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  1. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement, Case: stap 1, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The slider should be all the way to the right if your iPod is facing you.

    One word of advice: My cousin opened his vid from the top and accidentally cracked his screen in half. I would suggest to start opening it from the bottom, near the dock connector.

    Cyrus - Antwoord

    I too just cracked the screen in half by starting at the top. The screen is completely shot now. Got a guide for replacing screens? These things are hard to open. Be careful! Have someone hold it while you slowly pry it open.

    wittweb - Antwoord

    I have a cracked screen, starting from the upper right corner. 1/3 ofthe screen is black. Can I fix it?


    koby -

    I just replaced a broken screen and battery tonight in my early ipod video 30g. I think you may have not got the audio cable back in correctly or you may need to replace the earphone connector. This site is great and just last week i used ifixit parts to fix my ibook dc in then tonight my ipod. Saved a ton of cash and the service is awesome.

    spdmonkey - Antwoord

    ive just replaced my screen and its working fine, apart from when i switch it on it says i need to connect to itunes, when i do that it says that it needs resetting to factory settings, and when i do that it gets to the end then just says i need to reset it again???? any help please?

    qwerty - Antwoord

    me too hav the same prob.. :D

    nadhil muhammed -

    Replaced my screen that somehow cracked in my bag while it was under the seat in front of me on an airplane. 80GB 5.5g video.

    The only thing I'll add is that when I first installed the new screen, I would get all kinds of weird artifacts after putting the case back together. It would be fine with the case open but as soon as pressure was applied it would turn white and go crazy. I looked at the old screen and saw a small white plastic sticker covering the electronics on the old screens ribbon cable, so I peeled it off and put it on the new screen's ribbon cable and everything went back together and worked perfectly. Placing pressure on these components must cause trouble and I guess the sticker disperses the pressure to prevent this. It's like new.

    I was really bummed because I have Rockbox running on this thing and no ipods since the 5.5g will run it, and you can't buy those anymore without spending a fortune. Thank you

    gkmeyer - Antwoord

    i followed all the steps and fix it up by myself ~ haha THX~

    swean - Antwoord

    Citaat van hidi00z:

    hey, greg29 i have the same situation with my 5th gene iPOD, right now the display it's white and i want to know if you show where i need to put the white sticker or another kind of sticker because the old dispelay i throw it away...thanks,

    hidi00z - Antwoord

    Just finished replacing my battery (30 gb video). Piece of cake! Great information. I would skip steps 7-9, and just replace battery. But I'm no expert....

    Gino T - Antwoord

    I need a little help guys. I have an Ipod 30G video that I plugged into a car charger and now the screen is black with the apple logo. I thought it was the battery that was dead, but I replaced it using your guide(thanks!!) and it's still showing the same thing. Black screen with the apple logo. I tried charging it and it still doesn't do anything. Any ideas what it could be? Thanks.

    jer - Antwoord

    Replaced battery and screen on 30GB video ipod in 90 minutes. In the first 5 minutes the fine tip broke off the removal tool. Later I discovered why....I was prying the front cover off instead of separarting the back cover from the rest of the unit. The front cover tabs are right next to the back cover tabs so be sure you are getting the right one. If done properly I would have saved 30 minutes. I also broke several front cover tabs during removal so good thing I was replacing front cover too! The new front cover did not match up well with the old tabs. I agree with skipping steps 7 - 9 to release the headphone ribbon. I yanked the unit around pretty good getting the front cover back on and no trouble with the headphones. The removal tools were no match for the tape on the back of battery, instead get a very small standard screwdriver to get the battery loose. Trickiest part is the little tab that holds the battery ribbon; when you are putting it back together just push straight down nice and easy with the tip of the small tool and she locks right back in place. The wife had given up on this iPod and get a new 8 GB nano for Christmas...I inherited this one and am quite pleased for $30! iTunes did not pop up when I hooked it to the USB to charge, so I that I will go now and see if there is problem there. Terrific site, thanks for the help.

    Jeff - Antwoord

    Citaat van stumped:

    I followed all the steps for taking apart my 5th gen Ipod video, replacing the factory battery with a new one. Now my click wheel does not work. I've tried resetting it without success. Any suggestions?

    I have exactly the same problem, though I was replacing the headphone jack instead. Nothing appears to be loose and I didn't open the front panel at all.

    benthuronyi - Antwoord

    Citaat van jimmora:

    Hi - no need to disconnect all those cables, take out the HD, etc. Skip all the way to unscrewing and save the effort of trying to sneak those cables back into place.

    well the cables aren't too bad, and you don't want to accidentally tear one of the cables when sliding in the new display-- i'd recommend disconnecting the hard drive, battery and headphone jack before attempting to remove the screen.

    iTronics Repair - Antwoord

    BRILLIANT instructions!

    I got software problem after installing new Logic Board. iTunes keeps asking me to restore - I do, but it make no difference. Still can't synch. Anyone else have this problem?

    jingofafa - Antwoord

    Citaat van jingofafa:

    BRILLIANT instructions!

    I got software problem after installing new Logic Board. iTunes keeps asking me to restore - I do, but it make no difference. Still can't synch. Anyone else have this problem?

    terry cynright - Antwoord

    Citaat van benthuronyi:

    I have exactly the same problem, though I was replacing the headphone jack instead. Nothing appears to be loose and I didn't open the front panel at all.

    Yes, when I replaced my screen, the click wheel no longer works except I can hold the select & menu buttons and rest my i-pod all day long. that is the only part of the click wheel that now works. Anyone can help all 3 of us out?

    dragonlore - Antwoord

    Citaat van terry cynright:

    I found out the problem: I used the wrong Logic Board! I have a 5th Gen. 80GB model and needed the 820-1975-A board (instead I installed the 820-1763-A board, which apparently only works for 30 and 60 GB models).

    I wish I'd read this sooner: upgrading hard drive from 30 GB to 80 GB

    jingofafa - Antwoord

    I've just replaced the my battery too (30 GB Video). Though it was quite challenging to opening the iPod, it all went smoothly after that; except from a small incident when the small tool broke when attempting to remove the battery from the iPod back. I used the big one instead and it went all fine. I also skipped steps 7-9)

    CAUTION: when removing the battery from the iPod back panel, watch-out not to damage the "hold button cable" . The cable is right below the battery, and might be glued to it.

    I've connected the iPod to iTunes and everything is reacting fine. My iPod is recharging right now on its cradle :-)

    Total handling time: 45 min max.

    Thanks to everyone for the tips. Great web site!

    gioverking - Antwoord

    Citaat van benthuronyi:

    I have exactly the same problem, though I was replacing the headphone jack instead. Nothing appears to be loose and I didn't open the front panel at all.

    I'd check that the control cable is correctly seated in its ZIF socket. And that the hold switch is not on.

    Yishai Sered - Antwoord

    Citaat van Miroslav Djuric:

    Nice guide!

    It is a nice guide. I happened to have access to a #000 Phillips which I thought worked a little better than a #00. What do you think?

    pricemccarty - Antwoord

    just tryed to replace battery in my i pod but didnt work had to put old battery back in the cable seems to be backwards to the oiginal one now what

    saxconstruction - Antwoord

    Have you tried flipping the battery over?

    eggs -

    very informative

    Mike Chang - Antwoord

    If a simple diagram of the retaining clips and their locations on the device might be helpful.

    RJones - Antwoord

    The first step was the most difficult for me, as I nearly destroyed the wide opening tool sold by ifixit in the process... after wedging it slightly open, I then grabbed a screwdriver and pulled apart the rest of the iPod. On second thought if I remembered, the putty knife sold here would also help at the very beginning.

    Thanks ifixit!

    Raj Seshadri - Antwoord

    Excellent instructions! One suggestion was made to start at the bottom. The first step does show the tool used to start opening at the bottom; so, starting at the top contradicts the first step anyway. Am currently repairing a friends MBP, so have learned a lot about Apple's micro-technology. Patience is certainly a virtue here! : ) Thank you, iFixIt!! Jim W, Panama City, FL

    Jim - Antwoord

    This was a workout! This took me 75+ min.

    Very hard to open. Needed butter knife to work the crack begun by iPod opening tool (aka myFinger opening tool when it slips); would take forever with only the tool. Hard to sense when retaining clips release. Please use screws, Apple!

    Step 6: Really tricky to slide up the tiny brown connector latch without popping off either it or the tiny white logic board connector. So delicate! I popped off both. Argh! By God's grace, nothing broke, and I got it all back together.

    Steps 7-9: Skipped, and glad I did, given #6; just be careful not to over-twist ribbon cable joining case & face..

