That awful moment when you drop or knock your tablet hard against something and flip it over to see a crack or shattered glass. But it doesn’t have to feel like the end of the world anymore. All you need is to arm yourself with the right information on how to do a good tablet screen repair job on your device and get cracking!
Getting started on tablet screen repair
Arm yourself with the right tools to pry the screen off and dismantle and put together the tablet. What you will need is a screwdriver that can handle the tiniest parts, scissors, a heat gun, double sided adhesive tape and canned air. Lay out a bowl to put the tiny parts in so they don’t roll away or get lost.
Get hold of a manual or watch a video to understand the parts of the tablet before you begin tablet screen repair. There’s the touch sensitive digitizer or glass sandwich, the front frame (bezel), motherboard frame, LCD chassis, the LCD itself and the back cover.
Opening up the tablet
Shut down the tablet, remove the back cover and extract the battery. Loosen cabling that’s been fastened on and has been exposed due to the opening up. You will encounter as many as a dozen or more Torx or Phillips screws in the average tablet when you first open it up. These help keep the back frame attached to the chassis. Also watch for any cables that are attached to the glass and chassis as these will need to be pried apart so you can separate the two portions of the tablet.
Seasoned DIY folks will advise you to take a photo of each step during the dismantling, especially which cables connect to where, so you know how to put it back together when done. Use different bowls for screws/parts from different sections if that helps.
Next separate the LCD chassis from the bezel (this will involve more work with that screwdriver). Keep clear of the LCD face itself or you could cause major damage.
Removing the damaged glass and attaching the screen
Next, put on a pair of good work gloves and you’re set to begin work on the glass. Once the front frame is separated from the rest of the tablet, use the heat gun to gently pry the shattered or broken glass free from it along the glued joints.
Use the double sided sticky tape to help adhere the replaced screen to the front frame taking care to stick only to the sides so the screen section of the glass doesn’t get obscured. Replace seals. Check that the digitizer glass you are about to put in is free of smudges. You can now thread that digitizer cable back in place and fix the digitizer glass into the frame again. Use canned air to blow away any surface dust on the LCD.
You are done with the trickiest bits of the job and can now set about fitting everything back the way it was.
How much will it cost you?
Repairing the average touchscreen tablet can cost around USD 50 on an average. That should cover the cost of the new screen and odds and ends you may need to get the job done. The only caveat here, is that if you are not very handy with DIY mechanical work, then you do run the very real risk of causing further damage to your tablet which could end up costing you more.
Need help doing it?
If you’re in Nova Scotia, you should check out the fine folks at https://www.tdkmobile.com for your tablet repairs – if you’re not able to do it yourself, they’re always reliable!