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How to Change the Battery Out of an Apple iPod From 2004

by Contributing Writer
  • Overview

    The iPod Touch, iPod Nano and ipod Shuffle are just a few examples of the many different iPod models on the market today. Along with these newer models, people still purchase and use older models like the iPod 4G which was released in 2004. So if you own an iPod 4G and are feeling a little left out due to all the other iPods on the market, you don't have to worry. It's just as easy to find an replace parts on older-model iPods as it is on the newer ones. So if you need to change the battery on your 4G you can do it yourself.
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  • Step 1

    Insert the tip of your case opener tool in the seam between the front half of the iPod and the back panel. A case opener tool can be purchased from any electronics store.
  • Step 2

    Work your way around the sides of the iPod until the two halves separate. Move the back panel to the side as you will not need it, but be careful because it is still connected to the front half via a short ribbon cable.
  • Step 3

    Lift the hard drive out of the front housing of the iPod. Be careful as this too is connected via a ribbon cable. The rectangular battery will now be exposed under the hard drive. It is sitting on top of the green motherboard.
  • Step 4

    Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the single screw located in the bottom right corner of the motherboard. This screw holds the battery in place.
  • Step 5

    Remove the old battery and replace it with a new one (available from your Apple retailer or online) and reassemble your iPod in the reverse order you took it apart.
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  • Case opener tool
  • Phillips screwdriver

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