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  1. iPod 3rd Generation Battery Replacement, Case: Schritt 1, Bild 1 von 1
    • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.

    Note that the lock will move out of position again easily once you have the case open (when disengaged from the internal switch). That being said, you will want to keep this little switch in mind even beyond making sure the lock is in the right place, as the little plastic tab that is the switch is extremely small and fragile. I ended up breaking mine off somehow while trying to get the case closed. It is small enough that I never felt it break; I finally got the iPod back together and found that the lock switch didn’t work. I was able to re-open it and use a pick tool to unlock what was left of the switch, so my iPod works, but no longer locks. I’m happy to have a working battery anyhow, but I’d have been happier yet to have completed the repair without breaking anything - be careful with this little switch.

    Joe Sutton - Antwort

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    • Insert an opening pick as far as possible into the seam between the plastic front and the metal rear panel, on the right edge of the iPod.

    • You may need to rock the pick back and forth to slide it in farther.

    • Use the opening pick to pry up against the plastic front panel and release five retaining tabs (seen in the third photo).

    • Slide the pick along the edge of the iPod and continue prying to release the rest of the retaining tabs.

    • After all five tabs along the right side are free, the case should open easily.

    Is that wide opening pick shown in the photo available? Or should I be able to get my iPod 3G open with just the narrow opening tool? So far I’ve been unsuccessful.

    David Troup - Antwort

    Hi David, an opening tool can definitely work, but we’ve found that the opening picks tend to be a bit easier. You can find those in our store. The clips are definitely really tough and, like Matthew mentioned, using multiple picks might help. Getting the pick in the seam is the hardest part, then once it’s in you should be able to work it in farther, or add another pick to eventually release the clips.

    Adam O'Camb -

    I had to use about 10 guitar picks. The case “clips” are amazingly tight. I’d get one in just barely, then I’d add another in the now-opened slot. Then another. I’d space them about 1 or 1.5cm apart on two sides. Work into a corner and it will release. (I’m going on memory. I bought packs of the cheapest guitar picks. I have both thin and medium. I think I used medium, but I can’t remember.)

    Matthew Robbins - Antwort

    so much easier to open with an xacto blade and handle. the blade has a more defined edge that helps to move the plastic front cover. then a pick can help do the rest.only took 2 mins. using xacto blade and handle

    dennis fowler - Antwort

    also not mentioned is reattachment of hard drive plug to board . not a normal plug as the others.need to be sure it is attached before closing up ipod. replacement battery was thicker than origional and allowed hd to not sit level

    dennis fowler - Antwort

    I had success holding the iPod im my hand, pushing the plastic with the thumb while pushing on the metal body from the other side. This opened a gap between the parts, where I could insert the pick.

    Jakob - Antwort

    After trying fruitlessly with a variety of plastic tools, I remembered I owned an iSesamo. Got in in 20 seconds.

    Alison Scott - Antwort

    I second the idea of using an Exacto handle with a flat chisel blade to start the opening on the right side. Then I could insert the pick and work it around to undo all the clips. I could get a lot more purchase on the edge and make a gap for the pick. It took some pressure as it’s been 20 years since this unit was built, an iPod Special U2 black edition.

    David Wilcox - Antwort

    As others noted, it’s darn near impossible to get a pick into the seam to get started opening the case. I finally got mine by pressing up on the back of the case, which causes the side of the back piece to angle out a bit and allowed me to get the pick that came with the replacement battery in. Once I finally got that far, it was fairly easy to slide the pick up and down the side of the case to pop free each of the clips. I scubbed up the edge of mine a bit before I figured this out, and those efforts didn’t help, so maybe avoid that. (I didn’t have an Exacto like others have suggested, but having done this, I can see how that might work well also, if you are careful about it)

    Joe Sutton - Antwort

    This tool worked great! iFixit Opening Tool

    I could push the plastic top part back enough to get the pick in.

    Brenna Rentmeester - Antwort

    Two guitar picks did the trick – as soon as the edge of the first pick goes into the gap, twist it more upright; the next pick can then be slid into the opening and the rest of the case opens up easily. One warning: be very careful near the charging port – there’s a delicate plastic trim around the opening in the metal case and I accidentally cut through the trim with the edge of a pick. The trim is attached to the case with two screws so I removed it before repairing it with superglue. This worked well and the trim screwed back in very easily.

