iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement

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  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Moderate

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Edit Step 1 Rear Panel  ¶ 

  • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.

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  • Opening the iPod can be challenging. Don't get discouraged if it takes you a few tries before the iPod is opened.

  • Insert a large iPod opening tool into the seam between the plastic front and metal rear panel of the iPod, near the headphone jack. The tool's edge should point towards the metal rear panel to prevent any accidental scratching of the plastic front.

  • Run the tool along the top seam toward the upper left corner of the iPod. Press the tool into the corner, creating a small gap on the side of the case.

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  • Push the large iPod opening tool into the upper left corner of the iPod, creating a small gap along the side seam.

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  • There are five retaining tabs on each side of the iPod.

  • With the large iPod opening tool still inserted in the top seam, press a small iPod opening tool into the gap you just created.

  • Run the iPod opening tool down the side seam, releasing all five tabs.

  • It may be necessary to wiggle the tool while working your way down the seam to free all the tabs.

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  • Run the iPod opening tool around the lower left corner of the iPod and along the bottom seam to free the two retaining clips near the dock connector.

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  • Run the iPod opening tool around the lower right corner and slide it down the right side seam to free the five tabs holding the iPod together. You may be able to free the tabs by gently wiggling the front panel of the iPod.

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  • The iPod case is now open, but don't separate the two halves just yet. There is still an orange ribbon cable connecting the headphone jack to the logic board.

  • Open the case like a book with the dock connector edge at the top, and lay the rear panel next to the front half of the iPod.

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  • Use a plastic tool or your fingernails to carefully disconnect the orange headphone jack cable. Be sure to pull straight up on the connector, not the cable itself.

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Edit Step 9 Battery  ¶ 

  • Carefully disconnect the white battery connector from the logic board. Be sure to pull only on the connector itself and not on the cables.

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  • Remove the 2 black T6 Torx screws from the left side of the logic board.

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  • Use one hand to lift the hard drive up in order to access the battery beneath.

  • Carefully thread the battery cable around the end of the logic board. Be careful not to pull up on the logic board too much while freeing the battery cable.

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  • Lift the battery out of the front case by pulling it up by the battery leads.

  • If necessary, grab the battery to pull it off the adhesive securing it to the front case.

  • It may be helpful to use a spudger to pry the battery up off its adhesive.

  • Lift the battery up and out of the front case.

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

For more information, check out the iPod 4th Generation or Photo device page.

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Biggest trouble I had was step one. I actually broke the edge off the large tool. A note somewhere else on this site recommended using a razor which work far more easily then the large blue tool. Common sense, your using a sharp razor, be careful!

As previously noted the screws are TINY, very easy to lose of you drop one.

I jockeyed the battery to get just a crack of space and then used the spluger tool to pry the battery free from the adhesive, very strong.

My IPOD is currently recharging for the first time in years. :o)

msdaly59, · Reply

I have a 4thG original ipod. This was a simple process and it was successfully completed. The ipod was able to be synced after 6 months of sitting in a drawer. The only issue so far is that the entire ipod gets warm to the touch while it's charging. Hopefully that will lessen after subsequent charges. The only bit of confusion in the instructions is the beginning step of inserting the ipod tool at the top. I thought I was trying to unlatch a tab there but there is none on top. Otherwise everything else was clear and exactly as described and pictured.

Nando, · Reply

Broke the cute blue soft plastic tools that came with it. Used a credit card to open it up - worked miraculously well!!! Started up great!! Ooops - forgot the torque screws - opened it again.....closed it again. My iPod works again after years of hibernation!

Art Ikobo, · Reply

piece of cake, good to have the old girl running again...even though I rarely use it anymore. Like motorcycles...nice to have the old ones running.

firus, · Reply

Ifixit, you're awesome !!! Took me about 10 minutes and now I have my 18,000 tunes library back. Marley, LedZep and Pink Floyd are alive again. If a 60 year old can do it, anyone can. Iriemon. 10/17/2013

pcbeachbroker, · Reply

My click wheel was acting up. Basically every button pushed behaved as if it was the center button. After reading a few of these guides, I guessed that maybe my battery was starting to swell and was putting pressure on the back of the wheel, causing it to malfunction. Bingo! New battery did the trick!

danaronen, · Reply

How necessary is it to have the HOLD switch in the locked position? On my iPod the switch is stuck in the unlocked position and I can't force it into locked.

Is locking the iPod for a mechanical reason or an electrical/software reason?

gabeshaikh, · Reply

Quote from gabeshaikh:

How necessary is it to have the HOLD switch in the locked position? On my iPod the switch is stuck in the unlocked position and I can't force it into locked.

Is locking the iPod for a mechanical reason or an electrical/software reason?

It is for an electrical reason. If the iPod hold switch is kept on, the device will not turn on, thus ensuring the device stays powered off while performing service.

trusty, · Reply

I have a 60 GB iPod photo that needs a new Logic Board. I bought a 30 GB used iPod on eBay and replaced the Logic Board. Now the iPod thinks the hard drive is only 30 GB, when it is really 60 GB. It works, but the hard drive is not recognized for its full size. Sites like this offer a 20 GB and 40 GB logic board...I apparently need 60 GB. Can I bypass this somehow, or do I really need a logic board that is specifically made for 60 GB???

