iPod Touch 2nd Generation Front Panel Replacement

Replace the front panel on your iPod Touch 2nd Generation.

Remove the glass front panel to access your Touch's internals.

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Edit Step 1 Front Panel  ¶ 

  • The glass front panel on the second generation Touch has a plastic frame glued both to its outer edge and also under the wide black strips at the top and bottom of the device. The frame also has a rubber strip that surrounds the edge of the glass panel.

  • The picture at left (front panel already removed) shows the locations of the metal clips (shown in red) that snap on to the plastic frame. In the next few steps, try to pry the front panel up from the gaps between these clips.

  • Also, be mindful of the very thin and delicate touch screen ribbon cable (connector location shown in orange) attaching the front panel to the upper left corner of the Touch.

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  • Gently insert a plastic opening tool between the glass front panel and its plastic surround near the volume control buttons.

  • Rotate the tool away from the Touch to pry up on the glass panel.

  • The key is to work slowly and gently to avoid breaking internal components.

  • If you are having difficulties using a plastic opening tool. You could try a razor blade, we found it easier to release the clips with one. Please be extremely careful if you take this route!

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  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the front panel and its plastic surround and pry up at several points along the left edge of the Touch.

  • Do not insert the tool and run it down the edge of the front panel. This may damage the front panel and the rubber seal. It is best to work one point, pry up, then remove the tool and reinsert it at the next spot to be pried up.

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  • Continue prying up the left edge until the top and bottom edges start to lift out of the Touch.

  • Once the top and bottom edges have lifted slightly out of the Touch, use the opening tool to assure the plastic surround is detached from the clips along the inside of the Touch.

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  • Continue the prying procedure, now focusing on detaching the plastic surround from the internal metal clips.

  • Pry along the top edge of the Touch to further separate the front panel from the rest of the device.

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  • Pry up the front panel along the right edge using the method described in previous steps.

  • Eventually work around the entire perimeter of the front panel until it is lifted slightly from the rear panel.

  • Also, ensure that the plastic surround is separated from the clips in the rear panel.

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  • Lift the front panel out of the rear case minding the cable still attaching it near the upper left corner of the Touch.

    • Make sure you DO NOT tear the display's touch screen connector cable. Tearing this will render your display useless.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger (or an opening tool) to pry the touch screen cable connector up off the upper logic board.

  • Now that the front panel is out, check it for damage. If the plastic surround is not flush with the front face of the glass panel, gently peel it off and stick it down.

  • Be careful not to scratch the front panel on the underside of the black portions, as the scratches will be visible once the device is reassembled.

  • Be sure to clean both the face of the display and the inner surface of the front panel, as any dust or fingerprints will be trapped inside the Touch once it is fully reassembled.

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

For more information, check out the iPod Touch 2nd Generation device page.

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thanks guys! i fixed it and without you i would never do it! thaaaaankkksss!!! :D

great site!

thomas battaglia, · Reply

Before you start, it is wise to have a front panel assembly that includes the front bezel, the mid-frame (plastic part with retaining clips) and a full home button assembly. It is A LOT EASIER if you buy one that is pre-assembled.

Gino, · Reply

watch out for the ribbon cable of the digitizer, its highly breakable! i had to order two new screens because i damaged the ribbon cables!

so please, really watch out with the ribbon cable!!!

Danny de Bruyne, · Reply

Can anyone please help me I ordered a replacement screen and I put it all back to gether with out a hitch but now the middle row of Icons are not responding. Is there anything I can do to fix this issue? also the power button is not responding. anyone with suggestions are welcome thanks.

Keith Holmes, · Reply

This was really simple using the ipod tool. It took just a few minutes. The longest delay was just being cautious not to tear any cables. Works Great! The replacement screen and front panel fit perfect and look exactly like the original. Can't tell the difference from the original except this new glass is not cracked.