    Ian - Antwort

    Get the plectrum in at the charging port where the metal is thinnest, then move left/right and around the first corner, keeping it tightly in the seam. Once around the corner, it begins to ‘pop’ open. Do the same for the other corner and it will open right up.

    Matt - Antwort

    Turn the iPod upside down and squeeze (push the white plastic in while squeezing). You will hear a click, creating a gap to insert the pick. You're welcome. :)


    TONIA PROUTY - Antwort

  3. iPod 3rd Generation Battery Replacement: Schritt 3, Bild 1 von 1
    • The iPod case is now open, but don't separate the two halves just yet. There is still an orange ribbon cable connecting the headphone jack to the logic board.

    • Open the case like a book with the dock connector at the top, and lay the rear panel next to the front half of the iPod.

    Remember to fold the backplate up the correct direction, otherwise you might break this cable.

    iTronics Repair - Antwort

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    • Use a plastic tool or your fingernails to carefully disconnect the orange headphone jack cable. Be sure to pull straight up on the connector, not the cable itself.

    • The headphone jack connector is unusually tall. When prying, be careful to not separate the lower, plastic part of the connector from the ribbon cable. Pry between the connector and the socket, not between the two halves of the connector.

    Be more than careful with the headphone jack, because I thought I was until I broke mine (I still don't figure how I did this). Those are hard to find after and if you do, it may cost you something around 20-30$

    Tristan Gauvreau - Antwort

    Yeah, I just did the same. Oops.

    Alex Robinson -

    Yikes - yes, be SUPER careful - just damaged mine too (snapped some of the soldered connections between ribbon and plug). I only use my iPod with a dock in my car, so hoping I will get away with this.

    Russell Coleridge - Antwort

    Arrgh...I should have paid closer attention the red warnings above. I ended up pushing up on the ribbon part rather than the actual socket. Thereby completing separating the connector from the ribbon cable. I got way too excited when I finally got the case loose after an hour of trying that I rushed through this part. Now I have to see if I can replace this part.

    Eric Schenkel - Antwort

    Blech - despite these thoughtful warnings I snapped that plug right off the ribbon! So please, be careful. I found a replacement headphone jack (used) on eBay for 20 bucks. What a not-fun way to spend 20 bucks!

    Matt Michael - Antwort

    Yep - did the same. Bugger. Is it possible to carefully fix? Solder or glue or are there replacement parts? I do actually have another iPod but I was hoping to end up with two working versions rather than one just for parts.

    Greg J Mason - Antwort

    Well, that reminds me to view the comments first before attempting any of the repair steps. Did the same thing. iFixit should put that suggestion at the top of every repair guide. “Review Comments First, Save $20”.

    John Lillywhite - Antwort

    Yep, that’s me buggered too.

    Alistair Hay - Antwort

    Same thing happened to me. I was extra careful. Now what?

    Clayton Adams - Antwort

    I don’t think it’s repairable. I bought one for $20-30 off ebay and cannibalized the ribbon cable.

    kb9rhe - Antwort

    This step appears to be optional for a battery replacement - or, at least, I could not persuade the connector off the logic board without applying more force than I was prepared to given all these warnings. So I just carried on, and replaced the battery without ever removing the headphone jack connector.

    Alison Scott - Antwort

    You are correct, this step is not necessary for a battery replacement although it may give you more room to work with. In my opinion it’s not worth the risk of damaging the connector though, as you can just place the metal cover to the side like Rob said, leaving the connector attached and carefully folding the metal cover to the side like opening a book (although it may not lay perfectly parallel to the front case of the iPod).

    Bagel -

    Yep, the step should be place the metal back cover to the side without removing the connector, because you’re certain to break it, especially if this is the third time you’ve replaced the battery and you forgot to be careful the third time.

    Rob - Antwort

  5. iPod 3rd Generation Battery Replacement, Battery: Schritt 5, Bild 1 von 1
    • Lift up the hard drive with one hand and carefully disconnect the hard drive ribbon from the logic board.

    • Lift the hard drive out of the iPod.

    When re-installing drive cable, be sure it "clicks" into place - if not,

    your iPod will display a "missing folder" icon instead of working.

    It might be worth trying to replace the battery without completely

    removing the hard drive connection.

