How to Fix iPod Nano 6th Generation Stuck Power Button [DIY]
Warning: This is the first time I ever tried fixing an iPod. The pictorial guide below is a product of 2 hours of reading and watching guides in the web.
I received this iPod Nano 6th generation as a gift from Issa more than 3 years ago. It had been through a lot - beaten, dropped and even left around the house. It hasn’t failed until now. The Power Button just became stuck; it lost that click when pressed. And gone with are ways of control. It was disappointing but not unexpected.
Of course I had to Google the issue. It only took 2 minutes before I found several YouTube videos showing how this problem may be fixed. After perusing many different guides, here are the steps that fixed my iPod’s stuck Power button.
What I used:
- Phillips mini screw driver
- Some kind of adhesive. I tried using the Bulldog superglue but I found it hard to work with. Zebra Contact Cement, on the other hand, was easier.
- A thin piece of metal. I used an old metal hair clip
- Needle and tweezers
- Good source of light
Step 1: Open the device
The display is held to the casing by some kind of plastic/rubber sealant. To open the device, you’ll need to melt or loosen the sealant.
This was quite tricky so it took me more than 15 minutes. Use a hairdryer to heat the screen of the iPod. This should lightly melt the sealant that holds the screen, making it easier to open the device.
Using the hair clip (or whatever alternative you found), lightly push the thin edge of the clip between the display and the casing; slide it around the display; then pry open the screen (pictured).
Step 2: Remove the metal cover
You will see six screws: the four at the top holds the buttons in place, the other two keeps the metal cover. Unscrew all six. And using the clip, pry open and remove the metal cover. This will reveal the 'internals' of the device.
Step 3: Detach display
This, I think, is the most delicate step. A slight tear or, maybe even a twist, on the flex cable that connects the display to the board will deem the device unusable.
There are three snap-type connections to the board. The first two connects the display; the third, I have no idea. I used the same hairclip to snap all three connections out of the board. Throughout this step, I was afraid of bending any metal points on the connectors or tearing the flex cable.
Step 4: Remove the battery
Step 5: Remove the metal the holds the button
Onto the fix.
The buttons of the iPod are secured by sealant and two metals held by the four screws I mentioned earlier.
Some of the guides online strip the sealant completely. What I did was simply to move it out of the way, which was easy with a flat-head screwdriver.
With both screws and sealant cleared, pull the metals out. The left one is for the volume, the one on the right is for power.
Step 6: Look for a really small piece of metal.
The common cause of this iPod power button issue is a really small piece of metal or plastic that has fallen off the button.
Take a closer look at the volume buttons in Step 5. The black circles at the center is the ‘really small piece of metal’ that I’m talking about. Try looking for it near the power button. I found mine just beside the power button.
If you can’t find it, don’t worry. You can fashion yourself a similar button. Say, cut an equivalent size metal from a needle or a piece of plastic for use in the next step.
Step 7: Glue the metal back to the center of the power button.
Sticking the piece back was a meticulous process.
I tried using a Bulldog superglue but found it hard to work with. The only alternative available at the time was the Zebra contact cement, which I used to glue the soles back on an old pair of shoes.
I took a small amount of glue using a needle then coat the piece with it. I waited for about a minute to make sure that the glue slightly dries then place it back to the center of the power button. This took a couple of tries as the piece was really really small. I had to use a tweezer-needle combo to finally stick it properly.
Step 8: Assemble the pieces back together
- Screw the two metals that hold the buttons in place. You should hear the 'click' now when pressing the power button.
- Set the battery in place
- Snap all three connectors back
- Screw the metal cover
- Close the display and turn on the iPod.
The power button started working right after I followed the steps laid out above. If yours failed, there may be other reasons why. In such cases, it's best to check other guides online or have a professional fix it for you.