iPod touch Repair Guide Gen 1-4


How to open iPod touch 4G Print E-mail
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iPod touch 4G Repair Tools Before you begin

  • Read this website's Legal Guidelines and make sure you understand the risks of this repair. Place your iPod touch 4G on a clean flat and soft surface, such as a rubber mat or a piece of soft cloth and get the required opening tools

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    Insert a safe open tool at the top left corner of the device. The blade of the tool needs to be between the seal and the (aluminum backplate).

    Step 3

     

    This is the best spot to insert the safe open tool.

    Step 4

     

    This is what it looks like when the blade is fully inserted between seal and iPod touch 4G backplate.

    Step 5

     

    In the next step you will use a regular putty knive and insert it into the gap previously created with the safe open tool. In the left upper corner you see a suction lifter that you can use in addition to pull up the touch panel while prying.

    Step 6

     

    Move the putty knive around the corner and carefully insert it between the seal and the backplate. Pry the touchpanel upward until you hear the clips come loose. The blue flathead screwdriver you see in addition has the purpose of keeping the touchpanel from snapping back in when you move the knife after prying.

    Move around the entire device and pry until all clips are loose. When you make progress, insert a flathead to secure your progress.

    Step 10

     

    As soon as the touchpanel becomes detached, you can lift it carefully. Make sure to not make any rapid movements to keep the ribbon cables underneath from tearing.

    Step 13

     

    These are the two connector latches for the iPod touch 4G digitizer. Carefully open the first one with a sharp safe open tool.

    Step 12

     

    Open the second latch of the digitizer connector.

    Step 15

     

    This is what it looks like when the iPod touch 4G digitizer ribbon cable is released.

    Step 16

    Release the iPod touch 4G menu button connector.

    Step 17

    Now you can lift the front panel a little more as shown in the image.

    Step 18

     

    Near the backplate there is the antenna connector.

    Step 19

    Carefully release the iPod touch 4G antenna connector.

    Step 20

     

    Now take a look at the LCD connector - flip open the metal belt that is holding the connector in place.

    Step 21

    This is what is looks like when the locking belt is open.

    Step 22

     

    Carefully unplug the iPod touch 4G LCD connector.

    Step 23

     

    The front panel is now fully separated from the the backplate with the iPod touch 4G battery and iPod touch 4G logic board.

    Step 24

     

    This is what the front panel looks like when removed from the backplate and motherboard.

    Please not that other guides recommend taking off the LCD panel from the frontplate to replace the digitizer. We have found it easier and less risky to leave the iPod touch 4G LCD installed. Ultimately this decision is up to you. If you are not careful to keep the LCD from being bent or pressured, it will break with either method.

    Step 25

     

    Turn the panel around and heat the rim of the corner of the digitizer with a heatgun for about 6-10sec. If you heat it too much the seal will melt and ultimately the LCD will become stained.

     

    The heat will soften up the adhesive and allow you to insert a safe open tool under the glass to start prying the digitizer off the frame.

    Step 26

     

    You will notice that the glass will cool off quickly as you are prying so you will repeat this step of heating a small section of the glass and quickly prying a small fraction until the heated part came loose or the glass/adhesive cooled off again.

    Step 27

     

    As you progress you might want to put a second safe open tool under the section you already detached.

    Work your way around the front panel until the entire digitizer comes loose.
    Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 21:04
     
    iPod touch 2G Motherboard Replacement Print E-mail
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    iPod touch 2G Before you begin

  • Read this website's Legal Guidelines and make sure you understand the risks of this repair. Place your iPod touch 2G on a clean flat and soft surface, such as a rubber mat or a piece of soft cloth and get the required opening tools

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    iPod Touch Headphone Jack Repair Print E-mail
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    iPod touch 2G Before you begin

  • Read the legal guidelines on this website and be sure to make yourself aware of the risks of this repair.  Warning, this repair requires soldering skills and a basic understanding of electronic circuits. Place your itouch on a clean flat and soft surface, such as a rubber mat or a piece of soft cloth and get the required opening tools.

  • Step 2

    Follow the steps of the guide on how to open an iPod touch 1G until the backplate is removed. Plug a headphone into the headphone jack module. If you have a multimeter and a separate headphone plug as shown in the image you can use the diode tester to find out which of the channels is not making contact. If the audio is distorted, is likely to be ground channel. On this particular repair, ground is being repaired. Which is the first point from the button.

    Step 3

    Remove the part of the ribbon cable covering the first (ground) contact. This is a destructive step on the itouch headphone jack module, but you can replace the ribbon cable with a wire once the repair is done.

    Step 4

    Remove the first gold pin by using a dentist tool or a strong needle as shown in image. Lifting upward, it should come out.

    Step 6

    This is what the gold contact looks like once it's removed from the jack.

    Step 7

    Use the dentist tool or a sharp flathead to widen the contact spring.

    Step 9

    It should look more or less like this before  you reinstall it.

    Step 10

    Reinsert the contact spring into the jack module and solder a jumper from the contact to the logic board as shown in image (black wire).

