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iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement

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  1. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Prepare your iPad for disassembly: étape 1, image 1 de 1
    • Allow your iPad's battery to fully drain before starting this repair. A charged battery may catch fire if damaged during the repair.

    • Unplug any cables and fully shut down your iPad.

  2. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Heat the right edge: étape 2, image 1 de 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the right edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the iPad—the screen and internal battery are susceptible to heat damage.

  3. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: étape 3, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: étape 3, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: étape 3, image 3 de 3
    • The next three steps demonstrate the Anti-Clamp, a tool we designed to make the opening procedure easier. If you aren't using the Anti-Clamp, skip down three steps for an alternate method.

    • For complete instructions on how to use the Anti-Clamp, check out this guide.

    • Pull the blue handle backward to unlock the Anti-Clamp's arms.

    • Place an object under your iPad so it rests level between the suction cups.

    • Position the suction cups near the middle of the right edge—one on the top, and one on the bottom.

    • Hold the bottom of the Anti-Clamp steady and firmly press down on the top cup to apply suction.

    • If you find that the surface of your iPad is too slippery for the Anti-Clamp to hold onto, use tape to create a grippier surface.

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    • Pull the blue handle forward to lock the arms.

    • Turn the handle clockwise 360 degrees or until the cups start to stretch.

    • Make sure the suction cups remain aligned with each other. If they begin to slip out of alignment, loosen the suction cups slightly and realign the arms.

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    • Wait one minute to give the adhesive a chance to release and present an opening gap.

    • If your screen isn't getting hot enough, you can use a hair dryer to heat along the right edge of the iPad.

    • For complete instructions on how to use a hair dryer, check out this guide.

    • Insert an opening pick under the screen when the Anti-Clamp creates a large enough gap.

    • If the Anti-Clamp doesn't create a sufficient gap, apply more heat to the area and rotate the handle clockwise half a turn.

    • Don't crank more than a half a turn at a time, and wait one minute between turns. Let the Anti-Clamp and time do the work for you.

    • Skip the next step.

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    • If your screen is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

    • Apply a suction handle to the screen as close to the center of the right edge as possible.

    • Pull up on the suction handle with a strong, steady force to create a small gap between the frame and screen.

    • The large screen is very fragile. Only create a gap big enough to insert an opening pick.

    • If you're having trouble making a gap, reapply a heated iOpener to the right edge for two minutes.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't insert the pick more than 5 mm to avoid damaging the screen.

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    • There are two 2 cm-long magnets along the right edge of the screen. Don't insert your opening pick more than 2 mm to avoid damaging the screen in these locations:

    • The first magnet begins about 3 cm from the top of the iPad.

    • The second magnet begins about 3 cm from the bottom of the iPad.

    • Everywhere else, don't insert your opening pick more than 5 mm.

  8. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Separate the right adhesive: étape 8, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Separate the right adhesive: étape 8, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Separate the right adhesive: étape 8, image 3 de 3
    • Slide your opening pick along the right edge of the screen to separate the adhesive.

    • Angle your pick downward and insert up to a 2 mm depth near the magnet cutouts and 5 mm everywhere else.

    • Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner before continuing.

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    • Slide your opening pick around the bottom right corner of the screen to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave your pick in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  10. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Heat the bottom edge: étape 10, image 1 de 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the bottom edge of the screen for two minutes.

  11. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: étape 11, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: étape 11, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Separate the bottom adhesive: étape 11, image 3 de 3
    • Insert a second opening pick under the bottom right corner of the screen.

    • Don't insert your opening pick more than 5 mm.

    • Slide your pick to the bottom left corner to separate the bottom adhesive.

  12. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Slice the corner adhesive: étape 12, image 1 de 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Slice the corner adhesive: étape 12, image 2 de 2
    • Rotate your opening pick around the bottom left corner of the screen.

    • Leave your pick in the bottom left corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  13. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Heat the left edge: étape 13, image 1 de 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the left edge of the screen for two minutes.

  14. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Left edge information: étape 14, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Left edge information: étape 14, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Left edge information: étape 14, image 3 de 3
    • There are three cutouts along the left edge of the screen where the adhesive is very thin. Don't insert your opening pick more than 2 mm to avoid damaging the screen at these cutouts:

    • The upper cutout begins 4 cm from the top of the frame and is 3 cm long.

    • The middle cutout begins 12 cm from the top of the frame and is 3 cm long.

    • The bottom cutout is 4 cm from the bottom of the frame and is 3 cm long.

    • Everywhere else, don't insert your opening pick more than 5 mm.

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    • Insert a third opening pick under the bottom left corner of the screen.

    • Slide your pick to the top left corner to slice the left adhesive, making sure to avoid the cutouts shown in the previous step.

    • Leave the pick inserted in the top left corner before continuing.

  16. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Slice the corner adhesive: étape 16, image 1 de 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Slice the corner adhesive: étape 16, image 2 de 2
    • Slide your opening pick around the top left corner of the screen.

    • Leave your pick in the top left corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  17. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Heat the top edge: étape 17, image 1 de 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the top edge of the screen for two minutes.

