iPod Nano 5th Generation Glass Panel Replacement

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Replace the curved glass screen to make your iPod Nano look like new again.

Replace the curved glass screen to make your iPod Nano look like new again.

Edit Step 1 Glass Panel  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Lifting up on the iPod opening tool, gently pry the top panel off of the device.

Edit Step 1 Glass Panel  ¶ 

  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the outer case and top bezel near the screen.

  • Lifting up on the iPod opening tool, gently pry the top panel off of the device.

  • The bezel is attached with adhesive, and may require some force to remove.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use an iPod opening tool to pry the hold switch button off of the hold switch plate.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: These screws are angled toward the outer case and are also very small. Use a sharp screwdriver and be careful not to strip the screws.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 3.2 mm screws.

  • These screws are angled toward the outer case and are also very small. Use a sharp screwdriver and be careful not to strip the screws.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/1: While slightly lifting up on the iPod opening tool, pull the hold switch plate out of the iPod.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the outer case and the metal hold switch plate near the top of the screen .

  • While slightly lifting up on the iPod opening tool, pull the hold switch plate out of the iPod.

  • The hold switch plate is still attached to iPod by a very thin, very fragile ribbon cable. Be careful not to break it.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Insert an iPod opening tool between the display and the glass panel at the top of the device.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • The glass panel is held in place by adhesive on all four sides. In the following steps, work carefully to avoid cracking the glass.

  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the display and the glass panel at the top of the device.

  • Rotate the iPod opening tool towards the rear of the device, slightly lifting the top of the glass out of the outer case.

  • The glass panel does not raise very far. Do not attempt to completely remove the panel yet, or you are likely to break the display screen.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the first iPod opening tool from between the glass and LCD in the top of the device.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • While lifting the screen up with one iPod opening tool, insert a second iPod opening tool in between the outer case and the top left edge of the glass panel.

  • Remove the first iPod opening tool from between the glass and LCD in the top of the device.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Slide the second iPod opening tool along the right edge of the panel to remove the adhesive.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Prying up slightly on the iPod opening tool, insert a second iPod opening tool in between the front glass and the outer case, on the right side of the screen.

  • Slide the second iPod opening tool along the right edge of the panel to remove the adhesive.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Slide the second iPod opening tool toward the bottom of the device to remove the adhesive.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • With one iPod opening tool still between the glass and outer case, insert a second iPod opening tool inbetween the front glass and outer case, on the right side.

  • Slide the second iPod opening tool toward the bottom of the device to remove the adhesive.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Lifting the glass from the side nearest the top of the iPod, remove the glass panel from the Nano.

Conclusion

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

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If the glass is cracked, you may not have to remove the end of the ipod to pry out the glass. In my case, I was able to carefully (with out putting pressure on the screen below) get the glass out in pieces.

tony1 - Reply

This step by step guide is perfect for replacing the glass! There is no need to remove the click-wheel or the camera bezel - as seen in may other videos and guides. So stay away from the click wheel if you can - it's just glued in (there is no snap!) and it's really hard to put back in place again. And yes, ideally you can remove the glass without opening anything. It is just glued in and the new one will go in from the top. Good Luck!

Stefan Georgi - Reply

I gave my homie my 8 gig when i bought my 16 gig. his girl dropped it and the glass screen cracked. took me no more then 5 minutes and i had it as good as new! Whoop Whoop, danke fo the instructions!

steven - Reply

Dear Steven, To me exactly the same happened, although I was the person who got the Ipod and dropped it. So I do understand how to get the glass out, but how do I put a new one in? Just insert it and put everything back on? Should I use glue when I put the screen in? Or will it just stay there on its own? Thanks!

myrthe569 -

My ribbon broke.

I see that on the pictures further down, you removed the covering plate, which I would suggest to do, as it'll put less weight on the ribbon.

Luckily, we can find spare ones. In fact it doesn't sell alone, it's with the earphones jack.

Michel Raj - Reply

I would recommend using a heat gun.

raul mald - Reply

At this point, I find it helps to separate the lock switch from the top metal casting. You then have just the switch dangling on the fragile ribbon cable. Much less likely to snag or break the ribbon. Just loosen (Don't remove completely) the two Phillips screws. The heavy clunky casting bit can be removed.

Pete Green - Reply

The iPod I repared had a cracked screen. Caution here because it doesn't pop out that easily. I had to apply some force on the plastic opening tool while using another tool to take out the shards (who are glued to the side).

matthiasvercaemst - Reply