How Do I Change My 4th Generation iPod Battery?

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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The battery in a 4th generation iPod may provide for more power than previous models, but it will still decrease in strength over time. Changing the iPod battery for a replacement will let you use the iPod for longer periods of time between recharging. The iPod will have to be opened and the original battery will have to be removed and replaced with an iPod battery from an iPod supply store. The procedure does not require altering any electronic parts and can be completed within an hour.

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Things you need

  • Soft cloth
  • Utility knife
  • Phillips jeweller's screwdriver
  • Tweezers
  • iPod replacement battery

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  1. 1

    Put a soft cloth down on a table. Slide the iPod lock at the top so that the orange strip is revealed. Put the iPod down on the soft cloth with the LCD screen facing up.

  2. 2

    Insert the utility knife into the seam between the white front of the iPod and the back case. Slide the utility knife down the side of the iPod to release the clips. Repeat this procedure on the other side of the iPod. Repeat this procedure on the bottom of the iPod. Lift the front case of the iPod off of the bottom case. Put the front case down on the soft cloth with the electronic components facing up.

  3. 3

    Lift up on the protective shield lying inside of the front case. Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the single screw at the bottom of the front case at the right side just below the metal hard drive.

  4. 4

    Remove the battery cable at the side of the battery by pulling it off from inside the front case with the tweezers. Wiggle the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver beneath the battery to pop it up off the front case. Remove the battery and dispose of it properly.

  5. 5

    Insert the battery cable from the replacement battery into the contact on the front case. Place the replacement battery into position inside of the front case. Reattach the screw by the side of the metal hard drive. Push the protective shield back down onto the front case. Reattach the front case to the back case.

Tips and warnings

  • An iPod case opening tool can be purchased if you don't want to use a utility knife.
  • Opening the iPod will void any warranty that might be in place.

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