How-to guide for removing the iPod Video battery.

  1. Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position.  The slider should be all the way to the right if your iPod is facing you.
    • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The slider should be all the way to the right if your iPod is facing you.

    One word of advice: My cousin opened his vid from the top and accidentally cracked his screen in half. I would suggest to start opening it from the bottom, near the dock connector.

    Cyrus - Reply

    I too just cracked the screen in half by starting at the top. The screen is completely shot now. Got a guide for replacing screens? These things are hard to open. Be careful! Have someone hold it while you slowly pry it open.

    wittweb - Reply

    I have a cracked screen, starting from the upper right corner. 1/3 ofthe screen is black. Can I fix it?


    koby -

    I just replaced a broken screen and battery tonight in my early ipod video 30g. I think you may have not got the audio cable back in correctly or you may need to replace the earphone connector. This site is great and just last week i used ifixit parts to fix my ibook dc in then tonight my ipod. Saved a ton of cash and the service is awesome.

    spdmonkey - Reply

    ive just replaced my screen and its working fine, apart from when i switch it on it says i need to connect to itunes, when i do that it says that it needs resetting to factory settings, and when i do that it gets to the end then just says i need to reset it again???? any help please?

    qwerty - Reply

    me too hav the same prob.. :D

    nadhil muhammed -

    very useful

    jimixiaozi - Reply

    Replaced my screen that somehow cracked in my bag while it was under the seat in front of me on an airplane. 80GB 5.5g video.

    The only thing I'll add is that when I first installed the new screen, I would get all kinds of weird artifacts after putting the case back together. It would be fine with the case open but as soon as pressure was applied it would turn white and go crazy. I looked at the old screen and saw a small white plastic sticker covering the electronics on the old screens ribbon cable, so I peeled it off and put it on the new screen's ribbon cable and everything went back together and worked perfectly. Placing pressure on these components must cause trouble and I guess the sticker disperses the pressure to prevent this. It's like new.

    I was really bummed because I have Rockbox running on this thing and no ipods since the 5.5g will run it, and you can't buy those anymore without spending a fortune. Thank you

    gkmeyer - Reply

    i followed all the steps and fix it up by myself ~ haha THX~

    swean - Reply

    Quote from hidi00z:

    hey, greg29 i have the same situation with my 5th gene iPOD, right now the display it's white and i want to know if you show where i need to put the white sticker or another kind of sticker because the old dispelay i throw it away...thanks,

    hidi00z - Reply

    Just finished replacing my battery (30 gb video). Piece of cake! Great information. I would skip steps 7-9, and just replace battery. But I'm no expert....

    Gino T - Reply

    I need a little help guys. I have an Ipod 30G video that I plugged into a car charger and now the screen is black with the apple logo. I thought it was the battery that was dead, but I replaced it using your guide(thanks!!) and it's still showing the same thing. Black screen with the apple logo. I tried charging it and it still doesn't do anything. Any ideas what it could be? Thanks.

    jer - Reply

    Replaced battery and screen on 30GB video ipod in 90 minutes. In the first 5 minutes the fine tip broke off the removal tool. Later I discovered why....I was prying the front cover off instead of separarting the back cover from the rest of the unit. The front cover tabs are right next to the back cover tabs so be sure you are getting the right one. If done properly I would have saved 30 minutes. I also broke several front cover tabs during removal so good thing I was replacing front cover too! The new front cover did not match up well with the old tabs. I agree with skipping steps 7 - 9 to release the headphone ribbon. I yanked the unit around pretty good getting the front cover back on and no trouble with the headphones. The removal tools were no match for the tape on the back of battery, instead get a very small standard screwdriver to get the battery loose. Trickiest part is the little tab that holds the battery ribbon; when you are putting it back together just push straight down nice and easy with the tip of the small tool and she locks right back in place. The wife had given up on this iPod and get a new 8 GB nano for Christmas...I inherited this one and am quite pleased for $30! iTunes did not pop up when I hooked it to the USB to charge, so I that I will go now and see if there is problem there. Terrific site, thanks for the help.

    Jeff - Reply

    Quote from stumped:

    I followed all the steps for taking apart my 5th gen Ipod video, replacing the factory battery with a new one. Now my click wheel does not work. I've tried resetting it without success. Any suggestions?

    I have exactly the same problem, though I was replacing the headphone jack instead. Nothing appears to be loose and I didn't open the front panel at all.

    benthuronyi - Reply

    Quote from jimmora:

    Hi - no need to disconnect all those cables, take out the HD, etc. Skip all the way to unscrewing and save the effort of trying to sneak those cables back into place.

    well the cables aren't too bad, and you don't want to accidentally tear one of the cables when sliding in the new display-- i'd recommend disconnecting the hard drive, battery and headphone jack before attempting to remove the screen.

    iTronics Repair - Reply

    BRILLIANT instructions!

    I got software problem after installing new Logic Board. iTunes keeps asking me to restore - I do, but it make no difference. Still can't synch. Anyone else have this problem?

    jingofafa - Reply

    Quote from jingofafa:

    BRILLIANT instructions!

    I got software problem after installing new Logic Board. iTunes keeps asking me to restore - I do, but it make no difference. Still can't synch. Anyone else have this problem?

    terry cynright - Reply

    Quote from benthuronyi:

    I have exactly the same problem, though I was replacing the headphone jack instead. Nothing appears to be loose and I didn't open the front panel at all.

    Yes, when I replaced my screen, the click wheel no longer works except I can hold the select & menu buttons and rest my i-pod all day long. that is the only part of the click wheel that now works. Anyone can help all 3 of us out?

    dragonlore - Reply

    Quote from terry cynright:

    I found out the problem: I used the wrong Logic Board! I have a 5th Gen. 80GB model and needed the 820-1975-A board (instead I installed the 820-1763-A board, which apparently only works for 30 and 60 GB models).

    I wish I'd read this sooner: upgrading hard drive from 30 GB to 80 GB

    jingofafa - Reply

    I've just replaced the my battery too (30 GB Video). Though it was quite challenging to opening the iPod, it all went smoothly after that; except from a small incident when the small tool broke when attempting to remove the battery from the iPod back. I used the big one instead and it went all fine. I also skipped steps 7-9)

    CAUTION: when removing the battery from the iPod back panel, watch-out not to damage the "hold button cable" . The cable is right below the battery, and might be glued to it.

    I've connected the iPod to iTunes and everything is reacting fine. My iPod is recharging right now on its cradle :-)

    Total handling time: 45 min max.

    Thanks to everyone for the tips. Great web site!

    gioverking - Reply

    Quote from benthuronyi:

    I have exactly the same problem, though I was replacing the headphone jack instead. Nothing appears to be loose and I didn't open the front panel at all.

