How to Charge Your Battery for MP3 Players

by Andrew Smith
Mp3 player green image by patrimonio designs from

The battery of an MP3 player will drain whenever the device is turned on and more rapidly while you use the player. The battery for the MP3 player will need to be charged occasionally to prevent the battery from dying. Just like iPods, generic MP3 players can be charged using any computer that is running. The battery of an MP3 player can also be charged by utilizing a special charger made for portable media players.

By computer

Step 1

Turn the computer on. Leave the computer on and make sure that it doesn't power down or fall into "sleep mode."

Step 2

Plug the MP3 player cord into the player. This cord will be plugged into the USB cord port located on the player. The size and location of the port will vary based upon which MP3 player you own.

Connect the other end of your MP3 player cord into one of the computer's open USB ports. The MP3 player battery will charge.

Using MP3 charger

Step 1

Plug the electronic MP3 player charger into any working electrical outlet.

Step 2

Plug the MP3 player cord into the device as described in step 2 of section 1.

Connect the USB end of the MP3 player cable to the charger's USB port. The MP3 player should begin charging.


  • If the MP3 player is properly charging, a message should appear on the screen or a light should turn on (depending on the device you own). Check the connection and make sure the charger you're using (computer or other) is powered up. If the player does not charge, try using a different cord. You should visit or contact the store where the MP3 player was purchased if the player does not charge after several different attempts.


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  • Mp3 player green image by patrimonio designs from

About the Author

Andrew Smith has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared on various online sites. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.

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