How to Replace an iPod Battery

Replacing iPod Batteries: DIY Style
If you open up your iPod to replace the battery yourself, be warned that your warranty will no longer be valid.
If you open up your iPod to replace the battery yourself, be warned that your warranty will no longer be valid.

If you wish to replace your iPod battery on your own, there are a couple of considerations before starting. Technically, playing iPod doctor nullifies a valid warranty [source: Grand]. Also, if you fail to change the battery properly, Apple might not be able to help afterward. Under the terms of the company's battery replacement program, Apple will repair only those iPods with legitimate battery problems. For instance, let's say that you break the motherboard while attempting to remove the battery; Apple won't issue a replacement. Unless a third-party repair business can assist, you'll be out of an iPod.

Getting the appropriate battery isn't hard. Many third-party companies now sell lithium-ion batteries specifically for the various iPod models. They usually run around $30, and some companies offer their own iPod battery replacement services and charge less than Apple.

If you've read How iPods Work, you know that the inside of the device is a bit of an electronic maze. The lithium-ion battery is housed beneath the hard drive. Keeping in mind that replacing your own battery isn't a foolproof process, here are the basic steps:

  • Double-check that your iPod is turned off.
  • Grab a wedge to pry apart the casing. Anything from a guitar pick to flathead screwdriver will do. PC Magazine recommends plastic over metal to reduce the chances of damaging the device [source: Grand].
  • Most iPod casings are held together by a series of metal clips. Open the casing by prying your tool between the seam and pressing in on the clips to make them release. If you casing is held together by a ribbon cable, take care not to damage it.
  • Detach the hard drive from the circuit board and set it aside.
  • Pry your wedge under the battery to loosen it and unhook the battery cable from the circuit board.
  • Hook the cable from your replacement battery into the circuit board and insert the new battery in the compartment.
  • Reattach the hard drive and snap the casing back together.

Initially, the iPod should turn on, signaling a successful replacement. After that, you'll need to charge it.

You can prolong the time until your iPod battery kicks the bucket. Understanding the lithium-ion battery's likes and dislikes can coax extra life out of it.