Nando, · Reply

My iPod touch 4g is cracked ont he screen and I got a new glass screener on eBay and it didn't come with an LCD but can I just replace the iPod screen with out the LCD. I only need to replace the screen

Makayla Grace, · Reply

I really like iFixit, I think they sell good quality parts and I've used their guides for several repairs:

iPod Nano 5th Gen battery -very difficult, you will need a new back

iPhone 1st Gen battery -not difficult but case gets a little cosmetically damaged

iPhone 4 back -easy

iPhone 4 display/digitizer - medium but long

iPod Touch 2nd Gen headphone jack and digitizer - very difficult

I think my soldering skills are at least average and I'm fairly good at making/fixing things.

That being said, I have to call this video above out. It is in no way representative of how hard it is to get the screen out of an iPod Touch 2nd gen. Would I go as far as saying it's fake? Almost. Definitely heavily edited. I seriously doubt it's possible to remove that screen without any damage. It seems very suspicious this video doesn't show any moment where the clips are actually being disengaged. That's the moment you are going to be levering the hardest.

My advice, always buy a new screen if you open this iPod.

James, · Reply

I 've found this repair to be very difficult if one wants to remove the digitizer and frame together as one piece undamaged. Some of the metal clips are very difficult to disengage for some reason, making it difficult to pry the frame out. In addition, many replacement digitizers are not strongly bonded to their frames (Apple uses a special adhesive?) and lift off over time.

Albert Jeans, · Reply

A quick note that worked great for me. Print out the picture that has the locations of the metal connector clips and scale it to actual size. Then place the iTouch on top of the printed picture and it will show you exactly where to insert the opening tool. Use it as a template.

sean, · Reply

If you are planning on reusing the front bezel / seal around the glass screen, be careful not to rip it up too much when loosening the screen.

iTronics Repair, · Reply

If you bought a new front panel there is a rubber seal around it so dont worry about ripping it up to open your iPod

mikeseptak, · Reply

Quote from mikeseptak:

If you bought a new front panel there is a rubber seal around it so dont worry about ripping it up to open your iPod

sometimes if you buy a new front it doesn't come with the front bezel, so make sure it does before you rip the old one up. otherwise you can get a new front bezel from ebay.

iTronics Repair, · Reply

"Gently insert an iPod opening tool between the glass front panel and its plastic surround near the headphone jack."

My guess is near the "Volume Control" not the "headphone jack" since the Headphone is oriented at the bottom of the picture not where the tool is being shown.

barlowdo, · Reply

Cracked the glass dropping on tile floor. I used a metal guitar pick to remove the glass/digitizer/bezel/"o" ring assembly, noting the clips in the first picture, I worked my way around and between the clips - starting at the volume control - first to loosen the glass/digitizer, then to go deeper and vertically lift the bezel and free the bezel from the clips. As others say - if you purchase from this site DO NOT worry about the bezel OR the "o" ring around the bezel - just get the entire thang out and the new one slips/snaps into place with ease - entire process took about 10min for removal and 3 for replacement - and I HAVE A NEW WORKING iPod TOUCH!! Jerry -Houston, TX - 281-687-2755 for questions...

jgreengold, · Reply

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jgreengold, · Reply

Quote from jgreengold:

Cracked the glass dropping on tile floor. I used a metal guitar pick to remove the glass/digitizer/bezel/"o" ring assembly, noting the clips in the first picture, I worked my way around and between the clips - starting at the volume control - first to loosen the glass/digitizer, then to go deeper and vertically lift the bezel and free the bezel from the clips. As others say - if you purchase from this site DO NOT worry about the bezel OR the "o" ring around the bezel - just get the entire thang out and the new one slips/snaps into place with ease - entire process took about 10min for removal and 3 for replacement - and I HAVE A NEW WORKING iPod TOUCH!! Jerry -Houston, TX - 281-687-2755 for questions...

I am not familiar with a Metal Guitar pick, The plastic ones break very easily. (Even my Fender one) Did your metal pick damage the metal frame of your iPod? Were you able to remove the touch screen, o-ring, and plastic bezel without further damage to the parts?