    Step 11

    Use a either a multimeter to test  or some headphone while playing music to verify if the repair was successful. 
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    iPod Touch 2G - How to Open / Item Removal Print E-mail
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    iPod touch 2G Screen Replacement

    Before you begin

    This guide will show you how to open the iPod touch 2G and remove items inside the headphone jack (e.g. a broken tip of a headphone plug).

    Please note that this repair method will damage the seal surrounding the iTouch 2G glass.

  • Read legal information section and make sure you understand the risks of this repair. Place your iPod touch 2G on a clean flat and soft surface, such as a rubber mat or a piece of soft cloth and get the required opening tools

  • Step 1

    Turn your iPod touch 2G on its back. It is not required to have it connected to the charging cord. In fact it's better to disconnect it.

     

    The challenge with opening the iTouch 2G is to avoid cracking the iTouch 2G digitizer. When prying the digitizer upward be sure to never touch the glass with the opening tool directly, apply the prying only to the plastic frame holding the glass.

     

    Step 2

    Insert the flathead screwdriver about 1/8 of an inch edge away from the edge of the dock connector. Insert the screwdriver between the backplate and the seal (not between the seal and the iTouch glass). Push the screwdriver down about about a third of the length of the blade of the small flathead.

    Step 3

    Hold the iPod down firmly with your palm.  Insert the blad of a small flathead screwdriver about a third of the length of its blade and start carefully lifting the iTouch screen assembly upward.

    Lift it just enough to insert the blade of a safe open tool in the middle of the bottom as shown in the next image.

    Step 4

    The prying with the flathead of the last step will open a gap just large enough to fit in the blade of the safe open tool.

    Once the safe open tool is positioned as shown in the image, it will keep the gap from closing. This way it will be easier to reinsert the flathead in different sections.

    Step 6

    Insert the flathead on the opposite side of the dock connector and repeat the procedure of step 3.

    Step 7

    Slide the opening tool a little to the right and insert the flathead on the side as shown int he image. Gently and carefully pry the iTouch plastic frame upward.

    You can use the second safe open tool and insert it to keep the gap you are creating from closing again.

    Step 8

    The plastic tool is to keep the gap from closing as you are using the flathead to release the iTouch front assembly at the top of the iPod. Repeat the same procedure on the other side.

    Be sure to keep from twisting or bending the iPod Touch front assembly to prevent cracking the glass.

    Step 9

    When the front assembly comes loose release the digitizer connector in the top left corner using the plastic opening tool.

    Step 10

    If you plan to do a full disassembly or logic board replacement, you can remove the screws holding the motherboard in place, otherwise go straight to the iPod touch 2G screen removal in the next step.

    Step 11

    Carefully slide the plastic opening tool under the screen and move it along the sides to release the adhesive. No bending or pressure is allowed here at all, the iTouch 2G screen is insanely fragile.

    Step 13

    Flip the screen upward. Skip the following steps, if you just want to disassemble your iPod touch 2G to replace the LCD screen or replace the logic board.

    Step 12

    The following two stept are only required if you want to remove an item blocking the audio jack

    Prepare a paper clip as shown in image.

    Step 15

    Insert the paper clip into the back of the headphone jack to push out the piece blocking it.

    Step 16

    To continue regular disassembly

    Remove the remaining screws of the logic board and the Sleep/Wake button module.

    Step 17

    Remove all screws at the top of the iPod touch 2G.

    Step 18

    The screw in the top left corner is hidden under a black rubber seal.

    Step 19

    Lift the iTouch 2G screen and remove all screws holding the screen backplate in place.

    Step 20

    The iPod touch battery is located under the screen backplate. Soldering skills are required if you want to replace it.

    Step 21

    Carefully remove the iPod touch logic board from the backplate. You have disassembled your iPod touch 2G until the battery and LCD screen replacement.

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    iPod Touch 2G - Glass Replacement Print E-mail
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    Step 7

    Follow the first steps of the guide explaining how to open your iPod touch 2G. You can now take off the front assembly.

    Step 8

    This is what it looks like when the front assembly has been removed.

    Step 9

    This is what the iPod touch 2G body looks without front assembly.

    Step 10

    Hint: Warm up the front assembly with a hair dryer. That will make the adhesive much weaker and the glass will come loose without effort.

    If the glass cracks upon prying it loose, hold the part away from your eyes or use goggles, small glass fragments will spray away from digitizers as you pry.

    Use the flathead or the opening tool to pry the broken digitizer glass off the front assembly.

    Also look at the 3G iPhone Glass Replacement Guide to get more detailed images about this step.

    Be sure to fully remove all glass fragments before you apply the new digitizer.

    Step 11

    Remove the protective film on the top an bottom parts of your new digitizer glass and apply the digitzer to the assembly.

    If the original adhesive was destroyed by the removal procedure use strong thin doublesided tape to a assure a strong mechanical connection between the itouch 2G digitizer and the assembly.

    Step 12

    Make sure the digitizer ribbon cable is in the correct position as shown in image.

    Step 13

    Remove the protective film covering the inside of the replacement glass and re-apply the digitizer to the front assembly.

    Step 15

    Connect the digitizer ribbon cable and place the assembly back on the iPod touch body. Push on the front assembly making it snap back in at the top first. Then push on the bottom until all clips snap back in. As a final step remove the protective film on the digitizer front.

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