How to Know If an iPod Battery is Dead

by Emily McNair

IPods are small portable audio devices that play and store music in MP3 file format. Like all other electronics, iPods run off of battery power. The batteries that power the iPod are rechargeable, and can last upwards of a year to 18 months. However, after a period of time, the battery on your iPod will need to be replaced. If you are experiencing difficulty with your iPod, you should check the battery and determine if it needs to be replaced.

How to Know if an iPod Battery is Dead

1

Charge your iPod. Ensure that the display is indicating a full charge before removing it from the charger.

2

Turn the iPod on by pressing and holding the power or play button (depending on the iPod model you own). The iPod may power on but then immediately shut down if it has a low battery reading, despite the recent recharging of the battery, or it may not power on at all.

3

Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB sync cable that came with your iPod. This cable not only helps you sync your iPod but can be used to charge it as well. When connected, your iPod should power on and resume normal functions.

4

Remove your iPod from the USB sync cable. If the device immediately powers off, this indicates that your battery does indeed need to be replaced.

Tip

  • You can contact Apple and send your device in to get the battery replaced for a fee.

Warning

  • Do not try to replace the battery yourself. IPods are manufactured in such a way that the device must be sent in to have the battery replaced by someone who is properly trained.

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