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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



    Step 2


    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.
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