    Step 10: Don't pry out battery looking from same angle as in photo; turn 180 degrees so you can see what's under battery, where to pry or not. I pried with small screwdriver; plastic tool is wrong shape. Apply leverage sensitively; peel headphone ribbon cable off adhesive as you go … slowly. I left some paper on adhesive so cable wouldn't adhere again.

    But success. Thanks, iFixit.

    rmccord23 - Antwoord

    I was doing great until I pulled the battery connector off the board. I guess that's game over. Darn! I'm really just trying to rescue someone's music. Does anyone know if there's a way to connect the hard drive to a Mac and access the contents without a functional iPod?

    Mike Rosenberg - Antwoord

    Well, I found external USB cases on Amazon and eBay for the 1.8" ZIF hard drive, so I know it's possible to use the iPod's drive as an external drive. I just don't know whether it's formatted in a way I can access the music.

    Mike Rosenberg -


    I think it’s easier if you open it by a side. It took me less than 20s, and from the bottom i can’t.

    aurelien.engerer - Antwoord

  2. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 2, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Opening the iPod can be challenging. Do not get discouraged if it takes you a few tries before the iPod is opened.

    • Free the first retainer clip on the bottom of the iPod using the iPod opening tool. The tool's edge should point towards the metal back case to prevent scratching the plastic front.

    I'm having a lot of difficulty with Step 2. The tool goes in nicely but I can't seem to find the right tool movement that releases the first retainer clip on the bottom. I never get the degree of separation of the back case shown in the photo. When I remove the tool, it just closes back up. Any help is appreciated.

    kk - Antwoord

    Thank you very much. I bought from Spain, it took less than a week to arrive and the replacement was very easy. Peace of cake with your step-by-step guide.

    Great job!!

    pedrolucena14 - Antwoord

    Citaat van kk:

    I'm having a lot of difficulty with Step 2. The tool goes in nicely but I can't seem to find the right tool movement that releases the first retainer clip on the bottom. I never get the degree of separation of the back case shown in the photo. When I remove the tool, it just closes back up. Any help is appreciated.

    I also had problems with this and it took some time. The pictures didn't help much with this problem. Honestly, I'm not 100% sure how I got it to work, but I think it is necessary to pry the metal casing outward while working the face upward. Don't give up. I hope this helps.

    pricemccarty - Antwoord

    Just a word of warning to everyone, be careful with Step 2. I was having a hard time opening my iPod (I was using a screwdriver), but when it finally opened I accidentally knocked off some small black thingy on the logic board. I am not too devastated, because it was not working in the first place. But just wanted to warn others.

    Gaoez01 - Antwoord

    i found it useful to get an old credit card to help freeing the case, somehow the opening tool i add was made of really soft plastic - and yes i confirm it s quiet hard to open but afterwards it s snaping back into place quiet easily

    oliviermolody - Antwoord

    So i did it with success - watch out there is 2kind of motherboards -

    the audio was gone on mine ( got it replace once by apple (bought in 2006 replace in 2010 failed again in 2011 but no chance to replace it, so i repaired it ...thanks i fixit )

    oliviermolody - Antwoord

    After having given up on getting the case open, I decided to try again. I succeeded by having 2 tools, 1 to keep the bottom open while I used the other to pry open the sides. After that, replacing the hard drive was easy. I did not need to fully separate it by unseating the headphone ribbon jack.

    kk - Antwoord

    I found using another ipod opener tool handy to just hold open the case enough to get a start on the side clips.

    paul meegan - Antwoord

    I've found starting from the TOP or sides to be easier. I could not get the bottom tabs to release until I got the top ones free.

    kane298 - Antwoord

    After hurting my thumb while trying to open the bottom-side I watched some youtube clips to get an idea how it should look like. Instead pry open the case I had much more success by sliding the side of the case up and down with the opening tool until it come loose a litte bit. Then working to the edges and around till a side, top and bottom where open.

    Skiko - Antwoord

    I had a difficult time with this as well. I ended up breaking the supplied iFixit tools, and used a small screwdriver from an eyeglass repair kit to do most of the work. Once three sides are opened it will separate easily, but the first two are tricky. Don't give up.

    jpmajor - Antwoord

    Following the guide is fairly simple. The easiest way to open it, is to slide the tool once you have it in between the metal and the plastic cover. Take your time. A big thanks to ifixit for this guide.

    joeyflores37 - Antwoord

    I could NOT get the opener to do anything starting from the bottom of the iPod. Working off someone else's recommendation, I managed to get a credit card wiggled in there, which gave me the room on the side to get the opener in, and with the slightest twisting motion was able to easily push the case open. Slide down, rotate a little, repeat repeat. Had the case off in about 45 seconds from getting the card into the gap.

    dkreidler - Antwoord

    It was very hard for me to open the case. It took me about forty minutes for this step alone. Try to keep the gap open with a different tool while you work around the edge to a different side. I wished I had a third hand. One to hold the ipod and two to hold the two tools. The top cover bends slightly but this is not a problem, because it's just protective plastic. The clips at the sides also break slightly. Remove the really tiny bend plastic parts because they will be in the way when reinserting the cover (by just pushing the cover back into its place).

    nalply - Antwoord

    To open the case in step 2, think of it more as slightly/gently lifting the metal case away from the clips on the face of the iPod as opposed to pushing in the clips to release them.

    Use the pics for reference of where the clips are located.

    Imagine popping the case off those clips; the iPod begins to spilt open as you work around the edge.

    I had good luck starting on the lower right corner when facing the iPod, then moving around the to the bottom in a clockwise manner.

    Mike - Antwoord

    For me the whole thing started to separate, this guid says the front will separate but says nothing about the little screws holding the front on as well! 2 of the tabs with screws on mine broke at the bottom but thats fine just dont go thinking you can take the front off with just a few tabs!

    Russell Wolfe - Antwoord

    Ok so followed all steps and all went well but headphones still won’t work. Everything else seems fine but I’m still with same problem before I changed part. What else could be wrong with it?

    misty gilley - Antwoord

    This ipod with the plastic face is a Lot easier to open than the Classics which all but require deforming the metal to open it. The tabs on this are plastic, so just think of needing to just slightly push those tabs inward while pushing that side of the case slightly outward by rocking/ twisting the opening tool back and forth in the seam. Another trick is getting the tool in and slowly sliding it along the edges to start working it loose all the way around (or at least 3/4 of the way around). Then if needed, use a 2nd tool (or a guitar pick, credit card, small putty knife, icing spatula, etc) to prop open the gap while you pry/ twist with the tool one side at a time. Good luck!

    Lotus Flower - Antwoord

    I used my go-to pry tool, the blade of a large 4” blade Wenger knife. I was successful starting from one side and eventually popped the top and bottom clips. Sorry, but little plastic pry tools are not up to this sort of job nor many others, and they break or chip unexpectedly.

    Ben Myers - Antwoord

    Yeah, if you think you're trying to remove the front bezel you're going to have a bad time.

    You are trying to remove the metal backing.

    The front bezel is attached to most of the internals by screws. The screws are only accessible by removing the metal backing.

    The guide should really update step 2 with more details about this.

    Christopher McNeil - Antwoord


    6 very small screw fasteners attach the front panel/bexel to metal main iPod internal frame.

    See Step 12 for photos.

    Initial step is ONLY separation of back metal enclosure from the remainder of iPod.

    The front plastic panel/bexel remains attached to main iPod frame until later in process.

    mastrand9 - Antwoord

  3. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 3, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Use this photo of the OPENED iPod for the reference, in order to locate the areas where the retaining clips are - 4 per side, one on top and two at the bottom. It should save you a lot of frustration and help avoid scratching the plastic cover.

  4. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 4, afbeelding 1 van 3 iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 4, afbeelding 2 van 3 iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 4, afbeelding 3 van 3
    • There are four retaining clips on each side of the iPod. An iPod opening tool will be used to separate the plastic front from the metal back of the iPod.

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

    • A small guitar pick can be extremely helpful in opening the iPod. Simply insert it and slide the pick around the case to free the clips to streamline the process.

    • Gently enlarge the existing crevice by wiggling the iPod opening tool and moving it to the left.

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

    • You can then insert an iPod opening tool to the right of the Hold button. Be very careful while inserting the tool, as the display is very fragile.

    Just a note that if you don't have the special opening tools to hand, a couple of guitar picks did the trick for me :-)

    Casey Holford - Antwoord

    I successfully opened my iPod 5G 60GByte with 4 metal guitar picks (these are ultra thin and have a very strong tip to pry in between the plastic front and the metal back/casing)! Make sure you work on the metal back/casing and NOT on the plastic front <= using the (metal) guitar picks pry in between the the plastic front and the metal back/casing with a steep angle (almost 90 degrees with plastic front and hence almost parallel to the sides) downwards so that the sides of the metal back/casing "open up" / bend outwards. The plastic latches of the plastic front than come loose automatically. Once you finished one side the rest follows almost instantly. DO NOT TRY TO PUSH THE PLASTIC LATCHES FROM THE PLASTIC FRONT INWARDS! It took ME less than 10 mins to separate the plastic front from the metal back/casing this way! Thanks for the tip Casey!

