Introduction

Use this guide to replace your Nano's front panel assembly. A new front panel assembly will provide a new front glass panel, digitizer, and LCD. The LCD is non-separable from the digitizer.

Image 1/1: Be careful not to overheat the front panel assembly, as it may result in damage to the LCD.
  • Use a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the adhesive securing the perimeter of the front panel assembly to the outer case.

  • Be careful not to overheat the front panel assembly, as it may result in damage to the LCD.

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Image 1/1: Do not attempt to pry out the front panel assembly from, or insert the opening tool into the left side of the display, as the display data cable is right underneath and may be damaged in the process.
  • While the front panel is still warm, use the edge of an iPod opening tool to pry it from the headphone jack side of the front panel assembly out of the Nano.

  • Do not attempt to pry out the front panel assembly from, or insert the opening tool into the left side of the display, as the display data cable is right underneath and may be damaged in the process.

  • Continue prying the perimeter of the front panel assembly out of the outer casing, being careful not to damage the display data cable held under its left edge.

  • If the front panel is excessively difficult to lift out of the outer case, reheat the area and try again.

I strongly recommend using a Small Suction Cup (IF145-019-1) instead of a plastic opening tool.

After half an hour of various heating times, trying to use a plastic opening tool, I overheated the LCD, which caused it to discolour. Now I need to buy a new screen. I wish I'd thought to use a suction cup earlier; it seems so obvious in retrospect.

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Image 1/2: Pull the front panel assembly slightly away from the left side of the Nano to clear the display data cable. Image 2/2: The front panel assembly is still attached to the Nano by two cables.
  • Lift the front panel assembly from the headphone jack side of the Nano.

  • Pull the front panel assembly slightly away from the left side of the Nano to clear the display data cable.

  • The front panel assembly is still attached to the Nano by two cables.

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Image 1/1: Remove the following two screws:
  • Lay the front panel assembly next to the Nano.

  • Remove the following two screws:

    • One 2.3 mm Phillips screw

    • One 2.6 mm shouldered Phillips screw

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Image 1/2: Remove the steel shield from the Nano. Image 2/2: Remove the steel shield from the Nano.
  • Use an iPod opening tool to pry the steel shield out of the Nano by its upper right corner.

  • Remove the steel shield from the Nano.

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  • Use an iPod opening tool to disconnect the display data and digitizer cable connectors up from their sockets on the logic board.

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  • Remove the front panel assembly, minding its two cables that may get caught. To reassemble, you can use the double-sided tape found here.

How come you did not put back the metal plate that goes between the iPod and the display?

Adam Meyerson - Reply

You do put the steel shield back in to place and screw it down, but only after you connect the digitizer and display data cable connectors to their sockets on the logic board.

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Conclusion

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

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Don't forget to include in your repair the adhesive to hold the new screen on. It does not come with the new display. I as unable to find it at iFixit's site but was able to get it here for $10 incl p&p: http://www.badgizmorepair.com/product/ip...

By the time I paid for the screen, opening tool and glue it turned out to be more economical and less hassle to take it to the Apple store (albeit less satisfying than doing it yourself). I suggest you forego the opening tool if you have a good flat blade jewelers screwdriver. A fine temporary fix for not having the correct screen glue is a piece of packing tape. It leaves the iPod open to the elements though, so I highly recommend the correct glue in order to avoid water leaking in around the edge of the screen.

You will also need a very small jewellers or electronics screwdriver for the two screws. I just managed it with an oversized flathead driver.

dmcgleenan - Reply

Hi, i already unmount the display, but i need the adhesive strips for paste the ne one. The link you suggested it's down, is it possible to have a new one where i can find this adhesive?

Thanks

quentin23 - Reply

Its diffucult to place the display data cable when reverse step 3. Any tips?

Akela66 - Reply

i had bought these part and succeeded in repair my drown ipod using these guides (luckily only the lcd that didnt work). and it work nicely. thanks

bubba12250 - Reply

Thanks for the guide. Very useful and easy to follow.

Had some issues with getting the screen off initially, but that was due to the glass along the headphone jack side being cracked into several small little shards (hence the reason for following the guide ;)

Used a replacement screen (incl. toolkit and replacement precut adhesive) that I purchased from ebay for around US$10 (free shipping).

Jared Yates - Reply

Simple as that? You know what sucks about an incomplete repair description - is the incomplete thinker that posted it. There is nothing on here about what insulators remain, nothing about sequencing the reassembly, nothing about adhesive, etc...

Get your $@$* together and compete your how-to you half ass.

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