The shiny rear half of your iPod case.

  1. iPod Nano 3rd Generation Rear Panel Replacement, Rear Panel: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Please be aware that removing the rear panel from the back of the iPod will cause considerable damage to the rear panel. We highly recommend purchasing an additional rear panel to properly reassemble the iPod.

    • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position.

    I found removing the back to be very difficult and had to use a mini screwdriver to complete it. While removing the back to replace the clickwheel, I not only destroyed the back, I inadvertently mangled the video cable and so I then had to replace that too.

    gruntso - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  2. iPod Nano 3rd Generation Rear Panel Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • The rear panel is secured to the front case by eight clips permanently attached to the rear panel. These clips lock onto small tabs machined into the front case.

    • To free the tabs, they must be pushed toward the center of the Nano. Note the location of all tabs on the rear panel. When using an iPod opening tool to free the rear panel, be sure to work the tool at the location of these clips.

    • To aid in visualization, the two clips boxed in red are located closest to the headphone jack.

    i don't know what genoration my ipod is...but it looks exactly like that on and it doesnt have the clips......what do i do?

    lydija mizell - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Try that first to find what you have

    Kevin Bhasi -

    Given the inherited risks of damaging the components, it would also be important to mention that the area where there are no clips is where the flat cable to the screen resides. So NO deep sticking tools in that area. It’s attractive to do because at that right side the back panel is intruded the easiest way - but dont do it.

    frederik boersma - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  3. iPod Nano 3rd Generation Rear Panel Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 2 iPod Nano 3rd Generation Rear Panel Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Opening the iPod can be challenging. Don't get discouraged if it takes you a few tries before the iPod is opened.

    • Insert the large iPod opening tool into the seam between the front case and rear panel of the iPod, above the dock connector. The tool's edge should point toward the rear panel to prevent any accidental scratching of the anodized aluminum front case.

    I don't have a gap big enough to put anything in it what do I do?

    Jayden Gamble - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  4. iPod Nano 3rd Generation Rear Panel Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Insert a small iPod opening tool into the seam on the headphone jack side of the Nano, with the edge of the tool pointing toward the rear panel.

    • Gently enlarge the existing gap by pressing/wiggling the small iPod opening tool into the gap near each of the the two tabs attached to the rear case, pushing the clips toward the center of the Nano until both have been freed.

    the tool i bought because you suggested it to me got inevitably broken like it was butter made, thanks

    Daniele Ciriello - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    This is virtually impossible! I have already cut myself when the stupid tool slipped trying to push in on the clips. Why on earth would anyone design something to impossible to open when they know the battery would need to be replaced at some point?

    Virginia VeDepo - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Forget the iFixit plastic tools. You need to use steel on steel. I used a heavy duty engravers knife I happened to have, to get it started. Then, a fine chisel and jeweler’s screwdrivers and LOTS of force to pry it off. I messed up the aluminum front case a bit, but I cleaned that up with sandpaper. The back case was bent a bit, but I straightened that, and after replacing the battery I fastened it back on with black electricians tape. It looks quite well, and good enough for me. I will cancel my order for a replacement back. Joe M 2/3/2018

    Joseph Mensch - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Garbage tutorial, this step was probably scribbled down in 2 minutes off the top of someone’s head for real.

    ᅚᅚMauxie - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    i never needed the large tool i just needed i little flat head screwdriver

    Jaxon Smith - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  5. iPod Nano 3rd Generation Rear Panel Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 iPod Nano 3rd Generation Rear Panel Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • The large iPod opening tool is no longer needed to gain access to the left side of the iPod.

    • Repeat the same procedure listed in the previous step to free the three clips along the hold switch side of the Nano.

    this part is really tough - stuck here

    Mark - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  6. iPod Nano 3rd Generation Rear Panel Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Insert an iPod opening tool into the gap near the top left corner of the Nano and work to free the three clips along the top edge of the rear panel.

    • After ensuring all tabs are free, separate the two halves of the iPod.

    • The rear panel is now free from the iPod.

    i gotta say this is some of the worst prying I’ve ever done on a delicate electronic piece. Even with three sides off, that last top wouldn’t budge. I had to ram a thin alumninum tool in there and bend the top lip and it still wouldn’t move.

    Mark - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


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


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its just a third-gen ipod nano they all have the same design

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