    I'd check that the control cable is correctly seated in its ZIF socket. And that the hold switch is not on.

    Yishai Sered - Reply

    Quote from Miroslav Djuric:

    Nice guide!

    It is a nice guide. I happened to have access to a #000 Phillips which I thought worked a little better than a #00. What do you think?

    pricemccarty - Reply

    just tryed to replace battery in my i pod but didnt work had to put old battery back in the cable seems to be backwards to the oiginal one now what

    saxconstruction - Reply

    Have you tried flipping the battery over?

    eggs -

    very informative

    Mike Chang - Reply

    If a simple diagram of the retaining clips and their locations on the device might be helpful.

    RJones - Reply

    The first step was the most difficult for me, as I nearly destroyed the wide opening tool sold by ifixit in the process... after wedging it slightly open, I then grabbed a screwdriver and pulled apart the rest of the iPod. On second thought if I remembered, the putty knife sold here would also help at the very beginning.

    Thanks ifixit!

    Raj Seshadri - Reply

    Excellent instructions! One suggestion was made to start at the bottom. The first step does show the tool used to start opening at the bottom; so, starting at the top contradicts the first step anyway. Am currently repairing a friends MBP, so have learned a lot about Apple's micro-technology. Patience is certainly a virtue here! : ) Thank you, iFixIt!! Jim W, Panama City, FL

    Jim - Reply

    This was a workout! This took me 75+ min.

    Very hard to open. Needed butter knife to work the crack begun by iPod opening tool (aka myFinger opening tool when it slips); would take forever with only the tool. Hard to sense when retaining clips release. Please use screws, Apple!

    Step 6: Really tricky to slide up the tiny brown connector latch without popping off either it or the tiny white logic board connector. So delicate! I popped off both. Argh! By God's grace, nothing broke, and I got it all back together.

    Steps 7-9: Skipped, and glad I did, given #6; just be careful not to over-twist ribbon cable joining case & face..

    Step 10: Don't pry out battery looking from same angle as in photo; turn 180 degrees so you can see what's under battery, where to pry or not. I pried with small screwdriver; plastic tool is wrong shape. Apply leverage sensitively; peel headphone ribbon cable off adhesive as you go … slowly. I left some paper on adhesive so cable wouldn't adhere again.

    But success. Thanks, iFixit.

    rmccord23 - Reply

    I was doing great until I pulled the battery connector off the board. I guess that's game over. Darn! I'm really just trying to rescue someone's music. Does anyone know if there's a way to connect the hard drive to a Mac and access the contents without a functional iPod?

    Mike R - Reply

    Well, I found external USB cases on Amazon and eBay for the 1.8" ZIF hard drive, so I know it's possible to use the iPod's drive as an external drive. I just don't know whether it's formatted in a way I can access the music.

    Mike R -


    I think it’s easier if you open it by a side. It took me less than 20s, and from the bottom i can’t.

    aurelien.engerer - Reply

  2. Opening the iPod can be challenging. Do not get discouraged if it takes you a few tries before the iPod is opened.
    • Opening the iPod can be challenging. Do not get discouraged if it takes you a few tries before the iPod is opened.

    • Free the first retainer clip on the bottom of the iPod using the iPod opening tool. The tool's edge should point towards the metal back case to prevent scratching the plastic front.

    I'm having a lot of difficulty with Step 2. The tool goes in nicely but I can't seem to find the right tool movement that releases the first retainer clip on the bottom. I never get the degree of separation of the back case shown in the photo. When I remove the tool, it just closes back up. Any help is appreciated.

    kk - Reply

    Thank you very much. I bought from Spain, it took less than a week to arrive and the replacement was very easy. Peace of cake with your step-by-step guide.

    Great job!!

    pedrolucena14 - Reply

    Quote from kk:

    I'm having a lot of difficulty with Step 2. The tool goes in nicely but I can't seem to find the right tool movement that releases the first retainer clip on the bottom. I never get the degree of separation of the back case shown in the photo. When I remove the tool, it just closes back up. Any help is appreciated.

    I also had problems with this and it took some time. The pictures didn't help much with this problem. Honestly, I'm not 100% sure how I got it to work, but I think it is necessary to pry the metal casing outward while working the face upward. Don't give up. I hope this helps.

    pricemccarty - Reply

    Just a word of warning to everyone, be careful with Step 2. I was having a hard time opening my iPod (I was using a screwdriver), but when it finally opened I accidentally knocked off some small black thingy on the logic board. I am not too devastated, because it was not working in the first place. But just wanted to warn others.

    Gaoez01 - Reply

    i found it useful to get an old credit card to help freeing the case, somehow the opening tool i add was made of really soft plastic - and yes i confirm it s quiet hard to open but afterwards it s snaping back into place quiet easily

    oliviermolody - Reply

    So i did it with success - watch out there is 2kind of motherboards -

    the audio was gone on mine ( got it replace once by apple (bought in 2006 replace in 2010 failed again in 2011 but no chance to replace it, so i repaired it ...thanks i fixit )

    oliviermolody - Reply

    After having given up on getting the case open, I decided to try again. I succeeded by having 2 tools, 1 to keep the bottom open while I used the other to pry open the sides. After that, replacing the hard drive was easy. I did not need to fully separate it by unseating the headphone ribbon jack.

    kk - Reply

    I found using another ipod opener tool handy to just hold open the case enough to get a start on the side clips.

    paul meegan - Reply

    I've found starting from the TOP or sides to be easier. I could not get the bottom tabs to release until I got the top ones free.

    kane298 - Reply

    After hurting my thumb while trying to open the bottom-side I watched some youtube clips to get an idea how it should look like. Instead pry open the case I had much more success by sliding the side of the case up and down with the opening tool until it come loose a litte bit. Then working to the edges and around till a side, top and bottom where open.

    Skiko - Reply

    I had a difficult time with this as well. I ended up breaking the supplied iFixit tools, and used a small screwdriver from an eyeglass repair kit to do most of the work. Once three sides are opened it will separate easily, but the first two are tricky. Don't give up.

    jpmajor - Reply

    Following the guide is fairly simple. The easiest way to open it, is to slide the tool once you have it in between the metal and the plastic cover. Take your time. A big thanks to ifixit for this guide.

    joeyflores37 - Reply

    I could NOT get the opener to do anything starting from the bottom of the iPod. Working off someone else's recommendation, I managed to get a credit card wiggled in there, which gave me the room on the side to get the opener in, and with the slightest twisting motion was able to easily push the case open. Slide down, rotate a little, repeat repeat. Had the case off in about 45 seconds from getting the card into the gap.

    dkreidler - Reply

    It was very hard for me to open the case. It took me about forty minutes for this step alone. Try to keep the gap open with a different tool while you work around the edge to a different side. I wished I had a third hand. One to hold the ipod and two to hold the two tools. The top cover bends slightly but this is not a problem, because it's just protective plastic. The clips at the sides also break slightly. Remove the really tiny bend plastic parts because they will be in the way when reinserting the cover (by just pushing the cover back into its place).

    nalply - Reply

    To open the case in step 2, think of it more as slightly/gently lifting the metal case away from the clips on the face of the iPod as opposed to pushing in the clips to release them.

