How to Fix an iPod Touch Screen

By Contributing Writer

Sometimes when you're using your iPod Touch, the unexpected happens and you drop it. When it hits the ground, the screen cracks and suddenly you realize that your favorite gadget is busted. You need not worry. While it would be easier to send the iPod Touch back to Apple to get it replaced, the cheaper and more economical route would be to do it yourself. Here's how.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod Opening Tool
  • Philips head screw driver

Removing the Old Screen

Step 1

Press the iPod opening tool against the slight gap between the two halves of the iPod so you are almost pulling them apart. Slide the tool around the entire iPod until you are able to pull the two pieces apart. Take the chrome back and set it aside.

Step 2

Pull the battery carefully away from the other components. This requires a careful hand because Apple adds a considerable amount of glue to ensure it stays in place; therefore, pulling it too hard could damage the cables that are inside the iPod Touch.

Step 3

Unscrew the four screws that are holding the logic board in place. Be very careful here because this is the life of the iPod. If this is damaged, everything you have is lost. Once the screws have been removed, carefully pull it away.

Step 4

Unscrew the screws that are all around the LCD. There are 16 of them and they are tiny. Because of this, it is important to keep them safe so you can put them back with ease.

Step 5

Pry away the ribbon that connects the old LCD to the iPod using the tool you used to open the iPod. Slide the LCD out and make sure to keep an eye on the home button because it will fall out now that the LCD is no longer there to support it. While you can buy a new LCD, it doesn't come with a new home button, so if you lose this, you're out of luck.

Putting the New Screen In

Step 1

Slide the new screen in while holding the home button in place, and with the iFixit tool, place the ribbon back into its socket. This will keep everything, especially the home button, secure.

Step 2

Screw all the screws back into their place. Ensure every one is placed in there so you don't have any missing gaps.

Step 3

Put the logic board into place and then screw the four screws in for that. Once again, be careful here because this is where everything is stored for your iPod Touch.

Step 4

Place the battery back into place, plug the ribbon into it so the power flows through the entire iPod again.

Step 5

Put the back on it, press it tightly and then turn it on. If the new screen lights up, shows all your applications and then music plays, the installation has been a success. If not, you might have damaged the logic board.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful. You are dealing with very fragile components, and if you are too rough, you could damage the entire iPod permanently.