iPod 5th Generation (Video) Rear Panel Replacement

Instructions on how to remove the rear panel from the iPod Video.

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Edit Step 1 Case  ¶ 

  • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The slider should be all the way to the right if your iPod is facing you.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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

  • Free the first retainer clip on the bottom of the iPod using the iPod opening tool. The tool's edge should point towards the metal back case to prevent scratching the plastic front.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Use this photo of the OPENED iPod for the reference, in order to locate the areas where the retaining clips are - 4 per side, one on top and two at the bottom. It should save you a lot of frustration and help avoid scratching the plastic cover.

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  • There are four retaining clips on each side of the iPod. An iPod opening tool will be used to separate the plastic front from the metal back of the iPod.

  • Insert the iPod opening tool into the left side of the iPod, with the edge of the tool pointing towards the metal back.

  • A small guitar pick can be extremely helpful in opening the iPod. Simply insert it and slide the pick around the case to free the clips to streamline the process.

  • Gently enlarge the existing crevice by wiggling the iPod opening tool and moving it to the left.

  • Continue doing so until the entire side of the iPod is loose.

  • You can then insert an iPod opening tool to the right of the Hold button. Be very careful while inserting the tool, as the display is very fragile.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Gently glide the iPod opening tool on the top of the display, making sure to free the retaining clips.

  • The other sides of the iPod should now easily come loose. If they do not, use iPod opening tools on the right side of the iPod in the same way as on the left side of the iPod.

  • Separate the front of the iPod from the back about an inch (or a couple of centimeters).

  • The iPod casing is now open, but don't completely separate the two halves just yet. Two ribbon cables are still connecting the back panel to the rest of the iPod.

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  • Use angled tweezers or an iPod opening tool to slide up the brown connector latch, holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place. Make sure you pull from both sides of the latch. You only need to lift the brown connector latch up about 1-2mm to free the cable. Do not lift more or remove the latch, or you might pull the white connector with it!

  • Don't lift up too far or you could pull the battery connector out of the logic board.

  • Make sure to slide the brown connector directly upwards. The connector is frail and will break if it is accidentally shifted to the side. The connector has hooks at the bottom to hold the cable in place. As soon as you break one of the arms you will have problems putting the battery cable back on. If it breaks put the cable in the slot and then push the brown holder in place to keep the cable from slipping out.

  • Remove the cable from the connector.

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  • You should now have one orange ribbon cable still attaching the front case to the back.

  • At this point you are able to remove and replace the blue rubber bumpers, or continue with separating the case.

  • Separating the case is not necessary to complete battery replacement but may facilitate ease of replacement. It does require removing an extra cable at some risk of damage during removal

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  • Lift up the hard drive to expose the headphone jack ribbon connector (indicated by the yellow box).

  • If the hard drive bumpers come loose, make sure to put them back with the notch as shown in the picture.

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  • With the iPod opening tool, gently lift the brown tab of the headphone ribbon cable connector. The tab will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable.

  • Using your fingers, pull out the headphone jack ribbon cable.

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  • The front and back of the iPod should now be completely separated.

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Edit Step 11 Battery  ¶ 

  • Be careful not to damage any of the headphone or battery ribbon cables while performing this step.

  • Insert an iPod opening tool in between the metal case and battery at the location illustrated by the picture.

  • Gently wiggle the tool while pushing it further in between the battery and back case. The adhesive holding the battery should give, allowing the battery to be removed from the rear panel.

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Edit Step 12 Headphone Jack & Hold Switch  ¶ 

  • Be very careful when performing this step, since the orange ribbon cables can easily be broken.

  • Peel off the tape holding the ribbon cables in place.

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  • Remove the two black Phillips screws that are securing the headphone jack to the lower casing.

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  • Remove the following two screws:

    • One black Phillips screw securing the hold switch near the corner of the iPod.

    • One silver Phillips screw securing the other side of the hold switch.

