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iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement

What you need

  1. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement, Rear Panel: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.

  2. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 3 iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 3 iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick as far as possible into the seam between the plastic front and the metal rear panel, on the right edge of the iPod.

    • You may need to rock the pick back and forth to slide it in farther.

    • Use the opening pick to pry up against the plastic front panel and release five retaining tabs (seen in the third photo).

    • Slide the pick along the edge of the iPod and continue prying to release the rest of the retaining tabs.

    • After all five tabs along the right side are free, the case should easily open.

  3. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • The iPod case is now open, but don't separate the two halves just yet. There is still an orange ribbon cable connecting the headphone jack to the logic board.

    • Open the case like a book with the dock connector edge at the top, and lay the rear panel next to the front half of the iPod.

  4. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Use a plastic tool or your fingernails to carefully disconnect the orange headphone jack cable. Be sure to pull straight up on the connector, not the cable itself.

    • This ribbon cable is very fragile. If you are replacing the battery, you can choose to skip this step and keep the headphone jack connected to the motherboard. Prop and tape the rear case against a box to keep it in place. Be very careful not to strain the fragile headphone jack cable as you work.

  5. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement, Battery: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully disconnect the white battery connector from the logic board. Be sure to pull only on the connector itself and not on the cables.

  6. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 2 black T6 Torx screws from the left side of the logic board.

  7. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Use one hand to lift the hard drive up in order to access the battery beneath.

    • Carefully thread the battery cable around the end of the logic board. Be careful not to pull up on the logic board too much while freeing the battery cable.

  8. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Battery Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the battery out of the front case by pulling it up by the battery leads.

    • If necessary, grab the battery to pull it off the adhesive securing it to the front case.

    • It may be helpful to use a spudger to pry the battery up off its adhesive.

    • Lift the battery up and out of the front case.


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

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Biggest trouble I had was step one. I actually broke the edge off the large tool. A note somewhere else on this site recommended using a razor which work far more easily then the large blue tool. Common sense, your using a sharp razor, be careful!

As previously noted the screws are TINY, very easy to lose of you drop one.

I jockeyed the battery to get just a crack of space and then used the spluger tool to pry the battery free from the adhesive, very strong.

My IPOD is currently recharging for the first time in years. :o)

msdaly59 - Reply

I have a 4thG original ipod. This was a simple process and it was successfully completed. The ipod was able to be synced after 6 months of sitting in a drawer. The only issue so far is that the entire ipod gets warm to the touch while it's charging. Hopefully that will lessen after subsequent charges. The only bit of confusion in the instructions is the beginning step of inserting the ipod tool at the top. I thought I was trying to unlatch a tab there but there is none on top. Otherwise everything else was clear and exactly as described and pictured.

Nando - Reply

Broke the cute blue soft plastic tools that came with it. Used a credit card to open it up - worked miraculously well!!! Started up great!! Ooops - forgot the torque screws - opened it again.....closed it again. My iPod works again after years of hibernation!

Art Ikobo - Reply

piece of cake, good to have the old girl running again...even though I rarely use it anymore. Like motorcycles...nice to have the old ones running.

firus - Reply

Ifixit, you're awesome !!! Took me about 10 minutes and now I have my 18,000 tunes library back. Marley, LedZep and Pink Floyd are alive again. If a 60 year old can do it, anyone can. Iriemon. 10/17/2013

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