    Michael Pique - Antwort

    Also, when reassembling ensure the metallic tab/tape connecting the hard drive ribbon to the blue mounting bracket. As seen in step 6 is still on top of the mounting bracket.

    When I replaced my battery this bracket fell off of the hard drive. When reassembled the tab became folded down and was touching pins connecting the drive. As a result the iPod worked as a player but had difficulty charging, would not connect to iTunes or show as a mounted drive. After waiting along time it would be detected but would not work with iTunes. iTunes would report the iPod as corrupted or in recovery mode. Removing the tab/tape from the pins restored function.

    Dan - Antwort

    I was able to get the battery out without performing this step. My opinion: don’t remove parts you don’t have to.

    Nicholas Howe - Antwort

    I agree with Nicholas, the HD can stay at 45° angle sitting on the back of your hand, then there is enough space to remove the battery

    Sebastien CHAPUIS - Antwort

    IMHO (In Mikes Humble Opinion), reconnecting the drive proved to be very challenging, having fat fingers, and they get in the way of the light to see what I was doing, along with wearing bifocal glasses, which was also contributing factor. I worked under a lighted benchtop magnifier, with my glasses and with out, did not appear to make a significant difference.

    Just a thought,


    Mike - Antwort

  6. iPod 3rd Generation Battery Replacement: Schritt 6, Bild 1 von 1
    • Carefully disconnect the white battery connector from the logic board. Be sure to pull only on the connector itself and not on the cables.

    I managed to break this connector off the board. Waiting for the soldering iron to arrive.

    Cheryl Richards - Antwort

    IMHO (In Mikes Humble Opinion), when putting the wiring back under the board, place the wires in the correct orientation, which will make it easier to lay the wires flat and not pinch them, possibly breaking the actual wire.

    Just a thought,


    Mike - Antwort

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    • Removing the following screw isn't strictly necessary, but it will make the next step easier.

    • Remove the black T6 Torx screw from near the battery connector on the logic board.

    For me, this step was more important for reassembly. The new battery leads were thicker so I needed to lift the board a little (very little) to slide them under.

    Nicholas Howe - Antwort

    I did not have to do this step at all, just tucked the cables one by one following the corner shape

    Sebastien CHAPUIS - Antwort

    IMHO (In Mikes Humble Opinion), when putting the wiring back under the board, place the wires in the correct orientation, which will make it easier to lay the wires flat and not pinch them, possibly breaking the actual wire.

    Just a thought,


    Mike - Antwort

  8. iPod 3rd Generation Battery Replacement: Schritt 8, Bild 1 von 1
    • Carefully thread the battery cable around the end of the logic board. Be careful not to pull up on the logic board too much while freeing the battery cable.

    You can also use an Exacto knife to trim the case in the corner which will allow clearance for the wires between the PCB and the case.

    Michael - Antwort

    what is the lefthand thumb and first finger holding in Step 8 picture ?

    It fell out when I disassembled the iPod, and I don’t see where/how it goes back ?

    Charlie B

    Charlie - Antwort

    IMHO (In Mikes Humble Opinion), when putting the wiring back under the board, place the wires in the correct orientation, which will make it easier to lay the wires flat and not pinch them, possibly breaking the actual wire.

    Just a thought,


    Mike - Antwort

  9. iPod 3rd Generation Battery Replacement: Schritt 9, Bild 1 von 1
    • Lift the battery up and out of the iPod.

    When reassembling your iPod, be sure that the plastic hold switch mechanism is synced with the hold switch on the logic board. The switch on the board is a small black nub that sits in the slot on the hold switch mechanism.

    rfinlay - Antwort


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

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If you are real careful you don't have to remove the Torx screw to get the battery out.

beekersk8s - Antwort

I found this quite easy. The tools worked great. I agree with Andy, if you push the tool into the groove, then lift or pry it up so the tip of the tool is down inside the back cover, you should be able to slide it across to pop the clips quite easily. Once you get the first two sides open, it goes quick.

I also did this without having to remove the Torx screw. It helped to lift the battery up a bit to give the wires a little slack, and then just feed them around the corner of the motherboard. Putting the new battery in, I just fed the wires around the corner, and used the opening tool to push them the final bit of the way around the corner.

My old iPod is like new now! Hours and hours of battery life, when it would previously die after 5 minutes.

