Backlight Not Working, Possibly From Humidity

I recently traded in my Ipod Nano 1st generation for a 6th generation one through Apple. It worked great for a few weeks, no problems. But one day the backlight randomly quit working. I can still see the menu items and such on the screen, and everything works fine EXCEPT FOR THE BACKLIGHT. I have to have it under a very bright light at just the right angle to be able to see anything that's on the screen. I tried taking the screen off and disconnecting the cables and putting everything back together, but to no avail. Still no backlight. I also tried putting it in a bag of rice for about a month, because I had taken the Ipod into the bathroom with me when I showered once and left it on the counter, I believe it got some humidity damage. Inside the headphone jack the circle that says if it was damaged by water is half orange half white, indicating it does have water damage. Is my only solution to replace the entire screen? I don't really have $70 laying around...any help is appreciated.

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Same thing happened to my 5thGen Nano.

But guess what it wasn't the humidity.


The screen was just the way you described.

And I had been using it that way for about a month

THEN - I laid it on the edge of the tub one evening during my bath.

I forgot about it and retrieved it the next day.

There was a bit of moisture underneath, not inside.


It's winter here, and humidity runs about 20%

After a while, the screen stopped working again.

So I simply blew gently my moist breath into the connector hole.

For about a minuite - and VOLIA! It works!

Who knew! You do now!

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It worked for me thanks!!!


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This is a motherboard or screen issue issue. Not software.

Replace the screen first. If that doesn't do it, you need to repair the board.

iPod Nano 6th Generation Front Panel Assembly Replacement

If your board is bad, then you'll need a schematic to repair it. Apple schematics are of intermediate difficulty to find. You can find them but you need to find a lesser known site, since Apple covers it up and does takedowns on sellers. They DMCA free sites, and sometimes get the hosting provider to shut the sites down too.

If you find one, get it. Don't wait.

Use a prepaid debit card to buy them.

iPod Nano 6th Generation Logic Board Assembly Replacement

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So if I replace the screen the backlight still won't work?


Start with the screen, then go on to cleaning it and replacing the battery


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I cannot bloody believe it. I've had my iPod 6th gen for about 4 years. The backlight stopped working so I threw it in a draw and there it stayed until today!

We were clearing out the drawer and I thought I'd try to mend it. Well came across the information to blow moisture Into the connectors, pressed the screen on and off for a few mins and then guess what.... The flipping screen works! I am gob smacked!!!! Wicked wicked wicked advice! Thank you!!! :) :) :) :)

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Alex Johnston will be eternally grateful.
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