    Use the pics for reference of where the clips are located.

    Imagine popping the case off those clips; the iPod begins to spilt open as you work around the edge.

    I had good luck starting on the lower right corner when facing the iPod, then moving around the to the bottom in a clockwise manner.

    Mike - Reply

    For me the whole thing started to separate, this guid says the front will separate but says nothing about the little screws holding the front on as well! 2 of the tabs with screws on mine broke at the bottom but thats fine just dont go thinking you can take the front off with just a few tabs!

    Russell Wolfe - Reply

    • Use this photo of the OPENED iPod for the reference, in order to locate the areas where the retaining clips are - 4 per side, one on top and two at the bottom. It should save you a lot of frustration and help avoid scratching the plastic cover.

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    • There are four retaining clips on each side of the iPod. An iPod opening tool will be used to separate the plastic front from the metal back of the iPod.

    • Insert the iPod opening tool into the left side of the iPod, with the edge of the tool pointing towards the metal back.

    • A small guitar pick can be extremely helpful in opening the iPod. Simply insert it and slide the pick around the case to free the clips to streamline the process.

    • Gently enlarge the existing crevice by wiggling the iPod opening tool and moving it to the left.

    • Continue doing so until the entire side of the iPod is loose.

    • You can then insert an iPod opening tool to the right of the Hold button. Be very careful while inserting the tool, as the display is very fragile.

    Just a note that if you don't have the special opening tools to hand, a couple of guitar picks did the trick for me :-)

    Casey Holford - Reply

    I successfully opened my iPod 5G 60GByte with 4 metal guitar picks (these are ultra thin and have a very strong tip to pry in between the plastic front and the metal back/casing)! Make sure you work on the metal back/casing and NOT on the plastic front <= using the (metal) guitar picks pry in between the the plastic front and the metal back/casing with a steep angle (almost 90 degrees with plastic front and hence almost parallel to the sides) downwards so that the sides of the metal back/casing "open up" / bend outwards. The plastic latches of the plastic front than come loose automatically. Once you finished one side the rest follows almost instantly. DO NOT TRY TO PUSH THE PLASTIC LATCHES FROM THE PLASTIC FRONT INWARDS! It took ME less than 10 mins to separate the plastic front from the metal back/casing this way! Thanks for the tip Casey!

    Bruno Laurent - Reply

    I found this to be the most difficult step and I don't know if I just used the wrong tools or if I wasn't effectively sliding the tool down the edge to unclip the sides (fyi, I have a ifixit tool kit and used the plastic tools in there). Eventually my ipod gave and separated after about 10-15 of me wrestling with it, but i could see that some of the white plastic bits where the tiny screws are anchored broke in some places. Could've been the fact that it's just old.

    John Chang - Reply

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    • Gently glide the iPod opening tool on the top of the display, making sure to free the retaining clips.

    • The other sides of the iPod should now easily come loose. If they do not, use iPod opening tools on the right side of the iPod in the same way as on the left side of the iPod.

    • Separate the front of the iPod from the back about an inch (or a couple of centimeters).

    • The iPod casing is now open, but don't completely separate the two halves just yet. Two ribbon cables are still connecting the back panel to the rest of the iPod.

    In case the IPod housing resists the rigidness of the plastic opening tool (tool starts to dismantle slightly) better keep a proper edge on the opening tool and use a very small screwdriver - as sometimes supplied with the display - to very gently squeeze between the housing halves as described to do with the plastic opening tool, so the edge facing rather twards the metal back. The retainer clips just fit tight, no hooks or lightly breaking edges. Once the housing starts to open minimal fingernail force to pull housing parts slightly apart might help, too.

    Eric Njoroge - Reply

    Be wary when separating the two halves at the top of the screen. There is only so much flex until your screen will crack which mine did. It was already riddled with dead pixels that made half of it unreadable, but the crack thus required me to get a new screen too. Fun!

    John Chang - Reply

    • Use angled tweezers or an iPod opening tool to slide up the brown connector latch, holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place. Make sure you pull from both sides of the latch. You only need to lift the brown connector latch up about 1-2mm to free the cable. Do not lift more or remove the latch, or you might pull the white connector with it!

    • Don't lift up too far or you could pull the battery connector out of the logic board.

    • Make sure to slide the brown connector directly upwards. The connector is frail and will break if it is accidentally shifted to the side. The connector has hooks at the bottom to hold the cable in place. As soon as you break one of the arms you will have problems putting the battery cable back on. If it breaks put the cable in the slot and then push the brown holder in place to keep the cable from slipping out.

    • Remove the cable from the connector.

    It was the first time I broke open my iPod, and I was a little fuzzy on what was going on with this step. To amplify use the lip of the small opening tool to catch the edge of the cable retainer and gently pull straight up. It should click when released. To get the cable reinserted during reassembly, it was difficult to juggle both halves of the case and have enough slack in the cable to insert it back in the housing. What I used and was very helpful was a surgical hemostat that I used to gently grasp the cable and manuver it back into the housing.

    georget - Reply

    f'n great site, i fixed two of my iPods easily, best advice is be incredibly gentle with every step.

    bcarlson409 - Reply

    I have had so much bad luck with this step. I stopped using the iPod tool since I do tend to use it as a leverage point and actually break the connector of the board. I now use a paperclip that i bend into a L shape hook and lift the clip. Haven't broken one since...

    oldturkey03 - Reply

    This was extremely helpful! My brown connector latch is positioned vertically, so I could not use the ipod tool. The paperclip worked perfectly!

    asbell -

    The View Huge version of picture is great!!! A diagram of how this fastener works would also be helpful for both disassembly and assembly.

