iPad Screen is cracked.

Kyle Santos
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My 2nd generation iPad screen is cracked.  I looked into how to replace the screen on my own at iFixIt's site, but I cannot do that, and would risk damaging it even more since it still functions well enough.

The crack started after it took a fall off the kitchen counter.  One corner is cracked and the glass is fraying and two cracks have emerged across the entire screen of the iPad.  I've managed to use the iPad for a few months now and not have any problems, but recently the corner that the impact took place, glass shards are emerging.

I read in that iFixIt guide how to replace the iPad screen that part of the removal process is taping the entire glass screen so it won't drop (or explode) glass everywhere and hurt you.  But what I'm wondering is can I use a clear tape to just seal the glass and still use the iPad?

What tape would you recommend I use?
Will the iPad still work?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Can you locate a small business repair shop near you who can replace the screen. I know from experience that these small business persons are often as economical as you can get. This is what I recommend.

Can you tape the screen with clear tape. Probably. The question would be what tape, because you don't want the tape to turn yellow and brittle. As a guess, Scotch brand Magic transparent tape might possibly work best.
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Commented:
I agree, your best bet is to source a local tablet/cell phone repair shop.  Try Kijiji or Craiglist.
Read:
https://www.apple.com/support/ipad/repair/screen-damage/

http://www.macworld.com/article/2045639/diy-ipad-screen-replacement-it-saves-money-but-its-not-for-the-faint-of-heart.html

It will definitely get worse over time and make replacement more difficult.
You can apply some locktite super glue on the corner that the impact took place to hold in-place the  glass shards that are emerging.
You can then put a clear film over the screen which will make the repair last longer.

iPad Screen Protectors
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ipad-accessories/ipad-screen-protection/pcmcat218000050003.c?id=pcmcat218000050003

More reading:
http://forums.imore.com/ipad-2/237142-small-area-cracked-corner-ipad-what-do.html
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Hey Kyle,

I believe this youtube tutorial might help you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdr-n49FD7A
Kyle SantosSoftware Test Analyst I at Dassault Systemes

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Commented:
Thank you for all the suggestions!  I will be trying them out soon to let  you know which way I went to solve this. :)
Kyle SantosSoftware Test Analyst I at Dassault Systemes

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Commented:
Ok, I ordered an iPad screen protector and will try that out when it arrives.  Hopefully I won't need tape at all!
Kyle SantosSoftware Test Analyst I at Dassault Systemes

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Commented:
I applied a back cover and an iPad screen protector.  That appears to have done the trick and will extend the life of the iPad's glass screen!

Thanks all for assistance.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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@Kyle Santos - Thanks for the update

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