When I attempted to use a metal screwdriver I damaged the LCD.

barlowdo, · Reply

Quote from barlowdo:

I am not familiar with a Metal Guitar pick, The plastic ones break very easily. (Even my Fender one) Did your metal pick damage the metal frame of your iPod? Were you able to remove the touch screen, o-ring, and plastic bezel without further damage to the parts? When I attempted to use a metal screwdriver I damaged the LCD.

jgreengold, · Reply

Not too hard to find - either at music store a sometimes as a jewelry

"charm"... Mine is the latter - very thin, very stiff. It did not damage

the frame of the iPod at all. However - after replacing the new part I noted

a plastic protector sheet on the *underside* of the new screen - upon

removing the new top glass panel using the same guitar pick a second time, I

too damaged the LCD - I also damaged the bezel and O ring. The O ring is

very difficult to get off in a reusable condition. The bezel can come off

clean with patience - which I apparently have little of and hence purchased

a second glass top assembly to go along with the new LCD. I think the key

here is patience and very slow going - I also purchased an iPod opening tool

as another key learning is that while the guitar pick does work - it tends

to get inserted too deep damaging the bezel (separating it from the glass or

breaking it) or damaging internal parts. But the opening tool can sometimes

be not firm enough. I imagine with practice one can remove the entire

assembly in completely reusable condition - the trick it seems is to

understand that the bezel has vertical sides that must be lifted vertically

after being unclipped from the case - and that the glass has a tendency to

separate from the bezel...

jgreengold, · Reply

I tried a flathead screwdriver and cracked the front panel.I learned that prying with a flathead screwdriver will damage it.

Honam1021,

Quote from jgreengold:

Not too hard to find - either at music store a sometimes as a jewelry

"charm"... Mine is the latter - very thin, very stiff. It did not damage

the frame of the iPod at all. However - after replacing the new part I noted

a plastic protector sheet on the *underside* of the new screen - upon

removing the new top glass panel using the same guitar pick a second time, I

too damaged the LCD - I also damaged the bezel and O ring. The O ring is

very difficult to get off in a reusable condition. The bezel can come off

clean with patience - which I apparently have little of and hence purchased

a second glass top assembly to go along with the new LCD. I think the key

here is patience and very slow going - I also purchased an iPod opening tool

as another key learning is that while the guitar pick does work - it tends

to get inserted too deep damaging the bezel (separating it from the glass or

breaking it) or damaging internal parts. But the opening tool can sometimes

be not firm enough. I imagine with practice one can remove the entire

assembly in completely reusable condition - the trick it seems is to

understand that the bezel has vertical sides that must be lifted vertically

after being unclipped from the case - and that the glass has a tendency to

separate from the bezel...

Last night I recalled I use to own a metal pic it was a thumb pic for slide guitar. Anyway I decided to use my metal tools I bought from this site which are more rounded edges than the flat bladed screw driver that comes with kits. I made more progress with the metal tools and got what I think is all sides mostly up accept for the home button side which is really fighting me. I can easily tell where a clip is by sliding the tool alongside until I bump up against the side of a clip but I find it very difficult to push straight down to catch the top of the clip which it would seem would push away from the bezel. I am just not sure why this is difficult to do. I have a broken 2nd gen which I use as reference and it looks like the clip would easily push away. At any rate I am in the same predicament as you. I got the 2nd gen together only to find the home button sticks and wifi range is not what it use to be. So I am attempting to take the iPod apart a 2nd time to fix these issues without breaking the touch screen and lcd and so am taking my time. I just don't want to have to replace these brand new parts and have more money in this 8 gig 2nd gen than if I had just bought a brand new one.

barlowdo, · Reply

Quote from jgreengold:

And the service and shipping are excellent - and now I'm gonna buy a new MacBook keyboard from this company and fix my daughters stuck "z" key - I love IFIXIT - would recommend to ALL - products and instructions are EXCELLENT - yes ebay *may* be cheaper but you get what you pay for... HIGHLY RECOMMEND IFIXIT...

