Although the iPod Touch is built to withstand normal use and wear, the touchscreen is made of glass, and is therefore not immune to fracture. One of the most common problems users encounter with their iPods is a cracked screen. This does not have to mean the end of your iPod. You can purchase a replacement digitizer/touchscreen assembly, basically the front part of the iPod Touch, for about $15 online, and make the repair yourself in a few minutes.
Place the iPod Touch on the towel with the screen facing up. Insert the tip of the hobby knife between the metal frame and the glass screen assembly, called a digitizer, and gently pry the digitizer up until you can insert the pry tool. Continue to work the hobby knife and pry tool around the edge of the iPod to release all the clips.
Use the hobby knife to gently pry up and release the ribbon that connects the digitizer to the iPod board. The old digitizer/touch screen assembly is now separated from the iPod body.
Use a lint-free microfiber cloth to clean any dust from the surface of the iPod body.
Attach the ribbon cable of the new digitizer/touch screen assembly to the iPod body.
Peel off the protective backing from the inside of the new touchscreen, and arrange the assembly in place on the iPod body.
Press down around the edges of the digitizer assembly to snap the clips back into place.
- Specific iPod Touch opening tools are available online for about $5.
- If the screen is badly cracked, use care when removing the old screen. Fragments can fall out and cause injury.
- YouTube: Repair Your Gen 2 iPod Touch Cracked Glass in Less than 2 Minutes