    • Side Note: When reassembling the iPod, a touch of white Elmer's glue on the end of your screwdriver helps hold these little screws on your screwdriver to make it easier to screw them in.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Lift the Hold switch free of its housing on the rear panel.

  • Slide the headphone jack out of its housing on the rear panel.

  • Lift the headphone jack and hold switch assembly out of the iPod.

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  • If your replacement headphone jack includes the white plastic hold switch, simply reinstall the headphone jack. If your replacement part does not include the plastic hold switch, follow the next steps to transfer the plastic hold switch to your new headphone jack.

  • If you're just trying to remove the rear panel, you can skip Steps 15 and 16.

  • Remove the single Phillips screw nearest to the hold switch. Note: You may find adhesive holding the back of the screw in place.

  • Lift the plastic portion of the Hold switch away from the orange ribbon cable.

  • Ensure that the black notch lines up with the gray slider during reassembly of the switch (see picture 2).

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  • Use the small iPod opening tool to carefully peel the orange ribbon cable and attached black Hold switch up from the metal backing.

  • When re-attaching the replacement Hold switch, make sure the two small posts on the back of the switch are aligned with the two holes in the metal backing.

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Edit Step 18 Rear Panel  ¶ 

  • You are now able to replace the rear panel of the iPod.

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

For more information, check out the iPod 5th Generation (Video) device page.

Required Tools

Phillips #00 Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Recommended Tools

Universal Drive Adapter

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iFixit Lock Pick Set

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Inspection Scope

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Frictionless Ratchet

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Portable Anti-Static Mat

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Comments Comments are onturn off

One word of advice: My cousin opened his vid from the top and accidentally cracked his screen in half. I would suggest to start opening it from the bottom, near the dock connector.

Cyrus, · Reply

I too just cracked the screen in half by starting at the top. The screen is completely shot now. Got a guide for replacing screens? These things are hard to open. Be careful! Have someone hold it while you slowly pry it open.

wittweb, · Reply

I have a cracked screen, starting from the upper right corner. 1/3 ofthe screen is black. Can I fix it?

Phil

koby,

I just replaced a broken screen and battery tonight in my early ipod video 30g. I think you may have not got the audio cable back in correctly or you may need to replace the earphone connector. This site is great and just last week i used ifixit parts to fix my ibook dc in then tonight my ipod. Saved a ton of cash and the service is awesome.

spdmonkey, · Reply

ive just replaced my screen and its working fine, apart from when i switch it on it says i need to connect to itunes, when i do that it says that it needs resetting to factory settings, and when i do that it gets to the end then just says i need to reset it again???? any help please?

qwerty, · Reply

very useful

jimixiaozi, · Reply

Replaced my screen that somehow cracked in my bag while it was under the seat in front of me on an airplane. 80GB 5.5g video.

The only thing I'll add is that when I first installed the new screen, I would get all kinds of weird artifacts after putting the case back together. It would be fine with the case open but as soon as pressure was applied it would turn white and go crazy. I looked at the old screen and saw a small white plastic sticker covering the electronics on the old screens ribbon cable, so I peeled it off and put it on the new screen's ribbon cable and everything went back together and worked perfectly. Placing pressure on these components must cause trouble and I guess the sticker disperses the pressure to prevent this. It's like new.

I was really bummed because I have Rockbox running on this thing and no ipods since the 5.5g will run it, and you can't buy those anymore without spending a fortune. Thank you ifixit.com.

gkmeyer, · Reply

i followed all the steps and fix it up by myself ~ haha THX~

swean, · Reply

Quote from hidi00z:

hey, greg29 i have the same situation with my 5th gene iPOD, right now the display it's white and i want to know if you show where i need to put the white sticker or another kind of sticker because the old dispelay i throw it away...thanks,

hidi00z, · Reply

Just finished replacing my battery (30 gb video). Piece of cake! Great information. I would skip steps 7-9, and just replace battery. But I'm no expert....

