Replacing the battery in your first-generation iPod Shuffle may seem like a very difficult task at first. However, with a bit of patience and the right tools, it is a little easier than you might expect. Replacing the battery in your iPod Shuffle can save you a lot of money over paying a professional, and should not take more than one hour to complete. This process does involve some careful work, but it should be possible for almost anyone to successfully replace his iPod Shuffle battery at home. These battery replacement instructions are intended for a first-generation iPod Shuffle only. Second-generation Shuffle batteries can be replaced, but the procedure is much more complicated and should be performed by a professional.
Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Things You'll Need:
- A Spudger
Replacement Battery for First-Generation iPod Shuffle
A Sharp Exacto Knife or Similar Razor Blade Tool
- A Spudger
- Replacement Battery for First-Generation iPod Shuffle
- A Sharp Exacto Knife or Similar Razor Blade Tool
Buy a spudger to assist in replacing your battery. A spudger is a tool used to remove computer parts that are difficult to access. A spudger can be purchased online at ifixit.com/Apple-Parts/Spudger/IF145-002, and in some retail stores that sell electronics accessories.
Make sure the iPod Shuffle is off and on hold before attempting to replace the battery. Using the end of the spudger, remove the plastic hold switch on the back of the iPod Shuffle.
Using a sharp Exacto knife, remove the glue from around the USB port at the bottom of the iPod Shuffle. Continue until all the glue is removed, taking care not to cut yourself or to damage the iPod Shuffle.
Use the spudger to push the edges of the headphone jack at the top of the iPod Shuffle, causing the USB connector to slide out. Continue pushing on the headphone jack until the iPod Shuffle begins to slide out of its outer casing.
Use the tip of the spudger to flip the plastic tab just below the battery up. This will release a ribbon holding the battery in place. Peel the ribbon up and off of the battery. Detach the yellow ribbon from the USB port and set aside.
Gently lift the logic board out of the iPod Shuffle casing with your fingers one side at a time. Lift the logic board up, but do not fully remove it.
Flip the iPod Shuffle over and push the battery through the hole in the outside casing. Remove the battery and logic board.
Place the new battery into the iPod Shuffle, and put the logic board back in place.
Reattach the yellow ribbon to the USB port and battery. Push the black tab just below the battery back down.
Slide the USB port back into the body of the iPod Shuffle. Snap the hold switch back into place. Glue if needed. Allow the battery to fully charge before use.
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