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Apple iPod: How to do force restart properly

iPods can be like iPhones. Yes, they work the same way and crash the same way at times. This is how you force restart an iPod from a freezing.

Learn how to force restart your iPod

If your iPod doesn’t respond when you press the buttons, learn what to do.

Force restart your iPod touch

Force restart your iPod nano

Follow the instructions for your model:

iPod nano (7th generation)
Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home button until the screen turns off. Then wait a few seconds for your device to restart. Still need help? Plug your iPod into power, then try again.

iPod nano (6th generation)
Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down button for at least 8 seconds, or until you see the Apple logo. Still need help? Plug your iPod into power, then try again.

Force restart your iPod classic

Force restart other models of iPod

Here’s how to force restart an iPod mini and models earlier than iPod classic, like iPod (Scroll Wheel), iPod (Touch Wheel), iPod (Dock Connector), and more:

  1. Put the Hold switch firmly in the unlocked position.

  2. Then follow instructions based on your model:

    • For models of iPod mini, press and hold both the Menu button and Center button for 8 seconds, or until you see the Apple logo or iPod logo. You might need to repeat this step.

    • For other models, press and hold both the Play/Pause button and Menu button for 8 seconds, or until you see the Apple logo or iPod logo. You might need to repeat this step.

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