Introduction

Use this guide to replace your iPod Nano's outer casing.

Use a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the adhesive securing the perimeter of the front panel assembly to the outer case.
  • Use a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the adhesive securing the perimeter of the front panel assembly to the outer case.

  • Be careful not to overheat the front panel assembly, as it may result in damage to the LCD.

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While the front panel is still warm, use the edge of an iPod opening tool to pry it from the headphone jack side of the front panel assembly out of the Nano.
  • While the front panel is still warm, use the edge of an iPod opening tool to pry it from the headphone jack side of the front panel assembly out of the Nano.

  • Do not attempt to pry out the front panel assembly from, or insert the opening tool into the left side of the display, as the display data cable is right underneath and may be damaged in the process.

  • Continue prying the perimeter of the front panel assembly out of the outer casing, being careful not to damage the display data cable held under its left edge.

  • If the front panel is excessively difficult to lift out of the outer case, reheat the area and try again.

I strongly recommend using a Small Suction Cup (IF145-019-1) instead of a plastic opening tool.

After half an hour of various heating times, trying to use a plastic opening tool, I overheated the LCD, which caused it to discolour. Now I need to buy a new screen. I wish I'd thought to use a suction cup earlier; it seems so obvious in retrospect.

Peter Burkimsher - Reply

Lift the front panel assembly from the headphone jack side of the Nano. Pull the front panel assembly slightly away from the left side of the Nano to clear the display data cable.
  • Lift the front panel assembly from the headphone jack side of the Nano.

  • Pull the front panel assembly slightly away from the left side of the Nano to clear the display data cable.

  • The front panel assembly is still attached to the Nano by two cables.

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Lay the front panel assembly next to the Nano.
  • Lay the front panel assembly next to the Nano.

  • Remove the following two screws:

    • One 2.3 mm Phillips screw

    • One 2.6 mm shouldered Phillips screw

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Use an iPod opening tool to pry the steel shield out of the Nano by its upper right corner. Remove the steel shield from the Nano.
  • Use an iPod opening tool to pry the steel shield out of the Nano by its upper right corner.

  • Remove the steel shield from the Nano.

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Use an iPod opening tool to disconnect the display data and digitizer cable connectors up from their sockets on the logic board. Use an iPod opening tool to disconnect the display data and digitizer cable connectors up from their sockets on the logic board.
  • Use an iPod opening tool to disconnect the display data and digitizer cable connectors up from their sockets on the logic board.

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Remove the front panel assembly, minding its two cables that may get caught. To reassemble, you can use the double-sided tape found here.
  • Remove the front panel assembly, minding its two cables that may get caught. To reassemble, you can use the double-sided tape found here.

How come you did not put back the metal plate that goes between the iPod and the display?

Adam Meyerson - Reply

You do put the steel shield back in to place and screw it down, but only after you connect the digitizer and display data cable connectors to their sockets on the logic board.

Lance J - Reply

Use an iPod opening tool to lift the headphone jack assembly connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.
  • Use an iPod opening tool to lift the headphone jack assembly connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

Hello.. I lost my jack connector and it still stay on logic board.. So what will i do? I cant remove it from logic board.. Please help me.. :(

Emonk - Reply

Remove the single 1.9 mm Phillips screw securing the logic board to the outer case.
  • Remove the single 1.9 mm Phillips screw securing the logic board to the outer case.

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Use an iPod opening tool to gently pry the battery up from the adhesive securing it to the outer case. The adhesive is very strong. Work carefully and slowly, making sure to not slip and break any fragile components.
  • Use an iPod opening tool to gently pry the battery up from the adhesive securing it to the outer case.

    • The adhesive is very strong. Work carefully and slowly, making sure to not slip and break any fragile components.

  • Use your thumb to pull the battery toward the left side of the Nano as you pry the battery's other edge out of the outer case.

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Use an iPod opening tool to gently pry the logic board off the adhesive holding it against the outer case.
  • Use an iPod opening tool to gently pry the logic board off the adhesive holding it against the outer case.

  • Do not excessively pry the logic board upward.

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Use your iPod opening tool to gently push the dock connector toward the center of the Nano. Remove the logic board assembly from the Nano, being careful not to damage the headphone jack assembly cable.
  • Use your iPod opening tool to gently push the dock connector toward the center of the Nano.

  • Remove the logic board assembly from the Nano, being careful not to damage the headphone jack assembly cable.

very good directions. You lead only half way to the push button area. I have to try the rest of the way!

Good work!

kcryeung - Reply

Remove the following five screws:
  • Remove the following five screws:

    • One 1.7 mm Phillips screw

    • Four 3.9 mm Phillips screws.

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Use a pair of tweezers to carefully pull the headphone jack toward the center of the Nano. Avoid pulling on the cable, as it is very thin and delicate. The plastic mounting ear is a safer area to pull on.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully pull the headphone jack toward the center of the Nano.

  • Avoid pulling on the cable, as it is very thin and delicate. The plastic mounting ear is a safer area to pull on.

hello all.!!

i replaced the whole assembly (power, volume and headphones). Now my ipod is not getting ON. i followed the whole procedure as mentioned. Can anyone suggest me anymore.

Sofia Bhaskar - Reply

Very carefully pull the headphone jack assembly ribbon cable toward the dock connector to separate the sleep and volume buttons from the outer case. Remove the headphone jack assembly.
  • Very carefully pull the headphone jack assembly ribbon cable toward the dock connector to separate the sleep and volume buttons from the outer case.

  • Remove the headphone jack assembly.

Note that on the two-button sub-frame (the left-hand piece secured by two of the four screws in Step 13) there are two tiny locating studs which must be aligned on the replacement wire ribbon.

dave - Reply

Thank for providing the notice. It was perfect.

To make the way back, it is better to skew first the power button before the +/- volume buttons.

Didier - Reply

Remove the following three screws:
  • Remove the following three screws:

    • One black 1.8 mm Phillips screw

    • Two 1.7 mm Phillips screws

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Remove the clip from the outer case.
  • Remove the clip from the outer case.

  • Outer case remains.

  • When reinstalling the clip, it is necessary to squeeze the base of the clip very tightly against the outer case as you insert the first screw.

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Conclusion

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

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Step 9: This screw was missing on my iPod. It has been replaced by a rivet.

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