iPod Nano 6th Generation Outer Case Replacement

Replace the aluminum outer casing on your 6th generation iPod Nano.

Use this guide to replace your iPod Nano's outer casing.

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.

1 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.

1 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.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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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.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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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.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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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.

1 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.

1 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.

2 Edit Step 15  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the headphone jack assembly.

2 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.

Edit Step 16 Outer Case  ¶ 

Image 1/1: One black 1.8 mm Phillips screw

Edit Step 16 Outer Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following three screws:

    • One black 1.8 mm Phillips screw

    • Two 1.7 mm Phillips screws

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Outer case remains.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Remove the clip from the outer case.

  • Outer case remains.

  • When reinstalling the clip, it is necessary to squeeze the base of the clip very tightly against the outer case as you insert the first screw.

Conclusion

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

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5 Comments

Step 9: This screw was missing on my iPod. It has been replaced by a rivet.

dave - 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