Mark, · Reply

My 30gig drive shows up as a 16.4gig. I can not for the life of me, figure out why this is doing this. Can anyone help? Thanks!

Stephan, · Reply

Hello,

First thank you for this tuto and help.

I did follow your instructions and every step was ok but when I closed my i'Pod, it kept staying on the lock position even with moving the lock button.

Now it has charged but I could not make it run.

So I did a complete reboot by connecting it to my Mac with i'Tunes to restore.

It's still locked.

What can I do?

Than You for your answer

Thomas

Voisin, · Reply

The plastic prying tools are pretty useless, but a 9/64-inch jewellers' screwdriver will pop the case very easily.

Human, · Reply

This is the most fragile piece to work with in the whole process. Make sure you have some glasses or something and actually watch the individual pins while you reconnect the cable. I can't see so close, and didn't see what I was doing clearly. Consequently I broke the pins.

Adam Logan, · Reply

Be very careful disconnecting. In fact may want to leave connected. I "removed" the entire piece pins and all from the board and had to replace the logic board to fix. A $15 fix turned into $65. Happy to say got it fixed with a new board but this was a crucial step that cost me big time! Again leave headphone jack connected if at all possible!!

tigers27408, · Reply

DO NOT remove the ribbon cable unless absolutely necessary. I also removed the black female plug from the logic board by mistake. However, in my case I was able to plug it back in and it still works (phew!). Lucky. I might have destroyed some soldering, I don't know ... but it works.

Paul, · Reply

At this point I damaged the motherboard irreversibly!!

This guide should be modified. You should not attempt this step. Either you replace the battery without disconnecting the ribbon. Or if you really want more room, you unscrew the other little board from the the metal half of the case.

Now I have to buy another ipod :-(

Guillaume Barreau, · Reply

If you are replacing the battery (and not reusing it) feel free to cut the red, white and black wires. If you leave .5 inch of cable, you can use the cables to assist the removal of the connector from the logic board. The connector has a small "bump" on the back side that will resist your efforts to remove it from the logic board. If you are aware of this, realize that it may take a degree of finesse to remove the connector. IT CAN BE STUBBORN!

noscw, · Reply

These screws are unbelievably tiny. I highly recommend having a small saucer or ashtray to catch them so they won't get lost. If they go on the floor, it's all over but the crying.

Human, · Reply

This battery is stuck. The battery leads feel like they're going to snap... yup, one just did... before the battery comes free of the adhesive backing. No way to grab the battery.

gkehret, · Reply

Quote from gkehret:

This battery is stuck. The battery leads feel like they're going to snap... yup, one just did... before the battery comes free of the adhesive backing. No way to grab the battery.

This battery is definitely hard to remove. We're usually don't recommend removing anything by pulling on the leads. This battery is an exception, since it's going straight to the recycle bin once it's removed. There's very little space on the side to insert a spudger, and doing so might result in damaging the case.

Miroslav Djuric, · Reply

My leads snapped off as well. I wound up removing the hard drive and logic board in order to grip the battery firmly and pull it off. iFixit instructions for removing the logic board led me through the process no problem, but it could be worth adding a note to step 12.

seth9, · Reply

It is hard to remove the battery. I could only remove it by using the small plastic tool provided in my "ipod replacement battery pack". The good thing is that I did not have to remove the hard drive or the logic board. Now I have my iPod back!

kbusto, · Reply

Is there a recommended adhesive to use when replacing the battery or forgo adhesive completely?

Quote from miro:

This battery is definitely hard to remove. We're usually don't recommend removing anything by pulling on the leads. This battery is an exception, since it's going straight to the recycle bin once it's removed. There's very little space on the side to insert a spudger, and doing so might result in damaging the case.

KFH, · Reply

The battery replacement was very easy using these instructions. My only problem was separating the battery clip from the socket on the board.

dcorson, · Reply

balta 1

Instructions up to step 12 very helpful, clear but for battery socket/connector. There is a small tab on the inside of the connector facing the battery. By gently pressing this tab with a 1.4 mm. flat s/driver blade - thru' cut-out in socket - the batt. connector will just ease out, no fuss. The battery of course requires some coaxing before it gives way. Overall, a great help as usual from the team @ iFixit *University*

balta, · Reply

I got a surprise when I connected the battery and the iPod immediately went into the white screen of death (yes, I had activated the "hold" switch as directed in step one). I could think of nothing else to do other than finish putting it back together. Right now I'm letting the battery run down and am crossing my fingers that it will come up afterwards.

neilweinstock, · Reply

Unit turned itself off after battery ran down, about 10-15 minutes total. Got very toasty during that time; I opened it up to give it some air. After it shut down, I plugged it back in and was thrilled to get the "charging" graphic. Some 15 minutes later (or so), the unit came alive and now seems fine. Success!

neilweinstock,

Lifting up the battery required a fair amount of force, enough so that I was afraid that I snapped the control board.

Stefan Lasiewski, · Reply

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