Gino T, · Reply

I need a little help guys. I have an Ipod 30G video that I plugged into a car charger and now the screen is black with the apple logo. I thought it was the battery that was dead, but I replaced it using your guide(thanks!!) and it's still showing the same thing. Black screen with the apple logo. I tried charging it and it still doesn't do anything. Any ideas what it could be? Thanks.

jer, · Reply

Replaced battery and screen on 30GB video ipod in 90 minutes. In the first 5 minutes the fine tip broke off the removal tool. Later I discovered why....I was prying the front cover off instead of separarting the back cover from the rest of the unit. The front cover tabs are right next to the back cover tabs so be sure you are getting the right one. If done properly I would have saved 30 minutes. I also broke several front cover tabs during removal so good thing I was replacing front cover too! The new front cover did not match up well with the old tabs. I agree with skipping steps 7 - 9 to release the headphone ribbon. I yanked the unit around pretty good getting the front cover back on and no trouble with the headphones. The removal tools were no match for the tape on the back of battery, instead get a very small standard screwdriver to get the battery loose. Trickiest part is the little tab that holds the battery ribbon; when you are putting it back together just push straight down nice and easy with the tip of the small tool and she locks right back in place. The wife had given up on this iPod and get a new 8 GB nano for Christmas...I inherited this one and am quite pleased for $30! iTunes did not pop up when I hooked it to the USB to charge, so I that I will go now and see if there is problem there. Terrific site, thanks for the help.

Jeff, · Reply

Quote from stumped:

I followed all the steps for taking apart my 5th gen Ipod video, replacing the factory battery with a new one. Now my click wheel does not work. I've tried resetting it without success. Any suggestions?

I have exactly the same problem, though I was replacing the headphone jack instead. Nothing appears to be loose and I didn't open the front panel at all.

benthuronyi, · Reply

Quote from jimmora:

Hi - no need to disconnect all those cables, take out the HD, etc. Skip all the way to unscrewing and save the effort of trying to sneak those cables back into place.

well the cables aren't too bad, and you don't want to accidentally tear one of the cables when sliding in the new display-- i'd recommend disconnecting the hard drive, battery and headphone jack before attempting to remove the screen.

iTronics Repair, · Reply

BRILLIANT instructions!

I got software problem after installing new Logic Board. iTunes keeps asking me to restore - I do, but it make no difference. Still can't synch. Anyone else have this problem?

jingofafa, · Reply

Quote from jingofafa:

BRILLIANT instructions!

I got software problem after installing new Logic Board. iTunes keeps asking me to restore - I do, but it make no difference. Still can't synch. Anyone else have this problem?

terry cynright, · Reply

Quote from benthuronyi:

I have exactly the same problem, though I was replacing the headphone jack instead. Nothing appears to be loose and I didn't open the front panel at all.

Yes, when I replaced my screen, the click wheel no longer works except I can hold the select & menu buttons and rest my i-pod all day long. that is the only part of the click wheel that now works. Anyone can help all 3 of us out?

dragonlore, · Reply

Quote from terry cynright:

I found out the problem: I used the wrong Logic Board! I have a 5th Gen. 80GB model and needed the 820-1975-A board (instead I installed the 820-1763-A board, which apparently only works for 30 and 60 GB models).

I wish I'd read this sooner: http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/8078/...

jingofafa, · Reply

I've just replaced the my battery too (30 GB Video). Though it was quite challenging to opening the iPod, it all went smoothly after that; except from a small incident when the small tool broke when attempting to remove the battery from the iPod back. I used the big one instead and it went all fine. I also skipped steps 7-9)

CAUTION: when removing the battery from the iPod back panel, watch-out not to damage the "hold button cable" . The cable is right below the battery, and might be glued to it.

I've connected the iPod to iTunes and everything is reacting fine. My iPod is recharging right now on its cradle :-)

Total handling time: 45 min max.

