iPod Nano 7th Generation Home Button Replacement

Replace a faulty home button in a 7th Generation iPod Nano.

Use this guide to replace a faulty home button in your 7th Generation iPod Nano.

2 Edit Step 1 iOpener Heating  ¶ 

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

2 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.

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

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  • 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.

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

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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.

  • 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.

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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  ¶ 

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.

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  ¶ 

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.

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

1 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  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Make sure that the spudger is under the entire display assembly to prevent bending the metal midframe.

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  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Work your way around the home button in this manner until you can easily remove the button from the front glass.

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.

Conclusion

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

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6 Comments

which temperature must be used for heating? Thx

fbarletta - Reply

I found you need to be very patient when using the iOpener. It's worth taking your time, giving the heat time to work on the glue. When I finally got the battery out, there were some strips of glue left behind that I just cleaned off with some isopropanol before installing the new battery.

By the way, I had to run the iOpener for longer in my microwave for it to get hot enough. When it was too hot to touch, I figured it was hot enough for the batteries.

hello -

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

yamayhuang - Reply

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