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Use this guide to replace the home button in a 12.9" iPad Pro.

The original home button is uniquely paired to the logic board at the factory. If you replace the home button, Touch ID will not function.

The home button attaches to the screen with an adhesive gasket. You’ll need some liquid adhesive to glue the home button to the display.

Parts of this guide were shot with a Wi-Fi model and as such, the internals may look slightly different from the LTE model. The procedure is the same for both models except where noted.

  1. Completely power down your iPad before you begin. If your screen glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass. Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPad's screen until the whole face is covered.
    • Completely power down your iPad before you begin.

    • If your screen glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass.

    • Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPad's screen until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the screen.

    • Do your best to follow the rest of the guide as described. However, once the glass is broken, it will likely continue to crack as you work, and you may need to use a metal prying tool to scoop the glass out.

    • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes, and be careful not to damage the LCD screen.

  2. Removing the screen involves using an opening pick or halberd spudger to separate the adhesive securing the screen to the frame. As you slice through the adhesive, note the following:
    • Removing the screen involves using an opening pick or halberd spudger to separate the adhesive securing the screen to the frame.

    • As you slice through the adhesive, note the following:

    • The top has a large patch of thick adhesive. You'll need to slice 1/2" deep in order to cut the adhesive.

    • Don't slice deeper than 2 mm along the long edges of the iPad, or you risk damaging the display panel.

    • The lower edge also has thick patches of adhesive, but there are delicate flex cables in each corner. Don't slice deeper than 1/4" around the lower corners.

  3. Heat an iOpener and lay it over the left edge of the iPad to soften the adhesive holding the screen in place. Alternatively, you can use a heat gun, hair dryer, or heat pad.
    • Heat an iOpener and lay it over the left edge of the iPad to soften the adhesive holding the screen in place.

    • Alternatively, you can use a heat gun, hair dryer, or heat pad.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iPad—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

    • Wait about two minutes for the adhesive to soften before proceeding to the next step. The edge should be slightly too hot to the touch.

  4. Attach a suction cup to the left edge of the iPad's screen, above the Smart Connector port.
    • Attach a suction cup to the left edge of the iPad's screen, above the Smart Connector port.

  5. While holding down the corners of the iPad, repeatedly pull up on the screen, then ease it back down to weaken the adhesive. This will eventually create a small gap in the seam. If the edge cools down during the pulling process, reheat the edge with an iOpener before proceeding. Once you've created a small gap, insert the tip of an opening pick into the gap.
    • While holding down the corners of the iPad, repeatedly pull up on the screen, then ease it back down to weaken the adhesive. This will eventually create a small gap in the seam.

    • If the edge cools down during the pulling process, reheat the edge with an iOpener before proceeding.

    • Once you've created a small gap, insert the tip of an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't insert the pick more than 2 mm, or you risk permanently damaging the display panel.

  6. Lay a hot iOpener along the bottom left corner of the iPad, spanning from the opening pick to the home button. After letting the adhesive soften, insert an opening pick or halberd spudger into the gap next to the Smart Connector. Be careful not to insert the opening pick more than 2 mm.
    • Lay a hot iOpener along the bottom left corner of the iPad, spanning from the opening pick to the home button.

    • After letting the adhesive soften, insert an opening pick or halberd spudger into the gap next to the Smart Connector.

    • Be careful not to insert the opening pick more than 2 mm.

    • Use an opening pick or halberd spudger to slice the adhesive along the bottom left side of the iPad. If the slicing becomes difficult, reheat the edge and try again.

  7. Insert a pick in the bottom left corner of the iPad to prevent the adhesive from resealing.
    • Insert a pick in the bottom left corner of the iPad to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  8. Lay a hot iOpener along the upper left corner of the iPad, spanning from the opening pick to the front-facing camera. Wait a minute to let the adhesive soften. Use an opening pick to slice the adhesive along the upper left side of the iPad. If the slicing becomes difficult, reheat the edge and try again. Be careful not to insert the opening pick more than 2 mm as you slice along the left edge.
    • Lay a hot iOpener along the upper left corner of the iPad, spanning from the opening pick to the front-facing camera. Wait a minute to let the adhesive soften.

    • Use an opening pick to slice the adhesive along the upper left side of the iPad. If the slicing becomes difficult, reheat the edge and try again.

    • Be careful not to insert the opening pick more than 2 mm as you slice along the left edge.

  9. Insert a pick in the upper left corner of the iPad to prevent the adhesive from resealing.
    • Insert a pick in the upper left corner of the iPad to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  10. Reheat your iOpener and lay it over the top edge of the device. Wait a couple minutes for the adhesive to soften. Use an opening pick to slice through the top edge of the iPad, stopping before you reach the front-facing camera. The adhesive is thicker along the top. You'll need to slice 1/2" deep—about the thickness of the top bezel.
    • Reheat your iOpener and lay it over the top edge of the device. Wait a couple minutes for the adhesive to soften.

