Introduction

Use this guide to replace your Nano's display.

Insert the edge of an iPod opening tool into the gap between the outer case and the top bezel. Pry the top bezel off the adhesive securing it to the display retainer.
  • Insert the edge of an iPod opening tool into the gap between the outer case and the top bezel.

  • Pry the top bezel off the adhesive securing it to the display retainer.

  • At this point the hold switch slider is free and may fall. Be careful not to lose it.

Be sure to use the smaller iPod opening tool and press it in FIRMLY in order to get enough leverage to get under the bezel and pry it off. Adhesive is very strong, so don't be afraid to use a little bit of force.

captcarl13 - Reply

Remove the hold switch slider from the top of the Nano.
  • Remove the hold switch slider from the top of the Nano.

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Remove the two angled Phillips screws from the two corners of the display retainer.
  • Remove the two angled Phillips screws from the two corners of the display retainer.

  • These screw heads are extremely small and easily stripped.

Be sure to use a good phillips #00 screwdriver here, or you run the risk of stripping the very small screws.

iTronics Repair - Reply

The screws were covered with the adhesive. They were very difficult to remove.

I RUINED the hold switch! I accidentally broke the cord. 0_o The directions were kind of unclear.

bodieg - Reply

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The screws were covered with the adhesive. They were very difficult to remove.

I RUINED the hold switch! I accidentally broke the cord. 0_o The directions were kind of unclear.

Step 12 is misleading as it does not show to remove the screen from the metal frame.

bodieg - Reply

Sorry guys, but the explanations are really bad. Go onto youtube and watch it. This site misses heaps of steps. I just broke my iPod :(

S Mile - Reply

Like others have noted, screws are covered in adhesive and difficult to remove. Take extreme care to not strip the heads. I'd suggest using a very small flathead to scrape some of the adhesive off before attempting to remove the screws.

captcarl13 - Reply

a 1mm slotted screwdriver will work in a pinch, but be carefull and make sure you get the angle just right

andrew - Reply

The tools list doesn't say you need an iPod opener to, nor does the parts list day you'll need a new click wheel, though this is called ”...click wheel REPLACEMENT​”. I don't get the feeling these are very trustworthy instructions, ESPECIALLY after having read other comments. I'd say BEWARE, and look at a variety of resources to get a much more comprehensive picture.

Skyfire - Reply

Insert an iPod opening tool between the outer case and the display retainer.
  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the outer case and the display retainer.

  • Use the tool to slide the display assembly out of the case slightly.

  • Do not rotate the display retainer about the top edge of the display, as it is attached to a thin steel bracket that is easily broken.

  • Do not forcefully remove the display retainer, as the hold switch cable is liable to snap.

I found I had to gently pry the retainer open with a craft knife (xacto knife?) as the plastic opener tool was too blunt or soft to get any purchase...

aaaidan - Reply

My nano had a "swollen" battery which wedged the LCD between battery and front glass. As a result, this step didn't work, I couldn't pull out the TFT and botched case, TFT and TFT frame until it came out. Telltale sign was a display that looked like there is a water between glass and LCD. The other nanos I've opened didnt have this problem and came out effortlessly, so if yours is stuck, don't feel bad, there's not much you can do!

oliver - Reply

Slide the display out of the Nano. It will move about .5" until the display data cable limits its travel.
  • Slide the display out of the Nano. It will move about .5" until the display data cable limits its travel.

  • Do not put unnecessary tension on the very thin display data cable.

I have several problems in taking it out. I don't know if it is dued to the glue that the iPod has inside. Could you help me. Thanks

Hector - Reply

instructions say 5" (inches) it really means 5mm

pedalsandpicks - Reply

Quote from pedalsandpicks:

instructions say 5" (inches) it really means 5mm

If you're gonna repair the way you read it will get you nowhere: the text reads .(as point)5 inch. Which is about 12mm.

Frank veenis - Reply

The glass panel can be very difficult to get moving requiring a lot of downward force. I have found good old fashioned spit to be very useful here.Just lick both thumbs and rub on fingers until just sticky enough.

This willl move the glass.

Pete Green - Reply

With the display pulled out of the case as much as possible, gently press on the lower edge of the glass panel until it pops in slightly (~1 mm). Use your thumbs on the lower edge of the glass panel to slide the glass down and into the case until the top edge pops up out of the case.
  • With the display pulled out of the case as much as possible, gently press on the lower edge of the glass panel until it pops in slightly (~1 mm).

  • Use your thumbs on the lower edge of the glass panel to slide the glass down and into the case until the top edge pops up out of the case.