    Bruno Laurent - Antwoord

    I found this to be the most difficult step and I don't know if I just used the wrong tools or if I wasn't effectively sliding the tool down the edge to unclip the sides (fyi, I have a ifixit tool kit and used the plastic tools in there). Eventually my ipod gave and separated after about 10-15 of me wrestling with it, but i could see that some of the white plastic bits where the tiny screws are anchored broke in some places. Could've been the fact that it's just old.

    John Chang - Antwoord

    This needs to mention that the plastic front face of the ipod is SCREWED ONTO THE INNER CHASSIS! I ended up tearing all the screw connections in an effort to remove the face, as the picture above showed. You actually want to try to make sure you keep the face and the chassis together, and remove the back cover, not the front cover.

    nathaniel ramm - Antwoord

  5. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 5, afbeelding 1 van 2 iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 5, afbeelding 2 van 2
    • Gently glide the iPod opening tool on the top of the display, making sure to free the retaining clips.

    • The other sides of the iPod should now easily come loose. If they do not, use iPod opening tools on the right side of the iPod in the same way as on the left side of the iPod.

    • Separate the front of the iPod from the back about an inch (or a couple of centimeters).

    • The iPod casing is now open, but don't completely separate the two halves just yet. Two ribbon cables are still connecting the back panel to the rest of the iPod.

    In case the IPod housing resists the rigidness of the plastic opening tool (tool starts to dismantle slightly) better keep a proper edge on the opening tool and use a very small screwdriver - as sometimes supplied with the display - to very gently squeeze between the housing halves as described to do with the plastic opening tool, so the edge facing rather twards the metal back. The retainer clips just fit tight, no hooks or lightly breaking edges. Once the housing starts to open minimal fingernail force to pull housing parts slightly apart might help, too.

    Eric Njoroge - Antwoord

    Be wary when separating the two halves at the top of the screen. There is only so much flex until your screen will crack which mine did. It was already riddled with dead pixels that made half of it unreadable, but the crack thus required me to get a new screen too. Fun!

    John Chang - Antwoord

    Thanks for the guide Miroslav Djuric (and 7 other contributors) it made this battery replacement quite easy. Like others have said, opening the case is the hardesest part but with a bit of perseverance and a valium or two it osn’t too bad. :)

    I released the retaining clip by gently pulling it up out of the back half of the case (easy does it just ease one side up at a time in small increments) and gently pulling the the battery cable out of its socket with some tweezers. Then I gently lay both halves side by side, gently prised the battery up to release it from the lower case (some adhesive holds it in but it releases quite easily) Fitting the new battery just necessitated putting a right angle bend in the cable at the end at the same distance as the old cable has it.

    Peter Newman - Antwoord

    Ensure that the hard drive plastic strips are sitting down all the way into the lower case while you clip the two halves back together. Start at the end that has the hold switch and work your way evenly along both sides until you reach the other end.

    One tip is to test that the unit powers up before clipping the two halves back together as you do not want to have to go through the whole opening procedure again if you didn’t manage to get the cable back into the socket correctly. Charge the battery up fully before using the IPod for any extended period of time

    Peter Newman - Antwoord

    On open I found that my front case (seen in Step 3 that is attached with small screws) had corroded and instead just peeled off the front plastic piece, rather than having the back pop out. In some ways this made it easier to see the opening of the back, but it also made the track wheel fall out.

    This experience is obviously no fault of the guide here, but worth noting that this might occur to your old ipod.

    Otherwise fantastic website. I've never fixed anything more than replacing shoelaces in my entire life and I got this done. My ipod seems like it will work - I am currently loading up the charge to calibrate the battery. Thanks ifixit!

    Nathan Rose - Antwoord

  6. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 6, afbeelding 1 van 2 iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 6, afbeelding 2 van 2
    • Use angled tweezers or an iPod opening tool to slide up the brown connector latch, holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place. Make sure you pull from both sides of the latch. You only need to lift the brown connector latch up about 1-2mm to free the cable. Do not lift more or remove the latch, or you might pull the white connector with it!

    • Don't lift up too far or you could pull the battery connector out of the logic board.

    • Make sure to slide the brown connector directly upwards. The connector is frail and will break if it is accidentally shifted to the side. The connector has hooks at the bottom to hold the cable in place. As soon as you break one of the arms you will have problems putting the battery cable back on. If it breaks put the cable in the slot and then push the brown holder in place to keep the cable from slipping out.

    • Remove the cable from the connector.

    It was the first time I broke open my iPod, and I was a little fuzzy on what was going on with this step. To amplify use the lip of the small opening tool to catch the edge of the cable retainer and gently pull straight up. It should click when released. To get the cable reinserted during reassembly, it was difficult to juggle both halves of the case and have enough slack in the cable to insert it back in the housing. What I used and was very helpful was a surgical hemostat that I used to gently grasp the cable and manuver it back into the housing.

    georget - Antwoord

    f'n great site, i fixed two of my iPods easily, best advice is be incredibly gentle with every step.

    bcarlson409 - Antwoord

    I have had so much bad luck with this step. I stopped using the iPod tool since I do tend to use it as a leverage point and actually break the connector of the board. I now use a paperclip that i bend into a L shape hook and lift the clip. Haven't broken one since...

    oldturkey03 - Antwoord

    This was extremely helpful! My brown connector latch is positioned vertically, so I could not use the ipod tool. The paperclip worked perfectly!

    asbell -

    What did you do after you broke the connector? I broke mine and can't get the battery cable to stay in its place.

    janetvmarvel Marvel -

    The View Huge version of picture is great!!! A diagram of how this fastener works would also be helpful for both disassembly and assembly.

    RJones - Antwoord

    the small connector should not be a prob. i use the apple spudger tool to lift it (to release) and push it down(lock it). it has a definite click as you push down. dont fear the apple!




    matt - Antwoord

    I had trouble once i replaced it with getting it in. Every time i put it in i didn’t relize that you have to push it down to lock it. This comment really helped!

    Caden VanBuren -

    The iPod opening tool seemed too large for the gap between the case and the connector latch since the thin edge of the tool had broken off during case opening. I used the flat tip of the screwdriver tool on my pocket knife. Be careful if you tilt the case during reassembly. The small brackets/bumpers (blue in the photo) can fall out. If they do, just reorient them according to the photo.

    lutorrie - Antwoord

    A really, really stupid design having this type of connector that you suppose to pry up the tap to release the cable. The white plastic part of the connector is not secured to the logic board at all. So when you pry up on the brown tap u can easily lift the whole thing off. Again, dumb design Apple.

    rgarjr - Antwoord

    I had trouble with the battery clip. As I was trying to leverage the opening tool under the clip I heard a pop. This being the first time I messed with this I thought the latch was open. I could not remove the cable. I tried again with the tool and heard another pop. The cable came out and the rest of the battery replacement was easy, got the new one back in no problem. Problem, the battery clip separated from the logic board when trying to lift the latch :/ Totally uncool, I scoped it out with a magnifying glass and saw that the logic board was damaged and a repair to the clip will be improbable. I am going to try one fix first before, eventually investing in a logic board. It probably won't work but I'll give it a shot.

    brillobean - Antwoord

    I broke the Brown piece ;_; and when I tried to put it back on with a pair of tweezers it flew and I can't find it. is there a place where I can buy a replacement one?

    simpr002 - Antwoord

    You can buy the whole connector from Chinese sellers on eBay for like 7-8 dollars.

    rgarjr -

    I also broke off the battery connector piece off of the logic board. Any ideas on if I can just replace the connector piece, or if I will have to replace the whole logic board?

    mlblossga -

    Where you able to find It? I just broke mine and haven't been able to find it. Do you happen to have a link?

    Sara Reyes -

    Be very careful here.

    My configuration was slightly different, the blue tools were too wide to open the connector. I used the tip of a sharp knife and used very little pressure and wiggled upwards the connector from all four sides. Do not push sideways under any circumstances!! I needed ten minutes for this step. I luckily didn't break anything. I was scared when the battery cable finally fell out. I didn't expect that it was just the end of the cable with four visible contacts. To connect the cable of the replacement cable, bend it 90 degrees down so that it goes into the open connector, then carefully push down the connector. It should go down with a very little click. If you are unsure whether you have power, don't close the ipod yet, but connect the ipod with power and wait about 15 minutes.

    nalply - Antwoord

    I don't believe the plastic tool is best suited for this step - it was A LOT easier (and safer) with tweezers to just pull up.