Hi jgreengold, Can you help me to check if your iPod touch is like mine on this picture?: http://i44.tinypic.com/2a8ga6p.jpg

My iPod touch bottom glass is a bit raised over the chrome bezel at the right part. Please check it and many thanks for your reply!!

daikyouju, · Reply

best I can see my touch glass is level with the frame - whether this picture is pre or post glass replacement, you need to gently, slowly, firmly, press down to try to seat the glass better in the frame/clip. I've see cases where after removint a glass top, the removal of the bexel is not perfect and it may leavel some of the black plastic bexel in the clip which makes it impossible to then copmpletely seat the new top glass/bezel.

jgreengold, · Reply

Be sure to pry between the outer case and the rubber gasket and not between the gasket and the glass

mgardner, · Reply

isn't this instruction misleading? :

"Gently insert an iPod opening tool between the glass front panel and its plastic surround near the headphone jack."

i agree with mgardner: "Be sure to pry between the outer case and the rubber gasket and not between the gasket and the glass"

vera, · Reply

I tried using the razor blade since the plastic opening tool was useless. I cracked the front panel and scratched the LCD. It had moisture damage and the touchscreen wasn't working. So be very careful when you use the razorblade...

rockon46, · Reply

Careful not to use a (metal) spudger too hard, or it's really easy to bust the LCD screen with the pressure.

iTronics Repair, · Reply

If you insert the tool between the silver case and the plastic surround, you may be able to remove the digitizer and plastic surround as a "single piece".

Tom, · Reply

Quote from Tom:

If you insert the tool between the silver case and the plastic surround, you may be able to remove the digitizer and plastic surround as a "single piece".

That's the way I did it!

James Bond, · Reply

I have mine popped up about 1 mm on the top side and on both sides but so far have made no progress on bottom "home button" side. I think I have released the clips on the sides but I can't really see them and can't feel them with the small flat bladed screw driver that comes with replacement kits.

I would love to use the small plastic tool to pry up on the o ring plastic bezel side but I know I would easily cut the o- ring.

Has anyone got anymore suggestions?

barlowdo, · Reply

Quote from barlowdo:

I have mine popped up about 1 mm on the top side and on both sides but so far have made no progress on bottom "home button" side. I think I have released the clips on the sides but I can't really see them and can't feel them with the small flat bladed screw driver that comes with replacement kits.

Update: I have been told that basically all I have accomplished is to raise the glass up above the surface of the metal case and really have not even got to the plastic bezel and disconnecting the clips. So maybe I have got no where so far.

I would love to use the small plastic tool to pry up on the o ring plastic bezel side but I know I would easily cut the o- ring.

Has anyone got anymore suggestions?

barlowdo, · Reply

Quote from barlowdo:

Update: I have been told that basically all I have accomplished is to raise the glass up above the surface of the metal case and really have not even got to the plastic bezel and disconnecting the clips. So maybe I have got no where so far.

The metal clips from Step1 (shown in red) that snap on to the plastic frame are not right at the side of the display glas (under the black rubber) but a little more to the middle!

I thought I opened the metal clips - but what I really did was broke the plastic frame! Now my plastic frame is only on the top and bottom but it still fixes the front panel...

James Bond, · Reply

agreed - or a metal quitar pick or ay other metal object. It is relatively easy to insert such an instrument and get under the bezel placing direct pressure on the LCD screed... Slow, shallow, and easy... lifting vertically

jgreengold, · Reply

Quote from barlowdo:

I finally got mine apart. The lower left metal clip was the absolute worst to get loose. Of course none of them were easy or obvious when they would let go freeing up the Bezel. It looks like I can reuse the complete touch screen and home button assembly and the rubber o ring is only slightly blemished around the lower left clip. I had to use the included repair kit flat bladed screw driver to loosen the last clip. All the other clips I was able to remove by using the metal tools sold thru this site. I did not want to use the flat bladed screw driver as it can damage the o ring but the other tools would just not catch the clip enough to lift it away from the bezel and then allowing the bezel to pop up.

