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How to Make Your iPod Battery Last Longer

Apple makes a number of suggestions to improve the battery life of your iPod.

Apple makes a number of suggestions to improve the battery life of your iPod.

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by Contributing Writer

Apple suggests a number of ways to make your iPod's battery last longer. Although all batteries have a finite life, following Apple's recommendations can allow you to enjoy your iPod for longer between charges and ensure the supplied battery lasts as long as possible.

Step 1

Ensure your iPod is running the most recent version of the iPod operating system software. Connect the iPod to your computer. The iPod will appear under the "Devices" section in your iTunes software. Click on your iPod, and look at the "Version" section in the right hand pane of iTunes. If a software update is available, you can click the "Update" button to update the software.

Step 2

Avoid using your iPod in extreme temperatures, or leaving it in direct sunlight. The battery performs best at standard room temperature, which is approximately 20 degrees Celsius.

Step 3

Charge your iPod fully when it has discharged, even if you don't intend to use it. This will keep the battery working consistently. Remove your iPod from any carrying case prior to charging it.

Step 4

Disable power-hungry features on your iPod if you don't require them. Disabling the backlight and equalizer functions will result in longer battery life. These settings can be changed by using the "settings" menu on your iPod device.

Step 5

Use the sleep facility of the iPod to avoid using power when you are not using the device. On the iPod Touch, press the "hold" button on the top of the device to put it in sleep mode. On all other iPods, hold down the "play/pause" button.


  • Apple states that playing songs with large file sizes (in excess of 9MB) can have an impact on battery life. Try to ensure that your MP3s or other music files do not exceed this size.


  • Do not disconnect your iPod while a software update is in progress. This could damage your iPod's operating system.

About the Author

Benny Taylor has been writing travel, food and computer articles since 2009. His articles about Portugal have been featured by “Living Abroad” magazine. Taylor studied ITIL IT service management in the City of London and is also a Microsoft-certified small-business specialist.

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