Removing the display on a Late 2013 iMac requires cutting through the adhesive around the perimeter of the screen. After the adhesive is cut, it cannot be used to re-seal the display in place, so you'll need to apply a new set of adhesive strips.

    • With the hinge free to move, the iMac will be unbalanced and hard to work on. Repairs can be completed as shown, but are faster and easier with an iMac service wedge.

    • If you are not using an iMac service wedge, be very careful when installing and working behind the display—it can easily fall out and break if the iMac moves unexpectedly.

    I found that using a couple of paperbacks (one larger than the other) performed the same function - taller one placed to the rear of the stand and the other one in front accommodated the curvature perfectly.

    robinsnaddon - Responder

  1. Before you start placing strips, remove all of the old adhesive from around the perimeter of the rear enclosure.
    • Before you start placing strips, remove all of the old adhesive from around the perimeter of the rear enclosure.

      • If you are re-using your existing display, you must also remove the old adhesive from the back of the display.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to grasp and peel up the edge of each adhesive strip.

      • Repeat this process as necessary to remove all of the old adhesive.

      • If necessary, use a spudger to scrape up the remaining adhesive, then peel with your fingers.

      • You may need to use a small amount of isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth to wipe away any left over residue.

    I've done this on several iMacs now, but today I noticed another layer of thin black plastic stuck to the back of the display.

    It was really tough to remove and left a lot of clear, sticky goop under it.

    It's really thin, but it was strong enough to hold the screen in place by itself - I reconnected the display cables and tested before pulling the backing off the new adhesive strips - and it stuck together!

    I had to pry it apart again and it actually ripped my new glue strips in 2 or 3 places. I was able to still use them, but it did not go as smoothly as other iMacs I've upgraded. Everything was fine in the end, but I left some blue painters tape on the top of the screen overnight so the glue strips will set up without the screen falling off - just to be on the safe side.

    Does anyone know if this last layer of black plastic on the screen should be removed or left in place when replacing the glue strips?

    Daniel Cassel - Responder

    That Black layer of plastic should not be removed. I found that on some segments, upon peeling back old adhesive remnants, the thin black plastic layer would also begin to peel off. STOP and cut off what has been removed, separate the black plastic strip from the adhesive remnant you are peeling off. The continue removing remnants.

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    • Start with strip 13, which goes on the right vertical side of the rear enclosure.

    • Before peeling off any backing, line it up against the frame of the iMac to get an idea of where it goes.

    • Peel the short piece of backing off the back of the strip.

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    • Insert the tip of a spudger into the hole at the top of the strip from the side that still has a backing on it.

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    • With the spudger still poking through the hole in the adhesive strip, push the spudger tip into the corresponding hole in the frame of the iMac.

    • Using the hole and spudger to anchor the position of the adhesive strip, line the strip up against the right edge, gently pull down against the spudger to ensure the strip is taut, and stick it onto the frame.

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    • Once you're satisfied that the top half of the adhesive strip is neatly aligned, peel the longer piece of backing out from behind the strip.

      • If the top half isn't aligned properly, you can carefully peel it up and re-stick it before peeling off the lower backing strip. Be sure to use the spudger tip to anchor the top.

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    • Align the lower portion of the strip with the right edge of the frame, and stick it down.

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    • Use your finger to smooth all of strip 13. Make sure it is neatly aligned with the right side of the frame and that it sits flat.

    • Do not peel off the front adhesive backing yet.

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    • Work your way around the perimeter of the iMac, adding three more adhesive strips in the same manner.

    • Working counter-clockwise from strip 13, place:

      • strip 12 on the top right

      • strip 11 on the top left

      • strip 16 on the left vertical

      • These three strips have a hole at each end—always use the smaller hole for alignment for more precise placement.

    • On the iMac Intel 27" Retina 5K Display, strip 12's blue tabs will not line up with the top antenna in the same way as the regular model. This is perfectly acceptable and won't impact the performance of the strips or antenna.

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    • The two remaining strips (14 and 15) do not have guide holes and are more difficult to place than the previous ones. Before sticking them down, we recommend first setting them in their respective places on the iMac to get comfortable with their placement.

    • Grasp the red film pull tab on the 14 adhesive strip and pull to remove the backing from the strip.

    • Align the strip on the bottom edge of the rear enclosure, directly to the right of the middle screw on that edge.

    • Run your finger along the length of the adhesive strip to ensure it is straight and unwrinkled, pressing down as you go to adhere the strip to the iMac.

    Using iFixIt’s adhesive strips, i cannot strip off the white backing. Pulling on the tab pulls the wrong backing off, the black backing. I can:t figure a way to do this correctly!