    Alison - Antwoord

    Hello, during replacement, the white plastic part of the connector has separated from the logic board. I tried to plug it again, but it seems that the battery doesn't charge anymore. Is it possible to fix it or do I have to buy a new logic board ?

    SPANCRAZI - Antwoord

    The L bended paper clip in association with a tweezer gave a very good result to unlock the power supply connector. Cheers

    marie-jean Colaitis - Antwoord

    The case tools they're sending now are too wide to fit into the space by the battery ribbon cable connector. Use a bent paperclip or tweezers to pull the connector up to free the cable.

    larry - Antwoord

    Can use another logic board of the classic type? I have an iPod Classic 5th Generation White (30GB).


    wood365 - Antwoord

    Then new battery came with the cord wrapped around the battery and the instructions didn’t mention that you need to unwrap the cord. More importantly, the old battery cord had a 90 degree bend at the end that plugs into the iPod and the new battery came with a straight end. Putting a 90 degree bend in the end was easy and after that it plugged into the slot just fine.

    James Tallerico - Antwoord

    Be really careful when you lift the brown retaining clip for the battery cable as you can quite easily lift the whole connector off the logic board rendering it useless. Ask me how I know :) I had successfully removed the cable and refitted it twice before but I rushed this time and ruined it. Luckily I got it for nothing so no big loss but very annoyed with myself.

    Peter Newman - Antwoord

    I found this thread about one possible way to repair the battery connector if you rip it off the board. Not an easy repair but some great information on where the connectors pins go to The Brown connector broken. See @Wolfson reply

    Peter Newman - Antwoord

    Use the pointed tip of a black spudger to hold down the white part of this connector. Then use angled/offset tweezers to pop up the brown part to release the cable. when reassembling use the black spudger or your finger to pop it back down. Give the slightest tug and make sure you get some resistance to ensure a good connection. Do not

    SEAN Tanton - Antwoord

    You don’t need to pull up this switch! you can just gently pull and the cable will come out anyway, and go back in with a little pressure, in my opinion its not worth it when you can easily break the brown clip.

    Jacob Morris - Antwoord

    If you notice in the picture right next to the brown connector is a blue looking support, its has several angles to it. I used a very small surgical hemostat and removed that piece. On my device it was gray in color. I came out very easily, i just pulled straight up. It gave me a little more wiggle room, also, I did use both that hemostat and a very tiny flat edge screwdriver to pull up on that connector.

    And again...... Thank You IFixit !!!! my Ipod is back up and running perfectly

    Jeffrey A Roso (aka JaR)

    Jeffrey - Antwoord

  7. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 7, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • You should now have one orange ribbon cable still attaching the front case to the back.

    • At this point you are able to remove and replace the blue rubber bumpers, or continue with separating the case.

    • Separating the case is not necessary to complete battery replacement but may facilitate ease of replacement. It does require removing an extra cable at some risk of damage during removal.

    Am I the only one that got a battery from ifixit and the battery cable was not like the original and much shorter, the ribbon cable was rapped around the other side and about 3/4 inch shorter, and im not sure how to go about the rest of the steps... any advice would be a great help.

    speedisgood2004 - Antwoord

    Citaat van speedisgood2004:

    Am I the only one that got a battery from ifixit and the battery cable was not like the original and much shorter, the ribbon cable was rapped around the other side and about 3/4 inch shorter, and im not sure how to go about the rest of the steps... any advice would be a great help.

    oops, just realized you have to make the bends to the cable yourself and unravel the ribbon from how the batter comes shipped.

    speedisgood2004 - Antwoord

    the brown connector holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place broke off is that bad?

    ferny - Antwoord

    Citaat van ferny:

    the brown connector holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place broke off is that bad?

    that piece needs to be on their (on the motherboard) so the battery stays connected securely.

    iTronics Repair - Antwoord

    I followed all these steps to the letter, charged the new battery and all worked fine for about a day. Now I can't get the iPod to respond to anything. The screen is black, it won't charge, itunes doesn't realize it's plugged in. It is flat out dead and just won't respond to anything. Suggestions?

    Sue - Antwoord

    Citaat van Sue:

    I followed all these steps to the letter, charged the new battery and all worked fine for about a day. Now I can't get the iPod to respond to anything. The screen is black, it won't charge, itunes doesn't realize it's plugged in. It is flat out dead and just won't respond to anything. Suggestions?

    Mine is acting the same way. I first replaced the hard drive, then the screen, then the battery. Now all it does it says 'do not disconnect'. On my new laptop, it won't let itunes load and stops the o/s from starting if its connnected upon startup. Any ideas?

    terry cynright - Antwoord

    Exact same thing happened to me. I am trying to assure everything is connected right, but if that does not work I don't know what more I can do. Ideas anyone?

    nuskaonline -

    I wish I'd done some troubleshooting before I bought a new jack. I got this far in the manual and discovered the connector holding the second ribbon in place had popped open and the ribbon was loose. I reconnected it and problem solved!

    If it pops open it looks as if the connector is gone but it isn't. I put the ribbon back in place and gently swept the tool over the spot where the connector is and it went back into place.

    Oh well, I have an extra jack if I should ever need it in the future. I know others with the same kind of iPod so I might save the day for someone someday.

    RobertS - Antwoord

    Citaat van ferny:

    the brown connector holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place broke off is that bad?

    Pat - Antwoord

    Yes, breaking off the brown hold down lever on either connection is bad. With out that hold down lever the yellow strip that fits into that connection will be loose and cause a bad connection. Sorry

    Pat - Antwoord

    If just replacing the battery, you could skip steps 7,8, and 9.

    rsosbe - Antwoord

  8. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 8, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Lift up the hard drive to expose the headphone jack ribbon connector (indicated by the yellow box).

    • If the hard drive bumpers come loose, make sure to put them back with the notch as shown in the picture.

    In my opinion you could skip 7-9. I suppose the only reason to remove the other ribbon cable is to keep from doing it accidentally while pulling the battery off.

    dhughes19 - Antwoord

    I changed the battery yesterday and left out the steps 7 - 9. It's not really necessary to seperate front and back completety.

    So you can't break the brown tab. :-)

    cguenther - Antwoord

    I also think that step 7-9 can be skipped.

    my new battery is now charging :)

    serkaninan - Antwoord

    [quote|serkaninan]I also think that step 7-9 can be skipped.

    If changing the battery, yes, but not if changing the hard drive, as these instr are also a part of. The pic in 7b r.e. bumper tab orientation is very important.

    Lavatop - Antwoord

    I skipped these steps as well but because removing the battery can require some effort, I can see the need to include them. If there was a good way to attach the halves so they act as a single piece, that would be a good alternative to these steps.

    RJones - Antwoord

    This step (and Step 9) is not required to replace/upgrade the HDD!

    Bruno Laurent - Antwoord

    help:( when i separated the infamous clip i accidently dislodged the cable displayed in the yellow box any suggestions appreciated!

    Andrew Torregrossa - Antwoord

    By dislodged, do you mean that the cable slipped out of the connector— or that the cable broke? If it came out of the connector you will need some angled tweezers to flip the connector tab up and then slide the cable back under it, then snap the connector closed over it. If the cable broke, then you will need to get a replacement (I got mine on ebay).

    Lotus Flower -

  9. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 9, afbeelding 1 van 2 iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 9, afbeelding 2 van 2
    • With the iPod opening tool, gently lift the brown tab of the headphone ribbon cable connector. The tab will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable.

    • Using your fingers, pull out the headphone jack ribbon cable.

    Take great care in lifting this tiny brown tab. It is easy to break. Also, take extra great care when re-installing the cable and setting the tab back down on the cable. The cable slightly "sticks" in place before you place the tab back on it. I cannot stress how much gentleness is key with these miniscule tabs.

    euphoria - Antwoord

    Also to elaborate on euphoria's comment on the brown retaining clip, it does flip back to open, so do be very careful with this clip, but dont freak out when the clip flips back on itself, cause when i did it i thought i had snapped the clip in half... but turns out its fine. Hope this takes a little of the stress out of this delicate process.

    speedisgood2004 - Antwoord

    Be extra careful pulling up the battery. Mine was stuck down very firmly. Despite trying to be careful, I still managed to tear a ribbon cable.

    KFW - Antwoord

    Citaat van euphoria:

    Take great care in lifting this tiny brown tab. It is easy to break. Also, take extra great care when re-installing the cable and setting the tab back down on the cable. The cable slightly "sticks" in place before you place the tab back on it. I cannot stress how much gentleness is key with these miniscule tabs.

