iPod Mini Battery Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Moderate

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Edit Step 1 Top Bezel  ¶ 

  • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Carefully insert a small flathead screwdriver in the seam between the metal casing and white plastic top. Use the screwdriver to pry up the white plastic top bezel. Be careful not to damage the soft plastic with your screwdriver.

  • The top bezel is held on with an adhesive, so it may be necessary to pry up in several different locations to free the part.

  • To make this job easier, heat up the adhesive with a hairdryer on low heat for a few seconds.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Lift the top bezel off of the iPod.

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Edit Step 4 Bottom Bezel  ¶ 

  • Carefully insert a small flathead screwdriver in the seam between the metal casing and white plastic bottom Use the screwdriver to pry up the white plastic bottom bezel. Be careful not to damage the soft plastic with your screwdriver.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • A small pair of snap ring pliers is the easiest tool to remove the metal retaining bracket.

  • You can also use a flathead screwdriver to pry out the metal retaining bracket beneath the bottom bezel as shown. You can free the bracket by first pushing in the metal arms on the corners and then lifting the bracket.

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  • Lift the metal retaining bracket out of the iPod.

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Edit Step 7 Battery  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger or the tip of your finger to carefully disconnect the orange click wheel ribbon from the logic board.

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  • Remove the two #00 Phillips screws securing the headphone jack to the casing.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Carefully slide the iPod out of its casing by pushing on the logic board near the bottom edge of the click wheel.

  • Do not pull on the headphone jack board at the top of the iPod, as the connector to the logic board is fragile.

  • Be careful not to break the logic board connector off the iPod. The ribbon cable sits at the very top of the connector.

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  • After pushing the logic board out sufficiently, gently grasp the logic board on either side of the display, and continue to slide the iPod out of its casing.

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  • Lift the battery off of the logic board and lay it to the side of the iPod.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Carefully disconnect the battery from the logic board. Make sure to pull only on the connector and not on the battery wires.

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

For more information, check out the iPod Mini device page.

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver

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Flathead 3/32" or 2.5 mm Screwdriver

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At step 7, it must be noted that the orange click wheel ribbon is connected to a plastic attachment, which is connected to the logic board. In disconnecting the click wheel ribbon don't pull the ribbon from its plastic attachment.

ggreif, · Reply

You can also gently use a metal spudger to lift up both the top and bottom bezels. Allow only 1/8" of the metal spudger (like the screwdriver in the picture) to get inside to get leverage, before fully lifting the bezel up. Please note where the little "teeth" are underneath the bezels, or you can damage those if you are not careful.

Also, using too big of a flathead screwdriver can cause damage to the plastic and chips away plastic from where you were trying to pry up the bezels, ruining the look of the iPod.

rsharich, · Reply

There should be a button here for "I did it -- EPIC FAILURE!!" When I put my iPod back together, the components on the mainboard were scraping against the clickwheel, and maybe the battery wasn't in perfect alignment, but the result was that there was a lethal amount of friction when sliding the assembly back into the case. As I was trying to relieve the pressure by tilting the board down using a spudger from the bottom, the top of the display bezel ended up scraping against the casing in such a way that it cracked from the center of the right edge. OUCH!! There goes a $50 repair job and a $40 replacement cost! Bye Bye perfectly working iPod Mini )-;

There are two safeguards that can be done when reassembling this iPod. First, use a stiff piece of plastic film as a shim and lubricant between the top of the logic board and the top inside of the case, such as anti-static packaging, or the clear bag packaging of Apple display dongles (use an exacto knife to cut a long strip of it). Don't cover the display with the plastic, just the logic board components. Second, instead of pushing down on the assembly from the top or sides of the display which will place dangerous pressure on it, connect a cable to the dock connector and pull on it from the bottom, and pull out the plastic shield deftly and easily after the assembly is in position.

steadfast I and I, · Reply

If it's held on by adhesive, how do I get it back on?

Cam, · Reply

Quote from Cam:

If it's held on by adhesive, how do I get it back on?

you can alwsays heat up the adhiesive and reheat it to get it on

Nick, · Reply

If you have longish fingernails and don't mind ruining them, I found it helpful to run my thumbnail between the plastic and the metal casing before going at it with a screwdriver. The little "teeth" a previous commenter mentioned are at approximately the 1/3 and 2/3 marks on the long edge of the plastic casings.

rongshifen, · Reply

Again, be mindful and careful of the little white teeth on the underside of the plastic especially the two on the ends of the long sides.

DITOSP, · Reply

Be *very* careful on the left hand side. It's almost too easy to scrape the click wheel cable and cause damage to it!

LambdaCalculus, · Reply

I used a circlip tool and for removal and reinsertion. It was fast and easy and avoids bending the part. They are also referred to as snap ring pliers.

thezazupits, · Reply

Quote from thezazupits:

I used a circlip tool and for removal and reinsertion. It was fast and easy and avoids bending the part. They are also referred to as snap ring pliers.

There are two kinds of snap ring pliers available. One pivots like regular pliers, one hinges in reverse (when you squeeze the handles, the tips spread). Use the first type.

PZencak, · Reply

My click wheel lost some of its functionality. The back button, and the touch sensitivity to scroll through songs isn't working. :(

coombsnahuel, · Reply

Be careful with the ribbon: do not pull on the actual ribbon itself. I made the mistake of doing this (as this guide isn't clear about it), and it caused my clickwheel to be glitchy and unresponsive.

I'd recommend using the flathead screwdriver and prying gently upward on the white connector (called a molex plug) below the orange ribbon. If it doesn't come out at first, go slow and don't use a lot of force. You'll want to use the same technique when disconnecting the battery plug later.

Illumina, · Reply

hello !

When I disconnected the orange click wheel ribbon, accidentally I rip de orange wheel ribbon.

You have a new piece to send to me ?

thank You

Paulo

ptmont1, · Reply

This step isn't very clear about disconnecting the orange click wheel ribbon. I detached it from the plastic attatchment. Now it's ruined and doesn't work. Thanks a lot ifixit. I won't recommend this site to others.

costa99surf, · Reply

If you're iPod is dented in anyway expect this to not easily slide out. Took me a few minutes of prying on parts to get it to slide.

brock fansler, · Reply

If you need to, place the fingernail of one of your fingers, or use a spudger, to hold down the base where the iPod battery is connected. Take your time and have patience too. Using too much force can separate the base and ruin the logic board.

rsharich, · Reply

The replacement battery from ifixit had a paper wrapping that I removed before installing. Also, the wire lead was much longer than the original so it had to be tucked in carefully.

DITOSP, · Reply

I replaced the bat on two mini's and though each was a little different (removing from the metal body) this couldn't have been easier. I did use snap ring pliers to remove the bottom clip. Using them made it much easier as I was having trouble with the screwdrivers and the pliers are made for this purpose. All and all very satisfactory experience.

mbob518, · Reply

Well, there you go. I think I pulled up the base of the battery cable, the part that's soldered to the logic board (sickening snap). It seems connected at one solder point, but levers up from 4 other points. Not so good. Anyone thin I could solder this back with no issues? Heat? Solder composition? Hate to think I've come this far to have simply ruined the thing.

xfrench, · Reply

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