    • Use an opening pick to slice through the top edge of the iPad, stopping before you reach the front-facing camera.

    • The adhesive is thicker along the top. You'll need to slice 1/2" deep—about the thickness of the top bezel.

    • If the slicing becomes hard, reheat the edge and try again.

  11. Insert an opening pick just before the front-facing camera to keep the adhesive from resealing. Insert an opening pick just before the front-facing camera to keep the adhesive from resealing.
    • Insert an opening pick just before the front-facing camera to keep the adhesive from resealing.

  12. Reheat your iOpener and lay it over the top edge of the device. Wait a couple minutes for the adhesive to soften. Insert an opening pick or a halberd spudger blade just past the front-facing camera. Use the opening pick to slice through the adhesive in the upper right corner.
    • Reheat your iOpener and lay it over the top edge of the device. Wait a couple minutes for the adhesive to soften.

    • Insert an opening pick or a halberd spudger blade just past the front-facing camera.

    • Use the opening pick to slice through the adhesive in the upper right corner.

    • You'll need to slice 1/2" deep—about the thickness of the top bezel.

    • If the slicing becomes hard, reheat the edge and try again.

  13. Insert an opening pick in the upper right corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing. Insert an opening pick in the upper right corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.
    • Insert an opening pick in the upper right corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  14. Soften the adhesive by heating the right edge of the iPad using an iOpener. Use an opening pick or halberd spudger to slice along the right edge of the iPad, till you reach the lower right corner. Don't insert the pick more than 2 mm along the right edge.
    • Soften the adhesive by heating the right edge of the iPad using an iOpener.

    • Use an opening pick or halberd spudger to slice along the right edge of the iPad, till you reach the lower right corner.

    • Don't insert the pick more than 2 mm along the right edge.

    • Leave an opening pick in the middle of the right edge to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  15. Leave an opening pick in the lower right corner of the iPad to prevent the adhesive from resealing. Leave an opening pick in the lower right corner of the iPad to prevent the adhesive from resealing.
    • Leave an opening pick in the lower right corner of the iPad to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  16. Use an iOpener to heat the lower edge of the iPad. Insert an opening pick or a halberd spudger blade 1/4" into the lower right corner of the iPad. Slide the opening pick along the lower edge of the iPad, stopping  short about 1/2" before reaching the home button.
    • Use an iOpener to heat the lower edge of the iPad.

    • Insert an opening pick or a halberd spudger blade 1/4" into the lower right corner of the iPad.

    • Slide the opening pick along the lower edge of the iPad, stopping short about 1/2" before reaching the home button.

    • Each lower corner has a thick patch of adhesive, but there is also a delicate flex cable. Don't slice deeper than 1/4" around the corner to prevent damaging the flex cable.

  17. Slide the tip of an opening pick or a halberd spudger to cut the adhesive below the home button. Slide the tip of an opening pick or a halberd spudger to cut the adhesive below the home button.
    • Slide the tip of an opening pick or a halberd spudger to cut the adhesive below the home button.

  18. After you slice below the home button, reinsert the tip of an opening pick or a halberd spudger blade 1/4" into the lower edge. Slice along the lower edge until you reach the opening pick.
    • After you slice below the home button, reinsert the tip of an opening pick or a halberd spudger blade 1/4" into the lower edge.

    • Slice along the lower edge until you reach the opening pick.

  19. At this point, you've sliced through most of the screen adhesive. Use an opening pick to carefully slice any remaining adhesive along the edges until the screen is freed. If some parts are stubborn, heat the area with an iOpener to loosen the adhesive.
    • At this point, you've sliced through most of the screen adhesive. Use an opening pick to carefully slice any remaining adhesive along the edges until the screen is freed. If some parts are stubborn, heat the area with an iOpener to loosen the adhesive.

  20. The display cables in this iPad are very short. Read the next two steps before you proceed. Do not pivot the screen about the lower edge. The display cables don't have enough slack to allow for this and will tear if you do not slide the screen towards the front-facing camera as you lift. The display cables will tear if you raise the screen more than 80º.
    • The display cables in this iPad are very short. Read the next two steps before you proceed.

    • Do not pivot the screen about the lower edge. The display cables don't have enough slack to allow for this and will tear if you do not slide the screen towards the front-facing camera as you lift.

    • The display cables will tear if you raise the screen more than 80º.

    • Lift up the upper edge of the screen and slide the entire screen towards the front-facing camera to access the iPad's internal components.

