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iPod Touch 5th Gen Digitizer Replacement Guide !
iPod Touch 5th Gen Digitizer Replacement Guide ! –
Welcome to SonyUSA's Totally Amazing Digitizer Only iPod Touch 5th Generation Replacement Guide! V. 1.2!
Guide made for PSX-SCENE although it has absolutely nothing to do with PlayStations!
To be clear, this is a guide on how to replace -just- the front piece of glass on the iPod Touch 5G without having to shell out $200 bucks for the entire front assembly. I know it's not really a digitizer in this case, but that should help foot traffic find it's way here by having it in the description!
Lab Monkey (Mine this time around was BJ)
Spudger Set (see the image below, got mine off Amazon)
3M double-sided adhesive (got mine off Amazon, just look up the 'model' you need for iPod/iPads on google because I forgot it)
Small Heat/Reflow Gun (I used an X-Tronic 4040, purchased online)
Goo-Gone (The oil kind, NOT the spray kind. Available at any arts+crafts store usually)
2 Microfiber Cloths (I used Memorex, see pic farther down, brand isn't really important as long as it's not super crappy. And be prepared to throw it away after having goo-gone all over it!)
Step 1: Disassembly
TURN OFF YOUR IPOD TOUCH 5G
Use any of the several video guides online to remove the front assembly from the iPod. Make SURE you gently pull the rear camera from it's socket and heat the back casing just enough to lift out the battery so you have easy access to the rear of the main board for clipping/unclipping. DON'T skip this step. CAREFULLY unclip all your flex cables as to not accidentally damage any resistors or components. Be sure also to remove the little plastic frame from around the back of the LCD.
Step 2: Removing the Glass
OK! Now you should set your gun (if you happen to have an X-Tronic 4040) to 200 celsius (or so) with NO end piece on it. If you have a digital infrared temperature gun, you should notice that while the gun is set to 200c, you should be just under the threshold on the actual surface of the screen to discolor/damage the LCD (180F).
Get your Lab Monkey to hold the glass in his hands (who cares if they get burned by the heat gun?) and hold just the 2 flat spudgers from the pack (the other 2 are useless in this repair process) just barely pressed against the lip of the LCD where it attaches to the glass. See picture:
Flip it upside down and start applying heat. Again, don't worry about burning your Monkey's fingers, he'll be all right.
As the screen heats, have him slowly slide the spudgers evenly up into the screen. Let the weight of the LCD and the spudgers do the work, don't try to leverage the spudgers at all, as you heat, it will slowly slowly fall off by itself. Sorry I don't have any midway pictures of this process, but it's not something you want to stop doing in the middle. Follow it all the way through and move the heatgun in a back and forth motion along the width of the screen as it starts to separate to keep nice, even heat. As the screen separates from the glass, the glue will bubble and turn white, making it look like the screen is 'boiling' underneath... if you're doing it right, it's probably OK and is just the glue bunching up on itself.
DON'T RUSH! This is the hardest part! Take your time! It took me (and my Monkey) about 15 minutes for this step. If the LCD breaks, get back online and order your $200+ part Sorry! If you are successful, you will end up with something like this!
Step 3: So, Are You a Failure?
Carefully reconnect the sticky LCD/Digitizer to the main board and power it on. Since the digitizer is actually part of the LCD, as long as you didn't break anything in the removal process, it should work perfectly (it will just be sticky... eww!)
So far, so good! TURN THE IPOD OFF and disconnect the LCD/Digitizer again. The hard part is over! Take a deep breath because now comes the patience test!
Step 4: Goo, Be Gone!
Put a LITTLE BIT of Goo Gone on your microfiber cloth and start IN THE MIDDLE of the lcd and work your way out. I know I started on the one side and moved across, but that's not what I want you to do! Besides, if you start on the edge, you'll probably get a tiny bit of Goo-Gone in the gap in the LCD and the backing and it will leave a little discolored spot on the LCD. *AHEM* Go sloowwwllly. If you glue doesn't want to come off nicely, I was able to GENTLY use the side of my fingernail with the microfiber cloth around it to work the glue free. This process took me about 30 minutes total time.
Once all the glue is off, use a FRESH microfiber cloth and a tiny bit of high concentration rubbing alcohol to remove some of the oily-ness of the Goo Gone. Give it a twice over with rubbing alcohol, then use a dry portion of the cloth and the condensation from your WARM breath (HHHHHAHHHH) and give it one more wiping. You should end up with this:
Step 5: Final Steps!
Now we just re-assemble it. Let your Monkey do this part. Make sure he remembers to re-clip the wifi antenna in the corner that his fat hands disconnected trying to take apart your iPod. Once everything is clipped nicely (don't try and sneak the cables behind the board, pull the camera and battery out and do it properly!) put your white frame back in behind the LCD and screw the metal shielding back into place. Gently press the LCD down into the casing and test it:
Make sure your Monkey puts on some gloves so he doesn't get his fat sausage-finger prints all over your nice clean LCD. Put the home button into your new piece of glass (if it needs it). Apply the 3M tape to the TOP LEFT and BOTTOM area of the inside of the iPod. Carefully bend any of the edges of the frame outward if they got smushed in during their fall/drop/accident so the glass fits nicely. Press the new glass down firmly but gently and make sure it sits nicely.
Take a picture of your nice wonderful (nail biter) hands holding your finished product and brag to your friends about your accomplishments!
If any of the psx-scene mods would like to watermark my images, please do so. Also, please share this guide so everyone can have a chance to see and use it!
Thanks to BJ for being my Lab Monkey! Sorry about your thumb! P.S. This method also works for the Galaxy S3 (except don't use any GooGone, just rub off the adhesive with a dry cloth! It's a lot easier than an iPod Touch 5G). It may work for other devices, too, but I haven't tested it personally... yet!
Hope you have enjoyed!
Last edited by SonyUSA; 05-24-2013 at 11:18 PM.
Very nice guide
Help others and be respectful. Better things will then come your way in life.
It really is a scam that they sell just the glass online without any sort of warning, but hopefully this will help at least a few people that have the equipment or want to at least try to save a couple hundred bucks first!
Edited my post for some grammar, added a thank you, and a side note that this method works for the Galaxy S3 as well (minus the goo-gone steps).
may need this some day thx
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Awww yeah, topping the view charts! Just gotta beat that 'what game are you playing' thread
Bump so my post doesn't disappear!
Did you use any liquid optical clear adhesive between the glass and LCD or is the glue not needed?
Great Great Great exclusive guide for psx-scene. I am sure ppl will stumble upon this great guide. Keep up your good work
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Nope! The glass sits nicely and doesn't flex in the center, so it doesn't come in contact with the LCD. The glue isn't really necessary like it is on larger devices (Galaxy S3/Note) where the glass can flex and touch the LCD, it just prevents the dirt from getting under the glass/fingerprints.
Originally Posted by Excelstillmore