Apple iPod Classic 160GB Battery Replacement

This an unofficial guide to Apple iPod Classic 160GB Battery Replacement.   I am completing this tutorial with my old iPod.  I have had this iPod for about 6 years and the battery finally stopped holding a charge.  I know it is old but the classic is still around and this procedure is the same for the most part for all of them.   The major difference is that thicker is easier to open than the thin one’s.  I prefer the iPod Classic because of it’s hard drive size.  I have a huge music collection and the iPod Touches just will not cut it with my music collection.  Besides, when it comes to Apple products I never upgrade just to upgrade.  I love my iPhone and iPod, but they are over priced big time.  This is why I am going to fix this iPod until it will no longer function.  Before we begin, know that separating the front and back is the hardest part.  Hard is an understatement.  Let me find a better word, “rigorous” is the better word to describe the separation process.  Seriously, it will take way more time than changing out any part inside.  You will most likely mangle the back of your case, just be ready for it.  The plastic tools that are usually provided with parts or sold separately are absolutely pointless.  You will be lucky if they last you a minute.

WARNING:    Opening your iPod for any reason will void any and all warranties.

I lost my patience during opening and did mangle my case.  I was not too worried about it.  It is getting so old that I am probably going to be taking it apart more and more, so at least now it will be easier to take get into next time.  Now after about a hour or more you will have finally separated your case.  There is no easy way to do it so I did not feel that part needed to be covered.  Just find something thin enough to fit between the cover and back, then start prying.  Once the case starts to give be extra careful.  You can see in the first step how the battery is connected and you do not want to pull the connector out.  I have seen many videos on this and have to say there is never a very clear shot of the battery connector.  This is one of those situations when I prefer using pictures.

Apple iPod Classic 160GB Battery Replacement

STEPS:

1.  The spot where the battery connects is shown below.  Use tweezers to gently pull the connector up.  It does not take much force.
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2.  Once the battery is disconnected you still need to be careful with the pieces.  You may set them side by side, but keep the parts close.  As you can see the earphone jack is located on the back of your iPod and connected to the front.
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3.  The part with the blue phone around it is the hard drive.  Just gentle lift up and lay it back where you can let it rest.  You do not need to do this for a battery change.  I wanted to show you how the headphone jack connector is connected so you can better understand why you do not want to pull on it.
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4.  If you every need to replace the headphone jack see the connector.  There is a small flap on top that you have to carefully flip back, then the ribbon connector slides right out, horizontally.  I have indicated the flap in red.  It is very small.  I will be doing a tutorial on the headphone jack in the future.
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5.  The battery itself is just held into place with tape.  All you have to do is pull it out carefully.  You want to be careful because a lot of the headphone jack wiring is located underneath the battery.  Push your new battery in.  Bend the ribbon connector as it is in the picture.  This will make it easier to connect when you put it all back together.
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6.  How the battery connector looks from the inside of the iPod.
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7.  Lay the bottom half on top of the front at an angle and reconnect the battery as shown below.
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8.  Once your battery is connected, push it all back together and you are DONE!!!!  Charge it and ROCK ON!!

That was not so bad now was it?