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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iPod Shuffle 1st Generation, use our service manual.

  1. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown, Hold Switch: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position.

  2. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Use a spudger to pry up the white plastic hold switch.

  3. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown, Casing: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • If present, remove the cap from the USB port.

  4. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • The following step can be challenging and time consuming. Be sure to go slowly and have patience to prevent damaging your iPod.

    • Use an Exacto knife to separate the glue holding the USB port on the iPod. Run the knife along the seam between the two sections of the iPod until the glue is separated. Expect to run the knife along this edge 20-30 times before the glue will be entirely freed.

    This is the most difficult part of disassembly. The risk is breaking the case. I found that it's like cutting through hard plastic. Takes a lot of time

    russtoku - Reply

    Heating up the glue with a foehn makes it easier

    Brando - Reply

    To avoid slicing through your thumb place on its side on a hard surface.

    Joe - Reply

    It would be good to use cut resistant gloves to protect your hands.

    Bill - Reply

  5. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Continue to run the knife around all four edges of the USB port until the glue is released. You may be able to gently wiggle the knife from side to side to help release the glue.

  6. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Use a spudger to push on the headphone jack and slide the USB port out of its housing.

    • If the USB port doesn't come free, check to make sure all the glue holding the USB port in place has been released. Pulling on the USB port itself is not recommended as there is a fragile ribbon cable that can be ripped if the USB port suddenly comes free.

    You can use a 4.8 drill and push with the back to open

    Brando - Reply

  7. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • After the USB port comes free, carefully slide it out of its housing. Don't pull it out too far because there's still a ribbon cable connecting it to the logic board.

  8. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Continue to slide the iPod out of its casing by using a spudger to push on the logic board near the headphone jack.

    You can place a piece of tape over the battery indicator in this step to prevent it from falling out in Step 9. :)

    Jefferson Malone - Reply

  9. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Turn the iPod so that the click wheel is facing up. This will prevent the battery indicator from falling out.

    • If the battery indicator does fall out, don't forget to replace it prior to reassembling the iPod. Getting the battery indicator back in place can be tricky. You'll have to slide it in from the end of the iPod's casing and get it to fall into its slot in the casing.

    • Slide the iPod out of its casing.

  10. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown, USB Port: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Use a spudger to flip up the black plastic tab holding the USB port ribbon in place. The black tab will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable.

    My usb port is damaged how can I get another one.

    gupta_rahul1994 - Reply

  11. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully peel the yellow USB ribbon up from the battery.

    Start by lifting from the port end of the ribbon; the tape is strongest and easiest to pull up from there. I pulled up from the corner shown in the picture and ended up ripping the tape. :'(

    Elizabeth Tangora - Reply

    Use carefully a foehn to heat the glue

    Brando - Reply

  12. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Slide the USB ribbon out of its connector.

    • Lift the USB port and detached ribbon cable out of the iPod.

    If you are only replacing the battery there is no need to remove the memory board. Cut the wires from the old battery as close to the battery as you can. Then cut the black wire from the new battery so that it is about 1/2 inch long. Strip the ends about 1/8 inch and solder. Slip a piece of 3/32 heat shrink tubing over the joint. Now cut the red wire so that it is about 1/2 inch long and strip as above, solder and cover with heat shrink tubing. It works!

    hvabrams - Reply

    If replacing the battery in the first generation , what are the spec's on the battery in order to locat one for replacement. Thanks.

    Greg farris -

    Hi from where can i buy battery and ribbon cable for ipod shuffle 1 gen?

    raulclau - Reply

  13. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown, Battery & Logic Board: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Gently pull back the white plastic framework to free the left edge of the logic board. Pull up on the logic board slightly to prevent the logic board from falling back into place.

  14. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Repeat the same procedure on the opposite side to free the logic board from the white plastic casing.

  15. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the logic board up to disconnect it from the memory board beneath. Don't remove the logic board from the iPod yet, because it's still connected to the battery.

  16. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Turn the iPod over and use your finger to push the battery through the hole in the casing. The battery is attached to the plastic framework with a mild adhesive.

    • Lift the battery and logic board out of the iPod.

    did some steps gets deleted? this doesn't show how to actually replace the battery!

    hsm - Reply

    Yeah, how is the battery connected to the logic board? — is it soldered, or what?

    Charlie Wilson - Reply

    Perfect, is done.

    Tom K. - Reply

    I completed everything and re-soldered in a new battery and verified everything worked. Sadly, pushing it back into the case, one of the tiny SMT parts broke off and that was the end of that. Upon re-disassembly I also discovered that the tiny flex cable had cracked where it makes a turn, severing the USB connections.

    The guide was fine (although it should have included the critical actual battery replacement part), but the device really isn’t designed for service and it’s high risk to take it apart.

    anonymous 6024 - Reply

  17. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown, Memory Board: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Peel up the translucent tape securing the memory board to the edge of the white plastic framework. It is only necessary to peel up the tape on one side, as the other side will be freed while removing the memory board.

  18. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Teardown: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the memory board out of the framework and peel the tape off the other side of the framework.

    • The white plastic framework is not very strong. Be careful not to exert too much force on the thin plastic arm when peeling off the tape.

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Feyrowan - Reply

Great step-by-step instructions! I’ll probably never teardown my iPod, but it’s good to have the instructions!!

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