Traveling with an iPod Mini is a great way to bring your favorite songs with you on the road. But what do you do if your iPod's battery conks out mid-trip? You can send your iPod to Apple and have them replace the battery, but it will take weeks to get it back. Or you can drop by a computer store, buy a new battery and replace it yourself in about 20 minutes. Learn how to replace an iPod Mini battery.
Things You'll Need:
- Replacement battery
Small flathead screwdriver
Small pushpin or tack
- Replacement battery
- Small flathead screwdriver
- Small pushpin or tack
Pry the small white plastic cover off of the top of the iPod. The cover is glued into place, so you will need to scrape the glue off of the top's edges using the pushpin or tack. Once the glue has been removed, gently insert the screwdriver along the edges of the top to loosen, and then pop the top off. Unscrew the two screws holding the metal top in place and remove the metal top.
Pry the bottom plastic cover off of the iPod using the same method in Step 1. Unscrew the two screws holding the metal bottom cover in place and remove. You will see a connector tab.
Disconnect the motherboard by gently pulling the connector tab up and out. Turn the iPod over and slide the motherboard out through the top of the iPod.
Remove the old battery from the motherboard by gently popping the battery's connector off using the screwdriver. Once the battery is disconnected, lift the battery off of the motherboard.
Place the new battery on the motherboard and plug it into the connector. Don't force the plug into the connector; if there is resistance, flip the connector over and try it that way. The battery's plug should slide smoothly into the connector's plug.
Slide the motherboard back into the iPod through the top. Slide it in slowly, making sure not to catch the battery wires or bump the motherboard into the iPod's casing.
Replace the metal cover on the top and screw into place. Pop the plastic cover back into place. Turn the iPod over and repeat for the bottom covers. Your new battery is installed and your iPod is ready to go.
Joanne Mendes has been professionally writing since 2007 and began specializing in education topics in 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master's degree from Chatham University.