Introduction

Replace the curved glass screen to make your iPod Nano look like new again.

Insert an iPod opening tool between the outer case and top bezel near the screen. Lifting up on the iPod opening tool, gently pry the top panel off of the device. The bezel is attached with adhesive, and may require some force to remove.
  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the outer case and top bezel near the screen.

  • Lifting up on the iPod opening tool, gently pry the top panel off of the device.

  • The bezel is attached with adhesive, and may require some force to remove.

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Use an iPod opening tool to pry the hold switch button off of the hold switch plate.
  • Use an iPod opening tool to pry the hold switch button off of the hold switch plate.

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Remove the two 3.2 mm screws.
  • Remove the two 3.2 mm screws.

  • These screws are angled toward the outer case and are also very small. Use a sharp screwdriver and be careful not to strip the screws.

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Insert an iPod opening tool between the outer case and the metal hold switch plate near the top of the screen .
  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the outer case and the metal hold switch plate near the top of the screen .

  • While slightly lifting up on the iPod opening tool, pull the hold switch plate out of the iPod.

  • The hold switch plate is still attached to iPod by a very thin, very fragile ribbon cable. Be careful not to break it.

My ribbon broke.

I see that on the pictures further down, you removed the covering plate, which I would suggest to do, as it'll put less weight on the ribbon.

Luckily, we can find spare ones. In fact it doesn't sell alone, it's with the earphones jack.

Michel Raj - Reply

could you elaborate more as to how did you remedy the broken ribbon?

michael deaner - Reply

is the broken ribbon fixable?

michael deaner - Reply

is the broken ribbon fixable?

michael deaner - Reply

The glass panel is held in place by adhesive on all four sides. In the following steps, work carefully to avoid cracking the glass. Insert an iPod opening tool between the display and the glass panel at the top of the device.
  • The glass panel is held in place by adhesive on all four sides. In the following steps, work carefully to avoid cracking the glass.

  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the display and the glass panel at the top of the device.

  • Rotate the iPod opening tool towards the rear of the device, slightly lifting the top of the glass out of the outer case.

  • The glass panel does not raise very far. Do not attempt to completely remove the panel yet, or you are likely to break the display screen.

I would recommend using a heat gun.

raul mald - Reply

At this point, I find it helps to separate the lock switch from the top metal casting. You then have just the switch dangling on the fragile ribbon cable. Much less likely to snag or break the ribbon. Just loosen (Don't remove completely) the two Phillips screws. The heavy clunky casting bit can be removed.

Pete Green - Reply

You can remove this lens with virtually zero risk to the LCD underneath:

Get a couple guitar picks or spudgers ready, and another old spudger. Using a hot glue gun, glue the old spudger into the very middle of the lens. Let the glue cool completely.

Using a heat gun pointing up from the bottom, heat the 3 edges of the shell around the top and sides of the lens. Avoid getting heat on the lens or hot glue as it will soften.

Using the spudger as a handle, pull up on the lens to get the top edge started and get your guitar picks/spudgers under the sides at the top of the lens.

Complete removal as above.

Using a spudger/guitar pick, start to peel an edge of the hot glue loose to remove old spudger from lens; then clean any residue with alcohol.

Paul K - Reply

While lifting the screen up with one iPod opening tool, insert a second iPod opening tool in between the outer case and the top left edge of the glass panel.
  • While lifting the screen up with one iPod opening tool, insert a second iPod opening tool in between the outer case and the top left edge of the glass panel.

  • Remove the first iPod opening tool from between the glass and LCD in the top of the device.

The iPod I repared had a cracked screen. Caution here because it doesn't pop out that easily. I had to apply some force on the plastic opening tool while using another tool to take out the shards (who are glued to the side).

matthiasvercaemst - Reply

Prying up slightly on the iPod opening tool, insert a second iPod opening tool in between the front glass and the outer case, on the right side of the screen. Slide the second iPod opening tool along the right edge of the panel to remove the adhesive.
  • Prying up slightly on the iPod opening tool, insert a second iPod opening tool in between the front glass and the outer case, on the right side of the screen.

  • Slide the second iPod opening tool along the right edge of the panel to remove the adhesive.

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With one iPod opening tool still between the glass and outer case, insert a second iPod opening tool inbetween the front glass and outer case, on the right side. Slide the second iPod opening tool toward the bottom of the device to remove the adhesive.
  • With one iPod opening tool still between the glass and outer case, insert a second iPod opening tool inbetween the front glass and outer case, on the right side.

  • Slide the second iPod opening tool toward the bottom of the device to remove the adhesive.

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Lifting the glass from the side nearest the top of the iPod, remove the glass panel from the Nano.
  • Lifting the glass from the side nearest the top of the iPod, remove the glass panel from the Nano.

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Conclusion

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

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If the glass is cracked, you may not have to remove the end of the ipod to pry out the glass. In my case, I was able to carefully (with out putting pressure on the screen below) get the glass out in pieces.

tony1 - Reply

This step by step guide is perfect for replacing the glass! There is no need to remove the click-wheel or the camera bezel - as seen in may other videos and guides. So stay away from the click wheel if you can - it's just glued in (there is no snap!) and it's really hard to put back in place again. And yes, ideally you can remove the glass without opening anything. It is just glued in and the new one will go in from the top. Good Luck!

Stefan Georgi - Reply

I gave my homie my 8 gig when i bought my 16 gig. his girl dropped it and the glass screen cracked. took me no more then 5 minutes and i had it as good as new! Whoop Whoop, danke fo the instructions!

steven - Reply

Dear Steven, To me exactly the same happened, although I was the person who got the Ipod and dropped it. So I do understand how to get the glass out, but how do I put a new one in? Just insert it and put everything back on? Should I use glue when I put the screen in? Or will it just stay there on its own? Thanks!

myrthe569 -

this was great and super easy! thanks so much

solinvictusetc - Reply

Worked well until the lock cable came off. Any way to fix the lock cable? Also the bezel took forever to get back into place.

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