Introduction: DIY Fix Broken IPod!

If you have a broken ipod , with a business card and five minutes it will be fixed!

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This is a common problem among many, many people that have a warranty that has expired.

Now you could just send it back to apple to get a new one, but if your warranty expired, like mine did, they wont give you a new one. You need to fix this pretty 350$ piece of apple!!

Instead of having a nice paperweight ( hopefully you didnt throw yours out) , you will need these with three things before starting:

1. a flathead screwdriver
2. a broken ipod and 5 minutes
3. a new and or old, but crisp, business card

p.s. No memory loss either, all songs, data, ect will still be on the iPod.

Step 1: Easy Does It

The first thing is to take the iPod apart.

This is not a big deal, there are little plastic holds around the iPod, and the flat head screwdriver will allow you to pry it open at the plastic parts.
(see pic)
Once completed, you can just snap the ipod back together so it looks exactly the same, just dont get too frustrated if it takes a few minutes to get the first clip.

Use a MICRO flat head screw driver. Go in from the side as shown in the demo, but to get it started angle the screwdriver down so that it slides in between the plastic and metal, then take a bigger sized micro screw driver to open it the rest of the way.

Step 2: Careful

When all the plastic parts are un-snapped ,
you can pull the ipod apart an inch or so , you only need to do one more step
Here is where this gets neat:

Fold the business card twice. So it is still springy.

Put the folder business card in the iPod on top of the blue sponge that is inside.

shut and snap the iPod back together.

So now it your iPod is back to normal, and all you needed was a folded business card!!

The blue sponge needed a little more pressure over time.

Hope you enjoy ! Digg to get maximum iPods fixed lol


Cobrax321 made it!(author)2016-11-22

Come home from working 13 hours on night shift and getting ready for bed to see something on facebook about iPods back in the day. Made me think about my old 5th gen classic and how out of nowhere it just stopped working. I was so upset and devastated. So my tired non human brain started to think at 7am, "hmm I wonder if I there's anything on the internet that can show me how to fix it?" Lmao and searching of different methods and ways on which I was gonna try for first then boom! I stumble across this crazy solution 2 hours later. I was like well, screw it I'm going for it! lol went and found my iPod and got the tools out and 10mins later here's my iPod working again!! Thank you so much!!! So much music on here I forgot about!! I can't thank you enough!! Seen in the comments that a guy said he owes you a beer.. I owe you two cases and a bottle! Lol thank you again!

bryceronie made it!(author)2016-11-22

You are very welcome !!!!

Make me smile and damn thanks would be sweet I live in PEI in Canada lol liquor here is so expensive !

DeenaK3 made it!(author)2016-09-05

Wow. That worked! So awesome. Only thing is that the screen is now a bit messed up. Has a smear on it, like something happened under the screen area. Any ideas?

svitrano made it!(author)2016-06-18

what about the older iPod that doesn't come apart on sides? how do I open this kind?

GorjanS made it!(author)2016-06-09

I had blank display only white. I thought my hard drive died for good this time, but you saved it !! I owe u a beer :)

WilliamG130 made it!(author)2016-06-05

fantastic ...was gutted when my ipod classic died.......its alive...its alive....its a miracle took me about a minute to fix thank you

besthacktricks9 made it!(author)2016-01-04

Backup N Recover your ipod Data And totally working post eanjoy more cool stuff.Thanks

KevinK50 made it!(author)2015-10-03

Thanks, this totally works with my girlfriend's iPod Photo 20GB (which will soon be upgraded).

But yeah it works 100%. Thanks A LOT !!!! <3

ipod photo 20gb maus.jpg
Calliopeya made it!(author)2015-07-21

Thank you soooo much for this!!

ReaX1 made it!(author)2015-05-21

Worked like a charm. Gave me my old Ipod back -- no longer have the computer it was linked to - have some great music on it. Now I can jam on my road trips again. Perfect time.

NeilB5 made it!(author)2015-02-24

:) holding both buttons worked thanks

BrendaGray32 made it!(author)2015-02-01

I have an iPod Touch 5th Generation that
was working fine one minute & the next it was off & wouldn't
turn back on. I was so upset, still trying to calm down actually. The
picture you have isn't the iPod that I have so, I went & typed "My
iPod touch 5th Generation won't turn on. What happened?" into Google
& one of the things it gave me was the Apple website. So,I clicked
on that & because of my question, it brought me right to the page
where people were posting the same questions a mine.

The solution:

a reboot by holding both the power and home buttons until the apple
logo appears. That often clears glitches.
That worked perfectly! Now, I
did try this, but apparently I did not hold it long enough. This was a
$300 life saver. Anyone who has an iPod touch 5th Generation know
exactly how this

I am glad that you have this website & that there are websites like yours on the internet. I don't know if this will help you because like I said--Your picture of the iPod is different from the one I have-- but if it does, great! I do hope that it will help other people, too!

dnjk27 made it!(author)2015-01-19

Glad I found this! I have an old ipod 5th generation that would not power on, or charge in spite of trying all of the standard solutions. I tried this fix and it is currently charging now!