I found the adhesive (or fit) quite strong. Pushing on the bottom part of the glass created a small gap at the top, which I could fit a craft knife (xacto blade) into. This made it easier to carefully lever the glass out for me.

aaaidan - Reply

I slipped and broke the LCD. So !#^&@@ off. What an absolute bastard of a job!

lf - Reply

What is the "rear edge" of the nano? Can this be a bit clearer please? Maybe a video of this step would be a good idea. Then again, since Apple owns this site, I guess that's not gonna happen, is it?

lf - Reply

I don't see "rear edge" anywhere in the instructions. I do see "lower edge" a few times and it looks pretty clear to me. I did this repair a couple years ago without much trouble.

Rene Jeddore -

You could do all these steps and really mess up your nano. Instead of disassembling the iPod, carefully remove the remnants of the old glass which I assumed you have cracked. With the new glass in hand CAREFULLY sand one edge of the glass evenly. I used my fine grinder on my dremel tool. After assuring a snug fit I removed the adhesive and installed the glass. Looks great and functional and I didn't ruin my iPod in the process. And when I said sand one edge I mean one of the edges that has a "lip" on it. The other lip you can slide right in and push gently down for a nice fit. Do not remove the adhesive until you are sure of a good fit. This is a quick fix for those who are too queezy to take apart their device.

Jim - Reply

Lift the glass panel out of the Nano.
  • Lift the glass panel out of the Nano.

  • Before reinstalling the glass panel, be sure to clean the face of the display and the inside of the panel as any dust or fingerprints will be annoyingly visible when the Nano is turned on.

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Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to separate the hold switch from the adhesive securing it to the top edge of the display.
  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to separate the hold switch from the adhesive securing it to the top edge of the display.

  • The hold switch ribbon cable is extremely fragile and easily broken. Work gently.

Be extremely careful while doing anything around the screen. The slightest bit of pressure in the wrong direction and you will be replacing the screen along with the battery. I speak from experience.

Brian Campbell - Reply

Peel back the Kapton tape covering the display data cable socket.
  • Peel back the Kapton tape covering the display data cable socket.

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While holding the light colored socket down with one finger, use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF cable lock up toward the bottom of the Nano.
  • While holding the light colored socket down with one finger, use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF cable lock up toward the bottom of the Nano.

Continue to carefully hold the socket down while doing the next step. If the cable come off at the wrong angle it can pull the connector away from the board at the base of the screen.

Brian Campbell - Reply

Use an iPod opening tool to peel the display data cable off the thin metal plate attached to the display.
  • Use an iPod opening tool to peel the display data cable off the thin metal plate attached to the display.

  • Be careful not to rip the display data cable.

Some of the ribbon is inside the white housing with the lock on, it needs to slide out of the housing. I didn't notice this because everything is so small - be sure not to slide your pry tool right through it.

Martin Mccaffrey - Reply

The display can actually be pulled out slightly further than it initially seems. When you gently pull it up, you'll experience some resistance, which I initially thought indicated it was as far as it could go. But an extra bit of (still very gentle) force can pull it up a few more millimetres, which means the opening tool can fit.

Also, it seemed to me to actually be helpful to lever the cable out of its port before removing the ribbon from the adhesive on the plate, since this allowed better access to the adhesive with the opening tool.

aaaidan - Reply

Pull the display out of the Nano, minding the hold switch cable that may get caught.
  • Pull the display out of the Nano, minding the hold switch cable that may get caught.

  • As you pull the display out of the case, be careful not to break the hold switch cable.

WATCH THE HOLD SWITCH!! Be *sure* it is disconnected before pulling out the screen! (I've made that mistake too many times :P)

iTronics Repair - Reply

disconnected from what?

I never saw where it was connected to!

Fred Rodolf -

By "caught" do you mean glued to the case? Mine was, and I cant tell how I could possibly have removed the screen without it breaking. Luckily my Ipod was already broken, but now its even more broke because of this guide.

swd311000 - Reply

If present, remove the strip of tape covering the display electronics.
  • If present, remove the strip of tape covering the display electronics.

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The display bracket is attached to the display by a strip of adhesive around its perimeter. Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to carefully pry the display bracket off the rear of the display.
  • The display bracket is attached to the display by a strip of adhesive around its perimeter.

  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to carefully pry the display bracket off the rear of the display.

  • Continue separating the display bracket along the side of the display.

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Separate the display bracket from the other side of the display.
  • Separate the display bracket from the other side of the display.

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Use an iPod opening tool to carefully peel the display electronics off the display bracket.
  • Use an iPod opening tool to carefully peel the display electronics off the display bracket.

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Remove the display from the display bracket.
  • Remove the display from the display bracket.

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Conclusion

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

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And what to do if you break the hold switch?!

Fred Rodolf - Reply

Hello, can I connect a 10" LCD display to the iPod display connection instead of it's original display?

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