G’day everyone!

Many of my customers tell me that they had considered trying to replace the glass on their iPad 2’s themselves. Some have even had a go and then decided it was a little to tricky. If you’re thinking about trying it yourself, here are a few things about repairing/replacing iPad 2 screens & glass you should know before digging in.

The most common questions I hear:

Q: “Is it difficult to replace your iPad 2 Glass/screen?”
A: Yes. It is difficult. It can be done, but there are many pitfalls that can only really be avoided when you know what they are (and even then you can still bugger it up!).

Q: “What makes it so difficult?”
A: A number of things – heres a few:

1) Its GLUED together! The glass panel is attached to the iPad with a strong adhesive. It can be separated but its a tricky process and requires the right tools (very thin, flexible blades and a heat gun) and a bit of technique.

There are a number of very tiny ribbon cables that run near the edges of the glass (particularly the top right hand corner) which often get caught in the adhesive and are easily ripped/broken while removing the glass (see image 1 below).

The glass used on iPads (and most smart phones and tables) is called Gorilla Glass. This is a special type of glass that is extremely strong and shatters just like windshield glass. What this means is that when you are running your blade under the glass to cut the adhesive, it is very VERY easy to shatter the glass and make it much worse than it was to start with. You will most likely also end up with glass all over the place (as well as in your eyes) so have a vacuum near by and ALWAYS WEAR GOGGLES!

iPad 2 Ripped Ribbon Cable 2

Image 1: Here, I have sliced through the volume/mute/power button ribbon cable

Still want to give it a go?
Fair enough! Here is a clear step by step guide:

Please – if you are going to try and do it yourself, make sure you have the right tools, read all the instructions once through before you start, and remember to WEAR EYE PROTECTION.

If you would rather I handle it for you, or would like me to talk you through it, shoot me a quick email by clicking here. Please feel free to ask me any questions via the ‘leave a reply‘ button at the bottom of this post.

Cheers all, please check back soon!




  1. Hi there,
    My I pad has just taken a knock falling off the kitchen table- now the screen lights up black(?) but does not work. Any thoughts/ ideas for repairs?
    Kind regards,

    • G’day David, thanks for your enquiry mate.

      It’s is likely that your LCD was damaged in the drop. It is also possible that the LCD cable has come loose (although fairly uncommon). I am happy to take a look free of charge. I if it’s just a loose cable you are looking at $75.00(just for the time involved in remiving the glass to gain access). If the LCD is damaged then you will be looking at $180.00 for a replacement (parts, labour, and a 3 year warranty).

      Cheers mate,


  2. Hi I just had my screen replaced and they did a very poor job and cost me $160 they chipped and bent every corner of my iPad the screen was peeling off at the bottom day one and they lost a screw from the LCD screen which every time I pushed on my screen it would discolour in places…. Highly disappointed and now my screen has fully come off and the ribbon snapped.
    They won’t give me a new screen and refuse to give my money back ….

    • G’day Jena, I am very sorry for the late reply, I am in Europe at the moment and missed your message.

      Thats unfortunate but we do see it quite often as there are many people and shops around repairing iPads but very few that do it properly and most use very low quality parts!

      We charge $170.00 to replace iPad glass (for iPad 2 at least), we bend and file down the damaged corners and clamp the new glass down overnight to ensure that it will not peel off like your last one did! We also have a 3 year warranty on all iPad repairs so if the glass did start to peel (or anything else happend) we would happily repair or replace it (though we do the job properly and use very good quality parts, so it is unlikely you should every need to bring it back).

      If you still need a hand with it I am happy to negotiate a little seeing as you’ve paid for it once already! Please let me know your mobile number and i’ll have my assistant Chelsea give you a call to book it in.

      Thanks Jen and again, sorry for the delayed reply!

      Mick – ITSGC

    • G’day, very sorry for the late reply, I am travelling around Europe at the moment.

      You’re looking at $170.00 to repair your iPad 2. This includes the parts, labour, and a 3 year warranty.

      My team can do that one for you you overnight if you like. Please let me know and i’ll have my assistant Chelsea contact you to book it in.


      Mick – ITSGC

  3. Hi! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website?

    I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and; Im looking at options for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    • Hi Kimberly, no worries, happy to help. Unfortunately I can’t recommend any other options though as my site is entirely built using WordPress. I have heard good things about the Drupel system but I havent tried it myself. Might be worth investigating though?

      Good luck with it, sorry I can’t be more helpful!


      Mick – ITSGC

    • G’day Grahame, thanks for your enquiry mate.

      We charge $129.00 including parts, labour and a 3 year warranty for iPad glass replacement.

      Turnaround is 1 – 2 days at the moment.



    • Hi Melissa, thanks for your enquiry, my apologies for the late reply.

      No problem, we can sort those out for you.

      We charge $129.00 each for iPad 2 glass replacement including the parts, labour and a 12 month warranty.

      Turnaround on these is 2 – 3 days at the moment. We could fit you in this afternoon if you like, we are open until 7PM on Thursdays.


      Mick – ITSGC

    • G’day Steve, thanks for getting in touch mate.

      No worries at all. Unfortunately those a bit pricey as the glass and LCD are fused together on the second generation iPad Air and must therefore be replaced together as a complete unit. You’re looking at $449.00 including parts, labour and a 12 month warranty.

      1 – 2 day turnaround on iPads at the moment. We could fit you in on Monday if that suits?

      Let me know and i’ll pencil you in.

      Cheers Steve,

      Mick – ITSGC

  4. Hello, we have an iPad 3 screen broken, and will be on holidays on the Gold Coast from October 7th until October 19th.
    (We live in New Caledonia)
    We want to make sure it is serviced by experienced people like yourself.
    How should we proceed? Should we make an appointment or do we just drop by when we arrive?

    • Hi Jennifer, thanks for your enquiry.

      No problem, happy to help!

      It’s best to make an appointment as we can get very busy over that period.

      Please shoot us through an email directly at info@ and we’ll book you in!



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