    RJones - Reply

    the small connector should not be a prob. i use the apple spudger tool to lift it (to release) and push it down(lock it). it has a definite click as you push down. dont fear the apple!




    matt - Reply

    The iPod opening tool seemed too large for the gap between the case and the connector latch since the thin edge of the tool had broken off during case opening. I used the flat tip of the screwdriver tool on my pocket knife. Be careful if you tilt the case during reassembly. The small brackets/bumpers (blue in the photo) can fall out. If they do, just reorient them according to the photo.

    lutorrie - Reply

    A really, really stupid design having this type of connector that you suppose to pry up the tap to release the cable. The white plastic part of the connector is not secured to the logic board at all. So when you pry up on the brown tap u can easily lift the whole thing off. Again, dumb design Apple.

    rgarjr - Reply

    I had trouble with the battery clip. As I was trying to leverage the opening tool under the clip I heard a pop. This being the first time I messed with this I thought the latch was open. I could not remove the cable. I tried again with the tool and heard another pop. The cable came out and the rest of the battery replacement was easy, got the new one back in no problem. Problem, the battery clip separated from the logic board when trying to lift the latch :/ Totally uncool, I scoped it out with a magnifying glass and saw that the logic board was damaged and a repair to the clip will be improbable. I am going to try one fix first before, eventually investing in a logic board. It probably won't work but I'll give it a shot.

    brillobean - Reply

    I broke the Brown piece ;_; and when I tried to put it back on with a pair of tweezers it flew and I can't find it. is there a place where I can buy a replacement one?

    simpr002 - Reply

    You can buy the whole connector from Chinese sellers on eBay for like 7-8 dollars.

    rgarjr -

    I also broke off the battery connector piece off of the logic board. Any ideas on if I can just replace the connector piece, or if I will have to replace the whole logic board?

    mlblossga -

    Where you able to find It? I just broke mine and haven't been able to find it. Do you happen to have a link?

    Sara Reyes -

    Be very careful here.

    My configuration was slightly different, the blue tools were too wide to open the connector. I used the tip of a sharp knife and used very little pressure and wiggled upwards the connector from all four sides. Do not push sideways under any circumstances!! I needed ten minutes for this step. I luckily didn't break anything. I was scared when the battery cable finally fell out. I didn't expect that it was just the end of the cable with four visible contacts. To connect the cable of the replacement cable, bend it 90 degrees down so that it goes into the open connector, then carefully push down the connector. It should go down with a very little click. If you are unsure whether you have power, don't close the ipod yet, but connect the ipod with power and wait about 15 minutes.

    nalply - Reply

    I don't believe the plastic tool is best suited for this step - it was A LOT easier (and safer) with tweezers to just pull up.

    Alison - Reply

    Hello, during replacement, the white plastic part of the connector has separated from the logic board. I tried to plug it again, but it seems that the battery doesn't charge anymore. Is it possible to fix it or do I have to buy a new logic board ?

    SPANCRAZI - Reply

    The L bended paper clip in association with a tweezer gave a very good result to unlock the power supply connector. Cheers

    marie-jean Colaitis - Reply

    The case tools they're sending now are too wide to fit into the space by the battery ribbon cable connector. Use a bent paperclip or tweezers to pull the connector up to free the cable.

    larry - Reply

    • You should now have one orange ribbon cable still attaching the front case to the back.

    • At this point you are able to remove and replace the blue rubber bumpers, or continue with separating the case.

    • Separating the case is not necessary to complete battery replacement but may facilitate ease of replacement. It does require removing an extra cable at some risk of damage during removal.

    Am I the only one that got a battery from ifixit and the battery cable was not like the original and much shorter, the ribbon cable was rapped around the other side and about 3/4 inch shorter, and im not sure how to go about the rest of the steps... any advice would be a great help.

    speedisgood2004 - Reply

    Quote from speedisgood2004:

    Am I the only one that got a battery from ifixit and the battery cable was not like the original and much shorter, the ribbon cable was rapped around the other side and about 3/4 inch shorter, and im not sure how to go about the rest of the steps... any advice would be a great help.

    oops, just realized you have to make the bends to the cable yourself and unravel the ribbon from how the batter comes shipped.

    speedisgood2004 - Reply

    the brown connector holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place broke off is that bad?

    ferny - Reply

    Quote from ferny:

    the brown connector holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place broke off is that bad?

    that piece needs to be on their (on the motherboard) so the battery stays connected securely.

    iTronics Repair - Reply

    I followed all these steps to the letter, charged the new battery and all worked fine for about a day. Now I can't get the iPod to respond to anything. The screen is black, it won't charge, itunes doesn't realize it's plugged in. It is flat out dead and just won't respond to anything. Suggestions?

    Sue - Reply

    Quote from Sue:

    I followed all these steps to the letter, charged the new battery and all worked fine for about a day. Now I can't get the iPod to respond to anything. The screen is black, it won't charge, itunes doesn't realize it's plugged in. It is flat out dead and just won't respond to anything. Suggestions?

    Mine is acting the same way. I first replaced the hard drive, then the screen, then the battery. Now all it does it says 'do not disconnect'. On my new laptop, it won't let itunes load and stops the o/s from starting if its connnected upon startup. Any ideas?

    terry cynright - Reply

    Exact same thing happened to me. I am trying to assure everything is connected right, but if that does not work I don't know what more I can do. Ideas anyone?

    nuskaonline -

    I wish I'd done some troubleshooting before I bought a new jack. I got this far in the manual and discovered the connector holding the second ribbon in place had popped open and the ribbon was loose. I reconnected it and problem solved!

    If it pops open it looks as if the connector is gone but it isn't. I put the ribbon back in place and gently swept the tool over the spot where the connector is and it went back into place.

    Oh well, I have an extra jack if I should ever need it in the future. I know others with the same kind of iPod so I might save the day for someone someday.

    RobertS - Reply

    Quote from ferny:

    the brown connector holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place broke off is that bad?

    Pat - Reply

    Yes, breaking off the brown hold down lever on either connection is bad. With out that hold down lever the yellow strip that fits into that connection will be loose and cause a bad connection. Sorry

    Pat - Reply

    If just replacing the battery, you could skip steps 7,8, and 9.

    rsosbe - Reply

    • Lift up the hard drive to expose the headphone jack ribbon connector (indicated by the yellow box).

    • If the hard drive bumpers come loose, make sure to put them back with the notch as shown in the picture.

    In my opinion you could skip 7-9. I suppose the only reason to remove the other ribbon cable is to keep from doing it accidentally while pulling the battery off.

    dhughes19 - Reply

    I changed the battery yesterday and left out the steps 7 - 9. It's not really necessary to seperate front and back completety.

    So you can't break the brown tab. :-)

    cguenther - Reply

    I also think that step 7-9 can be skipped.

    my new battery is now charging :)

    serkaninan - Reply

    [quote|serkaninan]I also think that step 7-9 can be skipped.

    If changing the battery, yes, but not if changing the hard drive, as these instr are also a part of. The pic in 7b r.e. bumper tab orientation is very important.

    Lavatop - Reply

    I skipped these steps as well but because removing the battery can require some effort, I can see the need to include them. If there was a good way to attach the halves so they act as a single piece, that would be a good alternative to these steps.

