iPod Touch 1st Generation Back Panel Replacement

This guide shows how to remove the back panel from the 1st Generation iPod Touch.

Edit Step 1 Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Case  ¶ 

  • Opening the case is a tough and potentially dangerous task. A good amount of force is required to wedge the plastic opening tool in between the case seams. The case may be damaged if this step is not done properly. Make sure not to hurt yourself while opening your iPod.

  • Insert the small plastic opening tool into the seam in between plastic display panel and the metal back panel. The angled edge should point towards the metal back panel.

  • Hold the tool in place once it is wedged inside and the two panels are separated.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • There are seven interlocking retaining clips on each side of the iPod. The large plastic opening tool will be used to separate the front panel from the metal back of the iPod.

  • Insert the large opening tool into the right side of the iPod, with the edge of the tool pointing towards the metal back.

  • Gently enlarge the existing crevice by wiggling the large opening tool and moving it to the right.

  • Continue doing so until the right side of the iPod is loose.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Switch to the other side of the iPod.

  • Follow the same procedure as in the previous step to release the seven clips holding the panels in place.

  • Once the panels are separated on this side, the back panel can be separated from the rest of the iPod.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Gently lift the rear panel using your fingers.

  • The front and back of the iPod should now be completely separated.

  • The gold antenna (third picture) can easily fall out from its housing. Make sure that the antenna is securely in place before closing the iPod.

Edit Step 5 Back Panel  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 Back Panel  ¶ 

  • The back panel can now be replaced.

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

For more information, check out the iPod Touch 1st Generation device page.

Required Tools

Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Related Products

iPod Touch Gen 1 Rear Panel

$29.95 · 8 In stock

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I found the little plastic tools to be useless. I finally got the case apart using jeweler's screwdrivers, guitar picks, and believe it or not, a wood chisel to split the sides of the case open. And believe it or not, I got back together again - not quite as good as new, but good enough.

I'd REALLY love to know how Apple technicians get this little beast apart without damaging or nicking the case.

phinegan, · Reply

Quote from phinegan:

I'd REALLY love to know how Apple technicians get this little beast apart without damaging or nicking the case.

Who's betting the actually replace the back with a brand-spanker - if they repair them at all!

marc draco, · Reply

They do replace it with a new back, thats why they said that if you have words on the back (engraved) by someone other then apple, your going to lose those but if there done by apple then they'll do it again (when replaceing the battery they say that)

Quote from marc draco:

Who's betting the actually replace the back with a brand-spanker - if they repair them at all!

shadowfox00101, · Reply

I replaced my battery in my 1st gen iPod and it still doesn't hold a charge for more then 5 min. Any ideas?

ae86keidori, · Reply

Quote from ae86keidori:

I replaced my battery in my 1st gen iPod and it still doesn't hold a charge for more then 5 min. Any ideas?

mine has the same problem. My 1st gen iPod touch dropped in water. after that It still works but can't hold a charge for more than 5 mins. I changed the battery and still the same.

One of my friend give me some advices, I simply clean the whole logic board with some non water alcohol, and it works. It works perfect now. You can have a try.

Liku, · Reply

I found a method that worked for me in opening the case. I started at the top, and used a sewing needle. I'm sure a straight pin world work also. Using some padding between the back of the needle and my hand, I worked the point of the needle between the casing and the metal back. Don't push straight into the gap, push on the edge of the gap down toward the back of the iPod. Once you feel the needle slip in, use it as a guide to get your prying tool in there.

Paul Jones, · Reply

Hey, I made it, it's open! My opener tool was useless. A swiss army knife and lots of brute force is your friend. My tool broke apart not resisting such force that is necessary.

http, · Reply

lol i dropped my iPod this fixedit because it had no back

elais, · Reply

Count get past step 1 :( began seperating the back but the metal back sooner bent than the clips letting loose. I heard something chip then the ipod started getting very hot so I think I punctured the battery :( its going to live outside for a while before I throw it out.

Mike, · Reply

you will be at risk of your ipod not working please take it to the apple store for your ipod's safety

ryan baetens, · Reply

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