iPod Nano 7th Generation Bluetooth Antenna Replacement

Replace the Bluetooth antenna in a 7th Generation iPod Nano.

This guide will walk you through the instructions for replacing the Bluetooth antenna on a 7th Gen iPod Nano.

Edit Step 1 iOpener Heating  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Place the iOpener in the center of the microwave.

Edit Step 1 iOpener Heating  ¶ 

  • We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener.

  • Place the iOpener in the center of the microwave.

    • For carousel microwaves: Make sure the plate spins freely. If your iOpener gets stuck, it may overheat and burn.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Throughout the repair procedure, as the iOpener cools, reheat it in the microwave for an additional thirty seconds at a time.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Heat the iOpener for thirty seconds.

  • Throughout the repair procedure, as the iOpener cools, reheat it in the microwave for an additional thirty seconds at a time.

  • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair. Overheating may cause the iOpener to burst.

  • Never touch the iOpener if it appears swollen.

  • If the iOpener is still too hot in the middle to touch, continue using it while waiting for it to cool down some more before reheating. A properly heated iOpener should stay warm for up to 10 minutes.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The iOpener will be very hot, so be careful when handling it. Use an oven mitt if necessary.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the two flat ends to avoid the hot center.

  • The iOpener will be very hot, so be careful when handling it. Use an oven mitt if necessary.

Edit Step 4 Front Panel Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Front Panel Assembly  ¶ 

  • Lay the iOpener over the plastic tab to loosen the adhesive. Let the bag sit on the device for approximately 90 seconds before attempting to open the panel.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Insert a spudger under the cover, then pry it up and away from the device.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pull the rear plastic cover away from the device until there is enough room to insert a spudger.

  • Insert a spudger under the cover, then pry it up and away from the device.

  • Remove the rear plastic cover from the iPod.

  • Be very careful in removing the plastic cover as the bluetooth antenna is adhered to it.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the single 1.4 mm Phillips #000 screw from the black plastic spacer.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Gently bend the Bluetooth antenna to the right, out of the way of the screws in the bottom of the device.

  • Remove the single 1.4 mm Phillips #000 screw from the black plastic spacer.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to remove the black plastic spacer from the Nano.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 2 mm Phillips #000 screws from the bottom of the case.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Slide the opening tool along the edge of the front panel to free it from clips and adhesive.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the seam between the white plastic front panel and the rear case.

  • Slide the opening tool along the edge of the front panel to free it from clips and adhesive.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to press the midframe screw tab up and out of the rear case.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The adhesive under the metal midframe/display assembly is quite strong and the components are fragile, so go slowly and gently. Make sure you do not bend the LCD screen.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to carefully pry near the Lightning connector and under all parts of the front panel assembly: the front glass/digitizer, the LCD display and the metal midframe.

  • The adhesive under the metal midframe/display assembly is quite strong and the components are fragile, so go slowly and gently. Make sure you do not bend the LCD screen.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Continue prying along the edges under the front panel assembly, releasing the clips and adhesive along the sides of the device.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

Image 1/2: You only need to open the device enough to gain access to the display cable connectors near the sleep/power button.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Pull the front panel assembly slightly down and partially out of the device.

  • You only need to open the device enough to gain access to the display cable connectors near the sleep/power button.

  • Do not separate the two halves entirely, they are still connected by several cables.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to release the digitizer cable and display data cable connectors.

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Image 1/1: '''Do not''' try to completely separate the two sections, yet, as they are still attached via a soldered cable.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Gently unfold the two halves of the device to access the internal components.

  • Do not try to completely separate the two sections, yet, as they are still attached via a soldered cable.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Flip the battery over into the rear case for safekeeping.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Pull up on the battery pull tab to free the battery from its adhesive.

  • Flip the battery over into the rear case for safekeeping.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Completely separate the front panel assembly from the rest of the device.

Edit Step 18 Bluetooth Antenna  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18 Bluetooth Antenna  ¶ 

  • Remove the 1.4 mm Phillips #000 screw from the antenna cable.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the antenna from the device.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Release the Bluetooth antenna connector cable with a spudger.

  • Remove the antenna from the device.

Conclusion

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

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I'm sorry, but I started laughing uncontrollably at this point! It's like something out of a Conan or Fallon sketch for the all but non sequitur of microwave use, but it's clearly what needs to be done for the glue. I came from a 2007 MBP, and personally replaced the battery multiple times (one step). I was curious about how it was done with my new 2014 model. 32 steps might as well be a punch line...

JeffH - Reply

Never get a job in IT support... I kid you not, earlier I had to instruct someone on how to plug the power jack into their laptop.....

daveoline -

which temperature must be used for heating? Thx

fbarletta - Reply

A hairdryer works well - hot to the touch is enough to soften the glue to allow it to come off.

Gavin -

They do not use glue to attach the glass. It is very strong double sided 3M tape.