    Umm if the brown retaining clip breaks, is there anyway to fix it

    dreamer92 - Antwoord

    Is there anyway to get around breakin the tab to connect the headphone cable to the logic board or no

    Rob - Antwoord

    Citaat van dreamer92:

    Umm if the brown retaining clip breaks, is there anyway to fix it

    I didn't break the tab, but I did lose it. Anyway to replace this? Don't even know what it's called to search for it...

    tonyrufkahr - Antwoord

    Citaat van dreamer92:

    Umm if the brown retaining clip breaks, is there anyway to fix it

    I need to know if this is possible to purchase just the retaining clip that connects the battery to the top of the iPod (the delicate clip everyone is warning about).. Mine broke and on top of that i dropped it and lost it... Am i pretty much screwed?

    Richard T - Antwoord

    Yes, secure it with a piece of tape or glue.

    Pat - Antwoord

    I've seen a few comments regarding leaving the headphone ribbon cable attached thus making it unnecessary to lift the hard drive when replacing a battery. I just replaced the battery in my iPod Video 30GB and I started with the intention of not doing that. After going through the process, I'd recommend following the instructions as stated. Those ribbon cables can be fragile and not removing the headphone cable forces you to torque it around while trying to remove the battery, and plus it's difficult to maneuver around it. It's better to remove it so you have more room to work and less possibility of damaging it when the battery finally comes free.

    Burnnie Holliday - Antwoord

    This Step is very tricky!!!!

    How to detach is not very hard, but to put it back is a nightmare, please be careful. After spent 1hour fighting with this step I found myself a hard time dealing with a small little tiny golden ribbon, and desperately tried to put the ribbon back to origin. Eventually I successfully ended up this step by placed the ribbon underneath the lock and quickly threw the HD back to press the weight on the ribbon, so it won't be moved. Luckily, It works and Hope this is help u out of the dark, in case u have a same problem as mine.

    Piboon Thongtanyong - Antwoord

    This step (and Step 8) is not required to replace/upgrade the HDD!

    Bruno Laurent - Antwoord

  10. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement: stap 10, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • The front and back of the iPod should now be completely separated.

  11. iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement, Battery: stap 11, afbeelding 1 van 3 iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement, Battery: stap 11, afbeelding 2 van 3 iPod 5th Generation (Video) Battery Replacement, Battery: stap 11, afbeelding 3 van 3
    • Be careful not to damage any of the headphone or battery ribbon cables while performing this step.

    • Insert an iPod opening tool in between the metal case and battery at the location illustrated by the picture.

    • Gently wiggle the tool while pushing it further in between the battery and back case. The adhesive holding the battery should give, allowing the battery to be removed from the rear panel.

    when taking the battery out, be very careful because one of the bronze strips are sometimes connected to the battery due to the adhesive and will break very easily. Do not rip the battery out. Check if the bronze wire is still connected. If so just peel off gently.

    vinceho23 - Antwoord

    I did break the broze strip when I took out the battery. The glue is very sticky. I'm not sure what the effects are. the headphones are working the display is working. It seems to be ok.

    dem1cord - Antwoord

    great guide except the hold button ribbon was attached to the adhesive back of the battery and now the hold button doesn't work but the guide was fantastic

    jeremy - Antwoord

    I've managed to follow all the steps. But i had to improvise on tools as the ones supplied were pretty much useless as they both snapped incredibly quickly!!!

    Richard - Antwoord

    Great Guide except the battery bronze strip was slightly shorter than the original one, further more the bronze connector tip was a bit wider too and i had to trim it so it will fit on the connector. Have to say I was not very happy about that, but I finally got it to work!

    pierre0 - Antwoord

    My battery ribbon cable was not fully extended. Once fully extended, and the end bent to match the original, it fit just exactly right.

    larry -

    When removing the battery do not pry to the left of the battery (under the hold switch). Prying there will end up resulting in a torn yellow hold switch wire.

    Also be aware with the newer video iPods there is a ton of tape/adhesive it will be quite difficult to remove the battery... in the end you might end up ripping the hold switch wire anyway.

    FFPENGUIN - Antwoord

    Original battery adhesive was slightly stronger than I thought it would be...If you put the battery up to eye level, you should be able to see where the adhesive is attached to the battery and that should make it easier to remove. The bronze cable connected to the hold switch was stuck to the battery, so be careful about removing the battery...don't want to damage that cable.

    justincamblin - Antwoord

    Can u tell me the schematic of iPod battery? which is the plus, minus, and ground position of the battery? coz, i make my own custom battery and custom flexible wire too. i need a position of plus battery in flexible, are near with iPod side? or the other one? which one?


    donnie - Antwoord

    I repair medical electronics for a living, so I found this to be a rather simple installation. All the tips were great and I found the adhesive to not be much of a factor. Less than 5 minutes to complete the project. By the way, the bronze cables you are all talking about are called ribbon cables. Mine was the correct size and length. Thanks iFIXit!

    paulcbet - Antwoord

    duck soup!!! couple a few minutes, pau

    pilifm051 - Antwoord

    Ok I followed the guide to step 10. took out the original battery. Put the replacement battery in the spot where it goes. But now the Cables will not STICK. the Cable under the HD for the Audio port pops out with the slightest movement. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get it to stay. I've followed the Guide Backwards now and It always pops out. Also there is a teeny retainer clip for the Cable from the battery to the other side, HOW DO I get it back on???

    So the Problem is, Sure its a great all wonderful guide to show how to open an iPod but it doesn't help me to get it back together very well.

    lz4broc - Antwoord

    Citaat van lz4broc:

    Ok I followed the guide to step 10. took out the original battery. Put the replacement battery in the spot where it goes. But now the Cables will not STICK. the Cable under the HD for the Audio port pops out with the slightest movement. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get it to stay. I've followed the Guide Backwards now and It always pops out. Also there is a teeny retainer clip for the Cable from the battery to the other side, HOW DO I get it back on???

    So the Problem is, Sure its a great all wonderful guide to show how to open an iPod but it doesn't help me to get it back together very well.

    So here i have it... my iPod was working mostly except no battery charge. So I spend the cash to fix it myself. the Opening the case was the easy part. I swapped the batteries was easy... But Now I am at a loss and Cannot get it back together. I am afraid it will never Work again.

    lz4broc - Antwoord

    I've discovered something else... While the Replacement Battery w/ Ribbon Cable is the Same exact part number Model # 616-0232, As the Original battery in my 5th Gen 80GB Video iPod, the Replacement Battery's Ribbon Cable is a Tad Shorter, perhaps by a couple mm, therefore It is NOT the Same Length and I cannot plug it into the other side with the Retainer clip.

    How do I keep the Audio Ribbon Cable and HD Ribbon Cable from popping out as well? The clip flips down but does not lock.

    lz4broc - Antwoord

    I had to use a metal tool to unglue the battery cause the plastic sponger broke.

    Pierre Terrien - Antwoord

    I, too, broke the hold ribbon cable. I didn't read carefully enough and understand exactly where the cable was under the battery so I clipped it with the plastic tool, then finished tearing it when the battery finally came out.

    It would be helpful to identify the location of the hold cable under the battery - I didn't realize where it was located and that I would hit it as I tried to work the battery free. All the information is there in the step, but emphasis could be added.

    MEF - Antwoord

    Two aditional recommendations regarding this step:

    1) Going forward, if the ribbon cable for the hold switch is torn or damaged, the ipod should (and in my case did) continue to function, although with hold off at all times. If you do tear the cable and can wait, I recommend not reassembling before replacing the ribbon cable to avoid the risk of accidentally powering on the ipod while separating it for the cable replacement. I managed to use it for a while until the replacement cable arrived, but had to be very careful not to accidentally turn the unit on as the hold switch was no longer connected.

    2) When replacing the battery, it sits securely without the adhesive. When making the swap, I recommend not using the adhesive. My replacement came with a peel-off backing which I left intact. This makes future operations (like replacing the headphone jack and hold switch cable) much easier.

    MEF - Antwoord

    The replacement battery was slightly longer than the original. I was able to check the fit by standing the battery up perpendicular to the case; the long edge just barely fit. I had to trim some tape off the end and work the cardboard corner a bit. When laying the battery down into the case, I had to take care not to push on and break the plastic board and component to the left of the battery (according to photo orientation - opposite end from the hold switch).

    lutorrie - Antwoord

    I don't think the adhesive for the original battery overlapped with the bronze ribbon that was on the back plate. I did notice, however, that the adhesive on the replacement battery from ifixit runs across the entire surface and will make contact with the ribbon. I actually left a small bit of the adhesive paper on so the glue won't make contact and tear the ribbon in the event I have to replace it again. The only thing I'd note is that after closing up my ipod, the gap between the front/back plates seem just a smidge wider at the corner where the batter sits. I don't think the addition of the paper is at fault, but it must be the shape of the battery that's causing it. I don't expect the ipod to look perfect after going under the knife, but just something to look for when you're closing it up.

