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iPod Touch 5th Generation Button Ribbon Cable Replacement

Remove the button ribbon cable from your iPod Touch 5th Generation.

The button ribbon cable connects the power/sleep button, volume buttons, LED flash, light sensor, and microphone to the logic board. If any one of these components fail, you'll have to replace the entire cable. Use this guide to do just that.

Schritt 1 Button Ribbon Cable  ¶ 

Remove the following screws securing the button ribbon cable to the rear case of the iPod:

Schritt 1 Button Ribbon Cable  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the button ribbon cable to the rear case of the iPod:

  • Two 2.0 mm #000 Phillips screws

  • Two 2.3 mm #000 Phillips screws

  • One 1.6 mm #000 Phillips screw

Schritt 2  ¶ 

Use tweezers to remove the small metal backing plate from the power switch section of the button ribbon cable. Use tweezers to remove the small metal backing plate from the power switch section of the button ribbon cable.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to remove the small metal backing plate from the power switch section of the button ribbon cable.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

Insert a plastic opening tool into the rear-facing camera frame and pry up against the rear case. Twist the plastic opening tool slightly counter-clockwise to pry the camera frame up from the rear case.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the rear-facing camera frame and pry up against the rear case.

  • Twist the plastic opening tool slightly counter-clockwise to pry the camera frame up from the rear case.

  • Only pry enough to lift the camera frame from the rear case; the rest of the cable is still adhered to the rear case and may break.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

The power/sleep button may fall out of the rear case and should be removed at this point. Use the closed tip of a pair of tweezers to push the power/sleep button into the rear case. Use tweezers to remove the power button from the iPod.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

  • The power/sleep button may fall out of the rear case and should be removed at this point.

  • Use the closed tip of a pair of tweezers to push the power/sleep button into the rear case.

  • Use tweezers to remove the power button from the iPod.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

Use a plastic opening tool to pry the microphone up from the rear case. Use a plastic opening tool to pry the microphone up from the rear case.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the microphone up from the rear case.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

Slide a plastic opening tool from right to left underneath the horizontal section of the cable, separating it from the adhesive securing it to the rear case. Slide a plastic opening tool from right to left underneath the horizontal section of the cable, separating it from the adhesive securing it to the rear case. Slide a plastic opening tool from right to left underneath the horizontal section of the cable, separating it from the adhesive securing it to the rear case.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

  • Slide a plastic opening tool from right to left underneath the horizontal section of the cable, separating it from the adhesive securing it to the rear case.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

Gently peel the rest of the cable up from the rear case. Remove the button ribbon cable from the iPod.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

  • Gently peel the rest of the cable up from the rear case.

  • Remove the button ribbon cable from the iPod.