Introduction: Free IPod Touch Dock

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All the parts you need come with the iPod and it is very easy to construct. Basically, you cut a hole in the box and put the dock adapter in the hole.

You can also make a dock for other iPods but you would have to make your own template. If you do, post your template.

Step 1: Supplies and Tools

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iPod Touch Retail Box (just the top)
iPod Touch Dock Adapter
iPod Touch USB Cable

Single Sided Tape
Double Sided Tape

Hole Template

Matte (or X-acto) Knife
Ruler or Marked T-Square

Step 2: Prep Box

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1. Tear out foam inside the box
2. Print template (the PDF)
3. Cut out template
4. Center template on box (4 cm from the left and right side, 3.2 cm from the top and bottom)
5. Tape template to box (the long flat side of the template is the front)
6. Cut out hole
7. Cut out small hole in the center of the bottom edge of the back side of the box for the USB cable

Step 3: Place Dock Adapter in Hole

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1. Place double sided tape on back of dock adapter
2. Place dock adapter in hole

Step 4: Attach Cable

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1. Tape USB Cable into place (the gray logo faces front)
2. Place USB into notch in the back

Step 5: Place IPod in Dock

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1. Run USB cable out the whole on the back of the box
2. Attach USB port to computer
3. Place iPod in dock


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Akshay_Raman (author)2015-07-12

Yes I also got my iPod 5 in a plastic box:(

vascanj (author)2011-08-24

Hi... my iPod touch didn't come with a box like yours, it came with a clear hard plastic box (like the nanos do). Will I still be able to make a stand out of what I have?

vascanj (author)vascanj2011-08-24

This is what the box looked like:

sweeet_2012 (author)2008-01-06

I did the same thing but with the plexiglass type case for my nano. I spray painted the inside of the top cover black so from the outside its a glossy-black finish. its awesome

vascanj (author)sweeet_20122011-08-24

Please post pics! I got that same box for my iPod touch. I was wondering how to make a stand out of that box!

You are talking about this, right?

screasy (author)2011-04-06

my ipod touch (4gen) didnt come with a box :(

cdawg452 (author)2010-12-25

great idea!

average joe 1999 (author)2010-08-09

it is not a dock. they are for ihomes, you put one of them on and then your ipod.

eldacre (author)2009-06-12

Ummmm my conector wouldnt fit through the hole in the bottom of the adapter (white plastic thing). Is it sposed to be like that or is something wrong with mine??

sickelmo (author)eldacre2009-12-24

same here.. anyone know why or how to get it pass the whole or is it supposed to be like that?

Darren. (author)sickelmo2010-07-22

I thought the same thing at first. Only the metal part is supposed to stick through. you could tape it to the dock to make it not fall when takign the ipod off, but i hot glued mine to the dock. the metal part reachs the ipod, so dont worry about it not reaching the female end of the ipod.

Biodrive (author)2009-05-26

I made one out of a chinese mooncake box!

flipmee (author)Biodrive2009-10-17

that's the cutest thing i've seen! the box is really cool!

flipmee (author)2009-10-17

i made mine with a crayola crayon box >3<

xZCodmaNZx (author)2009-08-27

lol i thought you were cutting the i pod at first

Lowney (author)2009-08-10

Oh so that's how to use the dock! I was sitting there for ages trying to work out how to stand the thing up: I thought apple would send you a dock that didn't require any DIY! (I have a 120gb classic by the way)

Adrianc333 (author)2009-07-05

Nice idea, never thought of doing this. Here's mine.

scott! (author)Adrianc3332009-07-07

wow, good idea!

fwjs28 (author)2009-06-10

congrats for being featured on lifehacker

RLuster88 (author)2009-05-18

I just got my 2nd gen IPT : and this really was nice to have : i actually grabbed some extra cardboard and sorta did a Pyramid shape outside the box for effects so its stood out nice (will post a pic once my camera is fixed) overall this is a nice idea, and of coarse, very efficient :D

MadridLad91 (author)2009-05-06

how i can but the cable in the dock adapter ? the cable is big !

poolshark162006 (author)2007-10-14

cool.... but i would want to keep the box so i wouldn't do it myself but great instructable

Yenmangu (author)poolshark1620062008-07-27

then try my desk-dock, works great and all because i wanted to keep the box lol. (only joking, the desk-dock is only because i nerve plan to move my desk) :)

bakn90 (author)Yenmangu2009-03-04


srhadaham (author)Yenmangu2008-11-05

that looks funny with the iPod just stuck out of the desk : )

Levisf (author)poolshark1620062007-10-14

You could use a different box.

