How to Install and Reset an Apple iPod Battery

by Jeff Grundy

The rechargeable battery inside an Apple iPod generally lasts several years, but like all batteries, it will eventually wear out. In some cases, you can extend the life of your battery by resetting the monitoring application and charging/discharging the battery more efficiently. To replace a worn out battery when your iPod is no longer under warranty, as of publication, Apple charges a minimum of $50 for a replacement. However, with a few simple tools you can install a new iPod battery yourself for less than $20.

Reset Battery Monitor

1

Connect the iPod to the charger, and then let the iPod charge until the battery is full.

2

Power on the iPod, select any song, and then begin playing it as you normally would.

3

Set the song to repeat continuously. On an iPod Touch, tap the album cover on the screen, and then tap the button with the two arrows. On an iPod Nano, press "Settings," select "Repeat," and then press the center button until the screen reads "One." Allow the song to repeat until the battery drains completely.

4

Charge the iPod fully again. Turn on the iPod, and then repeat the process of playing music until the battery drains completely.

5

Charge the iPod fully one more time. After you charge the iPod for the third time, the battery monitor display the battery charge level correctly.

Install iPod Touch Battery

1

Power off the iPod Touch. Insert a putty knife, wedge or awl in the crevice between the rear chassis cover and the front bezel. Insert the tool in the crevice near the top of the screen. While working your away around the edges of the screen, use the tool to gently pry away the rear chassis cover from the bezel and screen until all of the clips disengage. After you disengage all the clips, remove the front bezel from the chassis.

2

Remove the single Phillips screw in the top left-hand corner of the iPod chassis. Use a plastic putty knife, wedge or awl to pry up the bottom edge of the LCD gently. Rotate the LCD screen upward until you can reach the metal bracket beneath.

3

Remove the seven Phillips screws that secure the metal bracket to the rear chassis cover. Lay the metal bracket on the side of the iPod. The battery attaches to the underside of the metal bracket, but connects to the circuit board with a ribbon cable you must disconnect before you can remove the bracket completely.

4

Remove the yellow tape that covers the LCD cable, disconnect the LCD ribbon cable from the circuit board, and then remove the LCD from the iPod.

5

Disconnect the ribbon cable that runs from the battery to the circuit board. Use the awl, knife or wedge to pry away the battery from the metal bracket.

6

Align the new battery on the metal bracket, and then push down firmly. Press down on the battery until the glue on the bracket attaches to the battery securely. Connect the ribbon cable from the battery to the iPod circuit board.

7

Reassemble the iPod by reversing the order of the steps you used to take apart the device. Charge the new battery fully, and then use your iPod Touch as you normally would.

Install iPod Nano Battery

1

Power off the iPod Nano and place it on a flat surface. Plug in the heat gun, turn it on, and then allow it to heat up for a minute or two.

2

Blow hot air over the surface of the iPod Nano for three to five minutes to soften the adhesive that secures the display to the rear shell.

3

Insert a plastic awl or wedge in the gap between the display and the shell. Work your way around the display slowly and pry it up from the rear shell. Insert the awl or wedge on the right edge of the display and lift upward. Rotate the display screen to the left so that it opens like a book.

4

Remove the two Phillips screws from the metal frame inside the iPod Nano shell, and then remove the metal frame from the Nano.

5

Use the awl or wedge to disconnect the LCD and digitizer cables from the logic board, and then remove the display from the iPod Nano.

6

Lift up on the battery and remove it from the shell. Pry up on the headphone jack cable to disconnect it from the logic board, and then remove the single Phillips screw from the logic board with the screwdriver.

7

Remove the black tape from the logic board, and then remove the logic board from the shell. Disconnect the old battery from the logic rear side of the logic board, and then connect the new one.

8

Insert the logic board back into the shell, secure it with the Phillips screw and black tape, reconnect the headphone jack, and then realign the battery in the shell.

9

Reassemble the iPod Nano by reversing the steps you used to take it apart. Allow the new battery to charge fully, and then use the iPod Nano as you normally would.

Tip

  • check Use plastic tools to avoid marring the iPod case when removing the screen.

Warnings

  • close Replacing the battery yourself voids any remaining Apple warranty you may have on your iPod.
  • close Information in this article applies to the fifth-generation iPod Touch and seventh-generation iPod Nano models. It may vary slightly or considerably for other models.

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About the Author

Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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