    RJones - Reply

    This step (and Step 9) is not required to replace/upgrade the HDD!

    Bruno Laurent - Reply

    • With the iPod opening tool, gently lift the brown tab of the headphone ribbon cable connector. The tab will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable.

    • Using your fingers, pull out the headphone jack ribbon cable.

    Take great care in lifting this tiny brown tab. It is easy to break. Also, take extra great care when re-installing the cable and setting the tab back down on the cable. The cable slightly "sticks" in place before you place the tab back on it. I cannot stress how much gentleness is key with these miniscule tabs.

    euphoria - Reply

    Also to elaborate on euphoria's comment on the brown retaining clip, it does flip back to open, so do be very careful with this clip, but dont freak out when the clip flips back on itself, cause when i did it i thought i had snapped the clip in half... but turns out its fine. Hope this takes a little of the stress out of this delicate process.

    speedisgood2004 - Reply

    Be extra careful pulling up the battery. Mine was stuck down very firmly. Despite trying to be careful, I still managed to tear a ribbon cable.

    KFW - Reply

    Quote from euphoria:

    Take great care in lifting this tiny brown tab. It is easy to break. Also, take extra great care when re-installing the cable and setting the tab back down on the cable. The cable slightly "sticks" in place before you place the tab back on it. I cannot stress how much gentleness is key with these miniscule tabs.

    Umm if the brown retaining clip breaks, is there anyway to fix it

    dreamer92 - Reply

    Is there anyway to get around breakin the tab to connect the headphone cable to the logic board or no

    Rob - Reply

    Quote from dreamer92:

    Umm if the brown retaining clip breaks, is there anyway to fix it

    I didn't break the tab, but I did lose it. Anyway to replace this? Don't even know what it's called to search for it...

    tonyrufkahr - Reply

    Quote from dreamer92:

    Umm if the brown retaining clip breaks, is there anyway to fix it

    I need to know if this is possible to purchase just the retaining clip that connects the battery to the top of the iPod (the delicate clip everyone is warning about).. Mine broke and on top of that i dropped it and lost it... Am i pretty much screwed?

    Richard T - Reply

    Yes, secure it with a piece of tape or glue.

    Pat - Reply

    I've seen a few comments regarding leaving the headphone ribbon cable attached thus making it unnecessary to lift the hard drive when replacing a battery. I just replaced the battery in my iPod Video 30GB and I started with the intention of not doing that. After going through the process, I'd recommend following the instructions as stated. Those ribbon cables can be fragile and not removing the headphone cable forces you to torque it around while trying to remove the battery, and plus it's difficult to maneuver around it. It's better to remove it so you have more room to work and less possibility of damaging it when the battery finally comes free.

    Burnnie Holliday - Reply

    This Step is very tricky!!!!

    How to detach is not very hard, but to put it back is a nightmare, please be careful. After spent 1hour fighting with this step I found myself a hard time dealing with a small little tiny golden ribbon, and desperately tried to put the ribbon back to origin. Eventually I successfully ended up this step by placed the ribbon underneath the lock and quickly threw the HD back to press the weight on the ribbon, so it won't be moved. Luckily, It works and Hope this is help u out of the dark, in case u have a same problem as mine.

    Piboon Thongtanyong - Reply

    This step (and Step 8) is not required to replace/upgrade the HDD!

    Bruno Laurent - Reply

    • The front and back of the iPod should now be completely separated.

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    • Be careful not to damage any of the headphone or battery ribbon cables while performing this step.

    • Insert an iPod opening tool in between the metal case and battery at the location illustrated by the picture.

    • Gently wiggle the tool while pushing it further in between the battery and back case. The adhesive holding the battery should give, allowing the battery to be removed from the rear panel.

    when taking the battery out, be very careful because one of the bronze strips are sometimes connected to the battery due to the adhesive and will break very easily. Do not rip the battery out. Check if the bronze wire is still connected. If so just peel off gently.

    vinceho23 - Reply

    I did break the broze strip when I took out the battery. The glue is very sticky. I'm not sure what the effects are. the headphones are working the display is working. It seems to be ok.

    dem1cord - Reply

    great guide except the hold button ribbon was attached to the adhesive back of the battery and now the hold button doesn't work but the guide was fantastic

    jeremy - Reply

    I've managed to follow all the steps. But i had to improvise on tools as the ones supplied were pretty much useless as they both snapped incredibly quickly!!!

    Richard - Reply

    Great Guide except the battery bronze strip was slightly shorter than the original one, further more the bronze connector tip was a bit wider too and i had to trim it so it will fit on the connector. Have to say I was not very happy about that, but I finally got it to work!

    pierre0 - Reply

    My battery ribbon cable was not fully extended. Once fully extended, and the end bent to match the original, it fit just exactly right.

    larry -

    When removing the battery do not pry to the left of the battery (under the hold switch). Prying there will end up resulting in a torn yellow hold switch wire.

    Also be aware with the newer video iPods there is a ton of tape/adhesive it will be quite difficult to remove the battery... in the end you might end up ripping the hold switch wire anyway.

    FFPENGUIN - Reply

    Original battery adhesive was slightly stronger than I thought it would be...If you put the battery up to eye level, you should be able to see where the adhesive is attached to the battery and that should make it easier to remove. The bronze cable connected to the hold switch was stuck to the battery, so be careful about removing the battery...don't want to damage that cable.

    justincamblin - Reply

    Can u tell me the schematic of iPod battery? which is the plus, minus, and ground position of the battery? coz, i make my own custom battery and custom flexible wire too. i need a position of plus battery in flexible, are near with iPod side? or the other one? which one?


    donnie - Reply

    I repair medical electronics for a living, so I found this to be a rather simple installation. All the tips were great and I found the adhesive to not be much of a factor. Less than 5 minutes to complete the project. By the way, the bronze cables you are all talking about are called ribbon cables. Mine was the correct size and length. Thanks iFIXit!

    paulcbet - Reply

    duck soup!!! couple a few minutes, pau

    pilifm051 - Reply

    Ok I followed the guide to step 10. took out the original battery. Put the replacement battery in the spot where it goes. But now the Cables will not STICK. the Cable under the HD for the Audio port pops out with the slightest movement. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get it to stay. I've followed the Guide Backwards now and It always pops out. Also there is a teeny retainer clip for the Cable from the battery to the other side, HOW DO I get it back on???

    So the Problem is, Sure its a great all wonderful guide to show how to open an iPod but it doesn't help me to get it back together very well.

    lz4broc - Reply

    Quote from lz4broc:

    Ok I followed the guide to step 10. took out the original battery. Put the replacement battery in the spot where it goes. But now the Cables will not STICK. the Cable under the HD for the Audio port pops out with the slightest movement. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get it to stay. I've followed the Guide Backwards now and It always pops out. Also there is a teeny retainer clip for the Cable from the battery to the other side, HOW DO I get it back on???