fiddle-fart made it!(author)2009-03-27

whats an i-pod

THIS-ACCOUNT-IS-NOT-BEING-USED made it!(author)2014-01-08

An i-pod is a music player but the new one is like an iphone

Dekubaba94 made it!(author)2011-11-11

Go to and click the iPod button. Voila! Info galore.
Also, try a google search

cody777 made it!(author)2011-02-19

its a vegetable, like a p-pod

ReCreate made it!(author)2009-06-18

its this race of alien from mars

psyoper22 made it!(author)2010-10-08


fartnocker made it!(author)2010-04-05

 really... as small device you can put music and videos on and listen to everywhere. its also pocket sized

geekazoid made it!(author)2009-09-13

srry but wow..

coolrobot made it!(author)2009-07-08

it's a small device (different types like iPod nano,shuffle,iPod touch...) that allows you to put music on it and listen to it anywhere...

baughster made it!(author)2013-08-13

Thank You!! this just worked on my old ipod photo that has been sitting for years. I thought it needed a new hardrive but this did the trick. Thanks!!!

cjury made it!(author)2013-02-12

I had given up all hope on my iPod but I thought what the heck it sounds crazy but it might work.....and damn me it did work. 5 minutes and my iPod lives! Thanks guys.

picosoaaron made it!(author)2012-07-02

thank it worked but the button doesnt anymore

turbosnail+1 made it!(author)2012-04-30

just accidentally come across this site,ipod hasnt worked for5 years was looking to repair it,cant believeit actually worked .brilliant!! thanks. only prob i have now is my screen is blank,lights up but nothing shows. any ideas?

tommoho made it!(author)2012-03-19

Fantastic Fix! worked first time for ipod classic otherwise going towards the dustbin.

peetar_webster made it!(author)2012-02-20

i cant find the "blue sponge" on my ipod mini

xinav made it!(author)2011-12-17

After fighting with my grandson about my broken IPOD being fixed like this, (he thought I would break it) He finally took it apart, slipped in the card, snapped it back in place and when I plugged it in it went straight to my playlist, You are a genius!! Thx so much!! He said to be sure to tell you I cackled like a witch when it turned on.

ggardner7 made it!(author)2011-10-21

any one know how to fix ipod nano ?

Oi23 made it!(author)2011-09-17

Is this for fixing the Clicker Wheel? The circular thing on the front.

mearahrose made it!(author)2011-09-09

will this work on a new IPod that literally hit a hardwood floor and stopped working?

smurtagh3 made it!(author)2011-07-07

This didn't work for me :(

shar+shar made it!(author)2011-07-20

Try centering the card.

shar+shar made it!(author)2011-07-20

It worked! Apple wanted 160.00 to fix it and the repair shop wanted 90.00.
The business card was FREE!!

Thank you.

ejdugan made it!(author)2011-07-17

What was the original issue with your ipod?

schurchyard made it!(author)2011-07-13

I am literally over the moon with happiness - this worked!!!! my old, much beloved ipod has sat in a draw for years and my current ipod has just died and I thought 'what the hell I'll give it a go' THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!

slively made it!(author)2011-06-13

Hi, I did this, and now my ipods wont store any charge, they get stuck in charging please wait, but when i unplug, they die. WHAT HAVE I DONE!?

matstermind made it!(author)2011-07-02

you may have accidentally unplugged or only partially unplugged the battery, try reopening it and checking all connections, especially the battery plug.

npeters2 made it!(author)2011-05-05

This actually works! im over the moon now :) thanks for putting this up dont know what i would of done otherwise.

sbutler made it!(author)2011-04-04

this has actually worked for me too, i used small bits of blu tac to apply even pressue all over the HDD. thanks!

raygun88 made it!(author)2011-02-14

The Phoenix is risen! Thanks a ton, you fixed my 6 year old ipod!

mtsunurse2 made it!(author)2011-01-27

Holy Cow, this is great.....I love my ipod...i am always listening to books or podcast while driving....i have the same one you have in your picture, got it when i graduated from nursing school and loved it! if i have a pt that is in my Neuro ICU for more than a couple of days i would always "lend it" to my unit so the patient at least can watch movies, listen to music/books while in critical care and when this one broke it sucked.........i have kept it for the last couple of years at my house just in case....YEAH FOR ME AND MY PATIENTS! you are great, i am now listening to the soundtrack from The Godfather (which is usually one of the patients favorites for some reason)...again thanks so much....
how do i vote for you?

vincent7520 made it!(author)2011-01-24

Aaaaaaaaaaah ! Dead parrot !…
"This parrot is no more ! … It's pushing up the daisies ! … "

FMF91WARRIOR made it!(author)2011-01-04

on my ipod it worked but my battery is shot and the screen is broke before it wouldnt even turn on now after this trick which worked great it turns on but always say battery is low if anyone has a solution to the battery problem without buying a new one or just recover the music that was on it that would me great

tuftythessinger made it!(author)2011-01-04

Well shut my mouth and paint me red - this worked! Thanks.

memyselfand1 made it!(author)2010-12-12

I laughed so hard at that picture...

undulator made it!(author)2010-01-05

Brought mine into TekServe, local NYC Mac specialists and I was assured that I had a bad zone on my HD, any ideas on how to get around this DIY-wise?

I will try this trick as well and report back!

sqeeek made it!(author)2010-11-11

If your HDD is bad, you need to find a new one and replace it... If you get stuck, PM me.

mbott made it!(author)2010-11-11

thanks! i revived my very first ipod with this! some pretty great playlists on there

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