    Charles Lindauer - Responder

    The video shows the correct method - attach these strips to the back of the screen rather than the iMac itself.

    robinsnaddon - Responder

    The Video can be found at support site. Here’s the link:

    got to 07:48

    lamajr - Responder

    • Repeat the previous step for the 15 adhesive strip, placing it along the left half of the bottom of edge of the iMac.

    • Once you've applied all the adhesive strips, the iMac should look as shown in the photo.

    You've really got to pay particular attention to exactly where to stick these - especially the short right-angle part as it doesn't go on the back of the glass as you might expect but actually over part of the edge of the LCD. It's also really difficult to remove and reposition the stickers since they will stretch when pulling them off.

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    • Gently lay the display in place over the iMac, and align it carefully.

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    • Use painter's tape or masking tape to temporarily secure the bottom edge of the display to the iMac's enclosure.

      • The tape preserves the display's alignment, and allows you to safely swing the top edge of the display open to access the display cables.

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    • At this point it's a good idea to test your repair, in order to make sure your iMac works properly before you seal it back up. Follow the next three steps to temporarily reconnect the display cables and boot up your iMac prior to pulling the protective film off the adhesive strips.

      • If you've already verified that your iMac is working correctly and are ready to seal it up, skip to Step 16.

    • Gently insert the display data connector into its socket on the logic board. Be sure to press it straight into the socket, and insert it completely.

    • Flip the display data connector lock down onto the socket.

    • Insert the display power connector into its socket on the logic board.

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    • Set the display back on the iMac's rear enclosure.

    • At this time, plug in your iMac, power it on, and test your repair before moving on to actually sealing up the computer. Be sure to check for full functionality of any hardware you removed or disconnected.

    • When you are finished, shut the iMac down and unplug the power cord before you continue.

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    • Verify that your iMac is turned off and unplugged from power before you continue.

    • After confirming that your iMac functions properly, disconnect the display cables and carefully lean the display forward.

    • Remove the film from the 15 strip by reaching in from above and pulling the tab straight up from the bottom edge of the display.

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    • Repeat the previous step for the 14 strip.

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    • Reconnect the display power and data cables for the final time.

      • Remember to secure the metal retaining bracket on the display data cable.

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    • Check the glass directly in front of the webcam for dust and other contaminants. If necessary, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth before you seal up the display.

    • Rest the display against the rear enclosure.

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    • Remove one side of the protective film from Strip 11 by pulling its tab straight up.

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    • Remove the other side of the protective film from strip 11.

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    • Repeat the previous steps to remove the protective films from all the remaining adhesive strips (labeled 11, 12, and 13).

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    • Remove the tape securing the display to the rear enclosure.

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

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Step 14: iFixit... you're kind of missing the point of the blue tabs here. Set the mac upright and peel off the bottom strips on the lcd but keep the adhesive backing on the strips on the case. Put the LCD on the bottom lip but rest it so the adhesive isn't or is barely making contact. Tilt the lcd out towards you and reach in and down to reconnect the cables. Make sure the bottom sides are aligned properly and push the panel in place. When you're ready, pull the blue tabs out from the sides to pull the backing off, this will make an instant seal with the glass. This way it makes it much easier to align, you don't have to worry about having a gap at the bottom since the weight of the glass will make it sit flush with the lip, and before you pull the tabs, you have one last chance to test it and hinge the panel forward to get back inside in case something isn't working.

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Thanks, Jesse…

CHalt -

Yeah, thanks Jesse! I wish I had read your post before finishing, because that would've been a whole lot easier! Apparently iFixIt thanks you, but ignores your suggestion and doesn't update the guides!

Jared White -

+1 I wish I've read that before badly aligning my screen from half a millimeter on the left :-|

Francois Pesce -

Is there any reason to believe that Apple would deny any warranty repairs due to these adhesive strips not being identical to Apple's? I'd like to open and clean my iMac before taking it in to have the display replaced under warranty, but the vibes I'm getting from Apple support suggest that Apple may deny me service if the adhesive strips 'show any signs of tampering', i.e., being replaced for any reason. This sounds silly to me, as it doesn't void Apple's warranty to upgrade my hard drive.

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gibsonjont - Responder

Unfortunately, these strips are not even close to the original ones. Has anyone tried to reopen the iMac with these strips in place? A real pain… The original one must have a sort of foam in-between so that one can cut through with the ifixit wheel or a knife. After that, it is easy to remove the adhesive swipes on both sides. Trying to reopen an iMac with the iFixit strips in place is really hard and impossible with the iFixit wheel. Sad…

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