    So the Problem is, Sure its a great all wonderful guide to show how to open an iPod but it doesn't help me to get it back together very well.

    So here i have it... my iPod was working mostly except no battery charge. So I spend the cash to fix it myself. the Opening the case was the easy part. I swapped the batteries was easy... But Now I am at a loss and Cannot get it back together. I am afraid it will never Work again.

    lz4broc - Reply

    I've discovered something else... While the Replacement Battery w/ Ribbon Cable is the Same exact part number Model # 616-0232, As the Original battery in my 5th Gen 80GB Video iPod, the Replacement Battery's Ribbon Cable is a Tad Shorter, perhaps by a couple mm, therefore It is NOT the Same Length and I cannot plug it into the other side with the Retainer clip.

    How do I keep the Audio Ribbon Cable and HD Ribbon Cable from popping out as well? The clip flips down but does not lock.

    lz4broc - Reply

    I had to use a metal tool to unglue the battery cause the plastic sponger broke.

    Pierre Terrien - Reply

    I, too, broke the hold ribbon cable. I didn't read carefully enough and understand exactly where the cable was under the battery so I clipped it with the plastic tool, then finished tearing it when the battery finally came out.

    It would be helpful to identify the location of the hold cable under the battery - I didn't realize where it was located and that I would hit it as I tried to work the battery free. All the information is there in the step, but emphasis could be added.

    markefuller - Reply

    Two aditional recommendations regarding this step:

    1) Going forward, if the ribbon cable for the hold switch is torn or damaged, the ipod should (and in my case did) continue to function, although with hold off at all times. If you do tear the cable and can wait, I recommend not reassembling before replacing the ribbon cable to avoid the risk of accidentally powering on the ipod while separating it for the cable replacement. I managed to use it for a while until the replacement cable arrived, but had to be very careful not to accidentally turn the unit on as the hold switch was no longer connected.

    2) When replacing the battery, it sits securely without the adhesive. When making the swap, I recommend not using the adhesive. My replacement came with a peel-off backing which I left intact. This makes future operations (like replacing the headphone jack and hold switch cable) much easier.

    markefuller - Reply

    The replacement battery was slightly longer than the original. I was able to check the fit by standing the battery up perpendicular to the case; the long edge just barely fit. I had to trim some tape off the end and work the cardboard corner a bit. When laying the battery down into the case, I had to take care not to push on and break the plastic board and component to the left of the battery (according to photo orientation - opposite end from the hold switch).

    lutorrie - Reply

    I don't think the adhesive for the original battery overlapped with the bronze ribbon that was on the back plate. I did notice, however, that the adhesive on the replacement battery from ifixit runs across the entire surface and will make contact with the ribbon. I actually left a small bit of the adhesive paper on so the glue won't make contact and tear the ribbon in the event I have to replace it again. The only thing I'd note is that after closing up my ipod, the gap between the front/back plates seem just a smidge wider at the corner where the batter sits. I don't think the addition of the paper is at fault, but it must be the shape of the battery that's causing it. I don't expect the ipod to look perfect after going under the knife, but just something to look for when you're closing it up.

    John Chang - Reply


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

1175 other people completed this guide.


There could be some reassembly notes/warnings. Special battery disposal notes should be added as well.

RJones - Reply

Finally, maybe insert a new step to cover prepping the battery after Step 6.

RJones - Reply

Didn't take more than 20 minutes to do, this guide was perfect!

gatorfabgirl - Reply

BE CAREFUL prying the battery up off the back. There is a ribbon wire under there! You can see it, just look. No its not the battery ribbon, it for the lock switch. My got kinda jacked, but it seems to be fine :P Feeew.

Tom - Reply

a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig thnks to you ifixit my ipod got a new life thnx a lot

plague37 - Reply

I guess i wasn't careful i popped the wheel off. Wife is not going to be happy about this.

mcrider46 - Reply

Same here. But do be careful to keep the halves close to each other.

Pierre Terrien - Reply

I manage to placed the battery on my ipod, but one of the tools tip is broken. It's not rigid enough to handle the opening of the cover. But thanks for the help. Now my ipod is up and running. :)

Jesuslandingin - Reply

It works! It was hard to remove the battery though, my iPod is old and the battery was kinda swollen and the glue was strong. Be CAREFUL when removing the battery because there's the jack plug cable under it and you could damage it. Thanks Ifixit!

Alberto Zanotto - Reply

Thanks, iFixit. Superb guide, battery replaced in less than 10 minutes.

Javier - Reply

This guide was spot on. Replacing the battery took no more than 20 mins. Really happy to have my iPod back!

Alvaro - Reply

Easy fix. Just be careful when pulling the first ribbon cable. I had to use tweezers to push the part back down. Everything turned out great and Ipod is running good. Thanks Ifixit

zalittle - Reply

I've had my iPod video 30GB since it came out in 2005. It still worked and has been used in my car running off various head units over the years but the battery just wouldn't stay charged for long. It would last for a few hours but if you let it sit it would just die. This was a super easy way to give it new life. Worth every penny! =)

jayg2 - Reply

Thank you, thank you, thank you, iFixIt! I was able to replace the battery in my wife's 9-yr-old iPod Video. Believe it or not, the battery died only last year! iFixIt has been my source for repair of two Apple products now.

I do have a suggestion for the headphone connection part - make sure the ribbon is fully seated before the brown tab is closed. I didn't, and had only one channel, so I had to take it apart again. I used my trusty Swiss Army knife to open the case; the sturdy small blade worked well. After working on a friend's Macbook Pro, I knew to expect a sturdy case. As for the headphone connection, once the ribbon cable was properly seated, it stayed in place while I very very carefully pushed the brown tab until it sort of snapped into place. When I didn't have the ribbon properly seated, the tab didn't snap into place. Even with a magnifier, it's a tricky one!

Over all, I am impressed with iFixIt! Thanks again!!

Jim - Reply

Was really dubious about being able to change the battery myself but took a shot and it seems to be working. I agree that the little spudger thing is not sufficiently sturdy-it got frayed right away. I had better luck getting the cover off with a paint scraper which chewed up the plastic a bit but got the job done. I tried to keep both halves close together but the headphone jack ribbon slipped out, a screw fell out of nowhere, another little plastic bit fell out--I was sure this iPod would never work again--but it all went back together and then appeared to be dead but it turns out that the battery needs to charge and everything seems to be working. It's a miracle and I'm so impressed that I was able to do it.....even though it took me a LOT longer than twenty minutes. Thanks ifixit! Kim

winsors - Reply

Thought I was so smart replacing my own battery--I now get a message that the battery is fully charged but when I connect to the computer, iTunes does not come up and I get a message that the battery is very low. Does anyone know what I've done wrong? K

winsors - Reply

As many people have pointed out, in some cases, like mine, the hold switch ribbon will be glued to the battery. Be very careful when removing the battery, but fear not, if the ribbon is completely torn, like mine was, the iPod will function as if it doesn't have a hold button at all.