So a question, "Why was my Home Button Jamming?" it is a self contained unit. Once out of the pod and in fact even after freeing up most of the bezel it works fine.What could it have been catching on when it is completely assembled? Is there side word pressure or torsional pressure introduced by the bezel snap clips and metal outside frame ?

Thanks to anyone with any suggestions about why the home button sticks in the unit but not when it is out of the unit.

barlowdo, · Reply

I had to take mine apart again due to Home Button issues. The touch screen had come loose from the plastic bezel causing the home button to work incorrectly. In the process of trying to clean up old glue I broke the ribbon cable on the brand new only been used for a coupe of months touch screen. I ended up taking the screen all the way off and was left with popping out the plastic bezel without breaking it. I thought it would be difficult but with the touch screen already out of the way I got the plastic bezel off in under 20 minutes.

barlowdo,

The new screen i got its home button does not click idk if its just mine but it messes with me because your used to hearing a click when it registers

mikeseptak, · Reply

Step 2

*Gently insert an iPod opening tool between the glass front panel and its plastic surround...

First pic from Step 4 shows what is meant.

But on all the other pics it looks like the opening tool is inserted between the plastic surrounding and the metall body!?

James Bond, · Reply

Quote from James Bond:

Step 2

*Gently insert an iPod opening tool between the glass front panel and its plastic surround...

First pic from Step 4 shows what is meant.

But on all the other pics it looks like the opening tool is inserted between the plastic surrounding and the metall body!?

I checked again and the pics from Step 4+ are correct.

But I would advice the following way:

Quote from Tom:

If you insert the tool between the silver case and the plastic surround, you may be able to remove the digitizer and plastic surround as a "single piece".

James Bond, · Reply

I cracked my front panel at this step while prying. First time I've ever broken anything (or given up in defeat) during a repair. Don't pry too hard! This repair is indeed VERY DIFFICULT.

srohde, · Reply

Cracked your front panel? Isn't that what was wrong with it in the first place?

jonathan,

OK I've repaired many of these now and I think I've found the trick. The trick is to start near the volume buttons and get one or two of the clips released. Then I work my way down the unit, across the bottom, up the side. The top then pretty much comes on it's own. The trick for each clip is, once I can apply upward prying pressure on the plastic frame, I get the spudger between the clip and the frame and the frame will come out of the clip. It's almost never a dramatic pop, it just slides up. I keep a dead, open one on my desk as a reference as to exactly where the clips are.

jonathan, · Reply

As with the iPhone, the number one reason for removing the digitizer is if it’s smashed. Removing the broken glass from the mid-frame is a delicate procedure and can be very tedious and time consuming. The rubber gasket and home button can be easily damaged if you are overzealous with a heat gun. The mid-frame section is now readily available as an orderable spare part (about £5!) and in my opinion you’ll get a much neater, cleaner repair if you replace this part too. There is however no need to purchase a new home button and switch as this can be easily removed from the old mid-frame and applied to the new one, you will need a hot iron to melt the plastic rivets that hold it in place though.

NoBox, · Reply

So what is the orientation for the putting the home button back in. The button has two tabs. Do the tabs face vertical or horizontal? What keeps the button from rotating? Do the tabs fit into slots?

barlowdo,

Trust me replace the front plate instead of the glass much easier

Nick, · Reply

I used a new frame, removed the home button and circuit and stuck it on the new frame, with metal bracket, but it isn't working.

Ryan, · Reply

Quote from Ryan:

I used a new frame, removed the home button and circuit and stuck it on the new frame, with metal bracket, but it isn't working.

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Nick, · Reply

My iPod touch has the glass screen cover a bit raised over the chrome bezel at the bottom right, as you can see in this:

http://i44.tinypic.com/2a8ga6p.jpg

Is this normal?

daikyouju, · Reply

Crazy simple! Wow! Now I pretty much have a new iPod. Thanks iFixit!

patrickjmoe, · Reply

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