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Geek Tip: Unfreezing Your iPod

Geeksugar readers often e-mail me frantically at all hours of the night asking me what to do when their iPod is frozen or on the fritz. Unless your iPod is completely out of commission, you can usually reset it. So, take a breath and keep reading.

To reset an iPod, iPod nano, or iPod mini, press and hold the Menu and Select buttons until the Apple logo appears, which takes about 6 to 10 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.

To reset an iPod shuffle, disconnect the iPod shuffle from the computer (if connected), and then move the switch on the back of the iPod shuffle to the off position. Wait 5 seconds, and then move the switch on the back to the play in order or the shuffle position.

If the above steps did not work, try connecting the iPod to a power adapter and plug the power adapter into an electrical outlet, or connect the iPod to your computer. Make sure the computer is turned on and isn't set to go to sleep. I know, it sounds obvious, but even my IT guy laughs at his simple mistakes sometimes!


GurlieGurl GurlieGurl 5 years
I currently LOVE YOU almost as much as my IPOD! Thank you!
Alpal Alpal 8 years
After 4 hours through blogs and iPod Apple drivel you are the one o mighty geekster . Thank u thank u!!!!!
ladydaytrippin ladydaytrippin 10 years
This has happened to me a few times. Thanks!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Great! This has happened to me at the most inconvenient moments!
lintacious lintacious 10 years
this happened to me on a trip once and I was sitting on the plane bored and frustrated that my one entertainment device was not working. I pushed everything I could on the little thing until finally i saw the apple log. I just kept doing that everytime it frozen until I figured out the pattern of button pushing :)
sailing-chick sailing-chick 10 years
Geek, I'm one of the many people you have helped out with this problem in the past, so thank you! My Gen 4 ipod starting having "issues" a few months ago, the battery has been slowly dying and it kept freezing/hanging the usual sort of computer thing until it finally died at the beginning of the week. I tried all week to "revive" it but it didn't even register when it was plugged into the computer/power so I built up my courage and bought a new one. I feel kind of sad leaving my old one behind, but this time around I paid for a 5year warranty so that if anything like this happens again, at least I have a warranty that I can fall back on. My new ones black and shinny with no scratches and it finally plays movies (my old one only showed photos) - ok, so I'm starting to get a little excited about it now
inthewrong inthewrong 10 years
For my Gen3 I pod (With the buttons seperate in a row above the touch wheel) you have to touch and hold the menu and play buttons until the Apple icon appears. Hope this helps for those with slightly more "retro" iPods.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Does this include the original old school vintage ipod?
Neural Neural 10 years
Did you get charged for that, amandaa???
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
omg. mine froze once and for quite a few weeks i believed something was wrong with my ipod, that it was broken. i brought it to best buy's geek squad, in a very cute outfit and a flirty attitude, in case i had to flirt my way to a fixed ipod. he connected it to a computer and pressed the two buttons and within a few heart-stopping seconds, it turned on. i felt like the biggest idiot. so simple.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
Oo Oo Oo - I know - give your iPod away to someone you don't like and get a Creative!
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