Thanks to everyone for the tips. Great web site!

gioverking, · Reply

Quote from benthuronyi:

I have exactly the same problem, though I was replacing the headphone jack instead. Nothing appears to be loose and I didn't open the front panel at all.

I'd check that the control cable is correctly seated in its ZIF socket. And that the hold switch is not on.

Yishai Sered, · Reply

Quote from Miroslav Djuric:

Nice guide!

It is a nice guide. I happened to have access to a #000 Phillips which I thought worked a little better than a #00. What do you think?

pricemccarty, · Reply

just tryed to replace battery in my i pod but didnt work had to put old battery back in the cable seems to be backwards to the oiginal one now what

saxconstruction, · Reply

very informative

Mike Chang, · Reply

If a simple diagram of the retaining clips and their locations on the device might be helpful.

RJones, · Reply

The first step was the most difficult for me, as I nearly destroyed the wide opening tool sold by ifixit in the process... after wedging it slightly open, I then grabbed a screwdriver and pulled apart the rest of the iPod. On second thought if I remembered, the putty knife sold here would also help at the very beginning.

Thanks ifixit!

Raj Seshadri, · Reply

Excellent instructions! One suggestion was made to start at the bottom. The first step does show the tool used to start opening at the bottom; so, starting at the top contradicts the first step anyway. Am currently repairing a friends MBP, so have learned a lot about Apple's micro-technology. Patience is certainly a virtue here! : ) Thank you, iFixIt!! Jim W, Panama City, FL

Jim, · Reply

I'm having a lot of difficulty with Step 2. The tool goes in nicely but I can't seem to find the right tool movement that releases the first retainer clip on the bottom. I never get the degree of separation of the back case shown in the photo. When I remove the tool, it just closes back up. Any help is appreciated.

kk, · Reply

Thank you very much. I bought from Spain, it took less than a week to arrive and the replacement was very easy. Peace of cake with your step-by-step guide.

Great job!!

pedrolucena14, · Reply

Quote from kk:

I'm having a lot of difficulty with Step 2. The tool goes in nicely but I can't seem to find the right tool movement that releases the first retainer clip on the bottom. I never get the degree of separation of the back case shown in the photo. When I remove the tool, it just closes back up. Any help is appreciated.

I also had problems with this and it took some time. The pictures didn't help much with this problem. Honestly, I'm not 100% sure how I got it to work, but I think it is necessary to pry the metal casing outward while working the face upward. Don't give up. I hope this helps.

pricemccarty, · Reply

Just a word of warning to everyone, be careful with Step 2. I was having a hard time opening my iPod (I was using a screwdriver), but when it finally opened I accidentally knocked off some small black thingy on the logic board. I am not too devastated, because it was not working in the first place. But just wanted to warn others.

Gaoez01, · Reply

i found it useful to get an old credit card to help freeing the case, somehow the opening tool i add was made of really soft plastic - and yes i confirm it s quiet hard to open but afterwards it s snaping back into place quiet easily

oliviermolody, · Reply

So i did it with success - watch out there is 2kind of motherboards -

the audio was gone on mine ( got it replace once by apple (bought in 2006 replace in 2010 failed again in 2011 but no chance to replace it, so i repaired it ...thanks i fixit )

oliviermolody, · Reply

After having given up on getting the case open, I decided to try again. I succeeded by having 2 tools, 1 to keep the bottom open while I used the other to pry open the sides. After that, replacing the hard drive was easy. I did not need to fully separate it by unseating the headphone ribbon jack.

kk, · Reply

I found using another ipod opener tool handy to just hold open the case enough to get a start on the side clips.

paul meegan, · Reply

I've found starting from the TOP or sides to be easier. I could not get the bottom tabs to release until I got the top ones free.

kane298, · Reply

After hurting my thumb while trying to open the bottom-side I watched some youtube clips to get an idea how it should look like. Instead pry open the case I had much more success by sliding the side of the case up and down with the opening tool until it come loose a litte bit. Then working to the edges and around till a side, top and bottom where open.

