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How to Extend the Life of Your iPod Battery

Battery life can be as fragile—and end as unexpectedly—as real life. Here’s how to help your iPod battery live long and prosper.


  • Step 1: Slide hold switch When listening to music, slide the hold switch to On. This disables power to your iPod’s controls, saving battery life.
  • Step 2: Disable equalizer Disable the equalizer. Go to 'Settings,' then 'EQ,' and choose 'Off.' The equalizer optimizes sound quality, but it also drains your battery.
  • Step 3: Turn off backlight Turn off the backlight. Go to 'Menu,' 'Settings,' 'Backlight Time,' and select 'Off.'
  • Step 4: Create playlists Create playlists in iTunes and listen to them on your iPod. That way you won’t waste precious battery power manually selecting the songs you like.
  • TIP: You can create a playlist on the fly right on your iPod. Choose a song title and hold down the center button until the title flashes—it’s just been added to your On-The-Go playlist.
  • Step 5: Put iPod to sleep Put your iPod to sleep when you’re not using it. Just hold the 'Play' button until the screen turns off.
  • FACT: The idea for the battery grew out of Count Luigi Galvani’s experiments on frog legs in the late 1700s.

You Will Need

  • iPod
  • iTunes

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