glass.
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The process for both a first or second generation iPad and an iPad Mini involve using a heat gun and a straight razor to ply the old glass off. The heat gun melts a thin layer of glue holding the glass to the surface, and you use the razor to slowly pop the glass off along the edge. It’s certainly not for the inexperienced and using a straight razor for any task is dangerous, but if done correctly, it will save you some dough.
Some repair places charge more than $200 to fix iPad glass screens and you can usually find replacement iPad glass screens — with the digitizer necessary for touch functionality — for around $30 on eBay. The links below tell you what tools you need and the steps to replacing your iPad’s broken glass.
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