Skiko, · Reply

I had a difficult time with this as well. I ended up breaking the supplied iFixit tools, and used a small screwdriver from an eyeglass repair kit to do most of the work. Once three sides are opened it will separate easily, but the first two are tricky. Don't give up.

jpmajor, · Reply

Just a note that if you don't have the special opening tools to hand, a couple of guitar picks did the trick for me :-)

Casey Holford, · Reply

In case the IPod housing resists the rigidness of the plastic opening tool (tool starts to dismantle slightly) better keep a proper edge on the opening tool and use a very small screwdriver - as sometimes supplied with the display - to very gently squeeze between the housing halves as described to do with the plastic opening tool, so the edge facing rather twards the metal back. The retainer clips just fit tight, no hooks or lightly breaking edges. Once the housing starts to open minimal fingernail force to pull housing parts slightly apart might help, too.

Eric Njoroge, · Reply

It was the first time I broke open my iPod, and I was a little fuzzy on what was going on with this step. To amplify use the lip of the small opening tool to catch the edge of the cable retainer and gently pull straight up. It should click when released. To get the cable reinserted during reassembly, it was difficult to juggle both halves of the case and have enough slack in the cable to insert it back in the housing. What I used and was very helpful was a surgical hemostat that I used to gently grasp the cable and manuver it back into the housing.

georget, · Reply

f'n great site, i fixed two of my iPods easily, best advice is be incredibly gentle with every step.

bcarlson409, · Reply

I have had so much bad luck with this step. I stopped using the iPod tool since I do tend to use it as a leverage point and actually break the connector of the board. I now use a paperclip that i bend into a L shape hook and lift the clip. Haven't broken one since...

oldturkey03, · Reply

This was extremely helpful! My brown connector latch is positioned vertically, so I could not use the ipod tool. The paperclip worked perfectly!

asbell,

The View Huge version of picture is great!!! A diagram of how this fastener works would also be helpful for both disassembly and assembly.

RJones, · Reply

the small connector should not be a prob. i use the apple spudger tool to lift it (to release) and push it down(lock it). it has a definite click as you push down. dont fear the apple!

cheers&aloha

matt

ACMT

matt, · Reply

Am I the only one that got a battery from ifixit and the battery cable was not like the original and much shorter, the ribbon cable was rapped around the other side and about 3/4 inch shorter, and im not sure how to go about the rest of the steps... any advice would be a great help.

speedisgood2004, · Reply

Quote from speedisgood2004:

Am I the only one that got a battery from ifixit and the battery cable was not like the original and much shorter, the ribbon cable was rapped around the other side and about 3/4 inch shorter, and im not sure how to go about the rest of the steps... any advice would be a great help.

oops, just realized you have to make the bends to the cable yourself and unravel the ribbon from how the batter comes shipped.

speedisgood2004, · Reply

the brown connector holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place broke off is that bad?

ferny, · Reply

Quote from ferny:

the brown connector holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place broke off is that bad?

that piece needs to be on their (on the motherboard) so the battery stays connected securely.

iTronics Repair, · Reply

I followed all these steps to the letter, charged the new battery and all worked fine for about a day. Now I can't get the iPod to respond to anything. The screen is black, it won't charge, itunes doesn't realize it's plugged in. It is flat out dead and just won't respond to anything. Suggestions?

Sue, · Reply

Quote from Sue:

I followed all these steps to the letter, charged the new battery and all worked fine for about a day. Now I can't get the iPod to respond to anything. The screen is black, it won't charge, itunes doesn't realize it's plugged in. It is flat out dead and just won't respond to anything. Suggestions?