T3hpw9ag3 (author)Levisf2009-01-21

well the box your using is now obselete due to the fact that v2 came out and it comes in a plastic case

yeah.... I SO WISHED I GOT THE IPOD TOUCH i got the ipod classic.. Awww.... they look soooo cool!!!

mg0930mg (author)poolshark1620062008-10-01

I had the clssic, but just got the touch.Throw out the extra money. SO WORTH IT!

poolshark162006 (author)mg0930mg2008-11-05

lol i sold the classic and bought the ipod touch 16gb like 8 months ago... glad i have done that, Jailbroke with 2.1 firmware... best ipod ever... well now the 2nd gen is out but... still great!

Tomcat94 (author)poolshark1620062008-12-12

I'm planning on getting one for Christmas. :D I hope I get the 16g one!

mg0930mg (author)poolshark1620062008-11-05

Yes, but not much of a difference still a kickass ipod, especially when jailbroken lol.

natd1993 (author)2009-02-03

cheers dude, this also works with the ipod touch 2nd generation. Very clear instructions with nice simple pictures. IF i could rate i would give you 5/5!

thepaul93 (author)natd19932009-02-28

you can rate

nobutajr (author)2009-02-04

Thank you.
this idea i can make by myself.

shubhangam (author)2009-01-19

Just made this. Beautiful work :) Thanks for the instruct :thumpsup:

adamthiede (author)2008-12-17

yay! five stars! Kudos! simple and beautiful.

mpanciro (author)2008-08-15

You are toooo cool! Thanks

Clooth (author)2008-08-15

Hey ari, thanks for this guide dude, I wanted a neat way to set up my ipod on my desk and you had the perfect solution. :P I did do it a bit differently though, I used hot glue instead of tape and I didn't use a ruler or a mat knife, all good though, looks just as good as its supposed to. :)

total0wnage (author)2008-01-12
made mine like 5cents but with a few addons
5cents (author)total0wnage2008-02-02

Very very nice addons total0wnage

Instructi-Guy (author)5cents2008-08-06

I do agree!

Yenmangu (author)2008-07-27

never mind here they are

Yenmangu (author)2008-07-27


Yenmangu (author)2008-07-27

Hey this Instructable rocks.. its easy to see why its featured.. if I could figure out how to add you to my favourites then i would but i can't so dw lol.. Ne way, what i was gonna say is that this is an awesome idea and i took it 1 step further, as the box the touch comes in is in itself a work of art i decided to leave the box unharmed and instead of making the hole in the box i took it further and made the hole in my desk :).. it works really well and looks really neat as thought he dock is built in... may have to do it for other electronic gadgets i own.. :) Ps, instead of double sided sticky tape i used hot glue and i also slightly widened the dock adapter so i could wedge the ipod cable into it, then glued the outside; result : perfect dock.. however i wudnt have done it without the inspiration this Instructable gave me, WELL DONE M8 :)

itouch (author)2008-07-12

Nice! Thanks for this tutorial. You can also download iPod Touch 2.0 , jailbreak iPod Touch 2.0, and download iPhone 2.0.

rankiao (author)2008-07-08


mweston (author)2008-07-06

I made one out of cork board lying around. I glued layers together with epoxy then used an exacto to cut the rest out...

sbot (author)2008-05-22

Great instructable!!! it would be nice if someone could post one on how to integrate infrared into one can use an existing ir remote that comes with imac if they have one..

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