    John Chang - Antwoord

    In the battery removal procedure, do any of you think that the application of heat might help? I’m thinking that a hairdryer or heat gun might work to make it infinitely easier. I haven’t repaired my wife’s iPod 5.5 yet, so if there is no response I’m going to try applying heat if the battery doesn’t come loose with moderate effort. Does anyone think that applying (low) heat is a bad idea?

    Keith Keber - Antwoord

    Battery replacement ( and the top HOLD Switch / Earphone assembly too as Apple was kind enough to place an excess amount of adhesive under the old battery, so when removing it, the Flex Cable tore partially) all went well… However the Battery level Indicator does not accurately track the battery Level as the the level drops to Zero even though there is still at least 1-2 hours left… Tried resetting the iPod + Charge / Discharge Cycled numerous times…. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Marc - Antwoord

    Look carefully to be sure you have depressed the locks on the ribbon cables fully, they both will give you a little click you can feel more than hear. Nice kit and instructions, good job!

    Gerald McGeorge - Antwoord

    This was fantastic! I’m a girl geek. This is my 3rd iGadget battery I’ve purchased and replaced from ifixit. My darling beloved and very old iPod is charging now. Thanks for doing this guys!

    nancy carlson - Antwoord

    This was my second battery replacement and it went much better than first one - except the case was even tougher to open. The caution about the latch that holds the battery cable was clear to me this time, the latch definitely moved, but very little. I kept gently trying to raise it, then checking the battery cable to see if it was free, until the latch popped a bit. After that it was easy. Thanks!!!

    TC Curlee - Antwoord

    Anyone have two gray rubber square clips that fell out of the device? I can’t tell what they are and how to get them back in the iPod before I close it back up.. help!

    Tino Chavez - Antwoord


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

For optimal performance, calibrate your newly installed battery after completing this guide.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

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There could be some reassembly notes/warnings. Special battery disposal notes should be added as well.

RJones - Antwoord

Finally, maybe insert a new step to cover prepping the battery after Step 6.

RJones - Antwoord

Didn't take more than 20 minutes to do, this guide was perfect!

gatorfabgirl - Antwoord

BE CAREFUL prying the battery up off the back. There is a ribbon wire under there! You can see it, just look. No its not the battery ribbon, it for the lock switch. My got kinda jacked, but it seems to be fine :P Feeew.

Tom - Antwoord

a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig thnks to you ifixit my ipod got a new life thnx a lot

plague37 - Antwoord

I guess i wasn't careful i popped the wheel off. Wife is not going to be happy about this.

mcrider46 - Antwoord

Same here. But do be careful to keep the halves close to each other.

Pierre Terrien - Antwoord

I manage to placed the battery on my ipod, but one of the tools tip is broken. It's not rigid enough to handle the opening of the cover. But thanks for the help. Now my ipod is up and running. :)

Jesuslandingin - Antwoord

It works! It was hard to remove the battery though, my iPod is old and the battery was kinda swollen and the glue was strong. Be CAREFUL when removing the battery because there's the jack plug cable under it and you could damage it. Thanks Ifixit!

Alberto Zanotto - Antwoord

Thanks, iFixit. Superb guide, battery replaced in less than 10 minutes.

Javier - Antwoord

This guide was spot on. Replacing the battery took no more than 20 mins. Really happy to have my iPod back!

Alvaro - Antwoord

Easy fix. Just be careful when pulling the first ribbon cable. I had to use tweezers to push the part back down. Everything turned out great and Ipod is running good. Thanks Ifixit

zalittle - Antwoord

I've had my iPod video 30GB since it came out in 2005. It still worked and has been used in my car running off various head units over the years but the battery just wouldn't stay charged for long. It would last for a few hours but if you let it sit it would just die. This was a super easy way to give it new life. Worth every penny! =)

jayg2 - Antwoord

Thank you, thank you, thank you, iFixIt! I was able to replace the battery in my wife's 9-yr-old iPod Video. Believe it or not, the battery died only last year! iFixIt has been my source for repair of two Apple products now.

I do have a suggestion for the headphone connection part - make sure the ribbon is fully seated before the brown tab is closed. I didn't, and had only one channel, so I had to take it apart again. I used my trusty Swiss Army knife to open the case; the sturdy small blade worked well. After working on a friend's Macbook Pro, I knew to expect a sturdy case. As for the headphone connection, once the ribbon cable was properly seated, it stayed in place while I very very carefully pushed the brown tab until it sort of snapped into place. When I didn't have the ribbon properly seated, the tab didn't snap into place. Even with a magnifier, it's a tricky one!

Over all, I am impressed with iFixIt! Thanks again!!

Jim - Antwoord

Was really dubious about being able to change the battery myself but took a shot and it seems to be working. I agree that the little spudger thing is not sufficiently sturdy-it got frayed right away. I had better luck getting the cover off with a paint scraper which chewed up the plastic a bit but got the job done. I tried to keep both halves close together but the headphone jack ribbon slipped out, a screw fell out of nowhere, another little plastic bit fell out--I was sure this iPod would never work again--but it all went back together and then appeared to be dead but it turns out that the battery needs to charge and everything seems to be working. It's a miracle and I'm so impressed that I was able to do it.....even though it took me a LOT longer than twenty minutes. Thanks ifixit! Kim

winsors - Antwoord

Thought I was so smart replacing my own battery--I now get a message that the battery is fully charged but when I connect to the computer, iTunes does not come up and I get a message that the battery is very low. Does anyone know what I've done wrong? K

winsors - Antwoord

As many people have pointed out, in some cases, like mine, the hold switch ribbon will be glued to the battery. Be very careful when removing the battery, but fear not, if the ribbon is completely torn, like mine was, the iPod will function as if it doesn't have a hold button at all.

Nick Kaprielian - Antwoord

You guys rock! I just did it!

roundknight - Antwoord

Hi I have done all these steps and then i put the new battery back in the socket then the hard drive made a buzzing nose and thinking it was good to go i placed the back on it and then it stopped working.. any ideas on this??

Michelle - Antwoord

You should warn that you could brake the lcd taking it apart which happened to me by following these steps. Now I need a !@#$ screen.

Mark Henderson - Antwoord

Just wanted to thank you guys !!

I replaced my 5th Gen. 60GB iPod battery last night, actually took less than 20 minutes.

Your instructions were perfect, and your "spudger" tools made the job a breeze !

Also, thanks to all who commented here to be careful with the battery cable when first splitting the case open !

Yeah, I could see myself breaking that if I had no warning, thanks !

Before the battery replacement I was down to about an hour or two of play time between charges.

After a full charge last night, I ran the iPod for 8 hours at work, and it's still going here at home 4 hours later !

Thanks again, it's like getting a brand new iPod !

- Jay

jayosull - Antwoord

No problem whatsoever. Followed the guide (with the exception that I did not find it necessary, as noted, to remove speaker wire since I was only replacing the battery) and have now brought my 7 year old I-pod back to life! Very pleased as I much prefer the older (and yes bulkier) I-pod to the newer models. It suits my use very well. Thank you for making this available.

jlsherwood - Antwoord

With the putty knife, and after carefully reading the guidelines and the comments, it was easier than I thought. And it is working!

nunop001 - Antwoord


I replaced the battery and the battery works fine but there is no sound through headphones,although the sounds works when the iPod is connected to a Bose sound system.

Any suggestions on how to get sounds back?

kathryn - Antwoord

Great, my ipod is working again! I made some changes though which facilitated the removal of the orange battery ribbon cable from the brown latch (step 6). I actually cut the orange ribbon cable half an inch below the latch, which allowed me to open the ipod. This made it quite easy to lift up the brown latch and remove the cable due to better accessibility. I also changed the order when re-assembling: I first re-attached the ribbon cable of the new battery while the ipod was still open (as shown in the image of step 7) i.e. before placing the battery pack back in place., Once the cable was tight in the latch, I placed the metal back case of the ipod over the plastic front and at the same time pressed the new battery pack back in place onto the old adhesive. Made it much easier....

Simon - Antwoord

Great, my ipod is working again!!!

I made some changes though. I simply cut the orange battery ribbon cable in step 6 about 0.5 inch below the brown latch. Then I could open the ipod as shown in picture step 7, which made it easy to lift up the latch and remove the remaining ribbon cable (better accessibility). I also changed the order a little when re-assembling: first I re-inserted the new battery ribbon cable while the ipod was still open on the table, and only then turned the metal back case onto the plastic front and at the same time placed the battery pack back in place onto the old adhesive. This may also be helpful if no enough slack in the new battery ribbon cable.