Mine is acting the same way. I first replaced the hard drive, then the screen, then the battery. Now all it does it says 'do not disconnect'. On my new laptop, it won't let itunes load and stops the o/s from starting if its connnected upon startup. Any ideas?

terry cynright, · Reply

Exact same thing happened to me. I am trying to assure everything is connected right, but if that does not work I don't know what more I can do. Ideas anyone?

nuskaonline,

I wish I'd done some troubleshooting before I bought a new jack. I got this far in the manual and discovered the connector holding the second ribbon in place had popped open and the ribbon was loose. I reconnected it and problem solved!

If it pops open it looks as if the connector is gone but it isn't. I put the ribbon back in place and gently swept the tool over the spot where the connector is and it went back into place.

Oh well, I have an extra jack if I should ever need it in the future. I know others with the same kind of iPod so I might save the day for someone someday.

RobertS, · Reply

Quote from ferny:

the brown connector holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place broke off is that bad?

Pat, · Reply

Yes, breaking off the brown hold down lever on either connection is bad. With out that hold down lever the yellow strip that fits into that connection will be loose and cause a bad connection. Sorry

Pat, · Reply

If just replacing the battery, you could skip steps 7,8, and 9.

rsosbe, · Reply

In my opinion you could skip 7-9. I suppose the only reason to remove the other ribbon cable is to keep from doing it accidentally while pulling the battery off.

dhughes19, · Reply

I changed the battery yesterday and left out the steps 7 - 9. It's not really necessary to seperate front and back completety.

So you can't break the brown tab. :-)

cguenther, · Reply

I also think that step 7-9 can be skipped.

my new battery is now charging :)

serkaninan, · Reply

[quote|serkaninan]I also think that step 7-9 can be skipped.

If changing the battery, yes, but not if changing the hard drive, as these instr are also a part of. The pic in 7b r.e. bumper tab orientation is very important.

Lavatop, · Reply

I skipped these steps as well but because removing the battery can require some effort, I can see the need to include them. If there was a good way to attach the halves so they act as a single piece, that would be a good alternative to these steps.

RJones, · Reply

Take great care in lifting this tiny brown tab. It is easy to break. Also, take extra great care when re-installing the cable and setting the tab back down on the cable. The cable slightly "sticks" in place before you place the tab back on it. I cannot stress how much gentleness is key with these miniscule tabs.

euphoria, · Reply

Also to elaborate on euphoria's comment on the brown retaining clip, it does flip back to open, so do be very careful with this clip, but dont freak out when the clip flips back on itself, cause when i did it i thought i had snapped the clip in half... but turns out its fine. Hope this takes a little of the stress out of this delicate process.

speedisgood2004, · Reply

Be extra careful pulling up the battery. Mine was stuck down very firmly. Despite trying to be careful, I still managed to tear a ribbon cable.

KFW, · Reply

Quote from euphoria:

Take great care in lifting this tiny brown tab. It is easy to break. Also, take extra great care when re-installing the cable and setting the tab back down on the cable. The cable slightly "sticks" in place before you place the tab back on it. I cannot stress how much gentleness is key with these miniscule tabs.

Umm if the brown retaining clip breaks, is there anyway to fix it

dreamer92, · Reply

Is there anyway to get around breakin the tab to connect the headphone cable to the logic board or no

Rob, · Reply

Quote from dreamer92:

Umm if the brown retaining clip breaks, is there anyway to fix it

I didn't break the tab, but I did lose it. Anyway to replace this? Don't even know what it's called to search for it...

tonyrufkahr, · Reply

Quote from dreamer92:

Umm if the brown retaining clip breaks, is there anyway to fix it

I need to know if this is possible to purchase just the retaining clip that connects the battery to the top of the iPod (the delicate clip everyone is warning about).. Mine broke and on top of that i dropped it and lost it... Am i pretty much screwed?

Richard T, · Reply

Yes, secure it with a piece of tape or glue.

Pat, · Reply

I've seen a few comments regarding leaving the headphone ribbon cable attached thus making it unnecessary to lift the hard drive when replacing a battery. I just replaced the battery in my iPod Video 30GB and I started with the intention of not doing that. After going through the process, I'd recommend following the instructions as stated. Those ribbon cables can be fragile and not removing the headphone cable forces you to torque it around while trying to remove the battery, and plus it's difficult to maneuver around it. It's better to remove it so you have more room to work and less possibility of damaging it when the battery finally comes free.