Nick Kaprielian - Reply

You guys rock! I just did it!

roundknight - Reply

Hi I have done all these steps and then i put the new battery back in the socket then the hard drive made a buzzing nose and thinking it was good to go i placed the back on it and then it stopped working.. any ideas on this??

Michelle - Reply

You should warn that you could brake the lcd taking it apart which happened to me by following these steps. Now I need a !@#$ screen.

Mark Henderson - Reply

Just wanted to thank you guys !!

I replaced my 5th Gen. 60GB iPod battery last night, actually took less than 20 minutes.

Your instructions were perfect, and your "spudger" tools made the job a breeze !

Also, thanks to all who commented here to be careful with the battery cable when first splitting the case open !

Yeah, I could see myself breaking that if I had no warning, thanks !

Before the battery replacement I was down to about an hour or two of play time between charges.

After a full charge last night, I ran the iPod for 8 hours at work, and it's still going here at home 4 hours later !

Thanks again, it's like getting a brand new iPod !

- Jay

jayosull - Reply

No problem whatsoever. Followed the guide (with the exception that I did not find it necessary, as noted, to remove speaker wire since I was only replacing the battery) and have now brought my 7 year old I-pod back to life! Very pleased as I much prefer the older (and yes bulkier) I-pod to the newer models. It suits my use very well. Thank you for making this available.

jlsherwood - Reply

With the putty knife, and after carefully reading the guidelines and the comments, it was easier than I thought. And it is working!

nunop001 - Reply


I replaced the battery and the battery works fine but there is no sound through headphones,although the sounds works when the iPod is connected to a Bose sound system.

Any suggestions on how to get sounds back?

kathryn - Reply

Great, my ipod is working again! I made some changes though which facilitated the removal of the orange battery ribbon cable from the brown latch (step 6). I actually cut the orange ribbon cable half an inch below the latch, which allowed me to open the ipod. This made it quite easy to lift up the brown latch and remove the cable due to better accessibility. I also changed the order when re-assembling: I first re-attached the ribbon cable of the new battery while the ipod was still open (as shown in the image of step 7) i.e. before placing the battery pack back in place., Once the cable was tight in the latch, I placed the metal back case of the ipod over the plastic front and at the same time pressed the new battery pack back in place onto the old adhesive. Made it much easier....

Simon - Reply

Great, my ipod is working again!!!

I made some changes though. I simply cut the orange battery ribbon cable in step 6 about 0.5 inch below the brown latch. Then I could open the ipod as shown in picture step 7, which made it easy to lift up the latch and remove the remaining ribbon cable (better accessibility). I also changed the order a little when re-assembling: first I re-inserted the new battery ribbon cable while the ipod was still open on the table, and only then turned the metal back case onto the plastic front and at the same time placed the battery pack back in place onto the old adhesive. This may also be helpful if no enough slack in the new battery ribbon cable.

Simon - Reply

I replaced the battery on an old ipod video 5th generation, which could not hold any charge. The new battery will hold a charge and play about seven songs, before stating that the battery is very low -- it goes from being completely full to saying it is low automatically, it doesn't show any transition. Because this is able to hold charge for a little bit, I'm wondering if the battery is defective or if I could have installed it wrong.

Danielle - Reply

Last step: connect the battery cable. Push the clip (known as the "brown connector latch") back down and then insert the battery cable.

Also, when taking it apart, you just want to pry the metal back off. I tried to undo the clips that you see in step 3 and broke almost all of 'em. I had the whole thing a part: the wheel fell apart, hard drive came out. I used tape on the outside of the clicker well to make sure it was lined up. Put everything else back. Seems to be working, haha.

johnbbuckner - Reply

This worked amazingly. Surprisingly not expensive and very easy to follow instructions. I am very Thankful to because I was unable to find a store in town that could do this and was very frustrated since I have years of music on this ipod. Thank you!

moltonmisc - Reply

It was easy to remove battery and u can buy extended life batterys on ebay that have 580mah and last twice the time for a 30gb ipod thats wat i did it was very easy to fix my ipod which i also bought on ebay for 16.99 the battery was only 2.99 and it was from new jersey

Mwant White - Reply

Nice guide, thanks a lot, but maybe you should add some steps how to actually replace the battery.

In my case, the retainer clips were brittle and little pieces of plastic simply broke off the clips. Now the front doesn't hold firmly onto the back, but I paid less than 50 Euros for a nearly 10 yr old iPod, so that little gap doesn't keep me from enjoying my music! :D

justinjanssen - Reply

Headphone ribbon cable was the most frustrating part to re assemble. That top be honest took the longest. The plastic repair kit is a bit flimsy, but over all VERY,Very satisfied. Great job ' Ifixit '. Will recommend you strongly

Gary Richards - Reply

Does the new replacement battery need to be charged before the ipod will work????

Gary Richards - Reply

The battery I got read having half charge, and the iPod powered right up when I hit the wheel. I went ahead and charged it anyway.

larry -

How about a put back together instruction set? I don't know what to do with the wrench?

Dan Birch - Reply

...replaced in less than 10 mins. I don't think it's as hard to take the two halves of the case apart as has been just takes a little dexterity and finger strength. The little plastic prybars get you started, but aren't really needed around the whole perimeter. A jeweler's loupe or other magnifier makes steps #6 and #9 a lot easier.


Wow! Easiest iPod disassembly I've ever attempted. This guide is fantastic, and would give it a 10/10

Kyle - Reply

Being patient and meticulous is very important but, completing this project is very rewarding

Todd Reeves - Reply

Merci pour le tuto, après 9ans la batterie d'origine commençait à gonfler et ne tenait plus que 20min

pionpion - Reply

This guide was perfect. It was a piece of cake to replace this battery. Very simple repair. My 9 year old iPod is as good as new now.

mrwizard - Reply

I was in and out of the device within 30 minutes while taking pictures to tweet later. It would have only been 15 at most without pictures. This is my second time in this iPod (the first time to replace he HD with a SDXC adapter to up the capacity by >10x. Fun Fun. It went smooth as always, but the battery was a PAIN to remove since the adhesive was practically baked on. I broke one of my opening tools too this time. But my iFixit toolset is like 5 years old, but was worth every penny. Buy a prokit & you’ll use it all the time if you have a lot of electronics & friend who break their phones :).

mnoivad - Reply

I changed the old battery and the home button started to get really hot. I tried to turn on the iPod and a battery low warning appeared on the screen. I tried to charging the iPod and it freezes with the same warning in the screen. Does anybody knows what may cause this problem?

unalmavieja - Reply

When you say the case is difficult to open, you are not kidding! The actual battery replacement took about 3 minutes, compared to the 15-20 to get the case open. Thanks for the instructions. Very helpful!