Odus182 -

If I can't find the new screen how would I fix it. Where can I find the brand new screen.

Crissel Largo - Reply

There are screen replacements on eBay but it appears that you can only buy the digitizer glass. Is it difficult to separate the glass from the LCD screen? Some apple products are rather difficult while others already come separate.

loveofthegame441 - Reply

No, super easy, the LCD and glass are actually not adhered to each other, the glass sits in the moulding about 1 or 2 cm above the LCD.

Brice -

Hi. I need the same. Did you solve it? I find the spare parts: the external crystal and the glue (adhesive stick) but I have some doubts: How separate brocken cristal from usable lcd and how Stick the new crystal with lcd.

domenico sicignano -

for the screen, there's a place in Huntsville Alabama called LCDcycle. they have grade a parts

livinginthegump - Reply

Could some one help me please im changing the wifi antenna on my ipad air an don't knoew how to activate the glue on the growding strip. I would think it heat. any ideas thank you.

danielalanreed - Reply

I don't own a microwave... Is there an alternative way you can recommend heating up the iOpener?

margo - Reply

Yes, buy a microwave. They cost about the same as an iOpener!!

seaniepie -

I use a heat gun and work fine for me.

Danilo -

My rear glass is broken what will be the price of thr rear glass..???can i order it from ifixit suggest me some thing.....!!!!i m from india....help me out plz...!!!

Abhishek Dutta - Reply

Any rear glass for any phone is cheap. They generally cost around $5-$20 to get the part depending on which phone. For this one it doesn't cost much at all.

Ben -

Always isolate the battery before removing the LCD, and don't reconnect the battery till the LCD is back in place.

You can screw up a few different things by inadvertently turning on a device while the LCD is disconnected.

Also, skip the neck warmer/microwave, get a hot plate or hair drier/heat gun and be careful. (I use a duel sensor digital temp hot plate)

David - Reply

May I know the temperate limit about heating iOpener? (maximum 150 degrees Celsius?) thx so much.

yamayhuang - Reply

This repair isn't possible as far as I know. I have done three glass only repairs now with the same results. After professionally separating the glass and LCD, then re-attaching the AMOLED screen to the NEW digitizer/glass assembly with OCA tape the touch would no longer work... strange since I tried a new digitizer on each Apple Watch I was repairing. I started looking a little closer to the broken digitizer and I removed the silver chip cover to reveal the touch/digitizer controller IC. This extremely small BGA chip is epoxied directly to the flex cable, so removing the chip is a one time thing as you can't remove epoxy chemically after it cures. Each touch/digitizer controller IC is INDIVIDUALLY MARKED with a number, for example #1510. I believe each touch IC is LINKED to each Apple Watch, but it is possible that each IC is linked only to the LCD screen. I can not confirm that is the case because I do not have access to a full LCD/digi/glass to try replacing on a broken apple watch.

Don - Reply

I have same problem as Don...touch doesn't work after changing

romnaum -

Any update about the touch not working after replacing the screen?

Matt Jones -

The repair is possible but it is a hard one. I just finished it (again). Use ALOT of heat to remove the glass. Take your time not to break the LCD. Separate all the parts before the removing the battery. The repair is hard, not impossible.

mattost -

Hi. Do you suggest to change both part to avoid that? I mean, I have only the external part broke and I think to buy only that, but after reading your comment, I realize that maybe is better to change both of screen+LCD at once. It is right?

domenico sicignano -

How can you reprogram the watch to accept a new digitizer? Is there a way?

DeJaNeal Brown -

Can anyone verify that the part sold on ifixits website will work? I bought a digitizer/glass only from eBay and no touch response from it. Other people here are claiming the IC chip is programmed to either the watch CPU or the amoled itself.

Here is the part on ifixits website:

Apple Watch (42 mm) Front Glass Digitizer

greg - Reply

Dont buy it from ifixit. Nothing wrong with ifixit though. The glass and LCD is infused together. You will not be able to separate the broken glass from the LCD. Do whatever, heat, more heat, dance or any other stunt it doesnt come off. Even if it comes off i don't think just by putting in another digitizer it will start working as it will not be infused with LCD. so net net. the video is good and stylish but it doesnt work.

Suresh Iyer -

I already separated it successfully and have all the tools to reassemble professionally including OCA and a autoclave.

greg -

Did you had difficult to separate the parts? I bought a screen on Ebay before read iFixit, :(

deivier5 -

Too bad there is not a warning for bluetooth antenna damage... This guide led me to tearing my antenna.

trogfield - Reply

This step is extremely difficult to do... How am I supposed to manage to lift the frame with the LCD screen without potentially causing damage to the LCD screen?

Uriel Melchor - Reply

Disconnecting the battery from the lcd screen can ruin the battery,

so why do that if you are just replacing the digitizer?

rather just open the six screws and disconnect the digitizer.

Yehuda Tsibushkin - Reply