Introduction

Battery not lasting long? Swap it out.

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

  2. Carefully insert a small flathead screwdriver in the seam between the metal casing and white plastic top. Use the screwdriver to pry up the white plastic top bezel. Be careful not to damage the soft plastic with your screwdriver.
    • Carefully insert a small flathead screwdriver in the seam between the metal casing and white plastic top. Use the screwdriver to pry up the white plastic top bezel. Be careful not to damage the soft plastic with your screwdriver.

    • The top bezel is held on with an adhesive, so it may be necessary to pry up in several different locations to free the part.

    • To make this job easier, heat up the adhesive with a hairdryer on low heat for a few seconds.

    • Lift the top bezel off of the iPod.

    • Carefully insert a small flathead screwdriver in the seam between the metal casing and white plastic bottom Use the screwdriver to pry up the white plastic bottom bezel. Be careful not to damage the soft plastic with your screwdriver.

    • A small pair of snap ring pliers is the easiest tool to remove the metal retaining bracket.

    • You can also use a flathead screwdriver to pry out the metal retaining bracket beneath the bottom bezel as shown. You can free the bracket by first pushing in the metal arms on the corners and then lifting the bracket.

    • Lift the metal retaining bracket out of the iPod.

    • Use a spudger or the tip of your finger to carefully disconnect the orange click wheel ribbon from the logic board.

    • Careful not to dig the spudger in too deep to avoid detaching the contact on the logic board. Try to keep the spudger as close to the orange click wheel ribbon connector as possible.

    • Remove the two #00 Phillips screws securing the headphone jack to the casing.

    • Carefully slide the iPod out of its casing by pushing on the logic board near the bottom edge of the click wheel.

    • Do not pull on the headphone jack board at the top of the iPod, as the connector to the logic board is fragile.

    • Be careful not to break the logic board connector off the iPod. The ribbon cable sits at the very top of the connector.

    • After pushing the logic board out sufficiently, gently grasp the logic board on either side of the display, and continue to slide the iPod out of its casing.

    • Lift the battery off of the logic board and lay it to the side of the iPod.

    • Carefully disconnect the battery from the logic board. Make sure to pull only on the connector and not on the battery wires.

Conclusion

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

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iRobot

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At step 7, it must be noted that the orange click wheel ribbon is connected to a plastic attachment, which is connected to the logic board. In disconnecting the click wheel ribbon don't pull the ribbon from its plastic attachment.

ggreif - Reply

i cant seem to slide it away from the casing, im pushing on the charger port and no movement what so ever

Chris Rafferty - Reply

Maybe the metal is bent, or the plastic on the top of the unit is somehow stuck. I'd look for a bend or disfigured metal, though.

nclee -

@mrmacfixit you must have. If it's the same voltage as the old battery, it will work, but you DON'T want to risk puncturing it forcing it into the case.

nclee - Reply

It really did take a hairdryer to get the bezels off! Be patient working it all back into the case ,

rscoombes - Reply

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