John Maher - Antwort

Changing the battery was simular to when I changed the HD in the same iPod. Quite easy. No need to remove the torx screw, Just be sure where the (lock) button (on the top) is when you close it, this time I didnt forget, as I did replacing the HD :)

Olafur - Antwort

I love iFixit!

I managed to bend the casing out when opening, but bent it back in shape after re-opening. The bend was small, but noticable. Worth reopening it.

One issue - the battery doesn't fully recharge in one go. I have to reconnect the iPod to get it to full charge.

Kit - Antwort

Very simple and clear guide. I managed to replace the battery in the first try and it worked!

I was able to do it without disconnecting the headphone jack and without removing the Torx screw.

I found the replacement battery to be a little thicker than the original battery but there was no issue resealing the case.

glzarifi - Antwort

It,s like one 2 3. no proplen att all ,but i have a question. please don,t get me wrong ,but the ipod is kind of hot. it,s that normal.

hippie337 - Antwort

Now my first iPod works like new. I had a lot of trouble coaxing the back off, and found it much easier just to run down one side. I ended up putting on heavy work gloves because the pry tool was hard to push in there. I also didn't find it necessary to remove the Torx screw. The leads on the replacement battery were thicker and longer than the original's, but no problem getting it to fit. My 20-something co-workers are impressed. "Is that the original iPod?" they asked. "Get off my lawn," I snapped.

Martin Frobisher - Antwort

Worked a treat! Loved bringing this bad boy back to life and finding 10 year old playlists! Thanks very much.

Per a couple of the tips in the comments, I found it easier to start prying open the case from one of the sides rather than the top. When disconnecting the headphone connection, you’re pulling out a little plug (the descriptions and comments are a little confusing about exactly which bit you’re separating). Also, I didn’t find it necessary to remove the hard drive (Step 8) - You can just lift it up when taking the battery out, without disconnecting it (one less step to risk).

macca2000 - Antwort

Wish you were more specific in how to remove the hard drive ribbon. I managed to pull up the connector. Goodbye iPod.

John John - Antwort

Great guide. I did not have to disconnect the hard drive, however I did have to remove the torx screw because the wires on the new battery were thicker than the original and wouldn’t slip between the motherboard and case. Now to find the Firewire charging cable…..

Frederick Sutor - Antwort

I was able to successfully replace the battery in my 3rd Gen iPod using the steps above with a new iFixit.com battery and it showed about 25% battery life after installation. I then connected my original iPod FireWire cable charger to the electrical outlet overnight and the iPod showed ‘Fully Charged’, but when I disconnected the FireWire cable it only showed about 50% and then the battery quickly decreased and lasted about 10 minutes. Subsequently I’ve tried several times to charge the battery with the supplier FireWire, but it quickly runs out within 5-10 minutes. Is this a defective battery or another issue?

George Vail - Antwort

I have the same problem. Were you ever able to find a fix?

Adam Krakowsky -

I had to work the guitar pick tool from the top of the ipod, but it got in eventually. the replacement battery had the same part number as the existing one, but the new one was just a little longer, fed it into the the space under the power connector. heres hoping this gets me some more playimt out of my 3rd gen

Graham Davenport - Antwort

Well, crap. I was trying to be extra careful to remove the headphone jack cable in Step 4, but one inadvertent slip with the pry tool, and exactly as described - the ribbon cable separated from its connector plug, plug still in the socket. The new battery works fine, the primary-use face controls work fine, but the headphone socket, remote jack, and hold switch are no longer functional. Not the end of the world, since its primary life now is “car iPod”, but still disappointing. BE EXTRA CAREFUL PULLING THE HEADPHONE JACK CABLE OUT! (My car has a USB jack, but while the iPod 3rd generation can send data/sound over the USB, it can’t charge over USB, so I have to bring it in to the house every so often to charge over a FireWire dock cable to a FireWire power brick.)

ehurtley - Antwort

This guide is awesome! Managed to get it done as a first-timer! Thank you!!

Allen Molina - Antwort

The instructions show trying to start the case separation from the corner. I found if you started the case in the middle of the side, the bottom flexed a bit and a pick or spudger could bet pushed in. Other than that the repair took less than 20 min. Thank you

queenieamerica - Antwort

Thanks a lot Ifixit. All works fine now yeahhhh ! :)

Alduenza - Antwort

Where can I find a battery for this mdoel ? :)

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