  18. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Top edge information: étape 18, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Top edge information: étape 18, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Top edge information: étape 18, image 3 de 3
    • While the top edge adhesive softens, note the following:

    • There are two ambient light sensors near the corners. Don't insert your pick more than 1 mm here.

    • The front-facing camera and additional sensors are in the center of the top edge. Don't insert your pick here—there is less than 1 mm of adhesive and you may damage the components.

    • For everywhere else, don't insert your pick more than 5 mm to avoid damaging the screen.

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    • Slide your opening pick 9 cm toward the top right edge, stopping just before the camera assembly.

    • If you slide any farther, you risk damaging the camera's sensors.

    • Leave your pick inserted before continuing.

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    • Insert a new opening pick on the other side of the camera assembly, 4 cm from the previous pick.

    • Slide your pick to the top right corner to slice the remaining adhesive.

  21. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Reposition the screen: étape 21, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Reposition the screen: étape 21, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Reposition the screen: étape 21, image 3 de 3
    • Don't fully remove the screen, as it's attached to the frame by several cables.

    • Grab two opposing corners of the screen and lift up to separate it from the frame.

    • If the screen feels stuck, slide your opening picks around the perimeter to separate any remaining adhesive. Pay attention to sensitive areas shown in previous steps.

    • Shift the screen towards the bottom right corner of the frame until the ribbon cable near the top edge is uncovered.

  22. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Unfasten the upper cable shield: étape 22, image 1 de 1
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    • Throughout this guide, keep track of each screw and reinstall it exactly where it came from.

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the upper cable shield:

    • One 2.0 mm-long screw

    • One 1.8 mm-long screw

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to power on your iPad and test all functions before sealing it up. Be sure to power your iPad back down before you continue working.

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    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to grab and remove the upper cable shield.

  24. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Disconnect the upper sensors: étape 24, image 1 de 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Disconnect the upper sensors: étape 24, image 2 de 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the upper sensors press connector.

    • To re-attach press connectors, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Don't press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend and cause permanent damage.

  25. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Reposition the screen: étape 25, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Reposition the screen: étape 25, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Reposition the screen: étape 25, image 3 de 3
    • Grip the right edge of the screen and open it like a book.

    • Don't pull up on the screen—the display cables are still attached.

    • Lay the screen down over the left edge of the iPad.

    • Be careful not to strain the display cables.

  26. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Unfasten the display cable bracket: étape 26, image 1 de 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the five screws securing the display cable bracket:

    • Four 1.1 mm-long screws

    • One 2.0 mm-long screw

  27. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: étape 27, image 1 de 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: étape 27, image 2 de 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the display cable bracket.

  28. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Disconnect the top display cables: étape 28, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Disconnect the top display cables: étape 28, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Disconnect the top display cables: étape 28, image 3 de 3
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the two top display cable press connectors.

  29. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Disconnect the bottom display cables: étape 29, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Disconnect the bottom display cables: étape 29, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Disconnect the bottom display cables: étape 29, image 3 de 3
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the two bottom display cable press connectors.

  30. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the screen: étape 30, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the screen: étape 30, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the screen: étape 30, image 3 de 3
    • Remove the screen.

  31. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Disconnect the charging port: étape 31, image 1 de 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Disconnect the charging port: étape 31, image 2 de 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the charging port cable press connector.

  32. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Separate the charging port adhesive: étape 32, image 1 de 2 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Separate the charging port adhesive: étape 32, image 2 de 2
    • The charging port cable is lightly adhered to the logic board.

    • Insert an opening pick between the charging port cable and the logic board.

    • Slide the pick toward the charging port to separate the adhesive.

  33. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Unfasten the charging port: étape 33, image 1 de 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 1.8 mm-long screws securing the charging port.

  34. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the grounding clips: étape 34, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the grounding clips: étape 34, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the grounding clips: étape 34, image 3 de 3
    • Use tweezers to remove the two small grounding clips next to the charging port.

  35. iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the charging port: étape 35, image 1 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the charging port: étape 35, image 2 de 3 iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen USB-C Charging Port Replacement, Remove the charging port: étape 35, image 3 de 3
    • Use your fingers to pull the charging port out of its slot in the frame.

    • Remove the charging port.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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 you install it.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our iPad 12.9" 3rd Generation Answers community for help.

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3 commentaires

Thank you! I replaced the USB-C Port with this guide and fixed my iPad Pro 12.9 2018, easily!

I followed every step, excluding Steps 38-41 (in my case, it wasn't needed to access the charging port at Step 42). Still, things were very straight forward and this guide definitely brought success to fixing my problems!

My local stores were trying to charge $220+ for the same fix.. instead got it done myself for $50 buying whatever needed.

ja cook - Réponse

Hi there.

I'm glad your repair went well! You're also right about not having to follow steps 38–41, so I got rid of them!

Alex Diaz-Kokaisl -

Is there a separate guide for replacing all these things? Like I'm not sure that I fully understand how to handle the adhesive when placing parts.

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