So you just dropped your precious iPad2 tablet while borrowing and the sudden impact has severed its Wi-Fi antenna/Bluetooth assembly. You took it to your nearby repair shop and were informed that its Wi-Fi Antenna/Bluetooth assembly requires an immediate replacement which would cost you a fortune.
Now, a DIY repair of your iPad2 device is possible and though it is quite difficult to perform, one requires enormous patience, correct tools as well as ample spare time in order to achieve it.
Reminder: If in case your device is under warranty, then you better get it repaired from your nearest iPad authorized service centre.
Replace the GSM Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna in your iPad 2 GSM
- Plastic Picks.
- Heat gun or an iOpener.
- SIM Card Extract tool.
- Phillips #00 Screwdriver.
- Plastic razor tool.
- Just Switch off your iPad2 device, before you start to disassemble it.
Step 2:SIM Card:
- Now use your SIM card extract tool or any paperclip to extract the SIM card tray.
- Gently remove the SIM tray from its slot and carefully detach it from your iPad 2.
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Step 3:Front assembly:
- Then place the heated iOpener flat or use your heat gun, on the iPad’s right edge to smooth out the adhesive in that very section for about 90 plus seconds before your attempt to pry up its front assembly panel.
- Now carefully wedge the plastic razor tool’s tip into the small gap, just enough to widen the crack, right in between the plastic bezel and the front glass.
Reminder: Now it might need a bit of force to wedge the plastic tool’s tip right between the bezel and the glass. So workout carefully and patiently to wiggle the plastic razor tool back and forth as needed.
- Now just hold the plastic razor tool inserted right in between the plastic bezel and the front glass and then slide a plastic pick in the small opening nearest the plastic razor tool.
- Then detach the plastic razor tool out of the iPad and insert the plastic pick further beneath the front glass to about 0.5 inches deep.
- While releasing the adhesive on the iPad’s right side, just reheat your iOpener or use your heat gun to warm up the iPad’s bottom edge.
- Now while the iPad’s bottom edge is being warmed up, just start to release the adhesive alongside the iPad’s right edge.
- Then just slide the plastic pick down alongside the iPad’s right edge to release all the adhesive coming in its way.
- Now just before detaching the first plastic pick away from the iPad’s bottom corner, carefully wedge another pick right beneath the front glass’s right edge to prevent the adhesive from re-sticking.
- Again use the heat gun or re-heat your iOpener to smooth up the iPad’s top edge.
- Then slide the plastic pick just around the iPad’s bottom right corner to release the adhesive in that section.
Reminder: Just avoid sliding the plastic pick further than the iPad’s bottom right corner as the Wi-Fi antenna might get damaged in the process.
- Don’t detach the plastic pick fully and away from beneath the front glass. Just pull that pick out a little bit till about 1/8 mm of its tip is still remaining beneath the front glass.
- Then slide the plastic pick’s tip right along the iPad’s bottom edge to release the Wi-Fi antenna adhesive.
- After passing the Wi-Fi antenna, which is about 3mm away from the iPad’s right edge or is quite near the home button, just re-wedge the plastic pick deep enough.
- Then slide the plastic pick towards the right to release the adhesive attaching the Wi-Fi antenna with the front glass.
- Just keep on releasing the iPad’s bottom adhesive and pull out the plastic pick just enough to move about the home button. Then again re-wedge it after the pick passes the home button.
- Again keep on releasing the entire adhesive all along the iPad’s bottom edge.
- Just hold the plastic pick inserted right beneath the front glass next to the home button.
- Again use your heat gun or reheat your iOpener to warm up the adhesive in the iPad’s left edge section.
- Then carefully slide the plastic pick along the iPad’s top edge to slightly pull it out in order to move about the front camera bracket.
- Again keep on releasing the iPad’s top edge adhesive and gently slide the plastic pick just about the iPad’s top left corner.
- Then slide the plastic pick alongside the iPad’s left edge to release the adhesive coming its way.
Reminder: Now the digitizer cable is about 2.0 mm away from the iPad’s bottom. So, just halt the sliding job when you reach about 2.30 mm away from the iPad’s bottom.
- Use your plastic pick which is still held beneath the iPad’s bottom edge to release the iPad’s bottom left corner adhesive.
Reminder: Now the digitizer cable’s bottom is just about 1 inch from the iPad’s bottom. Just make sure that this cable is not severed.