    • Use masking tape to tape the lower edge of the screen to the frame to prevent the screen from slipping.

  21. This step shows one way to support the screen using masking tape. You can also turn the iPad sideways. Make sure not to strain the display cables with whatever method you choose. Attach a long strip of masking tape to the top edge of the screen. Fold the tape over the edge and check that the tape is attached securely. Attach the other end of the strip to the bottom edge of the iPad frame to hold the screen at an angle. Make sure the tape attaches securely to the frame.
    • This step shows one way to support the screen using masking tape. You can also turn the iPad sideways. Make sure not to strain the display cables with whatever method you choose.

    • Attach a long strip of masking tape to the top edge of the screen. Fold the tape over the edge and check that the tape is attached securely.

    • Attach the other end of the strip to the bottom edge of the iPad frame to hold the screen at an angle. Make sure the tape attaches securely to the frame.

  22. It's important to disconnect the battery before you proceed further. Detaching or connecting the display cables with the battery plugged in can cause a short that will destroy touchscreen functionality.
    • It's important to disconnect the battery before you proceed further. Detaching or connecting the display cables with the battery plugged in can cause a short that will destroy touchscreen functionality.

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the nine screws securing the logic board EMI shield:

    • Eight 1.2 mm screws

    • One 2.4 mm screw

  23. Lift the logic board EMI shield from the edge nearest the top of the iPad. Peel up and remove the EMI shield from the logic board. This takes a bit of force due to the many tiny clips securing the shield, and the shield may deform slightly. That's okay—try to keep the deformation to a minimum, and it will lay flat when you reinstall it and screw it down.
    • Lift the logic board EMI shield from the edge nearest the top of the iPad.

    • Peel up and remove the EMI shield from the logic board.

    • This takes a bit of force due to the many tiny clips securing the shield, and the shield may deform slightly. That's okay—try to keep the deformation to a minimum, and it will lay flat when you reinstall it and screw it down.

    • Remove the logic board EMI shield.

  24. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 1.8 mm screw securing the battery connector.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 1.8 mm screw securing the battery connector.

  25. These photos show what the battery connector looks like underneath the logic board. Use these photos as a reference while you safely disconnect the battery. Notice that the battery connector has springs on the logic board that press down against the battery contact pads. You'll need to slide something thin and flexible between the contact points to disconnect the battery. Notice that the battery connector has springs on the logic board that press down against the battery contact pads. You'll need to slide something thin and flexible between the contact points to disconnect the battery.
    • These photos show what the battery connector looks like underneath the logic board. Use these photos as a reference while you safely disconnect the battery.

    • Notice that the battery connector has springs on the logic board that press down against the battery contact pads. You'll need to slide something thin and flexible between the contact points to disconnect the battery.

  26. Make a battery blocker using a playing card and slide it underneath the logic board connector to disconnect the battery. You can also use an iFixit battery blocker. Be very careful and don't push the battery blocker underneath the connector with excessive force.
    • Make a battery blocker using a playing card and slide it underneath the logic board connector to disconnect the battery.

    • You can also use an iFixit battery blocker. Be very careful and don't push the battery blocker underneath the connector with excessive force.

    • Leave the blocker there to prevent the battery connector leads from making contact until you have completed your repairs.

  27. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three screws securing the display cable bracket: Two 2.4 mm screws
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three screws securing the display cable bracket:

    • Two 2.4 mm screws

    • One 1.2 mm screw

    • Remove the display cable bracket.

  28. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display and digitizer cables from their logic board sockets. To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage. To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display and digitizer cables from their logic board sockets.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  29. Remove the screen. Be sure to remove all remaining adhesive from the iPad's enclosure.
  30. Use tweezers to remove the tape covering the ZIF connector above the home button. Use tweezers to remove the tape covering the ZIF connector above the home button.
    • Use tweezers to remove the tape covering the ZIF connector above the home button.

  31. Use the point of a spudger to lift the flap on the ZIF connector that secures the cable. Use the point of a spudger to lift the flap on the ZIF connector that secures the cable.
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the flap on the ZIF connector that secures the cable.

  32. Use tweezers to slide the cable out of the ZIF connector. Use tweezers to slide the cable out of the ZIF connector.
    • Use tweezers to slide the cable out of the ZIF connector.

  33. The home button's ribbon cable is very fragile. If it gets damaged, Touch ID will no longer function. Use an iOpener, heat gun, or hair dryer to soften the adhesive under the cable before you pry it up.
    • The home button's ribbon cable is very fragile. If it gets damaged, Touch ID will no longer function.

    • Use an iOpener, heat gun, or hair dryer to soften the adhesive under the cable before you pry it up.

    • Alternatively, apply a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to the cable and wait for a minute to let the adhesive soften.

