iPod Nano 7th Generation Front Glass/Digitizer Replacement

Replace the front panel glass/digitizer assembly in a 7th Generation iPod Nano.

Use this guide to replace a broken screen or restore touch functionality to your 7th Generation iPod Nano.

Edit Step 1 iOpener Heating  ¶ 

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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  ¶ 

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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. Always wait at least two minutes before reheating the iOpener.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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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  ¶ 

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  • 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.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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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.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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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.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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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  ¶ 

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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.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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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  ¶ 

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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.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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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  ¶ 

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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 Display Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • Insert a spudger under the metal midframe and display on the left side of the home button.

  • Make sure that the spudger is under the entire display assembly to prevent bending the metal midframe.

  • Rotate the spudger around the home button and across the front panel, releasing the adhesive holding the display in place.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Once all of the adhesive has been released, gently separate the display assembly from the front glass/digitizer.

Edit Step 20 Front Glass/Digitizer  ¶ 

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Edit Step 20 Front Glass/Digitizer  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to push the home button gasket toward the center of the button to release the light adhesive.

  • Work your way around the home button in this manner until you can easily remove the button from the front glass.

  • To prevent tearing the gasket around the home button, do not pry the home button out until the adhesive has been sufficiently loosened.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Remove the home button from the front glass/digitizer.

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

For more information, check out the iPod Nano 7th Generation device page.

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Tried everything to loosen the adhesive around the metal midframe... Nothing worked, and finally (after a lot of prying) I managed to get it out... only to have damaged the lcd digitizer underneath the screen!

If you're going to attempt this, have a spare digitizer nearby, and be willing to fail. After spending $60+ on parts and tools, i'm worse off then where I started.

kelseycbrandin, · Reply

I have no idea how this is considered moderate, meanwhile the Classic is considered very difficult.

Francisco Meneses, · Reply

Hi! Where can I find in US a front glass replacement for my iPod Nano 7th? Do you know a website to get it? Please write me to tavoacevedom@yahoo.es. Thks.

tavoacevedom, · Reply

did you find a glass? I am also looking for one.... hbsamat@yahoo.com

shsamat88,

So far, so bad. I left the iopener on there for 90 seconds. Not loose at all. Heated it again a little longer and left on for a little longer. Still not loose at all. Pried and pried and BROKE THE BLUETOOTH ANTENNA!!!! Still soldiering on, but the front part is not coming loose either. Beginning to regret the attempt big time.

barrychristian, · Reply

Does anyone know where I can get the plastic flap covering the bluetooth antenna on the back? I ended up with a slight heat damage and need to replace it.

Anders, · Reply

Medium difficulty, seriously? I dismounted with great pain, everything is taped everywhere. When pulling on a piece, everything comes, one feels parts writhe under the force exerted ... In the end, the iPod is dismounted, I change the screen, I had trouble to replace the button with wire in the right place and I mounted everything again. After several hours trying to stall while the right place, I drop. The ipod is raised but the screen is raised compared to the original, the home button is functional but I have to press very hard on it for it to work and, above all, I damaged part of the LCD when disassembly, so my screen is new, but the LCD does not display properly all the information.

One advice, do not repair Ipod, do not buy Apple.

Romain, · Reply

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

Hey cut them some slack. There are some really stupid people out there and we don't want some one to end up with their dick caught in the ceiling fan.

logitechtaco,

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

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