- Use one of your plastic picks to open up the iPad’s bottom right corner and hold it firmly with your fingers.
- Then just firmly grab the iPad by its bottom as well as its right corners and gently remove the front glass out of your iPad.
- Now use your Phillips screwdriver to unscrew and remove all the four 2.0 mm Phillips #00 screws attaching the LCD with the back case.
- Then just raise the LCD by its longer edge nearest the volume buttons and flip it out of the back case.
- Gently place the LCD over the front panel.
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Step 5:Front Panel Assembly:
- Use your plastic razor tool’s edge to gently toss the retaining flaps up on both of the digitizer ribbon cable ZIF sockets.
- Again use the plastic razor tool’s edge to peel off the digitizer cable from the shields on the logic board.
- Cautiously detach the digitizer cable from the adhesive attaching it with the back case side.
- Gently remove the digitizer ribbon cable straight from both of its sockets on the logic board.
- Just raise the LCD by its longer edge farthest from the digitizer cable and carefully toss it toward the back case.
- Firmly hold the LCD up and carefully move the front panel away from your device.
Reminder: Do not snag the digitizer cable on the back case or LCD.
- Place the LCD back into the body to keep it safe.
Step 6:LCD Assembly:
- Now again gently raise the LCD by its longer edge nearest the volume buttons and carefully toss it out of the back case.
- Place the LCD face down on a soft cloth to avoid any scratches.
Step 7:Logic Board:
- Now gently place the LCD near the back panel.
- Then use the plastic razor tool to raise the display data cable lock upwards.
- Gently remove the display data cable from its socket.
Reminder: Don’t pull the connector upwards as you detach it from its socket.
- Remove the LCD assembly from the rear panel assembly.
- If visible, use your plastic razor tool to peel off the tape piece which wraps the dock connector cable’s end.
- Use your plastic razor tool’s end to gently detach the dock cable’s connector away from its socket on the logic board.
- Just peel off the dock connector ribbon cable from the back panel.
- Gently detach the speaker cable connector away from its socket on the logic board.
- Use your plastic razor tool’s edge to toss the retaining flap up on the headphone jack as well as front camera cable ZIF socket.
Reminder: Just make sure you’re not detaching the socket itself.
- Then peel off the headphone jack as well as the front camera cable from the rear case.
- Carefully remove the headphone jack and front camera ribbon cable from its socket on the logic board.
- Use the plastic razor tool’s edge to toss the retainer up which attaches the upper component board cable connector with its socket on the logic board.
- Gently remove the connector from its socket on the logic board.
- Now unscrew and remove all the three 2 mm Phillips screws attaching the SIM card slot with the back panel.
- Unscrew and remove both of the 2.9 mm Phillips screws attaching the headphone jack with the rear panel’s top edge.
- Use the plastic razor tool to gently remove the headphone jack from its recess in the top of the back panel.
- Detach the headphone jack/SIM slot assembly from the communications board’s top edge.
- Unscrew and remove both of the 2.1 mm Phillips screws attaching the logic board bracket with the back case near the digitizer cable socket.
- Gently pull the logic board bracket away from the back case.
- Unscrew and remove all the four 2.6 mm Phillips screws attaching the logic and communications boards with the back panel.
- Use your plastic razor tool’s edge to carefully detach the logic board from the adhesive attaching it with the back case.
- Cautiously raise the logic board out of the back case and flip it slightly towards the battery side.
Reminder: Don’t attempt to fully remove the logic board just yet as around three antenna cables are still attached with it.
- Use the plastic razor tool to detach both of the antenna connectors out of their sockets on the communications board.
- Then gently detach the Wi-Fi antenna connector out of its socket on the logic board.
- Carefully detach the logic board from your iPad2 device.
Step 9:Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna removal:
- Just stir the speaker cables/dock connector out of the way and gently peel off the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi antenna cable from the adhesive sticking it with the back case.
- Unscrew and remove all the Phillips screws (two 1.7 mm screws and two 2 mm Phillips screws) attaching the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi antenna with the back panel.
- Just peel off the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi antenna away from the speaker enclosure and carefully detach it from your device.
- Now you’re left with the bare Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna assembly.
- Just replace the existing Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna assembly with the new one.
- To reassemble your device, carefully follow the above steps in exact reverse order.
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Now, you’ve successfully replaced the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi antenna of your iPad2 GSM.