  34. Starting from the ZIF connector, use an opening pick to separate the home button cable from the adhesive holding it in place. Stop when you reach the home button. Starting from the ZIF connector, use an opening pick to separate the home button cable from the adhesive holding it in place. Stop when you reach the home button. Starting from the ZIF connector, use an opening pick to separate the home button cable from the adhesive holding it in place. Stop when you reach the home button.
    • Starting from the ZIF connector, use an opening pick to separate the home button cable from the adhesive holding it in place. Stop when you reach the home button.

  35. The home button bracket is held in place with strong adhesive. Apply a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to the base of the home button bracket. Alternatively, you can use a heated iOpener to loosen the adhesive.
    • The home button bracket is held in place with strong adhesive.

    • Apply a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to the base of the home button bracket.

    • Alternatively, you can use a heated iOpener to loosen the adhesive.

  36. Insert the edge of an opening tool under the home button bracket lip. Pry up with steady force to loosen the bracket.
    • Insert the edge of an opening tool under the home button bracket lip.

    • Pry up with steady force to loosen the bracket.

    • The adhesive holding this bracket can be stubborn. Apply more isopropyl alcohol or heat if it doesn't budge.

    • Remove the home button bracket.

    • During reassembly, after installing the home button, you'll need to glue this bracket into place to secure it.

    • Scrape off as much of the old adhesive residue as you can, then clean it with acetone or high concentration (>90%) isopropyl alcohol.

    • Secure the bracket with hot-melt glue, superglue, or high-strength double-sided tape. Make sure the bracket is aligned correctly before allowing your adhesive to cure, or the home button will not click when pressed.

    Would be really nice if the adhesive strip kit for the screen included the adhesive bits needed to secure the existing home button to the new screen (or a new home button to an existing screen).

    Marc Nelson - Antwoord

    One more thing about the bracket: you really need a strong adhesive when you put it back, so that pushing the button doesn’t dislodge it. If it doesn’t hold the button firmly, you can push the button out of its socket during normal use. Getting the bracket in and aligning it without accidentally sticking it in the wrong place or (much worse) sticking it to the fragile ribbon cable takes some very careful work.

    This is an excellent guide, but I’d like to see maybe the first two steps of reassembly, showing how to do this correctly.

    John Lasseter - Antwoord

  37. Gently push the home button from the front of the display inward using the tip of a finger. Gently push the home button from the front of the display inward using the tip of a finger.
    • Gently push the home button from the front of the display inward using the tip of a finger.

  38. Remove the home button.
    • Remove the home button.

    • The home button attaches to the screen with an adhesive gasket. When you transfer the home button to a new display, use some liquid adhesive to glue the button perimeter to the screen.

Conclusie

Compare your new replacement part to the original part. You may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

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Do you need to reapply any adhesive to seal this back up after it is complete?

Dan Guy - Antwoord

Yes. If you take the iPad apart most of the adhesive on the screen won’t be usable again. You can use either the specific kit for your ipad Pro that iFixIt sells, or get a roll of “red” tape (probably between 2-5mm size) and cut out pieces for all four side of the screen. You will probably also need tape or glue (such hot glue or something like B-7000) for the home button, and the metal bracket that holds the home button, since the old adhesive tends to not work a 2nd time.

Jennifer M -

Some LCD Assemblies come with Adhesive pre-applied, simply peel and seal. :)

Otherwise, plan on running some double-sided 3M tape before commencing new LCD Assembly Installation.

TIP: B7000 Adhesive in the bottom left and right corners will help keep it in place moving forward.

Kevin McCartney - Antwoord

Replaced LCD and reattached home button, everything works, but the home button is lose and trying to fall inside, like it's missing something that is suppose to be between the home button and the cover that sets over it under the glass. The cover is stuck to the glass, but there's enough of a gap that the home button wants to fall inside?

Chip Teters - Antwoord

I have the same issue, haven’t solved it yet but here is what I’ve found so far:

The home button appears to have several pieces not just one, including: 1. black gasket, 2. white or space-grey ring (paper or plastic?) around the metal part, 3. The actual glass circle button with fingerprint feature, and 4. electronics layer behind it.

When I took the button off, and re-adhered the button, the glue or tape between No. 2 and 3. above started to separate. Not sure how to put these back together since so small.

Jennifer M -

The guide plus a few videos made this a painless experience. my only problems are the home button no longer recognizes finger prints and iPad no longer auto shuts off when lid is closed. Not a great result for the price.

mvzagarola - Antwoord

Successfully completed this one but I must have damaged the home button cable during removal, I was very careful but it does say the cable is very sensitive, as it will not enable touch ID. Oh well, my iPad Pro works again, yay!

Brian Crea - Antwoord

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