iPod Nano 3rd Generation Display Replacement

Replace a cracked or faulty display.

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Edit Step 1 Rear Panel  ¶ 

  • Please be aware that removing the rear panel from the back of the iPod will cause considerable damage to the rear panel. We highly recommend purchasing an additional rear panel to properly reassemble the iPod.

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

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • The rear panel is secured to the front case by eight clips permanently attached to the rear panel. These clips lock onto small tabs machined into the front case.

  • To free the tabs, they must be pushed toward the center of the Nano. Note the location of all tabs on the rear panel. When using an iPod opening tool to free the rear panel, be sure to work the tool at the location of these clips.

  • To aid in visualization, the two clips boxed in red are located closest to the headphone jack.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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

  • Insert the large iPod opening tool into the seam between the front case and rear panel of the iPod, above the dock connector. The tool's edge should point toward the rear panel to prevent any accidental scratching of the aluminum front case.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Insert a small iPod opening tool into the seam on the headphone jack side of the Nano, with the edge of the tool pointing toward the rear panel.

  • Gently enlarge the existing gap by pressing/wiggling the small iPod opening tool into the gap near each of the the two tabs attached to the rear case, pushing the clips toward the center of the Nano until both have been freed.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • The large iPod opening tool is no longer needed to gain access to the left side of the iPod.

  • Repeat the same procedure listed in the previous step to free the three clips along the hold switch side of the Nano.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Insert an iPod opening tool into the gap near the top left corner of the Nano and work to free the three clips along the top edge of the rear panel.

  • After ensuring all tabs are free, separate the two halves of the iPod.

  • The rear panel is now free from the iPod.

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Edit Step 7 Logic Board  ¶ 

  • With the rear case removed, the back side of your Nano should now look like this.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the following six screws:

    • One 1.8 mm Phillips.

    • Three 1.9 mm Phillips.

    • One 2.4 mm Phillips.

    • One 2.6 mm Phillips.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Using a spudger, flip up the brown click wheel ribbon cable retaining clip.

  • The clip is hinged at the end nearest the edge of the case.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to slide the click wheel ribbon cable out of its socket.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • The logic board is still connected to the front case by the display ribbon cable, located on the headphone jack side of the logic board.

  • Lift the logic board assembly out of the front case from the click wheel connector side (the cable you just disconnected). Rotate the logic board assembly about the display ribbon cable and lay it next to the front case.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to flip up the display ribbon cable retaining clip.

  • The retaining clip is hinged about the end nearest the battery.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Slide the display ribbon cable out of its socket.

  • The logic board is now completely disconnected from the front case.

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Edit Step 14 Display  ¶ 

  • A layer of adhesive around the perimeter of the display holds it securely to the front case. The following steps require prying up on the display with a spudger to free it from the adhesive.

  • The display is inherently delicate due to its thin glass construction. In the next few steps it is essential to work slowly and gently while prying the display from the front case.

  • Insert a spudger in the gap between the front case and the display near the top right corner. Slowly and gently pry the display up at several points along the top edge of the display, working your way toward the left corner.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Continue prying up slowly and gently on the display, this time starting at the top right corner and working your way down the right side.

  • Repeat this procedure on the left side of the display, working down from the top left corner.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • When the adhesive has yielded enough to create a gap large enough to fit your fingers between the display and the front case, lift the display and gently peel off the remaining adhesive to remove it from the front case.

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

For more information, check out the iPod Nano 3rd Generation device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Phillips #00 Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Hi, i recently purchased a repair kit consisting of a new display and the requred tools to do the job Order #383628 only to find that you sent a PH00 torx driver instead of the required Phillips screwdriver , also after replacing the screen because the backlight had failed i find that the replacement screen backlight does not work either , i would welcom your comments on this please !

otobern, · Reply

I found removing the back to be very difficult and had to use a mini screwdriver to complete it. While removing the back to replace the clickwheel, I not only destroyed the back, I inadvertently mangled the video cable and so I then had to replace that too.

gruntso, · Reply

thanks you for help

jeff, · Reply

If your headphone jack isn't working, note that it is possible to replace just the headphone jack here:

There are just 4 soldering points that need to be loosened, and then you can put on the new one.

iTronics Repair, · Reply

One 2.6 mm Phillips. The colour of this screw isn´t blue in the picture, it´s green.

Daniel, · Reply

I was able to remove the back cover using two think plastic guitar picks and my red cross donor card

Professor Wagstaff, · Reply

Hi,

I've got an problem with replacing this screen. And i dont know if it's faulty part or i'm doing something wrong. When i connect new display it's just showing white screen, sometimes with black horizontal lines. also, iPod beeps 2or 3 times. When i reconnect old, broken one, everything is ok.

I'll be thankful for any suggestions

Michal, · Reply

Quote from Michal:

Hi, I've got an problem with replacing this screen. And i dont know if it's faulty part or i'm doing something wrong. When i connect new display it's just showing white screen, sometimes with black horizontal lines. also, iPod beeps 2or 3 times. When i reconnect old, broken one, everything is ok. I'll be thankful for any suggestions

christianihrens, · Reply

Quote from christianihrens:

Hi, please try to reset iPod after relpacing Display by holding center and menu buttons a few seconds. It should appear the apple

-logo.

I had the same fault, after resetting everything works fine

christianihrens, · Reply

I have the same issue and your solution does not fix it. My screen still shows blank white. Any other ideas?

scott,

Hi, I've replacing the new one. But the clickwheel now won't work. Can you help me?

Surya Winata, · Reply

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