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How do I replace the display (LCD screen) in the iPod nano models?
If you are certain that the display in your iPod nano is broken -- if it is visibly cracked, for instance -- Apple can replace the display for a price that generally is not cost-effective. If the display is just black, the issue is much more likely to be the battery.
However, more affordable third-party repair services also are available and if you are technically inclined and have the time to do so, replacing the display in an iPod nano yourself additionally is entirely possible. Please note that installation is difficult and professional installation is recommended.
If you are not sure which iPod nano you have (or even if you have an iPod nano or another iPod), one way to externally identify these models is via a unique model number on the rear of the device. Specifically, the original iPod nano is A1137, the 2nd Gen is A1199, the 3rd Gen is A1236, the 4th Gen is A1285, the 5th Gen is A1320 and the 6th Gen is A1366.
These models also can be differentiated by the last three or four characters of its serial number -- depending on whether it has an eleven character or twelve character serial number, respectively -- with EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iLookup. Like the model number, the serial number is engraved or printed toward the bottom on the back of the device (or under the "teeth" on the clip) and also is available when plugged into a computer on the "Summary" tab in a modern version of iTunes (among other methods that are less likely to be useful if the display is broken).
Display Replacement Video Instructions
For those not discouraged by its difficult technical nature, there are a variety of videos available that cover replacement of the iPod nano display as well as other internal repairs. Quality videos from PowerBookMedic, PDASmart and Repairs Universe that cover display replacement for the original iPod nano as well as the iPod nano 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen, 4th Gen, 5th Gen, and 6th Gen follow for your convenience:
Original iPod nano (A1137)
iPod nano -- 2nd Gen (A1199)
iPod nano -- 3rd Gen (A1236)
iPod nano -- 4th Gen (A1285)
iPod nano -- 5th Gen (A1320)
iPod nano -- 6th Gen (A1366)
Note that the iPod nano 6th Gen has a glass cover, digitizer (the touch-sensitive layer under the glass), and LCD as a single part. Unfortunately, this makes the part rather expensive and requires one to replace the LCD even if only the outer glass has cracked.
From reviewing the instructions for your particular iPod nano, you should be able to determine whether or not you would feel comfortable replacing the display yourself of if you would instead prefer to hire a professional.
Site sponsor Mission Repair provides free iPod hardware diagnosis and a professional iPod nano display replacement service by mail. The company offers "do-it-yourself" display replacement kits as well.