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Use this guide to replace the headphone jack on your iPod Touch.

  1. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement, Front Panel: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • The iPod Touch 4th Generation front panel is attached to the rear case by adhesive. The use of a heat gun to soften the adhesive is highly recommended.

    • With the heat gun set on "low", begin heating the lower portion of the Touch near the home button.

    • It is suggested to heat the desired portion in a circular motion pattern to evenly dissipate the amount of heat throughout the device.

  2. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Beware, as the Touch will be very hot. It may be helpful to hold it with a towel while prying.

    • Insert the edge of an iPod opening tool between the front glass panel and the plastic bezel near the home button.

    • Do not try to pry between the plastic bezel and the steel rear case.

    • Pry the bottom edge of the front panel upward, being careful not to bend the glass excessively.

    • If it is too difficult to pry up the front panel assembly, reheat it and try again.

  3. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • When there is enough room to grab the bottom edge of the front panel, lift it away from the body of the Touch to peel up the adhesive along its left and right edges.

    • If the adhesive is too difficult to separate, use a heat gun to soften it before proceeding.

  4. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Due to the construction of the 4th generation Touch, the digitizer cable cannot be disconnected until the logic board is removed. Use extreme caution when handling the front panel assembly, as it is attached to the rest of the Touch by the very delicate digitizer cable.

    • Also, the display data cable is very short and is connected to the logic board near the top of the front panel assembly. If it does not become disconnected while freeing the top edge of the front panel assembly, be sure to disconnect it with an iPod opening tool before rotating the front panel assembly out of the Touch.

    • Carefully pull the top of the front panel assembly away from the adhesive holding it to the Touch, minding the short digitizer cable connecting the two components.

  5. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following eight Phillips #00 screws:

    • One 3.5 mm Phillips screw

    • Two 3.0 mm Phillips screws

    • One 2.3 mm Phillips screw

    • One 2.4 mm Phillips screw

    • Three 2.0 mm Phillips screws

  6. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to pry the thin steel cover up from the rear-facing camera.

    • Note the small spring located near the bezel next to the camera (highlighted in yellow).

    • Remove the steel cover from the iPod.

  7. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the edge of an opening tool under the steel mid plate near the bottom left corner of the Touch.

    • Slowly pry upward to separate the plate from the adhesive securing it to the plastic inner case.

    • If the plate is still attached to the logic board, re-warm the area to loosen the adhesive, then slowly separate the plate from the logic board using the opening tool.

    • There is a thin, fragile ribbon cable underneath the plate. As you pry the plate up, be very careful not to rip the cable.

    • This cable may stick to the plate and will tear very easily if you're not careful. Work slowly and be careful not to strain the cable.

  8. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Slightly tilt the steel mid plane to dislodge it from the rear case.

    • Be careful not to tear the piece of copper tape connecting the rear-facing camera to the steel mid plane.

    • Lift the steel mid plane up off the rear case and peel off the piece of copper tape stuck to the rear-facing camera.

  9. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement, Headphone Jack: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use an iPod opening tool to pry the headphone jack connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  10. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 2.6 mm Phillips screw securing the headphone jack assembly to the rear case.

    • The screw is at a 90 degree angle. Make sure to remove it at such an angle.

  11. iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 iPod Touch 4th Generation Headphone Jack Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Use an iPod opening tool to gently lift the edge of the headphone jack nearest the battery out of its recess.

    • Remove the headphone jack from its housing within the rear case.

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

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BEFORE TO OPERATE, make sure that your headphone jack problem is not a clump of pocket dust stuck into it. It is hard to see so use a needle from which you curve the end a little bit. Make sure to empty it properly. Mine is like new.

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This Project was not hard if you are patient and sober. The guide is not so clear on reassembly. I RECOMMEND GETTING SOME SORT OF ADHESIVE FOR THE SCREEN when you replace anything on this Ipod. Most likely the previous adhesive will not be strong enough to hold it together, so rip it out and start over.

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