Simon - Antwoord

I replaced the battery on an old ipod video 5th generation, which could not hold any charge. The new battery will hold a charge and play about seven songs, before stating that the battery is very low -- it goes from being completely full to saying it is low automatically, it doesn't show any transition. Because this is able to hold charge for a little bit, I'm wondering if the battery is defective or if I could have installed it wrong.

Danielle - Antwoord

Last step: connect the battery cable. Push the clip (known as the "brown connector latch") back down and then insert the battery cable.

Also, when taking it apart, you just want to pry the metal back off. I tried to undo the clips that you see in step 3 and broke almost all of 'em. I had the whole thing a part: the wheel fell apart, hard drive came out. I used tape on the outside of the clicker well to make sure it was lined up. Put everything else back. Seems to be working, haha.

johnbbuckner - Antwoord

This worked amazingly. Surprisingly not expensive and very easy to follow instructions. I am very Thankful to because I was unable to find a store in town that could do this and was very frustrated since I have years of music on this ipod. Thank you!

moltonmisc - Antwoord

It was easy to remove battery and u can buy extended life batterys on ebay that have 580mah and last twice the time for a 30gb ipod thats wat i did it was very easy to fix my ipod which i also bought on ebay for 16.99 the battery was only 2.99 and it was from new jersey

Mwant White - Antwoord

Nice guide, thanks a lot, but maybe you should add some steps how to actually replace the battery.

In my case, the retainer clips were brittle and little pieces of plastic simply broke off the clips. Now the front doesn't hold firmly onto the back, but I paid less than 50 Euros for a nearly 10 yr old iPod, so that little gap doesn't keep me from enjoying my music! :D

justinjanssen - Antwoord

Headphone ribbon cable was the most frustrating part to re assemble. That top be honest took the longest. The plastic repair kit is a bit flimsy, but over all VERY,Very satisfied. Great job ' Ifixit '. Will recommend you strongly

Gary Richards - Antwoord

Does the new replacement battery need to be charged before the ipod will work????

Gary Richards - Antwoord

The battery I got read having half charge, and the iPod powered right up when I hit the wheel. I went ahead and charged it anyway.

larry -

How about a put back together instruction set? I don't know what to do with the wrench?

Dan Birch - Antwoord

...replaced in less than 10 mins. I don't think it's as hard to take the two halves of the case apart as has been just takes a little dexterity and finger strength. The little plastic prybars get you started, but aren't really needed around the whole perimeter. A jeweler's loupe or other magnifier makes steps #6 and #9 a lot easier.

DAMON DRILL - Antwoord

Wow! Easiest iPod disassembly I've ever attempted. This guide is fantastic, and would give it a 10/10

Kyle - Antwoord

Being patient and meticulous is very important but, completing this project is very rewarding

Todd Reeves - Antwoord

Merci pour le tuto, après 9ans la batterie d'origine commençait à gonfler et ne tenait plus que 20min

pionpion - Antwoord

This guide was perfect. It was a piece of cake to replace this battery. Very simple repair. My 9 year old iPod is as good as new now.

mrwizard - Antwoord

I was in and out of the device within 30 minutes while taking pictures to tweet later. It would have only been 15 at most without pictures. This is my second time in this iPod (the first time to replace he HD with a SDXC adapter to up the capacity by >10x. Fun Fun. It went smooth as always, but the battery was a PAIN to remove since the adhesive was practically baked on. I broke one of my opening tools too this time. But my iFixit toolset is like 5 years old, but was worth every penny. Buy a prokit & you’ll use it all the time if you have a lot of electronics & friend who break their phones :).

mnoivad - Antwoord

I changed the old battery and the home button started to get really hot. I tried to turn on the iPod and a battery low warning appeared on the screen. I tried to charging the iPod and it freezes with the same warning in the screen. Does anybody knows what may cause this problem?

unalmavieja - Antwoord

I’m getting this same issue. I had the issue with the battery low warning, then attached it to a wall charger, not USB to computer. From this it booted up and was able to display a few songs. But after 5 min of charging the home button was extremely hot. My iPod was still apart, and it appears that the logic board on back, maybe the processor, was extremely hot as well. I disconnected and let it cool, but not it is not turning on. FWI, I tried the battery from ifixit and it didn’t work, and got these results with a battery from another provider. Any help with this issue? Battery source:

Alan Sulpizio -

When you say the case is difficult to open, you are not kidding! The actual battery replacement took about 3 minutes, compared to the 15-20 to get the case open. Thanks for the instructions. Very helpful!

Jeff Smith - Antwoord

Got a message to reset everything. Should I have to do a complete restore on the iPod just after changing a battery?

Lisa - Antwoord

This guide is for the 5th gen, my wife's ipod was a 5.5 gen "Late 2006 model") and so the direections did not work. However, the opening-the-case instructions are still relevant. I was able to work out the rest myself from there. Thanks for the guide!

rdewalt - Antwoord

My iPod has been dead for a long time, but I finally decided to repair it. The first step, I thought, should be the battery - and I was right...

There seemed to be a coating on the HD bumpers, the coating of the surfaces that were exposed that burned my fingers - I can only think of battery acid. It wasn't awful, and nothing looked damaged, yet, but I am replacing the back cover and a number of other components in order to be certain I don't run into further problems.

The short story is that my iPod started up for the first time in five years (I think it's five years) which is REALLY GREAT! Used the tweezers to pop up the battery cable connector, though - the plastic tool seemed too large/chunky.

Awesome guide! Thank you!!!!

Alison - Antwoord

Instructions helped tremendously. I have to admit though that better instructions are needed on how to undo the clips taking the face off. I broke a few of mine. When you go to remove the battery, you'll see another cable under the battery. Be sure to put the tool where shown to avoid it. If you hurt the other cable, you'll have to replace it also. You don't want to do that!

David Williams - Antwoord

I replacced battery and put everything back, this is what the screen says

any ideas?

Joseph Ufimtseff - Antwoord

Figured it out after looking through apple support: when Ipod is fully drained it will not start up for roughly 20 minutes, I left it plugged in and eventually it turned on

Joseph Ufimtseff -

Not used to repairing things so it took me twice as long as expected (40min). It was tricky opening the cover, partly because i didn't interpret the instructions well enough, "Gently glide the iPod opening tool on the top of the display", missed the GLIDING part. No problem removing the headphone and battery ribbons. Unexpected glitch when lifting the hard drive; two small plastic pieces fell out from the left and right side of the bottom of the ipod (where the charger is connected). At first I didn't realize where they came from but was able to figure that out and put them back.

Ipod is now charged and working. Instructions are very well detailed - thank you.

Viviana Diaz - Antwoord

Worked Great! And I'm a fraidy-cat newbie. 20 minutes was about right. I did bloody my thumb slightly with the tool, but very pleased with the results. Thanks so much!

JM Freds - Antwoord

took me 15 minutes to replace battery. hardest part is opening the case and then trying to see those small little connectors. But I did it! an old 30gb ipod video that was put away for years is back in service.

Daniel Spears - Antwoord

To share your knowledge in the way you do is to be highly commended - Thanks so much!!

simonhpainter - Antwoord

Great hep here! But, after replacing the battery and during charging, I heard the HDD clicking noise and then it says "Please wait, very low battery" and the cycle repeats again after whole night of charging! What's wrong??

TIP: before prying out the old battery, use a hair dryer to heat up the back of the metal plate so that the glue that stick the battery on will be soften and easy to pry off, but be careful of another ribbon cable just beneath it!

alex - Antwoord

The instruction is great, but the battery ifixit sells is very bad. The connector with the pins is shorter than the original, so the iPod won't start. So don't buy your battery here :)

albertsoundso - Antwoord

I checked with batteries plus and they wanted $70 just for the battery. I was VERY doubtful that ifixit was going to sell me a battery AND the prying tool for 15 but I figured what the !&&* and ordered it anyway. I was fully expecting to find only the tools.

In less than 15 minutes I had the new battery in and managed not to break anything. KUDOS to ifixit.

I would like a warning on the instruction NOT to pull the bottom off the top because I did pull the battery connector from the bottom part when taking the ipod apart. and the prying tool does not fit under the battery retention clip. but... now I'm just being picky.

Thank you to everyone there for restoring a little of faith in the free enterprise system. proving that you don't have to gauge people in order to make an honest buck.

IFIXIT will be my first stop from now on.


levingstone Sucasas - Antwoord

hardest part is getting the back off. otherwise it was very simple. be careful, small and delicate parts. great guide, read it before starting!