Burnnie Holliday, · Reply

when taking the battery out, be very careful because one of the bronze strips are sometimes connected to the battery due to the adhesive and will break very easily. Do not rip the battery out. Check if the bronze wire is still connected. If so just peel off gently.

vinceho23, · Reply

I did break the broze strip when I took out the battery. The glue is very sticky. I'm not sure what the effects are. the headphones are working the display is working. It seems to be ok.

dem1cord, · Reply

great guide except the hold button ribbon was attached to the adhesive back of the battery and now the hold button doesn't work but the guide was fantastic

jeremy, · Reply

I've managed to follow all the steps. But i had to improvise on tools as the ones supplied were pretty much useless as they both snapped incredibly quickly!!!

Richard, · Reply

Great Guide except the battery bronze strip was slightly shorter than the original one, further more the bronze connector tip was a bit wider too and i had to trim it so it will fit on the connector. Have to say I was not very happy about that, but I finally got it to work!

pierre0, · Reply

When removing the battery do not pry to the left of the battery (under the hold switch). Prying there will end up resulting in a torn yellow hold switch wire.

Also be aware with the newer video iPods there is a ton of tape/adhesive it will be quite difficult to remove the battery... in the end you might end up ripping the hold switch wire anyway.

FFPENGUIN, · Reply

Original battery adhesive was slightly stronger than I thought it would be...If you put the battery up to eye level, you should be able to see where the adhesive is attached to the battery and that should make it easier to remove. The bronze cable connected to the hold switch was stuck to the battery, so be careful about removing the battery...don't want to damage that cable.

justincamblin, · Reply

Can u tell me the schematic of iPod battery? which is the plus, minus, and ground position of the battery? coz, i make my own custom battery and custom flexible wire too. i need a position of plus battery in flexible, are near with iPod side? or the other one? which one?

thanks

donnie, · Reply

I repair medical electronics for a living, so I found this to be a rather simple installation. All the tips were great and I found the adhesive to not be much of a factor. Less than 5 minutes to complete the project. By the way, the bronze cables you are all talking about are called ribbon cables. Mine was the correct size and length. Thanks iFIXit!

paulcbet, · Reply

duck soup!!! couple a few minutes, pau

pilifm051, · Reply

Ok I followed the guide to step 10. took out the original battery. Put the replacement battery in the spot where it goes. But now the Cables will not STICK. the Cable under the HD for the Audio port pops out with the slightest movement. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get it to stay. I've followed the Guide Backwards now and It always pops out. Also there is a teeny retainer clip for the Cable from the battery to the other side, HOW DO I get it back on???

So the Problem is, Sure its a great all wonderful guide to show how to open an iPod but it doesn't help me to get it back together very well.

lz4broc, · Reply

Quote from lz4broc:

Ok I followed the guide to step 10. took out the original battery. Put the replacement battery in the spot where it goes. But now the Cables will not STICK. the Cable under the HD for the Audio port pops out with the slightest movement. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get it to stay. I've followed the Guide Backwards now and It always pops out. Also there is a teeny retainer clip for the Cable from the battery to the other side, HOW DO I get it back on???

So the Problem is, Sure its a great all wonderful guide to show how to open an iPod but it doesn't help me to get it back together very well.

So here i have it... my iPod was working mostly except no battery charge. So I spend the cash to fix it myself. the Opening the case was the easy part. I swapped the batteries was easy... But Now I am at a loss and Cannot get it back together. I am afraid it will never Work again.

lz4broc, · Reply

I've discovered something else... While the Replacement Battery w/ Ribbon Cable is the Same exact part number Model # 616-0232, As the Original battery in my 5th Gen 80GB Video iPod, the Replacement Battery's Ribbon Cable is a Tad Shorter, perhaps by a couple mm, therefore It is NOT the Same Length and I cannot plug it into the other side with the Retainer clip.

