iPod Nano 6th Generation Headphone Jack Assembly Replacement

Replace a broken headphone jack on your 6th generation iPod Nano.

Use this guide to replace the headphone jack assembly. The headphone jack assembly includes the headphone jack and the electronic sleep/volume buttons.

Edit Step 1 Front Panel Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Be careful not to overheat the front panel assembly, as it may result in damage to the LCD.

Edit Step 1 Front Panel Assembly  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Pull the front panel assembly slightly away from the left side of the Nano to clear the display data cable.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the following two screws:

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • 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

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the steel shield from the Nano.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • 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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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • 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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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 8 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use an iPod opening tool to lift the headphone jack assembly connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 1.9 mm Phillips screw securing the logic board to the outer case.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The adhesive is very strong. Work carefully and slowly, making sure to not slip and break any fragile components.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use an iPod opening tool to gently pry the battery up from the adhesive securing it to the outer case.

    • The adhesive is very strong. Work carefully and slowly, making sure to not slip and break any fragile components.

  • Use your thumb to pull the battery toward the left side of the Nano as you pry the battery's other edge out of the outer case.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Do not excessively pry the logic board upward.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use an iPod opening tool to gently pry the logic board off the adhesive holding it against the outer case.

  • Do not excessively pry the logic board upward.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the logic board assembly from the Nano, being careful not to damage the headphone jack assembly cable.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Use your iPod opening tool to gently push the dock connector toward the center of the Nano.

  • Remove the logic board assembly from the Nano, being careful not to damage the headphone jack assembly cable.

Edit Step 13 Headphone Jack Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/1: One 1.7 mm Phillips screw

Edit Step 13 Headphone Jack Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the following five screws:

    • One 1.7 mm Phillips screw

    • Four 3.9 mm Phillips screws.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Avoid pulling on the cable, as it is very thin and delicate. The plastic mounting ear is a safer area to pull on.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully pull the headphone jack toward the center of the Nano.

  • Avoid pulling on the cable, as it is very thin and delicate. The plastic mounting ear is a safer area to pull on.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the headphone jack assembly.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Very carefully pull the headphone jack assembly ribbon cable toward the dock connector to separate the sleep and volume buttons from the outer case.

  • Remove the headphone jack assembly.

Conclusion

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

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Be aware, When replacing the on/off button, it is extremely difficult to get the rubber mould to fit correctly behind the power button. It will in all likelihood take you a good few times before the power button works properly, so make sure you test it first before reassembling!

Dave - Reply

My problem was that there was a small plastic bit missing from the on/off-switch. I just glued it back on and now the device works again.

Here is a picture of the plastic bit and the switch where it belongs to:

http://i49.tinypic.com/14t62x4.jpg

And here is a video that helped me to find the issue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHrLLfMXk...

Mart Kroon - Reply

if your problem is that your player is pausing randomly - maybe just try using some WD-40 or similar to clean the contacts will fix that. you can just spray some WD-40 into the headphone-jack without dismantling it.

don't use to much WD-40, and hold your player with the headphone-jack pointing down. otherwise it may happen that the display gets damaged(happend to me - my display now discoloroud because of the liquid / but is functional anyway).

hagl - Reply

maybe just try using some ~~WD-40 or similar to clean the contacts will fix that. you can just spray some WD-40 into the headphone-jack

..that's because WD-40 is not supposed to be used to clean contact points on electronics. If you already damaged your own device why on earth would you tell someone to ruin their own?

Don't ever use WD-40 to clean any electronic device especially the audio contact points in the headphone jack.

There is plenty of audio contact cleaner available for electronics that is safe for your device to clean and lubricate the jack. I prefer Caig Deoxit for audio contacts particularly as they specialize in a number of contact restoring solutions for everything electronic whether it be mechanical metal structure or plastic surface circuits. www.deoxit.com

David Lucio -

I thank you guys so much. Especially the Tips from Dave and Mart Kroon!

This tiny plastic piece is in my opinion a deliberate bad choice for it's function, it can very easily fall out of place and leave a completely functional device useless.

I simply glued it back on with some standard glue which i aplied with the cut-of end of an q-tip. Be sure to use only a tiny amount, since the button can get glued tight and is not movable anymore.

During the disassembly, the plastic piece from my "Decrease-Volume" Button got lost, so i replaced it with a tiny piece of plastic i cut of the q-tip. Be careful not to make it to big. If it is to big and already glued on, you can leave away some or all of the 4 screws holding the buttons in place and just put a piece of plastic between the battery and the cable so the buttons stay in place but can get pressed further in.

Le Big Z - Reply

A bit of a pedantic point, but the guide calls for a PH00 Phillips screwdriver, and I found that the PH000 fit the screws better.

Also, has this site ever carried the headphone assembly? I have a feeling my power button repair won't last very long and I'll eventually have to replace the entire assembly.

DarkCloud - Reply

Does anyone know where to get the tiny metal frames that hold the headphone jack assembly?

Squeck - Reply

Any advice on how to get the rubber mould behind the power button seated correctly (besides "it's extremely difficult" -- yes, it is.)

kfin63 - Reply

Hi, how are you? I have a question regarding the replacement of the entire headhphone jack flex cable on the ipod nano 6th generation.

Basically I disassembled the old jack and I was ready to put in the new one.

Suddenly I noticed that the "screw holders" (the grey metal/pseudometal things that you use to secure the cable with the screws in the top part and that are glued to the volume and power on buttons)

were not present on the new cable. I tried to unglue them from the old cable, but they were very well glued that I ended up in breaking them.

Is there any way to put inside the new jack without this parts, or to buy new ones (I noticed nobody sell them).

All the videos abd forums I've seen so far don't talk about this aspect and nowhere is shown the reassemble process.

The part I was talking about is this one; as you can see it still has the buttons glued on it and it seems impossible to :

http://s29.postimg.org/r7ywb7g47/2016032...

Please let me know if there is a solution, thank you very much!

Michele - Reply

@ michele: heating with a hairdryer did the trick for me to recover the small metal parts from the old assembly.

mahieujohan - Reply

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.

Peter Burkimsher - Reply

hello all.!!

i replaced the whole assembly (power, volume and headphones). Now my ipod is not getting ON. i followed the whole procedure as mentioned. Can anyone suggest me anymore.

Sofia Bhaskar - Reply

Note that on the two-button sub-frame (the left-hand piece secured by two of the four screws in Step 13) there are two tiny locating studs which must be aligned on the replacement wire ribbon.

dave - Reply

Thank for providing the notice. It was perfect.

To make the way back, it is better to skew first the power button before the +/- volume buttons.

Didier - Reply