Are you having trouble with your iPod turning on and off by itself, stopping you from listening to your favorite music? Some users find that this happens after they have updated their iPod, whilst for others there seems to be no explanation as to why their device has just suddenly stopped functioning properly.
However, there’s no need to despair. You can easily fix your iPod and stop it from turning on and off by following these simple steps. The instructions you will need to follow will depend on the model of the iPod and may involve you having to restore the Apple software in order for the device to work again. Here is how to fix iPod keeps turning on and off.
1. iPod Shuffle (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Generation)
If you own an iPod Shuffle, make sure the device is seated in the dock and check the switch located on the top. Turn the iPod shuffle on and pay attention to the colored lights on the device. If the red light is on, but the iPod then switches off, you may have to charge the battery. However, if the status lights turns green and then orange when you try and press a button, or the iPod is turning on and off by itself, you may need to reset the device.
Resetting your iPod will not affect the music files you have downloaded in the past. To do this, you will need to move the switch on the device to the “off” position. Remember, the green switch will not be visible when the iPod is off. Wait five seconds if you have an iPod Shuffle 1st or 2nd Generation, and ten seconds if you have an iPod Shuffle 3rd or 4th Generation.
Next, move this same switch into the Shuffle position. You should now be able to see the green stripe on the device. If this still doesn’t work, you might have to restore the software on your iPod Shuffle. You will need to remember that doing so will delete all the files on the music player, so it’s best to try the other steps first before you resort to a software restore.
2. iPod Nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Generation)
If your iPod Nano keeps restarting, you could try and put the device into Disk Mode and attempt a software restore. To do this, reset the iPod by pressing down the Volume Down and Sleep buttons at the same time. Wait around eight to ten seconds until the display screen turns black.
Once the screen has turned back, press down the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons at the same time until the iPod Nano enters disk mode, where you will be able to connect the device to iTunes and then attempt a software restore from your computer.
3. Older iPod models
In a similar way to the iPod Nano, you will need to place older iPod models into disk mode before attempting a restore if you have a problem with the device turning on and off. You will need to first verify that the iPod has a charge, and then press the Hold switch on and off.
To reset the iPod, you will need to hold down the Menu and Play/Pause buttons at the same time until you see the Apple logo appear. Remember that resetting the iPod will allow you to keep all your music files, though you might notice some of the settings have changed. When you see the Apple log, hold down the Previous and Next buttons until the device enters disk mode. You will then be able to connect your device and attempt a restore from your computer.