How do I keep the Audio Ribbon Cable and HD Ribbon Cable from popping out as well? The clip flips down but does not lock.

lz4broc, · Reply

I had to use a metal tool to unglue the battery cause the plastic sponger broke.

Pierre Terrien, · Reply

I, too, broke the hold ribbon cable. I didn't read carefully enough and understand exactly where the cable was under the battery so I clipped it with the plastic tool, then finished tearing it when the battery finally came out.

It would be helpful to identify the location of the hold cable under the battery - I didn't realize where it was located and that I would hit it as I tried to work the battery free. All the information is there in the step, but emphasis could be added.

markefuller, · Reply

Two aditional recommendations regarding this step:

1) Going forward, if the ribbon cable for the hold switch is torn or damaged, the ipod should (and in my case did) continue to function, although with hold off at all times. If you do tear the cable and can wait, I recommend not reassembling before replacing the ribbon cable to avoid the risk of accidentally powering on the ipod while separating it for the cable replacement. I managed to use it for a while until the replacement cable arrived, but had to be very careful not to accidentally turn the unit on as the hold switch was no longer connected.

2) When replacing the battery, it sits securely without the adhesive. When making the swap, I recommend not using the adhesive. My replacement came with a peel-off backing which I left intact. This makes future operations (like replacing the headphone jack and hold switch cable) much easier.

markefuller, · Reply

On reassembly, I found there was no need to replace the tape as all the components assemble nicely. I elected to not replace the tapoe also to eliminate one more possible source of annoyance should I need to make another repair in the future.

markefuller, · Reply

Be careful when removing the screws from the headphone jack and hold switch. They're super small. I dropped one on the floor but was lucky enough to find it. Overall, this was a fairly easy repair but you have to be patient and not heavy-handed.

Rick, · Reply

Just above the right hand (upward-facing) screw on the old jack you need to remove a grounding ribbon that is attached with a weak adhesive. Reattach it when installing the new jack so that there is contact with the case.

lcgillies, · Reply

In trying to fix the hold switch, I discovered a problem that can't be fixed---at least, i don't see where a replacement part is available. The white plastic frame for the slide switch was broken at its weakest points, at either side of the cross piece that forms one long side of the opening for the slider. If that is broken, then the slider can easily slip out of effective contact with the actually switch and the switch cannot be manipulated. The best I could do was to set the iPod off hold and remove the external slider so that there is at least marginal access to the internal switch. This is not really an easy to use switch now, but at least the iPod is usable.

lcgillies, · Reply

On reassembly, the hold switch can be a bit troublesome to snap in. I managed to get it in, after a few tries, by tilting the switch down and into the slot, then sliding it into the correct position left-to-right, before rotating it down into the final position. Once it is in place, replacing the left screw (attached to side of case) seems unnecessary as it snaps into place securely and the screw to the top of the case provides a secure hold.

markefuller, · Reply

I've done the whole step to change the jack, but i've still have only one speaker (right side) working!!

is it possible it's the logic board which is not working well??

fpretot, · Reply

I had this same problem. It was resolved by swapping out my headphones. I suspect the jack in the replacment component is slighly out of spec in terms of proper contact alignment as the headphones otherwise worked consistently and could be made to put sound in the left or right by sliding the contact in and out. Also, at all times, there was dimished sound in the "other" ear.

markefuller,

Thank you so much for these instructions! People in our local mac store told me I had to buy a new iPod, for they couldn't fix it anymore. Losers! Thank you!!

Caia, · Reply

Hey! I did it and it works! Thank you so much for these perfect instructions! Keep it up!

popy70it, · Reply

I replaced the headphone jack and lock switch and I still only get the clicker sound - no audio! Any place else to look? Thanks for any info !

jrsranger, · Reply

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