Jeff Smith - Reply

Got a message to reset everything. Should I have to do a complete restore on the iPod just after changing a battery?

Lisa - Reply

This guide is for the 5th gen, my wife's ipod was a 5.5 gen "Late 2006 model") and so the direections did not work. However, the opening-the-case instructions are still relevant. I was able to work out the rest myself from there. Thanks for the guide!

rdewalt - Reply

My iPod has been dead for a long time, but I finally decided to repair it. The first step, I thought, should be the battery - and I was right...

There seemed to be a coating on the HD bumpers, the coating of the surfaces that were exposed that burned my fingers - I can only think of battery acid. It wasn't awful, and nothing looked damaged, yet, but I am replacing the back cover and a number of other components in order to be certain I don't run into further problems.

The short story is that my iPod started up for the first time in five years (I think it's five years) which is REALLY GREAT! Used the tweezers to pop up the battery cable connector, though - the plastic tool seemed too large/chunky.

Awesome guide! Thank you!!!!

Alison - Reply

Instructions helped tremendously. I have to admit though that better instructions are needed on how to undo the clips taking the face off. I broke a few of mine. When you go to remove the battery, you'll see another cable under the battery. Be sure to put the tool where shown to avoid it. If you hurt the other cable, you'll have to replace it also. You don't want to do that!

David Williams - Reply

I replacced battery and put everything back, this is what the screen says

any ideas?

Joseph Ufimtseff - Reply

Figured it out after looking through apple support: when Ipod is fully drained it will not start up for roughly 20 minutes, I left it plugged in and eventually it turned on

Joseph Ufimtseff -

Not used to repairing things so it took me twice as long as expected (40min). It was tricky opening the cover, partly because i didn't interpret the instructions well enough, "Gently glide the iPod opening tool on the top of the display", missed the GLIDING part. No problem removing the headphone and battery ribbons. Unexpected glitch when lifting the hard drive; two small plastic pieces fell out from the left and right side of the bottom of the ipod (where the charger is connected). At first I didn't realize where they came from but was able to figure that out and put them back.

Ipod is now charged and working. Instructions are very well detailed - thank you.

Viviana Diaz - Reply

Worked Great! And I'm a fraidy-cat newbie. 20 minutes was about right. I did bloody my thumb slightly with the tool, but very pleased with the results. Thanks so much!

JM Freds - Reply

took me 15 minutes to replace battery. hardest part is opening the case and then trying to see those small little connectors. But I did it! an old 30gb ipod video that was put away for years is back in service.

Daniel Spears - Reply

To share your knowledge in the way you do is to be highly commended - Thanks so much!!

simonhpainter - Reply

Great hep here! But, after replacing the battery and during charging, I heard the HDD clicking noise and then it says "Please wait, very low battery" and the cycle repeats again after whole night of charging! What's wrong??

TIP: before prying out the old battery, use a hair dryer to heat up the back of the metal plate so that the glue that stick the battery on will be soften and easy to pry off, but be careful of another ribbon cable just beneath it!

alex - Reply

The instruction is great, but the battery ifixit sells is very bad. The connector with the pins is shorter than the original, so the iPod won't start. So don't buy your battery here :)

albertsoundso - Reply

I checked with batteries plus and they wanted $70 just for the battery. I was VERY doubtful that ifixit was going to sell me a battery AND the prying tool for 15 but I figured what the !&&* and ordered it anyway. I was fully expecting to find only the tools.

In less than 15 minutes I had the new battery in and managed not to break anything. KUDOS to ifixit.

I would like a warning on the instruction NOT to pull the bottom off the top because I did pull the battery connector from the bottom part when taking the ipod apart. and the prying tool does not fit under the battery retention clip. but... now I'm just being picky.

Thank you to everyone there for restoring a little of faith in the free enterprise system. proving that you don't have to gauge people in order to make an honest buck.

IFIXIT will be my first stop from now on.


levingstone Sucasas - Reply

hardest part is getting the back off. otherwise it was very simple. be careful, small and delicate parts. great guide, read it before starting!

Raymond Sawyer - Reply

same problem after battery replacement;

"Please Wait

Very Low Battery"

That's the fault message I started getting after iPod sat in car couple days, then it would come to life after few minutes. It wouldn't hold a charge, typical scenario, full charge indication at first, then drops off quickly and shuts down. Eventually got fault message "Connect to computer and use iTunes to Restore". I knew the original battery was suspect, so started there. I too wondered about the condition of these "new" batteries, but tried anyway. Now I have the same problem reported by others here. noting seems to have changed after replacing battery. Wondering if a second fault occurred in addition to the original battery life issue. tried the device reset procedure, not change. Have not yet measured battery voltage on new battery. Researching the second fault message "Connect to computer and use iTunes to Restore" before revisiting the battery.


Mark Russo - Reply

Hi and Thank you

10 minutes to do yeah very good knowledge

amond - Reply

Hi! Replaced the battery with instructions and it was successful! My 5th gen 30gb video ipod powers on as normal! But there are now 2 unusual new issues:

1.) Click wheel is no longer responsive. I am able to hold Menu + Select in order to reset; but I cannot use the click wheel for any other reason. I can’t scroll, select anything, which means I cannot press Rewind + Select in order to run a diagnostic test. Previous to the battery replacement, I’d never had any issues with the click wheel.

2.) I cannot get the ipod to snap close on the side that has the headphone jack/hold ribbon. I’ve checked everything, I cannot get it to snap on one side.

Am I out of luck and need to now also replace the click wheel? Is it a larger issue like the logic board?

Cingee - Reply

Thanks for the good directions! Love have my old school iPod back in action.

John M - Reply

So I managed to replace the battery with the replacement one and it was working ok till it ran out of charge. Now it says very low battery and even when its plugged to the charger (both; wall and computer, even with different cables) can someone tell me what its causing the batteries to burn out?

Also, when charging it felt pretty hot! It won’t charge no more, doesn’t turn on! Used wall charger, usb to computer and used different cables!! I think I only used it once at work (with replacement battery, it lasted from first full charge till it died on me the following day)

I don’t want to buy another battery if it’s going to happen the same thing! Please help!!

Humberto Rios - Reply

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