Raymond Sawyer - Antwoord

same problem after battery replacement;

"Please Wait

Very Low Battery"

That's the fault message I started getting after iPod sat in car couple days, then it would come to life after few minutes. It wouldn't hold a charge, typical scenario, full charge indication at first, then drops off quickly and shuts down. Eventually got fault message "Connect to computer and use iTunes to Restore". I knew the original battery was suspect, so started there. I too wondered about the condition of these "new" batteries, but tried anyway. Now I have the same problem reported by others here. noting seems to have changed after replacing battery. Wondering if a second fault occurred in addition to the original battery life issue. tried the device reset procedure, not change. Have not yet measured battery voltage on new battery. Researching the second fault message "Connect to computer and use iTunes to Restore" before revisiting the battery.


Mark Russo - Antwoord

Hi and Thank you

10 minutes to do yeah very good knowledge

amond - Antwoord

Hi! Replaced the battery with instructions and it was successful! My 5th gen 30gb video ipod powers on as normal! But there are now 2 unusual new issues:

1.) Click wheel is no longer responsive. I am able to hold Menu + Select in order to reset; but I cannot use the click wheel for any other reason. I can’t scroll, select anything, which means I cannot press Rewind + Select in order to run a diagnostic test. Previous to the battery replacement, I’d never had any issues with the click wheel.

2.) I cannot get the ipod to snap close on the side that has the headphone jack/hold ribbon. I’ve checked everything, I cannot get it to snap on one side.

Am I out of luck and need to now also replace the click wheel? Is it a larger issue like the logic board?

Cingee - Antwoord

Thanks for the good directions! Love have my old school iPod back in action.

John M - Antwoord

So I managed to replace the battery with the replacement one and it was working ok till it ran out of charge. Now it says very low battery and even when its plugged to the charger (both; wall and computer, even with different cables) can someone tell me what its causing the batteries to burn out?

Also, when charging it felt pretty hot! It won’t charge no more, doesn’t turn on! Used wall charger, usb to computer and used different cables!! I think I only used it once at work (with replacement battery, it lasted from first full charge till it died on me the following day)

I don’t want to buy another battery if it’s going to happen the same thing! Please help!!

Humberto Rios - Antwoord

Whats the actual Mah of this battery when viewed in the diagnostic mode ? Is this battery the same as ?

moobm - Antwoord

Excellent instructions! Took a bit longer than 20 minutes because the case is so difficult to pry open, but once it started to open, it was fairly easy to complete the rest of the steps. My iPod is currently charging and I hope to be enjoying my music again later tonight. Thanks for the great guide and pictures.

Dwight King - Antwoord

Installed everything as described in the tutorial. I did have one of the brown latch’s legs break off, but did manage to get it seated back in there with the ribbon attached. Getting nothing but “Please Wait. Very low battery.” I disconnected the battery ribbon to confirm that this message would come up if I hooked it up to a USB port and it did, but the ribbon feels very secure in the socket. Help?

Matthew Lilly - Antwoord

The video instructions were perfect and the tool kit that came with the new battery was excellent. What a great company. I now get to use the iPod for many more years.

Laurie A O'Brien - Antwoord

What a great tutorial - that pic of the retaining clips was especially helpful. Opening the iPod is 95% of the work when replacing the battery - the actual replacement is so easy, a 3rd grader could do it. Some words of advice for anyone attempting this project:

Plastic tools you may receive with your replacement battery will be useless. Buy a metal iPod opening tool, or find something small and thin around the house - a flathead screwdriver or metal cuticle pusher would work finely (the latter of which I used to open mine).

It’s easy to crack the front case when opening your iPod. I didn’t mind since my iPod is already so beat up, but unless you want unsightly cracks in your front panel, take care.

It’s also easy to bend the metal back casing. I bent it around the charging port and while the damage is negligible, it’s still something to watch out for.

Additionally, I feel that disconnecting the headphone cable is unnecessary. It’s very easy to work around, and doesn’t inhibit you from opening up the iPod fully.

Emily - Antwoord

After I snapped the case closed I saw two small rubber pieces left behind on the work surface! Looks like they surrounded the charging port. Should I crack the case again to install these?

Thomas Curlee - Antwoord

Thank you so much! The battery replacement went smoothly!

Chris Amson - Antwoord

Did It! Thank you very much. Viva La Right To Repair!

Neil McDonald - Antwoord

thanks for the great instructions! most surprising part was that i didn’t break the cheapo plastic tools. used a couple guitar picks too. and the tip of a metal blade to release the battery cable from the motherboard connector. i was fortunate that the case came apart without too much trouble and the old battery just took a few minutes of gentle rocking to come loose (and the audio cable below the battery was attached to the case and not the battery) … the cheapest offer i got from a pro to do the same job was $119, so i feel as though i should go out and celebrate … but all the bars and cafes are closed due to covid now. oh well. hang in there

steve - Antwoord

I just changed the battery and first everything seems fine, but my iPod won’t charge. What did I do wrong?

Carsten Wiezorek - Antwoord

Be VERY careful and inspect your NEW battery! Mine turned out to be 1.5 mm thicker than the iPod original and guess what, I tested it out with the iPod half open, everything worked great, it fully charged and maintained the charge and when I’m about to close the iPod again…real tight fit on the upper half, I pushed more and…display got cracked; it turns out some chinese replacement batteries are just a tiny bit thicker and thus the back cover wont close properly; DO NOT FORCE IT IF YOU NOTICE IT’S OFFERING RESISTANCE! instead take that thick battery out, compare it to the original and re-order the proper size if it wont fit within the space!

Juan Fonseca - Antwoord

This tutorial helped me a great deal. Most important was locating the case clips and making sure I was flipping the ribbon connector locks in the correct direction. The super close up photos were very important! (I changed the screen and the battery at the same time.)

Charlie - Antwoord

Battery went in easily, no problems. I followed the instructions on the battery calibration and charged it up full + 2 hours. I then used it, unit worked flawlessly until it turned off due to low battery. Now, it won’t boot up at all even when connected to the charger, the apple logo stays dim. Tried hard reset and boot into disk use mode, both do not work. Took it back apart, disconnected the battery and tried again. Screen came up saying very low battery and then apple screen dim and no boot. Same charger and cable have been used. I would suggest not doing the battery calibration as I think this did something to my unit and it does not work now.

Bill - Antwoord

great thanks! Maybe you add at step 3 that the aim is to get off the metal back part and not (sorry I assumed that) the plastic front. Thanks - my iPod has a second life now :-)

Herbert - Antwoord

Just broke the hold switch and the headphone jack but luckily I'm getting another iPod to attempt it on

Bailey Halifax - Antwoord

Great instructions! Successfully completed in about 20 minutes. A few notes: like others, I found the opening too is made of WAY too soft plastic. The sharp edge you need to separate the halves gets blunted almost immediately. It can still work, but the more times you need to insert it the less effective it is each time. Best results for not breaking the clips are to use the opening tool to pry the metal away from the front panel, but DON’T rock or twist it to pop the clips loose. Doesn’t work and blunts tool edge. Just pry away from center of device and then use a fingernail or other tool to lift the front away from the metal back. Without a little positive lift the clips won’t pop apart and stay separated. I also didn’t remove the headphone ribbon and I don’t know why you would. More work, more risk and no real benefit. Just be gentle to move the two halves of the case together once they’re separated if you need to change angles for grip, etc. Basically skip steps 8, 9, and 10. Voila!

Charles Perry - Antwoord

2006 ipod 60GB now operating as new. Hardest part was reattaching the orange battery cable - found a 2.5X magnifying lamp very useful to see what’s going on.

Brian Doyle - Antwoord

Great guide. Replacing the battery took no more than 20 mins. Really happy to have my iPod back! :)

Albert - Antwoord

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY on their repair kit if you have a 6th/7th gen iPod video (thin plastic frame instead of the thick one pictured in the review guide). The opening tool is too thick to fit in the gap between the plastic front frame and the back; you're going to need something else to open it. Wish I could leave this on the replacement kit product page, but for some reason, ifixit doesn't even know I ordered one of their replacement kits...

madmudgen - Antwoord

Thanks...... The instructions were spot on and had no trouble at all with this fix !!!!

Jeffrey - Antwoord

This was very straight forward. The photos and steps above were accurate and spot on. Took 20 minutes or less. Thanks!

Bill Cox - Antwoord

i lost the brown thing what else am i even supposed to do now??

Xayvion Burris - Antwoord

What can I use instead of the specially made toolkit to unlock the shell? Thank you, I will also buy the toolkit later but for now I cannot.

ishowconti - Antwoord

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