How to Make a USB Cable for an iPod Touch

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How to Make a USB Cable for an iPod Touch
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If your iPod Touch USB cable doesn't work, one reason could be that the wires within the cable have snapped. A solution for this problem is to make your own iPod Touch USB cable, instead of purchasing one. Making your own iPod Touch USB cable is easy because you already have the connector from the broken cable that you can use for your new USB cable. You only need to do some rewiring to get things going again.

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Things you need

  • Standard USB cable
  • Scissors
  • Old iPod Touch USB cable

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  1. 1

    Cut the connector that does not connect to your computer off the standard USB cable. Use scissors to cut the connector off the cable.

  2. 2

    Cut the connector that connects to the iPod Touch on your broken iPod Touch USB cable. Cut the connector off with one inch or more of cable still on the connector.

  3. 3

    Strip the standard USB cable with a wire stripper or with the scissors. Strip one inch of the cable. Inside the cable are five wires: green, red, white, black and unprotected.

  4. 4

    Strip the iPod Touch connector in the same way that you stripped the USB cable.

  5. 5

    Strip each of the four protected wires from both the USB cable and the iPod Touch connector. Strip ½ inch in the same way that you stripped the previous items.

  6. 6

    Pinch two wires from the connector and the USB cable, and then twist them in a clockwise direction to wrap the wires together. Wrap the red wire to the red wire, the green wire to the green wire, the white wire to the white wire, the black wire to the black wire, and the unprotected wire to the unprotected wire.

  7. 7

    Cover each individually wrapped wire with electrical tape.

  8. 8

    Cover all of the wires with electrical tape.

  9. 9

    Plug your iPod Touch to your computer with the iPod Touch USB cable you just made.

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