Introduction

The shiny rear half or your iPod case.

Image 1/1: Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position.
  • Please be aware that removing the rear panel from the back of the iPod will cause considerable damage to the rear panel. We highly recommend purchasing an additional rear panel to properly reassemble the iPod.

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

I found removing the back to be very difficult and had to use a mini screwdriver to complete it. While removing the back to replace the clickwheel, I not only destroyed the back, I inadvertently mangled the video cable and so I then had to replace that too.

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Image 1/1: To free the tabs, they must be pushed toward the center of the Nano.  Note the location of all tabs on the rear panel.  When using an iPod opening tool to free the rear panel, be sure to work the tool at the location of these clips.
  • The rear panel is secured to the front case by eight clips permanently attached to the rear panel. These clips lock onto small tabs machined into the front case.

  • To free the tabs, they must be pushed toward the center of the Nano. Note the location of all tabs on the rear panel. When using an iPod opening tool to free the rear panel, be sure to work the tool at the location of these clips.

  • To aid in visualization, the two clips boxed in red are located closest to the headphone jack.

i don't know what genoration my ipod is...but it looks exactly like that on and it doesnt have the clips......what do i do?

lydija mizell - Reply

https://www.ifixit.com/info/ID-your-iPod

Try that first to find what you have

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Image 1/2: Insert the large iPod opening tool into the seam between the front case and rear panel of the iPod, above the dock connector. The tool's edge should point toward the rear panel to prevent any accidental scratching of the anodized aluminum front case. Image 2/2: Insert the large iPod opening tool into the seam between the front case and rear panel of the iPod, above the dock connector. The tool's edge should point toward the rear panel to prevent any accidental scratching of the anodized aluminum front case.
  • Opening the iPod can be challenging. Don't get discouraged if it takes you a few tries before the iPod is opened.

  • Insert the large iPod opening tool into the seam between the front case and rear panel of the iPod, above the dock connector. The tool's edge should point toward the rear panel to prevent any accidental scratching of the anodized aluminum front case.

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Image 1/1: Gently enlarge the existing gap by pressing/wiggling the small iPod opening tool into the gap near each of the the two tabs attached to the rear case, pushing the clips toward the center of the Nano until both have been freed.
  • Insert a small iPod opening tool into the seam on the headphone jack side of the Nano, with the edge of the tool pointing toward the rear panel.

  • Gently enlarge the existing gap by pressing/wiggling the small iPod opening tool into the gap near each of the the two tabs attached to the rear case, pushing the clips toward the center of the Nano until both have been freed.

the tool i bought because you suggested it to me got inevitably broken like it was butter made, thanks

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Image 1/2: Repeat the same procedure listed in the previous step to free the three clips along the hold switch side of the Nano. Image 2/2: Repeat the same procedure listed in the previous step to free the three clips along the hold switch side of the Nano.
  • The large iPod opening tool is no longer needed to gain access to the left side of the iPod.

  • Repeat the same procedure listed in the previous step to free the three clips along the hold switch side of the Nano.

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Image 1/1: After ensuring all tabs are free, separate the two halves of the iPod.
  • Insert an iPod opening tool into the gap near the top left corner of the Nano and work to free the three clips along the top edge of the rear panel.

  • After ensuring all tabs are free, separate the two halves of the iPod.

  • The rear panel is now free from the iPod.

thanks you for help

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Conclusion

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

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