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How to fix a cracked ipod touch 3rd gen and 2nd generation - Screen repair help

Updated on October 1, 2012

The parts

These two models are of the touch are relatively easy to fix and you should be able to repair one for much less than a shop or company would.

I have repaired many of these ipods by following these steps but I accept no liability of damages done to either you or your device.You attempt to fix your iPod at your own risk.

There are two ways that you can fix an ipod etheir by buying just a screen or by a pre-assembled screen with a digitizer - I would recommend the pre-assembled screen as it there is not much price difference but it is alot easier to fix. These instructions will not fix damaged pixels or no damaged picture from the LCD.

Here is a table for the parts needed ..

(click column header to sort results)
screen parts  
2 gen all memeory types
2nd generation (preasembled) screen and tools
3rd gen 8 gb
2nd generation (preasembled) screen and tools
3rd gen 16 + gb
3rd generation (preasembled) screen and tools
The digitizer cable
The digitizer cable | Source

If unsure about any of the steps see the video at the botom of this page.

Turn your iPod off before starting.

1. The first step is too remove the old screen. After applying tape over the most damaged parts of the screen (not covering the sides), use your tools to get in side the gap between the screen and the metal case where their is a layer of thin black sealant and a few clips you need to get behind. Start at the bottom and work your way across. After freeing the bottom move the tool around the rest of the frame (preferably clockwise).

2.Gently open the screen from right to left like a turning a page in a book leaving the screen upright at the side while still attached. If a wire is glued to the back of the screen by adhesive when just lightly push it off with your tool.t is the volume cable.

3.The screen will still be attached by the digitizer cable simply just clip it off from where it is connected to the iPod.To do this your tool and just get under the small flat part that attaches the digitizer to the device.

Well done, you have removed the old screen.

To reattach the new screen

4. Peel of any clear plastic on the new screen and bend the digitizer cable at its halfway point to prepare it to be attached.

5. Lifting the screen above the base, move the digitizer cable above the fitting you removed the old cable from. With your thumb press and it should click into place (do not press to hard or you could damage some of the pins in the connection and the cable cannot take too much tension).

6. Test your screen by turning the ipod on.If all is working including touch and volume. Click the screen from bottom to top back into place.

Any questions? Ask in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Good luck



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    • josh3418 profile image

      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great hub on a relevant topic to many "sad" Ipone users out there. Informative and well reserached. Voted up and useful!

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      Akhil S Kumar 5 years ago from kerala

      thanks for this useful and informative hub

      voted as useful