How to Tell If Your iPod Is Charged?

by Morgan O'Connor

If you're an avid music fan, it's frustrating to go out for a walk or a jog and realize too late that your iPod's battery is low and it will not make it through your excursion. If you do not check your iPod's battery level before leaving the house, you might not realize in time that you did not plug in the iPod correctly and it didn't charge. When you understand the iPod's symbols for battery life, you can make more informed decisions about when to plug it in.


Turn on your iPod and look at its screen. On most iPod models, you will see a small image of a battery in the upper right corner of the screen.


Observe the color of the battery icon and note how full the battery image looks. Also pay attention to any symbols around the battery. A fully charged battery will show a green or grey battery icon which will look completely full. A fully charged iPod might also say "Charged." If the battery icon is yellow and looks only partially full, the battery is moderately charged, but not yet desperately in need of charging. If the battery icon is red and looks nearly empty, your iPod's battery is almost fully drained and you should plug in your iPod immediately.


Plug the iPod into a power source if you need to charge it. Options include your computer, an iPod dock station, a typical power outlet (with the necessary adapter) or even with a car charger if you're on the go. During the charging process, the battery icon on some models will display a lightning bolt across its center or end. On other models, the battery will appear partially full but green, or the iPod will display the word "Charging." When your iPod is fully charged, it will appear fully green (or completely full of black if the battery icon is grey) and/or say "Charged."


  • check An iPod shuffle has different battery charge alerts. When you are using your iPod shuffle, it will display a green dot if the battery is at least 26 percent charged, an orange dot if the battery is 11 to 25 percent charged, a solid red dot if the battery is 1 to 10 percent charged and a blinking red dot if the battery is less than 1 percent charged. When you are charging the iPod shuffle, it will display an orange light until it is fully charged, at which point the light will turn green. When you turn your iPod shuffle off and back on, it will display its current power level.

About the Author

Morgan O'Connor has been writing professionally since 2005. Her experience includes articles on various aspects of the health-insurance industry for health-care newsletters distributed to hospitals as well as articles on both international and domestic travel.

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