iPod Touch 5th Generation Front Panel Replacement

Prerequisite Only

Prerequisite Only

Please note that this guide is only a prerequisite for other guides.

prerequisite, open front panel

Edit Step 1 Front Panel  ¶ 

Image 1/3: If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass.

Edit Step 1 Front Panel  ¶ 

  • If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass.

  • Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPod's display until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.

  • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any glass shaken free during the repair.

Edit Step 2 Soften the adhesive with hair dryer  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Use a heat gun or hair dryer (low setting) to soften the adhesive.

Edit Step 2 Soften the adhesive with hair dryer  ¶ 

  • The bottom of the screen (near the home button) is held in place with strong adhesive.

  • Use a heat gun or hair dryer (low setting) to soften the adhesive.

  • As you start prying the screen off in the next stages, you may need to apply more heat to keep the glue warm and flexible.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Center the suction cup on the lower section of the glass, with its edge centered over the home button.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Center the suction cup on the lower section of the glass, with its edge centered over the home button.

  • Press in firmly and make sure the cup has a strong seal.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Place your thumb and index finger over the lower corners of the display to stop the display from opening too far when the adhesive breaks.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Hold the iPod firmly against a table or bench.

    • Place your thumb and index finger over the lower corners of the display to stop the display from opening too far when the adhesive breaks.

  • Lift the suction cup up and back toward the top of the iPod. Be patient, and pull with firm, constant force until the adhesive breaks and the display comes up from the rear case.

    • It may be necessary to use a heat gun to soften the adhesive (especially in cooler climates). If you can pry the screen apart, and the adhesive is still sticking and pulling apart like cheese topping on a pizza, you can slide a thin razor blade in and gently cut the adhesive.

    • After the display begins to lift from the rear case, be careful not to lift more than about an inch—a fragile plastic frame still connects the display assembly to the rear case.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/3: In the following steps, you will be loosening and freeing the plastic frame that surrounds the screen. It is connected to the rear case with several clips.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • In the following steps, you will be loosening and freeing the plastic frame that surrounds the screen. It is connected to the rear case with several clips.

  • Starting at the top right of the device, insert a plastic opening tool into the gap between the plastic frame and the aluminum rear case.

  • Slide the tool down this crack, loosening the frame from the case.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Insert the plastic opening tool between the frame and the rear case behind the first clip.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the frame and the rear case behind the first clip.

  • Rock the tool sideways, to spread the gap behind the clip and separate it from the rear case.

  • This may not free the clip initially, but repeating the procedure for each clip will begin to loosen the piece.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Repeat the procedure with the next two clips on this side.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Repeat the procedure with the next two clips on this side.

  • You may have to go back and forth between the clips to free all of them. Take your time and be careful and patient, as the plastic frame is quite fragile.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Moving on to the left side of the device, insert a plastic opening tool into the gap between the plastic frame and the aluminum rear case near the top.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Moving on to the left side of the device, insert a plastic opening tool into the gap between the plastic frame and the aluminum rear case near the top.

  • Slide the tool down this crack, loosening the frame from the case.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Insert the plastic opening tool between the frame and the rear case behind the first clip on the left side.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the frame and the rear case behind the first clip on the left side.

  • Rock the tool sideways, to spread the gap behind the clip and separate it from the rear case.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Repeat the procedure with the next two clips on this side.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Repeat the procedure with the next two clips on this side.

  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the plastic frame and aluminum rear case behind the second clip.

  • Rock the tool sideways, loosening the clip from the case.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Using the same procedure, loosen the last clip securing the plastic frame to the rear case.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Using the same procedure, loosen the last clip securing the plastic frame to the rear case.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Insert the plastic opening tool between the display assembly and the rear case near the top of the iPod.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Insert the plastic opening tool between the display assembly and the rear case near the top of the iPod.

  • Slightly twist the opening tool to pry the front panel up from the rear case.

  • Separate the display assembly from the iPod.

    • Do not try to completely remove the front panel, as it is still connected by several cables.

Conclusion

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

Comments Comments are onturn off

Step 2.5: Recover iPod from far side of the room due to suction assisted throwing.

thanks, Apple

Nick Hughes, · Reply

Did as shown, button switch works fine, when I reinstall button, it's like it won't touch the switch to engage.

What next?

Gary Aguilera, · Reply

I've got the same problem, managed to get the screen off, transferred the little steel plate to the new home button and put it in. The switch works fine when I press it with my finger, but it won't work with the home button??? - Did you manage to solve this problem?

Tom,

I've got the same problem. Been trying to find a solution for a few days now. Lots of people ask this question, but no one ever answers it. How did you solve it?

tirgang,

Use the hair dryer or a heat gun to loosen the adhesive. This did not work with just a suction cup for me.

Dmitry Fedoruk, · Reply

All good... But. All I wanted was to replace the cracked camera lens glass. Where in the guide is the instructions for the lens GLASS.

kwylie, · Reply

I also had to use a heat gun and the opening tool instead of just a suction cup to open the assembly. The rest of the guide worked really well!

When putting back together, make sure the display connector is in firm or you might get lines. And also, perform a hard reset - my power wasn't working, I took it apart and checked the power flex cable, but all it needed was a hard reset when put back together.

Tyler Weaver, · Reply

use a razor blade to pry. there is a huge amount of leverage, and the old frame is most likely trash.

trogfield, · Reply

Suction cup and hair dryer method never worked for me. Even tried my heat gun. Finger went numb before I gave up. Used thin prying + suction cup and eventually opened it but screen cracked in the process when I was too aggressive opening it.

In hind-sight, it would have been very helpful to know that the adhesive is just in the 2 areas to either side of the home button, nothing along the edges.

Biggest complaint is the time wasted, should have just bought a replacement iPod, better return on my money/time.

James Quinlan, · Reply

The adhesive strips are only located to the left and right of the home button. Imagine two small squares of tape in each corner. Be careful heating. I used a heat gun on the lowest heat, but I think I may have overheated the area and damaged the digitizer on the bottom of the screen. I now have small green lines on that section of the screen. I too had to use a thin metal spudger to release the adhesive.

muck, · Reply

Careful! This piece is super fragile. It really helps to understand the way the clips work. I struggled for 10 min with not a single un-clip, snapped the plastic frame in 2 places because I didn't understand the clips, and as soon as I figured out how they work the piece was off like a prom dress.

The clips are metal n shapes around the outside of the frame. They need to be pushed away from the center of the device to release the frame. You need to get something in between the plastic and clip to release, a guitar pick is probably too thick. A thin opening device would probably work but I used a razor blade. I'm not sure if these clips are on all of the newer Apple devices, but I've never encountered one before (usually work on android devices.)

I hope this helps prevent someone from having to replace the frame.

nlw93, · Reply

I wish I had read this comment before I broke my frame, hah! It made sense once I had the clips out, but while they were still in it was mystifying. Thankfully it won't be too big of a problem since all of the frame will still clip in, it just won't be connected.

Joshua Horan,

this looks more like a 5th gen instead of 6th gen :-)

iBar, · Reply

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