iPod Nano 4th Generation Glass Panel Replacement

Did your Nano take a spill? Use this guide to replace its curved glass panel.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • These screw heads are extremely small and easily stripped.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • With the display pulled out of the case as much as possible, press the lower edge of the glass panel gently toward the lower rear edge of the nano.

  • Slide the lower edge of the glass panel slightly down and into the case until the top edge pops up out of the case.

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  • 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.

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

For more information, check out the iPod Nano 4th Generation device page.

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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

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

Quote from bodieg:

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

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

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

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

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